THE MASTER OF BALLANTRAE. Robert Louis Stevenson.


[fine in yellow wrappers] A Winter's Tale. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1889. 2+8 pp undated ads. Original printed yellow wrappers.

First American Edition (published on the day after Cassell's London one). Stevenson freely acknowledged that his inspiration for this book was Robert Marryat's THE PHANTOM SHIP (1839), which he had recently read. RLS began writing BALLANTRAE in Saranac Lake in 1887 but did not finish it until his first South Seas voyage in 1889.~This copy is in yellow wrappers; others were in red cloth (no precedence, just two options at different prices). Condition is remarkably fine: there is essentially no soil or wear, except for a short (closed) tear at a fore-corner of the first few leaves. This American edition is much scarcer than the English edition -- especially in the delicate wrappers, and especially in this condition. Furthermore -- tipped onto the half-title is a slip with "With the Author's Compliments" in printed script. See Beinecke 488 (in cloth -- curiously the Beinecke collection does not list a copy in wrappers); Princeton 41C (in yellow wrappers). Item #13545

Price: $975.00

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