Item #13922 VAILIMA LETTERS [in unbound signatures]. Robert Louis Stevenson.

VAILIMA LETTERS [in unbound signatures].

[1/100, in unbound signatures] Being Correspondence addressed by Robert Louis Stevenson to Sidney Colvin. November 1890 - October 1894. In Two Volumes. Chicago: Stone & Kimball, 1895. Original folded unbound signatures.

First Edition, Large Paper Issue, consisting of 100 numbered copies on John Dickinson & Co. paper -- this copy unnumbered, and in fact still in its unbound signatures. VAILIMA LETTERS was published in Chicago in late October 1895, about a week before the London edition, in the year following Stevenson's death; "Vailima" ("five rivers") was the name Stevenson gave to the home he and his family made for themselves in Samoa.

This is a remarkable, never-issued copy, a complete set of the folded sheets which never went to the binder -- where the two volumes would have been bound in grey paper-covered boards, and where each volume would have had a frontispiece inserted (here absent).

Condition is just about fine (one small damp-mark at the top edge of the first couplet of Vol I). Beinecke (Yale) 610; Princeton 60A. Housed in a cloth slipcase with leather labels, with two inner chemises. Item #13922

Price: $375.00

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