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Robert Louis Stevenson (1850 - 1894)

Lot 166: STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS.

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March 23, 2005
London, United Kingdom

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Description

A Footnote to History - Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa. London: Cassell & Company, Ltd., 1892

Condition Note:

first edition, presentation copy inscribed by the author ("Jersey | from the Author") on front free end-paper, frontispiece, blank leaf and 16pp. of publisher's advertisements (coded "5G 5.92") at rear, original dark green cloth lettered in gilt on spine, collector's morocco-backed box with spine gilt in compartments, some browning and spotting to end-papers, tear to front free end-paper, head and foot of spine slightly bumped, edge of box split

LITERATURE AND REFERENCES

Prideaux 35
CATALOGUE NOTE

In 1892 Stevenson was visited in Apia in the South Seas by Margaret, Countess of Jersey, wife of Victor Villiers, seventh Earl of Jersey, Governor of New South Wales, who came over with members of her family from Sydney. They struck up a warm friendship and, for the sake of appearances, she adopted the name of Amelia Balfour and pretended to be his cousin in their subsequent correspondence.

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