The Island of Doctor Moreau

The Island of Doctor Moreau

The Island of Doctor Moreau

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London: William Heinemann, 1896. 222 pp. Approximately 5 1/4 x 7 1/2". 1st edition. Red morocco three-quarter bound, armorial design gilt stamped on cover, gilt title on spine top edge gilt, some wear to edges and corners, specialty binding so no dust jacket included, advertisements not included with binding except for single page on the verso of the half-title with Heinemann listings starting with "The Manxman", bookplate, otherwise, very good plus condition.

The armorial binding on the cover is that of Henry Arthur Johnstone, who was a well known book collector in the late 1800's. The armorial design has the initials "H.A.J." and a pair of crossed swords. Additionally, the leather bookplate had a gilt stamped design of a ship with the name "Henry Arthur Johnstone" and the year "1899". Johnstone's library was important at the time and was sold en bloc to a London bookseller in 1921, with several of his books now held in the Folger library. Described by Wells as "an exercise in youthful blasphemy", the Island of Doctor Moreau is a very early science fiction novel about a mad scientist who creates human-like hybrid beings.

Publisher
William Heinemann
Binding
Hardcover