Sale 20FL01 | Lot 54

STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS Autograph fair copy of his poem To Will H. Low.

Catalogue: Fine Literature featuring a Collection of Rudyard Kipling
STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS  Autograph fair copy of his poem To Will H. Low.

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Lot 54
STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS Autograph fair copy of his poem To Will H. Low.
Likely prepared for the printer, this first appeared in his work Underwoods, 1887. Written in France, but this copy apparently prepared for composition, ergo likely London: 1886 or 1887. Red three-quarters morocco ornately gilt, cloth sides, marbled endleaves. 7 7/8 x 10 1/2 inches (20 x 27 cm); photogravure portrait frontispiece of Stevenson, 3 ff. on lined paper with the 3 pp. of text written in Stevenson's hand on lined paper in pencil (possibly the original sheet has been dissected), several small notations (apparently in another hand) in ink noting leading, followed by three reproductions of paintings by Will H. Low, and a printed text of the poem presented as three stanzas. All of the contents are inlaid to the page size. Covers detached, light wear to the binding, the manuscript showing finger-soiling but generally sound. There is a recess on the inside of the rear cover that apparently contained a related item, but whatever it was, this is no longer present.
A much-loved and anthologized poem of Stevenson's, one of two in Underwoods addressed to Will H. Low and his wife. It is poem 11 in the sequence, and several notations at the head of the first sheet (likely in Stevenson's hand) note it as variously as IX, 9 and XI. Another note in the margin of the third sheet in ink, clearly in Stevenson's hand, notes "XII is wanting," that being the following poem addressed to Low's wife.


Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
Sold for $3,437 (includes buyer's premium)

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Estimate: $3,000 - $5,000
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Fine Literature featuring a Collection of Rudyard Kipling

Wed, Apr 15, 2020 at 10am EDT