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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

Lot 158: STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS.

Sotheby's

March 23, 2005
London, United Kingdom

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Description

Treasure Island. London: Cassell & Company, Ltd., 1883

Condition Note:

first edition, 8vo, half-title, frontispiece printed in red, blue, brown and black, 8pp. of publisher's advertisements at rear coded "5R-1083", original green cloth lettered in gilt on spine (with puctuation present in the imprint at foot of spine), black endpapers, collector's green morocco folding box with spine gilt in compartments, occasional light spotting, ownership signature on reverse of front free endpaper, minor adhesive tape marks to front free endpaper, spotting to edges, head and foot of spine slightly bumped, some minor splitting to lower hinge

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES

Prideaux 11
CATALOGUE NOTE

a fine copy. Prideaux stated the novel was "the finest tale of maritime adventure that has been told since Defoe produced his great romance". The first movie treatment dates from 1912 and there have been numerous subsequent versions.

This copy includes the early issue points as follows: "dead man's chest" not capitalized on page 2 or page 7, damage to "v" of "vain" in last line of page 40, lacking "a" in line 6 of page 63, numeral "7" omitted at page 127, full-stop omitted from line 20 of page 178, "worse" printed for "worst" in line 3 of page 197 and publisher's advertisements coded "5R-1083".

The numerous film versions of Treasure Island since 1912 include, most memorably, the 1950 version with Robert Newton as Long John Silver (its success spawned a sequel, Long John Silver, in 1954).

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