New York: Scribner's, 1920. First Edition. Hardcover. 8vo. Cloth. Pastedown on spine. Frontispiece and photographic plates. 337 pp.
Shelf wear with 2 1/2" tears to cloth at front hinge. Hinges overopened. Sunning to spine. Bookplate inside front cover, and gift inscription on front free endpaper. An excellent copy.
This is a first edition biography of Fanny Van de Grift Stevenson written by her sister Nellie. Fanny was the wife of Robert Louis Stevenson and lived a fascinating life. An early supporter of Stevenson's works, she was an author, travel writer, editor, and adventurer independent of her more famous husband, described by her final companion Ned Field as "the only woman in the world worth dying for." 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. Very good. Item #3139