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    First Edition of Stevenson's Enduring Classic

    Robert Louis Stevenson. Treasure Island. London, Paris & New York: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1883. First edition with the following issue points: "Dead Man's Chest" is not capitalized on pages 2 and 7; with "rain" for "vain" in the last line of page 40; the "a" is not present in line 6 of page 63; the "7" is bolder than the other numbers on page 127; the period is lacking following "opportunity" in line 20 of page 178; with "worse" for "worst" in line 3 of page 197; and Treasure Island is listed as having 304 pages on page 2 of the publisher's advertisements. Octavo. viii, 292, [4] publisher's catalog dated "5R-1083". Frontispiece map of Treasure Island, printed in three colors. Publisher's original sage cloth lettered in gilt on the spine. Text block slightly slanted; extremities and spine ends shelf worn; boards soiled, hinges cracked but the contents are tight and sound; bookplates on the front pastedown and front free endpaper; modest toning and scattered light foxing to contents, otherwise a sound copy in good condition housed in a chemise in a half red morocco slip case.
    Stevenson supposedly raced through the first fifteen chapters of his soon to be classic tale. He would delight his family and friends by reading aloud the chapters of his new novel and according to one visitor Stevenson "read it beautifully: recalling how he swayed rhythmically while reading it aloud...his fine voice, clear and keen" (McLynn, Robert Louis Stevenson, page 197). Stevenson himself had no doubt of the merit of his book as he writes "If this don't fetch the kids, why, they have gone rotten since my day. Will you be surprised to hear that it is about Buccaneers, that it begins in the 'Admiral Benbow' public-house on the Devon coast, that it's all about a map, and a treasure and a mutiny, and a derelict ship, and a fine old Squire Trelawny...with the chorus 'Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of rum'" (McLynn, Robert Louis Stevenson, pages 198-199). "Treasure Island established itself as a classic, drawing plaudits from the widest range of literary sensibilities. In 1890, W.B. Yeats wrote to tell [Stevenson] that the book was the only one in which his seafaring grandfather had ever taken any pleasure and that he reread it on his deathbed with infinite satisfaction. Jack London declared 'His Treasure Island will be a classic to go down with Robinson Crusoe, Through the Looking Glass and The Jungle Books'' (McClynn, Robert Louis Stevenson, page 203). Beinecke 240-241. Prideaux 11.


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