Book ID: 28796 Autograph Letters, Original Manuscripts, Books, Portraits, and Curios from the Library of the Late Robert Louis Stevenson Consigned by the Present Owner Mrs. Isobel Strong, of Santa Barbara, Calif. Part I [With:] Autograph Letters . . . Consigned by the Present Owner, Mrs. Salisbury Field, of Santa Barbara, Calif. Part II [With:] A Remarkable Collection of Autograph Letters . . . Consigned by the Owner Mrs. Salisbury Field of Santa Barbara, Calif., Who Inherited them on the Death of Her Mother, Mrs. R. L. Stevenson. Part III. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON.
Autograph Letters, Original Manuscripts, Books, Portraits, and Curios from the Library of the Late Robert Louis Stevenson Consigned by the Present Owner Mrs. Isobel Strong, of Santa Barbara, Calif. Part I [With:] Autograph Letters . . . Consigned by the Present Owner, Mrs. Salisbury Field, of Santa Barbara, Calif. Part II [With:] A Remarkable Collection of Autograph Letters . . . Consigned by the Owner Mrs. Salisbury Field of Santa Barbara, Calif., Who Inherited them on the Death of Her Mother, Mrs. R. L. Stevenson. Part III.

The Diaspora of Robert Louis Stevenson's Library

Autograph Letters, Original Manuscripts, Books, Portraits, and Curios from the Library of the Late Robert Louis Stevenson Consigned by the Present Owner Mrs. Isobel Strong, of Santa Barbara, Calif. Part I [With:] Autograph Letters . . . Consigned by the Present Owner, Mrs. Salisbury Field, of Santa Barbara, Calif. Part II [With:] A Remarkable Collection of Autograph Letters . . . Consigned by the Owner Mrs. Salisbury Field of Santa Barbara, Calif., Who Inherited them on the Death of Her Mother, Mrs. R. L. Stevenson. Part III.

Place and Imprint: New York: The Anderson Auction Company, 1914, 1915 & 1916.
Edition: Only editions located.
Bibliographical References: OCLC 897484121 records one location (St. Andrews for volumes 1 & 2 only); McKay, American Book Auction Catalogues, 7465, 7489 & 7650; not found in Beinecke, A Stevenson Library.
Condition: Fragile wrappers chipped at the edges and spine; very good copies. Rare.
Book ID: 28796

Physical Description

3 vols, 8vo, original printed wrappers, 106, 67 & 42 pages (respectively). Three frontispieces and four plates.

Comments

A landmark dispersal – surely the most important ever - of material by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894). More than 1500 lots in a three-part sale with hundreds of unpublished letters, manuscripts, books from RLS’s library and curios and relics, including those which he collected during his adventures and voyages: Tokalau buckets, rattles, head dresses, spyglasses and compass, etc. Stevenson’s widow, Fanny Osbourne (1840-1914), had moved to Santa Barbara following his death and became involved with a newspaper artist named Edward Salisbury Field (1878-1936), who, to complicate matters, married her daughter, Isobel Osbourne Strong (1858-1953), upon her death. Isobel Osbourne Strong and Mr. Field then consigned all the Stevenson family material to the Anderson Auction Co. of New York. According to an introductory note in Part III, the first two parts realized $66,494.95. An important source for the study of the provenance of Stevenson material. This copy was once in the inventory of the Brick Row Book Shop and contains the cost code and price in the hand of E. Byrne Hackett, the firm's founder. It later became part of the reference collection of Franklin Gilliam, the second owner of the business; it was recently purchased from Franklin Gilliam :: Rare Books and returned to the inventory of the BRBS.

Price: $950.00

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