London: Cassell and Company 1889. FIRST EDITION, noted in several important crime checklists. Crown octavo, pp.[iv]; 283; , blank; , catalogue (dated January 1889). Finely bound in half burgundy claf, gilt titles to spine, marbled sides, publisher's patterned endpapers and cloth bound in, edges untrimmed. Text block slightly age-toned, some expected spotting, externally fine. A very good copy in an attractive recent leather binding. 'The Wrong Box' is one of Stevenson's strangest works, written with his stepson Lloyd Osborne, and it is an early and key title in police fiction with Detective-Lawyer Michael Finsbury painstakingly tracing the misadventures of a rapidly decomposing corpse. In this eccentric and brilliantly plotted story, the authors not only extended the boundaries of good taste, but also satirized the popular Railway Novel genre, perplexing many Victorian readers. Item #41132
Prideaux; A Bibliography of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson (1917) [Item 29]. See also Eric Quayle; The Collectors Book of Detective Fiction (1972). Howard Haycraft; Murder for Pleasure (1972), McKay 498, Graham Greene and Dorothy Glover; Victorian Detective Fiction , (1966). Grolier Club Exhibition Catalogue .