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THE SUICIDE CLUB and THE RAJAH'S DIAMOND by  Robert Louis Stevenson - First Edition - 1894 - from Sumner & Stillman and


by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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1894. A New Edition with Eight Illustrations by W.J. Hennessy. London: Chatto & Windus, 1894. 32 pp ads dated Sept 1894. Original black cloth decorated in red. First Illustrated Edition of these two groups of mysterious tales involving detectives -- that had originally constituted the first volume of NEW ARABIAN NIGHTS (1882). "The Suicide Club" is actually three loosely-connected detective cases: "Story of the Young Man with the Cream Tarts," "Story of the Physician and the Saratoga Trunk" and "The Adventure of the Hansom Cabs." Similarly, "The Rajah's Diamond" follows a valuable diamond through four separate (unpleasant) adventures, ultimately requiring the ingenuity of a detective. Although this edition came out just a few months before RLS's death in Samoa, these tales are actually among his earliest -- written in the late 1870s, when they first appeared in a periodical. This 1894 edition was undoubtedly prompted by the success of Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes cases, which had just appeared and been a big hit. This is a near-fine copy -- of a Stevenson title that is none-too-common. Beinecke 149.

  • Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 13632
  • Author: Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • Book condition: Used
  • Quantity available: 1
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Date published: 1894
  • Bookseller catalogs: Fiction (19th Century); Mystery;


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