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THE BODY-SNATCHER
1895. Illustrated. New York: The Merriam Company, n.d. [1895]. 3 pp undated ads. Original violet cloth decorated in dark violet. First Edition, issued as the second volume in Merriam's "Violet Series." This is Stevenson's famous tale about the anatomist "K---" and his need for cadavres (based undoubtedly upon the career of Robert Knox, 1793-1862). RLS actually wrote this tale in mid-1881, to be part of a collection of supernatural tales which he referred to as "creepers"; he never completed the project, but a few of the tales remain. Ironically this grisly tale's first appearance was in the Pall Mall Gazette's 1884 Christmas Extra (substituted at the last moment for a briefer RLS tale, in order to fulfill a commitment of sufficient length). It is equally ironic that such a story would first appear in book form in this cute little violet volume decorated with flowers.~This is a remarkably fine copy, unusually free of soil or wear (the lettering on the spine is slightly faded as always); there is no bubbling of the cloth, which is atypical for this book. THE BODY-SNATCHER has become quite a scarce book in fine condition. Beinecke 608.
      [Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman]
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