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STEVENSON, Robert Louis.
The Body-Snatcher. Illustrated.
New York: The Merriam Company, 1895. New York: The Merriam Company,, 1895. Small octavo. Original light purple cloth, titles to spine and front in dark purple. With frontispiece and 3 illustrations. A newspaper clipping relating to the original publication of the story tipped onto front pastedown. Ink inscriptions partially erased from fly-leaf and verso of illustrations leaf. Lightly browned throughout. Spine a little toned; only very light wear to boards. Very good indeed. First separate edition of Stevenson's first "crawler", his pet name for macabre stories, a "Poe-like chiller" based on the career of Robert Knox the anatomist, "to whom the notorious Burke and Hare supplied for dissection the newly slain bodies of their victims" (McLynn). It was published in Merriam's attractive Violet Series, having originally appeared in the Pall Mall Christmas "Extra", December 1884. Provenance: blind stamp to fly-leaf and title page of Charles Harvey Genung (1864-1921), critic for "The Nation", associate editor on the Library of the World's Best Literaure, cited by Mark Twain's literary executor Albert Bigelow Paine as instrumental in his embarking on his monumental life of Twain. A relation, John Franklin Genung, had published in 1901 a small volume entitled Stevenson's Attitude to Life: With Readings from his Essays (New York: Crowell). Prideaux 43; see Frank McLynn, Robert Louis Stevenson (2014).
Bookseller: Peter Harrington. ABA/ ILAB. [London, United Kingdom]

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