Pekelna pliashka [The Bottle Imp]. Robert Louis Stevenson.

Pekelna pliashka [The Bottle Imp]

Haidenav: Kooperativne vydavnytstvovo, 1947. Dobrolizha, V. [illustrator]. First Ukrainian Edition. Original pictorial wrappers. Item #136

Small octavo (11 x 15 cm). First Ukrainian edition. 82 pages; illustrations. Test in Ukrainian. Translation from English. Cover design and plates by Vadym Dobrolizh. Wrappers chipped and torn, with faint old vertical crease. Stamp [M. Mychalewych, 675 Oakdale Ave. St. Paul, MN] on the title page.

A first Ukrainian edition of "The Bottle Imp" originally published in 1891 as a short story by the well-known Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson usually found in the short story collection Island Night's Entertainments. In it, the protagonist buys a bottle with an imp inside that grants wishes. However, the bottle is cursed; if the holder dies bearing it, his or her soul is forfeit to hell.

The book was published in a German camp for the displaced persons (DP) in the aftermath of the WWII.

OCLC shows six copies of the book as of July 2019.

Price: $250.00

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