A Child's Garden of Verse.London: Longmans, Green & Co., 1885 Stock Code: 122615
NotesFirst edition, one of 1,000 copies published. From the library of English literary journalist and author Charles Whibley whose half-brother Fred had a curious link to Stevenson. A copra trader in Tuvalu, he married a local woman called Meri Matavaka. Meri's previous avaga (married one) had been Jack Buckland, whom Stevenson acknowledges as the inspiration for Tommy Hadden in The Wrecker (1892). Buckland became friends with Stevenson and Fanny Vandegrift Stevenson in 1890 when they were co-passengers on the trading cruise of the Janet Nicoll from Sydney. In 1894 Buckland and Meri stayed with the Stevensons on Vailima in Samoa, where Stevenson died later the same year.
Octavo (164 x 115 mm). Later pink morocco, raised bands to spine, ruling and title to spine in gilt, concentric ruling to covers in gilt, board edges gilt, turn-ins gilt, top edge gilt. With original spine and front cover bound in at rear.
Bookplate of James Mann to front free endpaper. An insignificant dark spot to rear cover, a couple of dark marks to text block. Otherwise, a fine copy.
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