ISLAND NIGHTS' ENTERTAINMENTS.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1893. Original tan cloth decorated in brown and black.
First Edition, published five days before the English one. This collection consists of "The Beach at Falesa," "The Bottle Imp" and "The Isle of Voices"; the middle one is one of Stevenson's weirdest tales -- a supernatural blend of Aladdin's lamp, the monkey's paw, and a game of hot potato. Included are 26 illustrations.
This is a very good-plus copy of this busily-decorated volume, with scarcely any wear but (as usual for this cloth) the spine is sunned. This American edition is not at all common: we see at least five English copies for every American one. Beinecke 575; Princeton 53. Provenance: armorial bookplate of Gilbert Burgess, who was a literary and dramatic critic for London Sketch, perhaps best-known for his interviews with Oscar Wilde. Item #14323