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Treasure Island. by  Robert Louis STEVENSON - First Edition - 1883 - from Peter Harrington and Biblio.co.uk

Treasure Island.

by STEVENSON, Robert Louis

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London: Cassell & Company, Limited,, 1883. Octavo. Original red cloth (the book was issued in various coloured cloth bindings), titles to spine gilt, covers blocked in blind with a single line border, black coated endpapers. Housed in a red flat-back cloth box by the Chelsea Bindery. Frontispiece map with captions printed in red, brown and blue, with tissue-guard. 1901 catalogue details tipped in to head of front free endpaper verso, near-contemporary bookplate to the front pastedown, and ownership inscription to front free endpaper verso, another, contemporary, to head of half-title. Spine rolled and faded, light soiling to boards, light wear to tips, foxing to edges; a very good copy. First edition, first impression, with the following points: "dead man's chest" not capitalised on pages 2 or 7; the first letter of "vain" broken in the last line, page 40; the "a" not present in line 6, page 63; the "7" overstamped in the pagination on page 127; the full stop not present following "opportunity" in line 20, page 178; with "worse" in line 3, page 197; and the first state October advertisements, coded 5R-1083 (some copies have July and November advertisements, both of which were likely used later by the binder). Treasure Island was originally written as a pendant to the now-famous treasure map the author had drawn to entertain his young stepson "on a rainy day in the Scottish Highlands" (Grolier), and was serialised in Young Folks magazine from October 1881 to January 1882 under the pseudonym "Captain George North". It was only with the appearance of this first edition, however, that it received any kind of critical attention, and "was immediately hailed by critics as a classic".

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.




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