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.

Original peacock blue cloth over beveled boards. Front cover stamped with gilt publisher’s device. Spine ruled and lettered in gilt (apostrophe resembles a “7,” priority undetermined). Top edge gilt, others uncut. Very minimal rubbing and bumping to corners and spine. Endpapers very slightly toned. Some very minor dust soiling to top margin of a few pages. Overall a very good 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.

From Beinecke, binding with the apostrophe in the word “Child’s” on the spine resembling a small figure seven, and the word “of” in a small type in the spine lettering no sequence determined.

Beinecke 192-194. Prideaux, p. 35, no. 14.

HBS # 68032 $1,500