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The Invisible Man. A Grotesque Romance.
London, C. Arthur Pearson Limited, 1897. . First edition, first issue; 8vo (184 x 118 mm); corner crease to pp 101 and 213, not affecting text, light stain to half-title with resultant residue to verso and title, occasional spotting and toning, more so to endpapers and first few leaves but all considered, good; publisher's pictorial red cloth, gilt lettering, mild fading to spine lightly bumped on ends, mild dust-soiling, otherwise very good and unrestored. First issue with p. 1 mis-numbered as p. 2. The Invisible Man (initially serialised in Pearson's Weekly that same year), tells the story of the life and death of a young scientist named Griffin who concocts a potion to make himself invisible but with deadly side effects. Griffin begins to use his invisibility for nefarious purposes, including murder. When he is finally killed, his body becomes visible again. Repeatedly adapted for stage and screen, the most notable being the 1933 film directed by James Whale and starring Claude Rains.
Bookseller: Shapero Rare Books [United Kingdom]
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