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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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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.].

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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).

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A Child's Garden of Verses

STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS

London: Longmans, Green, 1885, 1885. First edition, first issue binding. Beinecke 193; NCBEL III, 1005. Edges slightly rubbed; cloth a little soiled; very nice copy, enclosed in a chemise and quarter morocco slipcase.. 8vo, original blue cloth, gilt lettering, t.e.g., others untrimmed. Publisher's presentation copy, with their round blind-stamp on the title page.

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$3,750.00

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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.

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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.

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A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES

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.

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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 including 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.

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$2,500.00

A Child's Garden Of Verses (First Edition, First Printing)

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.

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$2,495.00

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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.

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$2,371.43

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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.

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$2,032.65

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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.

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$2,032.65

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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.

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$1,850.00

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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.

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$1,850.00

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A Child's Garden of Verses.

STEVENSON, Robert Louis.

London: Longmans, Green and Co.,, 1885. Small octavo (157 x 105 mm). Skilfully rebound to period style in dark blue half calf, red morocco label, spine gilt in compartments, marbled paper boards, brown endpapers, top edge gilt. A bright copy in excellent condition. First edition, first impression. Front and spine panels of original cloth bound in at rear.

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$1,693.88

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..

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$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.

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$1,250.00

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Child's Garden of Verses

Stevenson, Robert Louis

New 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.

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$1,100.00

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CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES

STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS

LE MAIR. (LE MAIR,H. WILLEBEEK)illus. A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES by Robert Louis Stevenson. Philadelphia: McKay (1926). Oblong 4to (11 1/2 x 9 1/4"), green cloth, pictorial paste-on, Fine in somewhat worn dust wrapper. 1st edition with Le Mair's illustrations (preceding the British edition by several years). Illustrated by Le Mair with pictorial endpapers plus 12 magnificent color plates. This is a beautiful copy of one of Le Mair's most sought after books.

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$875.00

A Child's Garden of Verses

Stevenson, Robert Louis

New York and London: John Lane, the Bodley Head and Charles Scribners Sons, 1896. Cloth Very Good 8vo. 136 pp. Rubbing and light soiling to covers. Rubbing and very light bumping to spine ends, light rubbing to edges and corners. Title label on spine rubbed, faded and peeling; spine sunned. Top edge gilt. Rough cut fore edge. Gilt stamped green cloth fpd and rpd. Endpapers lightly scuffed. Interior has light brownish spotty staining to some pages. Binding tight.

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$750.00

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A Child's Garden of Verses

STEVENSON, Robert Louis

London: Longmans, Green, 1885. First edition.. Hardback. Very good. Small 8vo. (6.5 x 4.5 inches). pp.x, 101. Publisher's blue cloth gilt, bevelled edges, top edge gilt, others uncut. Cloth a little rubbed to boards and edges. Free endpapers browned. O/w contents clean and bright. Binding firm and square. Personal bookplate to front pastedown (Claude Goldsmid-Montefiore). First issue of the text (with no mention of the ‘Second Series’ in the list of the author’s works), second issue of the binding (apostrophe sharp-edged, shaped like a 7, the word ‘OF’ the same font size as ‘A’, not smaller). A Very Good copy. We reduce the default shipping charge for lighter books or use it for a tracked service if books are expensive or uncommon. We pack books securely in boxes, or corrugated card or cardboard, and protect corners with bubble-wrap.

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$745.31