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STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

Treasure Island.

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Published: London Cassell & Company, Limited, 1883

Stock Code: 117506

OR On display in Exhibit


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 (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".

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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 flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery.


Frontispiece map with captions printed in red, brown and blue, with tissue-guard.


1901 catalogue details tipped in to head of front free endpaper verso, near-contemporary bookplate to the front pastedown, and ownership inscription to front free endpaper verso, another, contemporary, to head of half-title. Spine rolled and faded, light soiling to boards, light wear to tips, foxing to edges; a very good copy.


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