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Child's Garden Of Verses, A

By Stevenson, Robert Louis




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.


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CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES

STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS

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 custom 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 a fine copy of this most important book of poems for children.

$6,000.00

Child's Garden of Verses

STEVENSON, Robert Louis

0. 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.

$6,000.00


A Child’s Garden of Verses

STEVENSON Robert Louis

London: 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." With the bookplate of the noted collector Doris Louise Benz 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.].

$5,000.00

A Child's Garden of Verses

STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS

London: Longmans, Green, 1885. First Edition. Aside from very minor rubbing, a fine copy. In a custom quarter red morocco slipcase (some wear).

$4,500.00


A Child's Garden of Verses.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

London: Longmans, Green, and Co.,, 1885. Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. With a custom green linen chemise and green quarter morocco slipcase. Spine rolled, edges lightly rubbed, a little spotting to contents. An excellent copy. First edition, first impression. One of only 1,000 copies published.

$4,125.00

A Child's Garden of Verses

STEVENSON, Robert Louis

London, 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.

$3,750.00


A Child’s Garden of Verses.

STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS.

Longmans 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.

$3,750.00


A Child's Garden of Verses

Stevenson, Robert Louis

London: Longmans, Green, 1885. First edition. [2], x, 101 pp. Spottiswoode & Co., Printers. 1 vols. 12mo. 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. First edition. [2], x, 101 pp. Spottiswoode & Co., Printers. 1 vols. 12mo. Prideaux A35; Hayward 297; Beinecke 192; Gumuchian 5440

$3,500.00

A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES

Stevenson, Robert Louis

London: Longmans Green, and Co., 1885. 8vo. First edition. First printing. one of a thousand copies printed. Original blue cloth. Very good with only a slight bit of rubing on corners and spine ends. Prideaux 14; Beinecke 192. A lovely homage to childhood.

$3,000.00


A Child’s Garden of Verses.

Stevenson, Robert Louis.

London: Longmans, Green and Co., 1885. Small 8vo, x, 101 pp. Blue-colored cloth over beveled boards, backstrip lettered in gilt, gilt publisher’s 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 children’s verse after taking up Kate Greenaway’s Birthday Book for Children and proclaiming “these are rather nice rhymes, and I don’t think they will be difficult to do.” Prideaux 14, Hayward 297, Osbourne II:662.

$2,850.00


A Child's Garden of Verses.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

London: Longmans, Green and Co.,, 1885. Small octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in 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.

$2,625.00

A Child's Garden of Verses

Stevenson, Robert Louis

London: 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.

$2,500.00


A Child's Garden of Verses

Stevenson, Robert Louis

London, England: Longman's, Green and Co., 1885. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good. 101 pp. 5" x 7.5". Original blue cloth covers are rubbed with bumping to spine extremities and corners. Gilt titling on spine with apostrophe shaped like a "7". Publisher's logo in gilt in upper left corner of front cover. Endpapers are tanned. Contains 64 poems with dedicatory poem "To Alison Cunningham". Untrimmed pages. Gilt to top edge of pages. A splendid copy of one of the most important works of children's literature.

$2,500.00


A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES

Stevenson, Robert Louis

1885. 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, voiced as if by a child. 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" is about the same size as the word "A"; some copies have a curved apostrophe, and some have a smaller "OF" (priority among these variations has been debated, but nothing is conclusive). The top edge of the pages is gilded, with the other edges uncut, which is the usual primary state. Inside, this copy has the ink-stamp "Printed in Great Britain" at the foot of the title verso, which we have seen before; though not mentioned by bibliographers, this would likely designate a copy of the first edition that was initially sent overseas (most likely to a colony).~This is a very good-plus copy, with a little rubbing at the very extremities of the volume but with scarcely any other wear or soil; the front paste-down bears two bookplates -- that of Luke A. Ionides (1837-1924, friend of Whistler and patron/collector of the arts), plus another partially removed. Beinecke 193; Princeton 20A copy 3; Prideaux pp 35-39.

$2,250.00


A Child's Garden of Verses.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

London: Longmans, Green and Co.,, 1885. Small octavo. Finely bound by the Chelsea Bindery in dark blue morocco, titles to spine gilt, raised bands, twin rule to turn-ins gilt, floral endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. A fine copy. First edition, first impression.

$2,250.00


A Child's Garden of Verses.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

London: Longmans, Green, and Co.,, 1885. Octavo. Original blue cloth, bevelled boards, titles to spine gilt, publisher's device to front cover gilt, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Spine darkened, two openings with old tape residue in gutter, a very good copy. First edition, first impression. One of 1,000 copies published. From the library of the bibliographer of Dickens and Trollope, Walter E. Smith, with his pencilled ownership inscription to the first blank recto.

$2,250.00


A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES

STEVENSON. ROBERT LOUIS

Longmans, 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.

$1,875.00


CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES

STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS

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.

$1,850.00

A Child's Garden Of Verses

Robert Louis Stevenson

Scribner'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..

$1,250.00

A Child’s Garden of Verses

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Longmans Green and Co, 1885. First ediition, first issue. Hardcover. bookplates [2], 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

$1,250.00