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Pentland Rising: A Page of History, 1666

by STEVENSON, Robert Louis

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Stevensonís Very Rare First Book [STEVENSON, Robert Louis]. Pentland Rising: A Page of History, 1666. Edinburgh: Andrew Elliot, 1866. First edition of Stevensonís first work, published when he was only sixteen years old. Twelvemo in fours (6 5/8 x 4 11/16 inches; 168 x 120 mm.). 22 [2] pp. Wrappers are part of collation. Publisherís original printed green wrappers, sewn (as issued). Front lightly dust soiled. Back wrapper with a light crease. Previous owner's bookplate on inside of front wrapper. Chemised and in a quarter red morocco slipcase with gilt spine lettering. An excellent copy of this fragile item. ìThis little pamphlet, which was written when Stevenson was barely sixteen, was the outcome of the interest taken by him in the stories of the Covenanters that he had learned in childhood from his nurse, and that, at an even earlier age, he had endeavored to express in the form of fiction. It was published at the end of 1866, in a small edition, of which the greater number of copies were bought up by his father. In a short time it had become exceedingly scarceì (Prideaux). The Stevenson family eventually sold twenty copies in 1899 through Sothebyís. By any estimation, Stevensonís scarcest work. Beinecke 1. Prideaux, p. 132-133. HBS 64892. $4,500
  • Bookseller: Heritage Book Shop, LLC US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 64892
  • Title: Pentland Rising: A Page of History, 1666
  • Author: STEVENSON, Robert Louis
  • Book condition: Used
  • Publisher: Andrew Elliot
  • Place: Edinburgh
  • Date published: 1866


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