Illustrated by William Hole and W. L. Metcalf. London, Paris & Melbourne: Cassell & Company, 1892. 12 pp ads dated May 1892. Original blue cloth.
First Edition of this mystery involving the disappearance of a ship, based on an actual event the Stevensons encountered en route to Samoa. A volume on the "expanded list" of J. K. Lilly's "89 Good Novels of the Sea," THE WRECKER is often cited as the book that bridges the gap between Stevenson's European/American past and his Pacific future (such as it would be). Stevenson's stepson actually wrote each chapter, which RLS would then revise before the next chapter was begun.~This is a very good-plus copy (very slight rubbing at the corners, minor cracking of the rear endpaper). Beinecke 558; Princeton 49. Item #13772