STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS. 1850-1894. The Body Snatcher. IN: Pall Mall Christmas Extra (London: 1884, pp 3-12).

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Lot 47
STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS. 1850-1894.
The Body Snatcher. IN: Pall Mall Christmas Extra (London: 1884, pp 3-12).

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STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS. 1850-1894.
The Body Snatcher. IN: Pall Mall Christmas Extra (London: 1884, pp 3-12).
4to. Wood engraved illustration in text and on front wrapper. Contemporary half morocco and purple boards, original wrappers bound in. Rubbed, small repairs to wrappers, browning.

FIRST APPEARANCE of Stevenson's macabre tale, which did not appear in book form until 1895. The story is loosely based upon a series of murders that took place in Edinburgh in 1828. The killers, William Burke and William Hare, murdered 16 people in order to sell their corpses to Scottish anatomist Robert Knox. In Stevenson's story, the anatomist is referred to as Mr. K___, and the main characters are two of his medical students who become entangled in providing corpses for their mentor.
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STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS. 1850-1894. The Body Snatcher. IN: Pall Mall Christmas Extra (London: 1884, pp 3-12).
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