“There is no duty we so much underrate as the duty of being happy. By being happy we sow anonymous benefits upon the world”: The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson; Finely Bound in Full Morocco
The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson [Including Treasure Island; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde; Kidnapped].
Stevenson, Robert Louis.$9,500.00
Item Number: 25015
Edinburgh: Printed by T. and A. Constable for Longmans, Green and Company, 1894.
Edinburgh edition of the Works of Robert Louis Stevenson, often considered the finest edition of Stevenson due to the paper quality used. Octavo, complete set, 34 volumes, bound in full contemporary morocco, gilt titles to the spine, top edges gilt, gilt turn-ins. In fine condition. An exceptional set.
"Few writers have during their lifetime commanded so much admiration and regard from their fellow-craftsmen Energy of vision goes hand in hand with magic of presentment, and both words and things acquire new meaning and a new vitality under his touch" (DNB).
Other Books by this Author
London: Longman, Green, and Co, 1886.
First English edition of Stevenson’s classic book. Octavo, original cloth. In near fine condition. Housed in a custom cloth box. A superior example.
"It is a strange thing to hear one's name from across all these waters so beautifully set to song": AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED FROM ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON TO HIS BIOGRAPHER, LOUISE IMOGEN GUINEY
One page autographed signed letter from Robert Louis Stevenson to his biographer, Louise Imogen Guiney. Matted and framed with a portrait of Stevenson. The letter reads, “Dear Miss Guiney I have waited long upon the muse, for I thought your song should be answered in kind. But I must wait no longer, and the verses refuse to come. Let me, then, thank you in prose for your book which I have read with pleasure, and for your poem which gave me genuine pride. It is a strange thing to hear one’s name from across all these waters so beautifully set to song. Robert Louis Stevenson. Skerryvore, Bournemouth.” The recipient of the letter, Louise Imogen Guiney was an Irish-American poet and a cataloger at the Boston Public Library. In 1895, she and Alice Brown published a biography of Robert Louis Stevenson. In 1885, Guiney published a book of poetry titled The White Sail and Other Poems, which included a poem, The Indian Pipes, dedicated to Stevenson. A very warm letter, rare and desirable. The entire piece measures 19.5 inches by 27 inches.
London: Folio Society, 2004.
First edition of the folio society edition. Octavo, 3 volumes, with the slipcase. In fine condition.
First Editions of Each Book in Andrew Lang's Fairy Books; Each Bound Uniformly by Sangorski and Sutcliffe
The Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) [with The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905)].
London: Longmans, Green & Company, 1889-1910.
First editions of each volume in Andrew Lang’s Fairy Books: Blue (1889); Red (1890); Green (1892); Yellow (1894); Pink; (1897); Grey (1900); Violet (1901); Crimson (1903); Brown (1904); Orange (1906); Olive (1907); Lilac (1910) (12 volumes), along with eight of his other works: The Blue Poetry Book (1891); The True Story Book (1893); The Red True Story Book (1895); The Animal Story Book (1896); The Arabian Nights Entertainments (1898); The Red Book of Animal Stories (1899); The Book of Romance (1902); The Red Romance Book (1905). Bound in full leather by Sangorski and Sutcliffe, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, each volume with a different motif to the front and rear panel, all edges gilt, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, book marks. Each volume bound with the original cloth spine and front panel. With numerous illustrations by H. J. Ford. In near fine condition with a few volumes with some light cracking at the hinges. An exceptional set bound by Sangorski and Sutcliffe.
"To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often": Winston Churchills Collected Works; 38 Volumes In Full Vellum In the Original Slipcases
London: Library of Imperial History In association With Charles Scribner's Sons and The Hamlyn Publishing Group Limited, 1973-76.
Centenary limited edition of Churchill’s Works, one of only 3000 sets produced. This copy is signed in My Early Life by Clementine Churhill, opposite her preface, “Inscribed by Clementine Spencer Churchill” and presented by her daughter Mary Soames to Mr. Ravi Tikkoo at York Races August the 22nd 1974.” Octavo, original full vellum, 34 volumes. Boards gilt-stamped with the Churchill arms, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers, original dark green slipcases, also gilt-stamped with the Churchill coat of arms. In excellent condition. A beautiful set.
Philadelphia: C. Sherman, 5605, 1845-46.
First edition of the “first English translation of the Pentateuch in America,” the 1845 Hebrew-English Bible by one of the most prominent and influential figures in American Jewish history. Octavo, 5 volumes. Translated by Isaac Leeser. Bound in contemporary polished calf, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, rebacked. Lightly rubbed, moderate wear. A very nice example of a scarce and important work.
London: Hodder & Stoughton, c. 1911.
Finely bound by Asprey. Quarto, bound in full morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, raised bands, gilt ruled to the front and rear panels, gilt turn-ins, all edges gilt. Illustrated with 25 tipped in color plates by Hugh Thompson. In near fine condition.