FATHER DAMIEN. Robert Louis Stevenson.


An Open Letter to the Reverend Doctor Hyde of Honolulu. London: Chatto and Windus, 1890. Original brown wrappers.

First Trade Edition, consisting of 1,000 copies (preceded by 25 copies issued in Sydney and 30 issued in Edinburgh). On the Stevensons' voyage to the South Pacific they had visited the leper colony on Molokai, founded by Dr. Damien (who had himself died of leprosy the year before they arrived). A missionary named Hyde had written a recent letter denouncing Damien; this piece is Stevenson's open reply to Hyde, which Stevenson boasted of as being blatantly libellous.~This is a near-fine copy of this fragile piece (very slight edgewear to the wrapper). Beinecke 510; Princeton 44B. Item #871

Price: $375.00

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