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A Foot Note to History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa by  Robert Louis (Balfour) (1850–1894) Sevenson - First American Edition - 1892 - from The Book Collector and Biblio.co.uk

A Foot Note to History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa

by Sevenson, Robert Louis (Balfour) (1850–1894)

Condition: Very Good


New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1892 viii+322+[12 ad] pages with map. Small octavo (7 1/2" x 5 1/4") issued in green cloth with gilt lettering to spine and cover and black vignette to front cover. 1st American edition. In 1890 Stevenson purchased four hundred acres (about 1.6 square kilometres) of land in Upolu, one of the Samoan islands. Here, after two aborted attempts to visit Scotland, he established himself, after much work, upon his estate, which he named Vailima ("Five Rivers"). Stevenson himself adopted the native name Tusitala. His influence spread to the natives who consulted him for advice, and he soon became involved in local politics. He was convinced the European officials appointed to rule the natives were incompetent, and after many futile attempts to resolve the matter, he published A Footnote to History. This was such a stinging protest against existing conditions that it resulted in the recall of two officials, and Stevenson feared for a time it would result in his own deportation. When things had finally blown over he wrote a friend, "I used to think meanly of the plumber; but now he shines beside the politician." Condition: Soiled, corners bumped and rubbed, spine moderately rubbed. Gilt on spine dulled, page ends soiled, shelf wear else about very good issued without jacket.. First American Edition. Original Cloth. Very Good. Royal octavo.


  • Bookseller: The Book Collector US (US)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: BOOKS002184
  • Title: A Foot Note to History: Eight Years of Trouble in Samoa
  • Author: Sevenson, Robert Louis (Balfour) (1850–1894)
  • Format/binding:Paperback
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Edition: First American Edition
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons
  • Place: New York
  • Date published: 1892

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