Publisher's Receipt Signed -- for two CHILD'S GARDEN verses. Robert Louis Stevenson.

Publisher's Receipt Signed -- for two CHILD'S GARDEN verses.

One 5"x8" printed receipt form, with the date, amount and applicable poems entered by secretarial hand, then signed in full by Stevenson. London: Cassell & Company, 27 August 1884.

This receipt acknowledges payment of four guineas to Stevenson for "the Use of my Poems entitled 'A Child's Fancies' IV & V in the 'Magazine of Art' appearing in Part 47." The two poems referred to, "Foreign Lands" and "Good and Bad Children," appeared in the September issue of that magazine and were then included in A CHILD'S GARDEN OF VERSES (published by Longmans Green in 1885). "Foreign Lands" is the rather well-known verse that begins:

Up into the cherry tree

Who should climb but little me?

I held the trunk with both my hands

And looked abroad on foreign lands.

The receipt is in near-fine condition, with faint evidence of mounting on the reverse side; the receipt was folded and notated by the publisher's staff for filing purposes. It provides a clear, full signature of Stevenson. Item #14486

Price: $1,250.00

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