Illustrated. New York: The Merriam Company, n.d. . 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); the 1945 film of the same title starred Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. 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 grisly story would first appear in book form in this cute little violet volume decorated with flowers.~This is an attractive, nearly fine copy, unusually free of soil or wear (the lettering on the spine is a little faded as always, and there are small tape-stains on the endpapers); there is no bubbling of the cloth, which is atypical for this book. Beinecke 608. Item #11621