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STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

Treasure Island.

London: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1883 Stock Code: 107122
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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 (5R-1083) - some copies have July and November advertisements, both of which were likely used later by the binder. 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), Treasure Island 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, indeed, "was immediately hailed by critics as a classic".

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Octavo. Original grey-green cloth, gilt lettered spine, black coated endpapers. Housed in a custom made brown cloth, fleece-lined solander box.


Frontispiece map (tissue guard present) with captions printed in red, brown and blue.


With the visiting card of the American banker Albert Henry Wiggin (1868-1951) laid-in. Spine toned and a little rolled, a few old splash marks to front cover, inner joints superficially split but quite sound, scattered light foxing, head of a handful of leaves lightly creased. A very good copy.


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