Treasure Island

STEVENSON, Robert Louis

STEVENSON, Robert Louis Treasure Island

Cassell & Co. Ltd., 1883.

First edition, first impression, with the following points: "dead man's chest" not capitalised on pages 2 or 7; the first letter of "vain" broken in the last line, page 40; the "a" not present in line 6, page 63; the "7" overstamped in the pagination on page 127; the full stop not present following "opportunity" in line 20, page 178; with "worse" in line 3, page 197; and the first state October advertisements, coded 5R-1083. Publisher's original red cloth, lettered gilt to the spine. A very good copy, a little faded to the spine, with a couple of marks to the upper cover and the upper hinge splitting. Contemporary bookplate to front pastedown, with a 1901 bookseller's catalogue description tipped in to front endpaper verso, and further ownership inscriptions there and to the half title.

Treasure Island was originally written as a pendant to the now-famous treasure map the author had drawn to entertain his young stepson "on a rainy day in the Scottish Highlands" (Grolier), and was serialised in Young Folks magazine from October 1881 to January 1882 under the pseudonym "Captain George North". It was only with the appearance of this first edition, however, that it received any kind of critical attention, and "was immediately hailed by critics as a classic".

Stock ID: 36249


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