Child's Garden Of Verses, A
Rediscover the delight and innocence of childhood in these classic poems from celebrated author, Robert Louis Stevenson.From make-believe to climbing trees, bedtime stories to morning play and favourite cousins to beloved mothers.Here is a very special collection to be treasured for ever.
Available copies: Child's Garden Of Verses, A By Stevenson, Robert Louis
STEVENSON Robert LouisLondon: Longmans, Green, 1885. First edition. original blue cloth decoratively stamped and lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, in half blue morocco slipcase by Sangorski. Lower spine edge slightly rubbed, a tad cocked, else fine. 12mo. Inscribed on front fly leaf “To Miss Pigot with every kind wish from M. I. Stevenson, May 1885” A fine association copy presented to a friend of Mrs. Stevenson soon after the book was published. After the death of Stevenson’s father, he and his mother were often together. She accompanied him to America when he spent some time at Saranac and on his voyage through the South Sea Islands which followed. When he settled in Samoa, she became a permanent member of the household.Miss Pigot went to India at the age of seventeen and worked there as a missionary. In November 1882 charges had been made “against the moral character” of Ms. Mary Pigot, then Superintendent of the Female Mission in Calcutta, The charges were brought in a document given to the Rev. William Hastie, who had been dismissed from his post as Principal of the Foreign Missions College in Calcutta, in 1883. He had appealed the charges “want of tact and tempers and his discourtesy” and in spite of an eight hour speech in his defense lost the appeal. Mr. Hastie had sent the charges to the Foreign Missions Committee with a post script in effect confirming the charges. The Committee handed the paper to Ms. Pigot who happened to be in Edinburgh on a visit. She returned to Calcutta and raised a libel action against Hastie. She finally won the case and Hastie was found guilty of malicious libel. The Commissioners had investigated the accusation against Ms. Pigot and found “the only serious charge brought home to Miss Pigot was that she had unwittingly appointed a Roman Catholic as matron of the orphanage, and had retained her services after she knew the fact that she was not a Protestant”. .. This was Miss Pigot’s chief fault and it is said that the Commissioners “saw no reason to believe that she tolerated any known impropriey, and they have a strong impression, from what they have learned elsewhere, that the orphanage was no worse off in respect to its native agents than all other mission of similar character.” Fanny wrote to her mother-in-law in May, 1884 “He [Stevenson] was greatly taken up with the Miss Pigot triumph, and wrote her a short note when he first heard of it, to say so.” Miss Pigot wrote in July, 1884 “Mrs. T. Stevenson has made me her debtor for many years. And my intense appreciation of literature has bound me in full homage to her gifted son whose gem of a letter is a treasure to possess.”A fine copy in the preferred binding in which the apostrophe in the word “Child’s” on the spine has a curved tail, quite scarce thus. Other copies of the first, and second, editions as well, have been noted on which this apostrophe resembles a small figure seven [Beinecke 192. Hayward 297. Booth and Mehew The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, v. IV pp. 71, 79. Yale Letters, Letter 1005. Lewis and Mills, Feminist Postcolonial Theory. Kent, Converting Women.].
- Published: 1885
- Condition: Lower spine edge slightly rubbed, a tad cocked, else fine
- Edition: First edition
STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUISSTEVENSON ROBERT LOUIS CHILDS GARDEN OF VERSES LONDON LONGMANS GREEN &. STEVENSON,ROBERT LOUIS. A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES. London: Longmans, Green & Co. 1885. Small 8vo (4 1/2 x 6 1/2"), blue cloth stamped in gold, top edge gilt, x, 101p., except for the usual offsetting on endpaper, clean, bright and Fine, housed in a beautiful custon 1/2 leather box. 1st ed. 1st printing (of 1000 copies) with apostrophe on spine shaped like the number 7, the word "OF" in smaller type on spine and with no mention of "Two Series" in the list of other works by the author. Many of these poems for children were written by Stevenson when he was ill in bed, and are dedicated to his nurse from childhood, Alison Cunningham. This first edition was printed on fine quality paper but is unusual in that it was not illustrated until the 1896 edition, published two years after Stevenson's death. This is an especially fine copy of this most important book of poems for children.
STEVENSON, Robert Louis0. STEVENSON, Robert Louis. A Child's Garden of Verses. Original cloth. London: Longmans. Green and Co., 1885. First edition. Prideaux 14; Beinecke 192. A fine copy in a morocco-backed cloth folding box.
STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUISLondon: Longmans, Green, 1885. First Edition. Aside from very minor rubbing, a fine copy. In a custom quarter red morocco slipcase (some wear).
- Published: 1885
- Condition: First Edition. Aside from very minor rubbing, a fine copy. In a custom quarter red morocco slipcase (some wear).
STEVENSON, Robert LouisLondon: Longmans, Green, and Co.,, 1885. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Bookplate. Lightly rubbed at extremities but cloth overall bright and fresh, endpapers tanned but contents otherwise very clean. An excellent copy. First edition, first impression. One of only 1000 copies published.
- Published: 1885
STEVENSON, Robert LouisLondon, Longmans, Green, and Co., 1885., 1885. First edition, first issue. 8vo. Original gilt stamped blue cloth, t.e.g., others uncut. Enclosed in a blue cloth drop box. Very good-fine. Previous owner's inscription of the front free endpaper, dated 4 June, 1885. Prideaux A35; Beinecke 193. First issue with "7" on spine instead of the apostrophe.. 1st Edition. Hardcover. Fine/No Jacket.
- Published: 1885
- Edition: 1st Edition
STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUISLongmans Green. First edition, first issue binding.. Edges slightly rubbed; cloth a little soiled; very nice copy, enclosed in a chemise and quarter morocco slipcase.. Beinecke 193; NCBEL III, 1005. 8vo, original blue cloth, gilt lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Publisher’s presentation copy, with their round blind-stamp on the title page.
- Condition: Edges slightly rubbed; cloth a little soiled; very nice copy, enclosed in a chemise and quarter morocco slipcase.
- Edition: First edition, first issue binding.
Stevenson, Robert LouisLondon: Longmans, Green, 1885. First edition. 12mo. , x, 101 pp. Spottiswoode & Co., Printers. Original blue cloth gilt, t.e.g., others uncut. Spine slightly dull, ends a bit bumped, usual darkening of endpapers, overall a fine, fresh copy in custom half morocco slipcase and chemise. Prideaux A35; Hayward 297; Beinecke 192; Gumuchian 5440
- Published: 1885
STEVENSON, Robert LouisLondon, Longmans, Green and Co.,, 1885. Small octavo. Finely bound by The Chelsea Bindery in full dark green morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, single rule to boards gilt, inner dentelles gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Some light browning to page edges otherwise a fine copy. First Edition, First Impression.
- Published: 1885
Stevenson, Robert LouisLondon: Longmans, Green and Co., 1885. Small 8vo, x, 101 pp. Blue-colored cloth over beveled boards, backstrip lettered in gilt, gilt publisherÕs stamp on top cover. Top edge gilt. Trivial rubbing at extremities. Endpapers show some paste action. Internally fine. Housed in an Atmore Beach folding box and quarter-morocco slipcase. Very good. First edition. Just 1,000 copies printed in 1885 at five shillings each. Stevenson began work on this influential book of childrenÕs verse after taking up Kate GreenawayÕs Birthday Book for Children and proclaiming Òthese are rather nice rhymes, and I donÕt think they will be difficult to do.Ó Prideaux 14, Hayward 297, Osbourne II:662.
Stevenson, Robert Louis:London: Longman's Green, and Co., 1885.. Small octavo. Blue cloth, lettered in gilt, bevelled edges, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Binding darkened and worn, with chipping to spine ends, old (and now elapsed) repairs to inner hinges between endsheets and text block, endsheets darkened (and rear pastedown bubbled), shaken, one leaf carelessly opened, with marginal chip; a heavily used and traveled copy, with fine provenance. "Second edition" (i.e. second printing of the first edition). A fine family association copy, inscribed by Stevenson's mother on the half-title: "John Balfour from his affect Grand Aunt M.I. Stevenson October 1885." Margaret Isabella (Balfour) Stevenson (1829- 1897), or Maggie (as she was known to her family), married Thomas Stevenson in 1848 and gave birth to RLS in 1850. She had a strong and loving relationship with her son. Although quarrels between RLS and his father about religion, his career and his marriage were upsetting to the family, the family remained close. After her husband died in 1887, Maggie went with RLS and Fanny on their travels to America and the South Seas and even settled with them in Vailima. She returned to Edinburgh to live with her sister after RLS died. BEINECKE 195. HAYWARD 297. PRIDEAUX A35.
Stevenson, Robert LouisLondon: Longman's Green & Co, 1885. First Edition 1st Printing. Half Dark Blue Morocco. Near Fine Book. 6 1/2" Tall. 101 pp., with two preliminary blanks, adverts. page, half-title, three final blanks. Top edge gilt, deckled edges. Attractively bound in well preserved half dark morocco, five bands, gilt title and author, over marbled paper boards, matching hand marbled endpapers. No names or marks or stains or other damage, pages clean and just a little aged [with one very small foxing spot]. First issue with no mention of "Two Series" in the advertisement at front. Gift quality.
- Published: 1885
- Condition: Near Fine Book
- Edition: First Edition 1st Printing
STEVENSON. ROBERT LOUISLongmans, Green, and Co. London. 1885. FIRST EDITION. Small 8vo. (6.4 x 4.4 inches). A very good, bright copy. Finely bound by Zaehnsdorf in late nineteenth century full brown calf. Triple gilt ruled borders with central circular gilt device made up the authors initials on boards. Spine with wide raised bands,each with five ruled gilt lines. Three dark green labels, ruled and lettered in gilt. Compartments fully decorated in gilt and with circular green leather onlays. The onlay to the top panel is missing. Gilt inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Previous owners bookplate on front paste down. Original blue cloth front board with small gilt stamped publishers device and original spine bound in at the rear. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Minor rubbing to edges and front hinge cracked but firm. Overall a very good clean copy in a very pretty early leather binding.
STEVENSON, Robert LouisLondon, Longmans, Green and Co.,, 1885. Small octavo (157 × 102 mm). Contemporary calf, two brown morocco labels, elaborate tooling in compartments, flat bands, triple rule to boards with central emblem, inner dentelles, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt. Bookplate to front pastedown, expert restoration to headcap, some trivial loss to gilt, overall an excellent copy handsomely bound. First edition, first impression.
- Published: 1885
Stevenson, Robert Louis1885. London: Longmans, Green, and Co., 1885. Original blue cloth, beveled. First Edition, first printing (which consisted of 1000 copies). Stevenson began writing these verses as early as 1881: supposedly after perusing through Kate Greenaway's BIRTHDAY BOOK FOR CHILDREN, he observed "These are rather nice rhymes, and I don't think they will be difficult to do," and then proceeded to try his hand at them. It is hard to believe that the author of DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE and THE BODY-SNATCHER also wrote these sprightly juvenile rhymes. The book is dedicated to Alison Cunningham, "Cummy," his childhood nurse-maid.~The spine lettering of this copy includes an apostrophe shaped like the digit "7", and the word "OF" slightly smaller than any other in the title; other copies have a curved apostrophe and an even smaller "OF." This is the more common state (priority, if any, unknown). (The top edge is gilt, with the others uncut, which is the usual, primary state.)~This is a near-fine copy, with faint soil or darkening of the cloth but with scarcely any wear. A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES is becoming increasingly scarce in collectible condition. Beinecke 193; Princeton 20A copy 3; Prideaux pp 35-39.
- Published: 1885
STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUISSTEVENSON ROBERT LOUIS CHILDS GARDEN OF VERSES NY RH RUSSELL 1900. MARS, E.. STEVENSON,ROBERT LOUIS. A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES. NY: R.H. RUSSELL (1900). Large square 4to (12x12"), blue pictorial boards, tips and spine extrems lightly rubbed else Fine. 1st edition of perhaps the most lavish of all illustrated versions of these poems and possibly the first edition of these poems with color illustrations. This edition is illustrated by E.MARS and M.H. SQUIRE with lovely full page color plates and full page black and whites plus a profusion of text illustrations. The book is printed on heavy glossy stock and is truly beautiful. (This version was later issued in a much smaller and greatly abridged format). Due to the nature of the binding and its large size, very few copies of this edition survive in collectible condition.
Robert Louis StevensonScribner's, 1905. Book. Illus. by Jessie Willcox Smith. Fine. Decorative Cloth. First Thus. 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. First Edition (1905) with Smith Illustrations. Fine copy (light staining to back panel).Near fine Fresh Jacket. $1.75 on flap.Difficult First. Jacket lightly chipped at crown.Beautiful Copy..
- Published: 1905
- Condition: Fine
- Edition: First Thus
Stevenson, Robert LouisLongmans Green and Co, 1885. First ediition, first issue. Hardcover. bookplates , inscription on front fly, wear with some loss to the extremities and spine slightly dull else a very good copy. [apostrophe on spine shaped like a 7]. . [does not mention the Second Series in the list his works]. x + 101 pp. 12mo [4-1/2" x 6-1/2"]. Peacock blue cloth over boards, bevelled with gilt stamped spine. publisher's device stamped gilt stamped on upper front left corner. teg. fore and bottom edge untrimmed Prideaux 14
- Published: 1885
- Condition: bookplates , inscription on front fly, wear with some loss to the extremities and spine slightly dull else a very good copy.
- Edition: First ediition, first issue
Stevenson, Robert LouisNew York: R H Russell (1900). Pictorial paper over boards, edges and joints rubbed, boards evenly darkened, internally clean and bright, binding tight. A beautiful edition of Stevenson's classic, finely printed on thick glossy paper including fabulous line art, monochromatic and color artwork. Mars and Squire met at the Cincinnati Art Academy in Ohio and would remain partners in work and life, moving from Ohio to NYC to France and Provincetown MA and eventually back to France where they both died in the mid-1950s. While living in France they became friends with Gertrude Stein and were part of her salon. Mars and Squire also developed the printing technique commonly referred to as the Provincetown Print (see entry in GLBTQ dot com).. First Edition. Very Good Minus/No Jacket. Illus. by Ethel Mars & Maud Hunt Squire. Square Folio.
- Condition: Very Good Minus
- Edition: First Edition