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[Stevenson, Robert Louis]
A Martial Elegy for some Lead Soldiers
[Davos, Switzerland, 1880. First edition, one of a few copies printed. Broadside. Title, 18 lines of verse, "Price 1 penny (1st Edition)" at foot. A few letters poorly inked and with holograph corrections in ink. 1 vols. 6-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches. Old fold (partly split), some paper flaws at edges. Blue cloth slipcase with leather label with matching chemise. First edition, one of a few copies printed. Broadside. Title, 18 lines of verse, "Price 1 penny (1st Edition)" at foot. A few letters poorly inked and with holograph corrections in ink. 1 vols. 6-7/8 x 5-1/8 inches. A fugitive item in the bibliography of Robert Louis Stevenson, a poem printed on a toy press in Davos by Lloyd Osbourne, the twelve-year-old son of Fanny Stevenson. Hart suggests that it "may have been the very first thing he printed at Davos". The Beinecke copy belonged to Maggie Stevenson and is dated to 1880 on the basis of a letter from Fanny to Maggie Stevenson.Describing the fallen soldiers, the poem playfully invokes a somber tone but turns its focus to the boy in its closing lines. Some of Stevenson's most enduring poetry considers the things of childhood, such as A Child's Garden of Verse (1883).RARE. Prideaux II, 15; McKay, Beinecke 134; Hart, J.D. The Private Press Ventures of Samuel Lloyd Osbourne and R.L.S., p. 19
Bookseller: James Cummins Bookseller [United States]
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