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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : KIDNAPPED : BEING MEMOIRS OF THE ADVENTURES OF DAVID BALFOUR IN THE YEAR 1751 ...

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : KIDNAPPED : BEING MEMOIRS OF THE ADVENTURES OF DAVID BALFOUR IN THE YEAR 1751 ...

London : Cassell & Co., 1886. First edition : the first issue, with the various errors – “nine o’clock” for “twelve o’clock” in the first line of p.64, etc., without the numerals at the foot of the last page of text, and with the advertisements dated April 1886.
Crown 8vo (20cm). viii,311,[i] + 16pp advertisements. Folding coloured map. Original variant blue cloth; a little bruised, darkened and lightly worn; a few marks; slightly shaken and slack; a few leaves roughly opened and slightly nicked and chipped; a few internal marks and spots, but a reasonable copy.

£500

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : UNDERWOODS.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : UNDERWOODS.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1887. First edition. A celebrated collection of fifty-four poems, thirty-eight in English and the remainder in Scots – the latter including the first appearance in book form of both “A Lowden Sabbath Morn” and “The Scotsman’s Return from Abroad”.
Foolscap 8vo (175 x 118mm). [ii],(xvi),[2],(138),[ii]pp. Bound, with the initial blank but without the inserted advertisements, in a delightful contemporary half tan morocco, banded and gilt in a floral design; top edge gilt; marbled sides and endpapers; a hint of rubbing; mild spotting of binder’s blanks and edges, but a very good copy indeed. With the pictorial 1895 bookplate of Albert Harrison.

£200

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : THE MERRY MEN AND OTHER TALES AND FABLES.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : THE MERRY MEN AND OTHER TALES AND FABLES.

London : Chatto & Windus, 1887. First edition. A powerful collection of six stories from Stevenson, including the title story – a dramatic tale of shipwreck and treasure hunt in the Hebrides; the moving and philosophical “Will o’ the Mill”; “Markheim” and murder in an antique shop; the horror classic “Thrawn Janet”; the gothic “Olalla”, set in Spain, and the interesting and unusual “The Treasure of Franchard”.
Crown 8vo (19cm). [x],296 + 32pp advertisements dated September 1886. Original blue cloth, decorated in a striking design of silver stars and black floral sprays; some light wear; covers a little marked and smudged; mild discolouration of top edge; a few edge-spots, but still a good copy. Later ownership inscription of Jessie Kennedy (1938).

£100

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : VAILIMA LETTERS : BEING CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESSED BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON TO SIDNEY COLVIN. NOVEMBER, 1890 – OCTOBER, 1894.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : VAILIMA LETTERS : BEING CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESSED BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON TO SIDNEY COLVIN. NOVEMBER, 1890 – OCTOBER, 1894.

Chicago : Stone & Kimball, 1895. First American edition : possibly preceding the one-volume London edition published by Methuen in November 1895. Letters from the South Seas, with an introduction by Sidney Colvin.
Two volumes. Foolscap 8vo (18cm). (282),[ii],[2]; (276),[ii],[2]pp. Frontispieces (one an etched portrait of Stevenson by William Strang). Original green buckram, ruled and lettered in gilt; top edges gilt; just a hint of rubbing; just a touch dulled, but a very good set, housed in a jaunty protective patterned-paper slip-case. Prideaux 42.

£50

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : IN THE SOUTH SEAS : BEING AN ACCOUNT OF EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS IN THE MARQUESAS, PAUMOTOS AND GILBERT ISLANDS ...

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : IN THE SOUTH SEAS : BEING AN ACCOUNT OF EXPERIENCES AND OBSERVATIONS IN THE MARQUESAS, PAUMOTOS AND GILBERT ISLANDS ...

London : Chatto and Windus, 1900. First separate British edition. Stevenson’s account of his voyages on the “Casco” and the “Equator” in 1888 and 1889. Although the book had appeared as part of the Edinburgh Edition of the Works in 1896, this was the first separate British appearance of the complete text.
Crown 8vo (20cm). (viii),(344)pp. Original black buckram over bevelled boards, ruled and lettered in gilt on spine; top edge gilt; a few slight spots, but a very good copy. Contemporary inscription to Edith Pearson on front free endpaper. Prideaux 30.

£40

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 : A CHILD’S GARDEN OF VERSES.

London : Bodley Head, 1960. First Leonard Rosoman illustrated edition. A perennial favourite since its first publication in 1895, but here given a complete makeover by the original publishers with over 100 fresh drawings for this edition by Leonard Rosoman.
Crown 8vo (20cm). 142,[ii]pp. Numerous illustrations. Original green boards, lettered in gilt; some spotting of edges, but a very good copy in the original Rosoman dust-jacket – a design in green, grey and black – just slightly nicked.

£15

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