Prince Otto, A Romance.

  • Stevenson, Robert Louis
  • London: Chatto & Windus 1885
  • Prideaux 13.


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FIRST EDITION, 8vo, pp. viii, 300, 32 [ads]. Original teal cloth decorated with purple floral motif, spine lettered in gilt. A touch of spotting, a few marginal tears not touching text. A little rubbed and dulled, spine ends bumped. Armorial bookplate of Oliver Nowell Chadwyck-Healey to pastedown, covering earlier bookplate.


The first issue, with ads to the rear dated April 1885, of Stevenson's follow-up novel to Treasure Island. In a letter to poet William Ernest Henley during its composition, Stevenson described Prince Otto as 'queer and a little, little bit free; and some of the parties are immoral; and the whole thing is not a romance, nor yet a comedy; nor yet a romantic comedy; but a kind of preparation of some of the elements of all three in a glass jar.'

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