Stevenson, Robert Louis
. Charles Scribner's Sons . NY
PR5488.F13 1914 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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A fancy (first American?) edition first sold by Lauriat in Boston. The binding is very fragile. I like both these whimsical stories and their dramatic illustrations. The first is, e.g., a conversation between Smollett and Silver on such topics as whether there is an author and what he does for and with them. Many of the texts might best be described, I believe, as pointed jokes. Among the best are The Sick Man and the Fireman and The Citizen and the Traveller. See further comments under the Scribner's edition of 1923. I noticed Robin Greer selling a first edition from Longmans, Green for £140. His note says Herman, about whom nothing is known, produced highly effective Art Nouveau plates. Most copies are dated 1915 but 1914 would appear to be the true first. Herman is distinctive, though not my taste. Perhaps his best work here is the frontispiece of Stevenson, Smollett, and Silver.