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A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES by  Robert Louis Stevenson - Hardcover - 1885 - from William Reese Company - Literature ABAA-ILAB and Biblio.com

A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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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.

Rediscover the delight and innocence of childhood in these classic poems from celebrated Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson.From make-believe to climbing trees, bedtime stories to morning play and favorite cousins to beloved mothers.Here is a very special collection to be treasured for ever.  First published in 1885, the first printing of A Child's Garden of Verses ran 1000 copies by Longhaus, Green and Co in London. This book was not illustrated until the 1896 edition, published 2 years after Stevenson's death. The collection contains about 65 poems, and many of the poems, including “The Land of Counterpane,” take a positive perspective on Stevenson's own childhood which was plagued by sickness. He dedicated the work to his nurse Alison Cunningham. Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, musician and travel writer. (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) Although he died at just forty four years old and suffered from ill health the majority of his life he managed to travel and write extensively in that short period. His most famous works are Treasure Island , Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde , Kidnapped, and A Child's Garden of Verses . Although Stevenson fell out of the canon for a number of years, today he is one of the most translated authors and is highly celebrated for his stories.




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