New York and London: Coward-McCann, Inc., 1950. Photographs. First American Edition: MacDonald Illustrated Classics 18. Cloth. 12mo, maroon publisher's cloth with gold lettering on the spine, illustrated with glossy B&W frontispiece photograph of RLS and 7 more heading various essays, clear plastic wrapper with "The Essays of Robert Louis Stevenson," etc., top page edges stained maroon for dust protection by the publisher, xxviii + [xix-xx] + 479 pages + [480-481]: Advertisements for MacDonald Illustrated Classics. Fine / Fine. Item #2285
Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a British novelist, poet, superb essayist, and travel writer. His most famous novels are Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. He also wrote brilliant essays, and A Child's Garden of Verses. Stevenson was a literary celebrity during his lifetime, and now ranks as the 26th most translated author in the world.
His works have been admired by many writers, including Arthur Conan Doyle, Henry James, Rudyard Kipling, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway, Vladimir Nabokov, J. M. Barrie, and G. K. Chesterton, who said that Stevenson "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins." Among authors discussed, Stevenson treats Robert Burns, Dumas, Victor Hugo, Whitman, and Thoreau along with various charming reflections and idylls.
SUPERIOR COPY with the often destroyed plastic printed wrapper. All the portraits are glossy and unsullied. Slight wear to the extremities of the cloth.