London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1886. First UK edition. First issue with the date changed by hand to 1886 on the front wrapper, preceding the UK hardbound copy by approximately one week. A Very Good copy with restoration to the spine. Front and rear wrappers with some foxing and soiling, internal contents generally in excellent condition. Housed in an early blue cloth slipcase with chemise.
A major work of intellectual and creative genius, standing with Shelley's "Frankenstein" and Wilde's "Dorian Gray" as one of the greatest gothic horror stories ever concocted. A nuanced portrayal of a character able to release his immoral alter-ego by drinking a potion, Stevenson's novel reveals how, in time a dark alter-ego becomes capable of overshadowing the good. An immediate best-seller, it has remained a favorite tale and spawned numerous adaptations, most recently Marvel's Incredible Hulk. Very Good (Item #2266)