Prayers Written at Vailima. With an Introduction by Mrs. Stevenson
1973·Los Angeles, CA:
by Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894)
Los Angeles, CA:: Dawson's Book Shop,, 1973. First Edition, thus. Hardcover. Like New. Mary Kuper. LIMITED EDITION of 30 special copies printed letterpress by Saul and Lillian Marks at the Plantin Press. Wood engraving by Mary Kuper. Binding by Patron & de la Mauviniere. Miniature Book. 2 1/2 x 1 15/16 inches. xxxviii, (62) pp. Half-title, title page printed in red and black inks with small decoration, headpieces, Introduction by Fanny Vandergrift Osbourne Stevenson (1840-1914), 1 wood engraving by Mary Kuper, printer's mark on the colophon; text clean, un-marked. Full orange morocco over boards, front cover leather label decorated in gilt, brown leather spine label titled in gilt; binding square and tight. Silver Lilliput, Tokyo, bookplate on rear pastedown. Fine. This was Robert Louis Stevenson's last work, written in Samoa where he died unexpectedly. It contains beautiful daily prayers written for his family and the Samoan people who shared the Stevenson home. The book includes an introduction by Mrs. R. L. Stevenson on the importance of the prayers, and of their life on the island. REFERENCES: Bradbury, Twentieth Century US Miniature Books, No. 2822 and p. 64; Harmsen and Tabor, The Plantin Press of Saul and Lillian Marks, A Bibliography, No. 380. (Inventory #: CGSZ816-009)
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