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STEVENSON, Robert Louis
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Norman L. Munro, New York, 1886. 12mo, 67pp., [14pp.]. A good copy only in the publisher's printed wraps. Staining to margins, most of the front wrap is detached, but present, and a 2-inch tear to the title page at the gutter. As such, a complete, but worn example. Still a remarkably scarce and early pirate edition of this groundbreaking psychological thriller. Much more common in commerce and library holdings is the edition pirated by George Munro; his brother Norman who ran a competing reprint publishing house. This piracy, dated May 3, 1886 (about four months after the first US edition was published by Scribner), is held by just two institutions according to OCLC (Yale and Ohio State). Not recorded in the Gertsley Collection at Princeton. The front wrapper illustration features two portraits of middle-aged men; one on each side of the wrapper, appearing to signify Jekyll and Hyde. A fragile and cheaply produced publication, unfortunately showing notable wear, but still mercifully complete. [Attributes: First Edition; Soft Cover]
Bookseller: Cleveland Book Company, IOBA [Lakewood, OH, U.S.A.]
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