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A Child’s Garden of Verses. by  Robert Louis Stevenson - First Edition - from John Windle Antiquarian Bookseller and Biblio.com

A Child’s Garden of Verses.

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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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. 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.” Grolier Children’s 100 #49. Prideaux 14, Hayward 297, Osborne II: 662.

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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