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Treasure Island


Condition: Very Good

London, Paris & New York: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1883. Original brown silk-grained cloth, bordered in blind, black coated endpapers, gilt spine lettering (issued in various colours without priority). Pp. viii, 292, followed by 4 pages of publisher's advertisements numbered 5G-783. Original frontispiece map in 4 colours with tissue guard. Bookplate of noted British bibliophile, Eric S. Quayle, to front pastedown, covers lightly soiled, very slight lean, upper corner lightly bruised, paper over rear joint split which has been somewhat crudely repaired, housed in a custom, highly durable, clamshell box of brown/maroon pebbled cloth with inset mounted copy of map and lettered in gilt, double gilt-stamped leather spine labels. A very good copy, with first edition points as follows: P. 2 & 7: "deadman's chest" not capitalized; P. 40, last two lines: the "v" in vain, and also the "m" in the word miscreant above is broken; P. 63: "A" missing in line 6; P. 83: the "8" in pagination is supposed to be missing, here it is present; P. 127: "7" is missing from page number; P. 178: full-stop missing following "opportunity" in 4th paragraph; P. 197, Line 3: "worse" for worst. Prideaux 11.. First Edition, First Issue. Hard Cover. Very Good.

Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. The story was originally serialised in the children's magazine Young Folks under the title The Sea Cook over a period of several months from 1881-82. Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, Treasure Island is the classic pirate tale, known for its superb atmosphere, character and action. It is one of the most frequently dramatised of all novels. The influence of Treasure Island on popular perception of pirates is vast, including treasure maps with an "X", schooners, the Black Spot, tropical islands, and one-legged seamen with parrots on their shoulders.  Read more: Identifying first editions of Treasure Island

  • Bookseller: Contact Editions CA (CA)
  • Bookseller Inventory #: 25771
  • Title: Treasure Island
  • Format/binding: Hardcover
  • Book condition: Used - Very Good
  • Edition: First Edition, First Issue
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Publisher: Cassell & Company, Limited
  • Place: London, Paris & New York
  • Date published: 1883
  • Keywords: Robert Louis Stevenson


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