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 “8” dropped from the pagination on page 83; 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 (some copies have July and November advertisements, both of which were likely used later by the binder). 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”. This copy is from the library of Jean Hersholt (1886–1956), the film actor and humanitarian, with his shelfmark to the inner cover of the chemise, and also has a contemporary gift inscription to Herbert Howard to the half-title. Herbert was the son of George Howard, ninth earl of Carlisle, and correspondent for The Times with the British Expeditionary Force in Egypt; he was killed at the Battle of Omdurman on 2 September 1898.
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Octavo. Original red cloth (the book was issued in various coloured cloth bindings), titles to spine gilt, covers blocked in blind with a single line border, black coated endpapers. Housed in a red cloth chemise, and red quarter morocco and cloth slipcase. Frontispiece map with captions printed in red, brown and blue. Bookplate to front pastedown. Spine relined, rolled and faded, cloth lightly marked, a little wear to tips, hinges expertly repaired. An excellent copy.