Illustrated by William Hole and W.L. Metcalf. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1892. 8 pp undated ads (listing this title as "In Press"). Original light brown cloth decorated in grey-green and black.
First American Edition (published two days after the English) of this mystery involving the disappearance of a ship -- based upon an actual occurrence 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 would then be rewritten by RLS before the next chapter was begun.~This American edition is considerably scarcer than Cassell's London edition -- and also comes with a highly-decorative binding. This is a fine copy, the cleanest we have ever seen. Beinecke 559. Item #13773