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 the lower quarter of the spine replaced. Minor soiling and wear to the covers, but internal contents generally clean and in attractive condition.
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.
Prideux 17. Very Good (Item #3909)