Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson


First edition

Published by Cassell & Co, London 1883

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

A classic novel from Robert Louis Stevenson that drew positive literary attention on the publication of the novel. The story was first serialised under the pseudonym “Captain George North” in Young Folks magazine from October 1881 to January 1882.

A true first edition, first state with the required 8 pages of advertisements and following points: “dead man’s chest” not capitalised on pages 2 or 7, the first letter of “vain” broken in the last line of page 40, the “a” not present in line 6 of 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 on page 178, with “worse” in line 3 of page 197, and the first advertisments (5R-1083) state October (not July or November as in later states).

Original sage green cloth boards with faded gilt lettering on the spine. Significant lean to the book. Covers are lightly rubbed with mild wear to extremities. Light darkening to the spine colour. Rear hinge is cracked. Clean dark end papers. Gift inscription, “Sibyl Brooke from a Father, New Years Day 1884“on the head of the half title page. Clean map illustration facing title page with intact tissue guard. The contents are clean. 8vo 292 pp.

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