First Edition: The Ebb Tide A Trio and a Quartette, by Robert Louis Stevenson
Original light brown cloth boards with black embossed illustrations of the sea and ship on the front cover. Black lettering on the spine. No signs of significant wear on the corners and edges. Pages are uncut on long side of the page. Internally the pages are clean with no foxing. 237 printed pages with twenty pages containing the “List of Mr William Heinemann’s Publications2. 8vo. This first edition The Ebb Tide is in very good condition.
The Ebb Tide is a short novel written with the help of Stevenson’s stepson, Lloyd Osbourne. The novel tells of three unscrupulous men entrusted to deliver a cargo of champagne aboard a ship whose crew has died of smallpox. The three embark on a drunken voyage, only to discover an island whose sole European inhabitant, Attwater, has amassed a fortune in pearls. The Ebb Tide was published the year Stevenson died.