First Edition of "A Child’s Garden of Verses"
STEVENSON, Robert Louis. Child's Garden of Verses. London: Longmans, Green, and Co. , 1885.
First edition, first issue. With no mention of "Second Series" on advertisement page. Small octavo (6 1/4 x 4 3/16 inches; 158 x 105 mm). [2], x, 101, [3, blank] pp. With original front cover and spine cloth bound in at back.

Beautifully bound by Maclehose, Glasgow in full red morocco. Boards quadruple-ruled in gilt. Spine ruled and lettered in gilt. Boards edges ruled in gilt. Gilt dentelles. Marbled endpapers. Original peacock blue cloth from front board and spine bound in at the back. Top edge gilt, others uncut. Previous owner, journalist and author, Charles Whibley's signature on title-page. Previous owner James Mann's attractive bookplate in the style of Burne-Jones on front free endpaper. An about fine copy.

Stevenson began writing poems for children in 1881, and thirty-nine were collected in Penny Whistles, of which only three copies, distributed to friends, have been located. He added further poems between 1883 and 1885, and issued the book as A Child’s Garden of Verses.

Regarding the original cloth, Beinecke 192 (with a curved apostrophe used in the word “Child’s” and the word “of” in a small type in the spine lettering, no sequence determined).

Charles Whibley (1859–1930) was an English literary journalist and author. He was a Paris correspondent for the Pall Mall Gazette, and contributer to The Pall Mall Magazine, Macmillan's Magazine, and Blackwood's Magazine.

Beinecke 192-194. Prideaux, p. 35, no. 14. Osborne II 662

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