Letters from Samoa; 1891-1895
London: Methuen, 1906. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Cloth. Pastedown on spine. Frontispiece and photographic plates. 340 pp. plus 31 pp. ads.
Minor shelf wear. Sunning to spine and chips to pastedown. Minor foxing throughout. Bookplate inside front cover. An excellent copy.
This is a first edition collection of letters written by Robert Louis Stevenson's mother from Samoa between 1891-95. This period covers Robert Louis Stevenson's final years and death, during which Mrs. Stevenson lived on the island with him. This copy is from the estate of Rex Maughan (1936-2021), major Robert Louis Stevenson collector and archivist who, as Chairman of the Robert Louis Stevenson Museum, greatly contributed to the preservation of Stevenson's estate in Valima, Samoa. (Prideaux A-28). Very good. Item #3134