Robert Louis Stevenson Rare Books And Memorabilia

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Robert Louis Stevenson Rare Books And Memorabilia are collectible items relating to the Scottish 19th century author and poet Robert Louis Stevenson.

Brief history/biography

Robert Louis Stevenson was born on November 13th, 1850 and died on December 3rd, 1894.

Stevenson was a Scottish writer and poet who wrote numerous different novels, short stories, and travel articles, and has been currently ranked as one of the "26 most translated authors in the world."

Some of Stevenson's most famous books include Treasure Island (1883), Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886), Kidnapped (1886), Prince Otto (1885) and Catriona (1893).

Some of Stevenson's famous travel articles include "An Inland Voyage" (1878), "Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes" (1879), "The Silverado Squatters" (1883), "Across the Plains" (1892), "The Amateur Emigrant" (1895) and "The Old and New Pacific Capitals" (1882).

Types of Robert Louis Stevenson Rare Books And Memorabilia

Books

  • Sotheby's in New York sold a first edition copy of Treasure Island (1883) for $31,200 in December of 2003, and another first edition copy of Treasure Island (1883) for $26,400 in April of 2005.

  • Christie's in London sold a first edition copy of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) which was also inscribed by Stevenson for £11,163 in November of 2000.

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A first edition copy of An Inland Voyage (1878) which was also inscribed by Stevenson to his mother for $21,850 in October of 1994.
  • A first edition copy of Treasure Island (1883) for $14,400 in April of 2005.
  • A first edition copy of Treasure Island (1883) for $16,250 in June of 2008.

Documents

Christie's in New York sold:

  • Two autographed letters written and signed by Stevenson (circa 1886) for $11,163 in December of 2000.
  • An autograph manuscript of Kidnapped (1886) for $22,705 in April of 2003.
  • An autograph manuscript of In the South Seas (circa 1889 to 1891) for $80,500 in December of 2010.

Artwork

Christie's in New York sold:

  • A bronze portrait of Robert Louis Stevenson by artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens which was also inscribed by Saint-Gaudens to Stevenson for $67,000 in May of 2008.
  • A bronze portrait of Stevenson by Augustus Saint-Gaudens which was also inscribed by Saint-Gaudens to Stevenson for $10,450 in December of 1991.
  • A bronze portrait of Stevenson by artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens which was also inscribed by Saint-Gaudens to Stevenson and included several stanzas from Underwoods by Stevenson for $43,000 in March of 2008.
  • A bronze portrait of Stevenson by Augustus Saint-Gaudens which was also inscribed by Saint-Gaudens to Stevenson for $35,000 in May of 2009.
  • A bronze portrait of Stevenson by Augustus Saint-Gaudens which was also inscribed by Saint-Gaudens to Stevenson for $22,500 in September of 2010.
  • A bronze portrait of Stevenson by artist Augustus Saint-Gaudens which was also inscribed by Saint-Gaudens to Stevenson and included an excerpt from Underwoods by Stevenson for $17,600 in May of 1992.

Guide for collectors

First edition copies of Treasure Island (1883), Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886) and An Inland Voyage (1878) are considered to be the most valuable.

Memorabilia that was once signed by Stevenson is also considered valuable.

Restoration of a first edition copy of any of Stevenson's books or Augustus Saint-Gaudens' bronze portraits of Stevenson is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find Robert Louis Stevenson memorabilia, visit www.robert-louis-stevenson.org.

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