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Stevenson, Robert Louis
1886. being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751. [London:] Cassell & Company, 1886. 16 pp ads dated April 1886. Original green cloth. First Edition, first issue. In mid-18th Century Scotland, 17-year-old David Balfour is cheated out of his inheritance by a greedy uncle, who has him kidnapped and shipped to the Carolinas; with numerous challenges Balfour manages to get back to Scotland to fight to regain his property and his name. Stevenson began KIDNAPPED early in 1885 "partly as a lark, partly as a pot-boiler" (according to himself); he finished it in Spring 1886, having interrupted it part way through to write DR JEKYLL AND MR HYDE. He had accepted Sidney Colvin's suggestion to cut short the novel and leave the rest for a sequel -- which he did, with DAVID BALFOUR / CATRIONA, in 1893. This is a copy of the first issue (with "name his business" on p. 40, "nine o'clock" on p. 64, and "Long Islands" on p. 101). The ads also are in the first (April) state (some first-issue copies have the July ads that are present in the second issue). This copy's color is green, one of several (five?) used without priority. Condition is near-fine: there is some faint speckling of the cloth and the volume is a little askew -- common problems for this book. Atypically, the spine is not darkened, the spine gilt remains bright, the original black-coated endpapers are clean and un-cracked, the foldout map is not torn, and there is no fixing on the leaves within. Beinecke 378; Princeton 31 (copies 1-4). Provenance: the margin of the title page bears the monogra … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Sumner & Stillman [ABAA] [Yarmouth, ME, U.S.A.]

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