London: Chatto and Windus, 1883. 32 pp ads dated Nov 1887. Original grey-green cloth decorated in brown and gilt.
First Edition, which consisted of only 1000 copies -- some of which were bound up years later in plain dark blue buckram. This is the story of Stevenson's "honeymoon," if you will, with Fanny Osbourne. He had met and fallen in love with her on the Continent in 1876; three years later he followed her to San Francisco Bay, she having procured a divorce from her first husband in the meantime. Affected by the "sea fogs" there, RLS immediately came down with tuberculosis. He and she were married in May 1880, and quickly traveled up into the mountains toward the head of the Napa Valley, seeking drier air for his lungs. They ultimately settled into a cabin at an abandoned silver mine, about 2800 feet above sea level. The Williamses, to whom the book is dedicated, owned the small ranch from which the newlyweds climbed into the mountains (Dora Williams had been the only attendant at their wedding).
This copy is in the primary, decorative binding, though with an ad catalogue dated four years after publication (as with the copy cited in Beinecke: apparently the last copies of the primary binding were bound up that month; this is actually something of a benefit, because in 1883 Chatto & Windus was binding their books with staples, but by 1887 they had realized such books were not holding together, and reverted to string). In this copy the "P" signature mark is not present on p. 209, and the word "His" is not present near the bottom of p. 140 (priority unknown). This is a near-fine copy, with some small marks at the top of the rear cover (spine very slightly sunned, less than is usually the case). Beinecke 232; Princeton 21 (copy 3). Provenance: bookplates of Edith C. Pollock, and of G[eoffrey]. & N[an]. Ingleton showing their home "The Grange" at Parramatta, N.S.W.; Lt. Comm. Geoffrey Chapman Ingleton (1908-1998) was one of Australia's foremost maritime historians, and also a talented artist. Item #15109