“Seaward ho! Hang the treasure! It's the glory of the sea that has turned my head": Rare First Edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island
STEVENSON, Robert Louis.
Item Number: 125712
London: Cassell & Company, 1883.
First edition with the following points: “dead man’s chest” on p.2 and p.7 not capitalised; “rain” for “vain” in last line p.40; “a” not presen, p.63, line 6; “7” is missing from pagination on p.127; full-stop is missing after “opportunity” p.178, line 20; “worse” for “worst” p.197, line 3. Octavo, original blue cloth, map frontispiece. In very good condition with light rubbing. Housed in a custom clamshell box.
“Inspired by a detailed map of an island that Stevenson and his stepson drew one rainy day, with hidden treasure and cryptic instructions reverently included… Treasure Island is best enjoyed as its author intended, simply as a good tale well told” (Silvey, 631). The serial publication in Young Folks (running through January 1882) was not especially well-received, but on its appearance in book form the following year in an edition of only 2000 copies, the story was hailed as the best tale of adventure in print. “The force of invention and vividness of narrative appealed to every reader” (DNB).