Hard Cover. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. First American Edition. Very Good.
First edition, first printing. Publisher's green cloth, lettered in gilt to front board and spine, top edge gilt. About very good with some wear and rubbing to extremities and a bit of fraying to the cloth at the spine ends, faint dampstaining to the outer margin of text block not affecting text, bookplate and ownership inscriptions in pencil and ink to front endpapers, else a clean copy in a sturdy binding with sound hinges. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tells of London lawyer Mr. Utterson's investigation of the peculiar relationship between the respectable Dr. Jekyll and the villainous Mr. Hyde, who are actually the two split personalities of one man. Today, it remains an archetypal text about man's internal conflict between good and evil. Notably, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was first issued as a "penny dreadful," a cheaply produced paperback sold for a penny, and featuring sensational stories of horror and crime. Following the release of the book as a penny dreadful, it was published in book form by Scribner's in New York and Longmans in London. The American edition, which preceded the English edition by only four days, was first issued in a print run of 3,000 copies, only 1,250 of which, including this particular copy, were bound in the publisher's cloth.