Illustrated by William Hole and W. L. Metcalf.London: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1892 Stock Code: 90218
First edition, first impression, of Stevenson's comedy of manners, the first of two novels set in the South Seas and written in collaboration with his stepson, the second being The Ebb-Tide (1894). "As for The Wrecker, it 's a machine, you know - don't expect aught else - a machine, and a police machine; but I believe the end is one of the most genuine butcheries in literature; and we point to our machine with a modest pride, as the only police machine without a villain. Our criminals are a most pleasing crew, and leave the dock with scarce a stain upon their character." (Stevenson writing to Henry James, 1891).
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt.
Black and white frontispiece with tissue-guard and 11 plates.
Small armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Spine rolled and lightly toned, extremities a little rubbed, light foxing to endpapers, prelims and edges of text block. An excellent copy.
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