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Vintage book Across the Plains with Other Essays & Memories by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1892 collectible leather-bound First Edition, marbled

Vintage book Across the Plains with Other Essays & Memories by Robert Louis Stevenson, 1892 collectible leather-bound First Edition, marbled

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There is no other book like this one.

Across the Plains is nowhere near as famous as Treasure Island, of course, but that doesn't make its literary style any different, nor does it take away from the meaning of this work. It is a more serious book of course, a more adult novel rather than the bustling pirate story he is so renown for, but Stevenson shows here beyond a doubt that he is as talented at this kind of writing as he is at crafting more fanciful tales. This novel gives you more of an insight into the real man's head and (at times) heart, and if you love his works you should absolutely pick this up to give you more of a sense of who wrote those unique classics, and what his life was like--what his experiences were and what they made him think, and ultimately how they helped him in his writing career and life in general.

Don't you want to know about the time Robert Louis Stevenson was arrested in a French Village for not having a license to sing? Or the time he and his friends went running around at night with lanterns hidden under their coats? Then there are his memories of visiting the coast of Fife as a child, and his passion for the importance of dreams (he says that Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was based on a dream he had, and that most of his works were!). That's what's in store for you in this gorgeous edition of Across the Plains, and much more.

This book is actually the middle section of a longer book, but it was published separately in this volume. The work is a three-part travel memoir by Robert Louis Stevenson, the first of which is "The Amateur Emigrant" and the last of which is "The Silverado Squatters."

Across the Plains has twelve chapters, and they are basically short stories and essays, each a complete tale in itself. Plot-wise there is some -- the book recounts Stevenson's arrival as an immigrant in New York from Europe, his train journey from New York to San Francisco (YES ! THAT FAR!), and his interactions with people on the "immigrant train." Still, there are "random memories" and other thoughts, scenes and digressions interspersed throughout, giving the novel a great variety that keeps you interested from the first page to the last.

Some of my favorite chapters of the twelve are "Fontainebleau," "The Lantern-bearers," and "Letters to a Young Gentleman who Proposes to Embrace a Career in Art," but my FAVORITE one is "A Chapter on Dreams." I feel this should be published as a book / novelette in itself, really, and if you buy this book you'll see why.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for.

-Full title: Across the Plains with Other Essays and Memories
-Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
-Format: First Edition, hardcover with marbled boards in full bright color, leather binding with ribbed spine and engraved title and author's name on brown panel, flowered end pages with gold vertical lines
-Condition: Great for an old book, especially a magical, rare first edition like this one. Leather books are extremely expensive and hard to come by these days, especially ones from the 1800s, so you'd expect this one to be in terrible shape but it has held up magnificently. The only signs of wear are minor and on the end corners of the book and where the binding meets the spine. inside there is a brown stain seemingly from a book plate that has been removed on the back of the front cover, and there a few nearly invisibly brown marks of age on the very top of the first few pages of the book that eventually slip away entirely. There is no writing in the book or rips, and the binding is tight enough to make the book readable, but the first few pages should be treated with more care than the rest. :)
-Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
-Copyright: 1892 Charles Scribner's Sons
-Date published: 1892
-Provenance: This book came from a bookshop I go to only sometimes (read: I don't like it very much but it has the occasional treasure so I go) and though this month I am not doing as well and swore I would not buy books but only put the ones up I have, I stopped in because I was passing through the area and found a few gems, this included. Like I said, leather books are RARE and hard to come by, especially for any affordable price, but this one made sense and I couldn't pass it up. This was July 2017 in Connecticut.
-Pricing: This book was priced based on its condition, its being a rare First Edition, its being leather, the gorgeous marbling on the boards, and the ribbed spine (which makes a book worth more, fyi, as this isn't something done these days with books, and so it is treasured by book collectors including myself!).
There is no other book like this one.

Across the Plains is nowhere near as famous as Treasure Island, of course, but that doesn't make its literary style any different, nor does it take away from the meaning of this work. It is a more serious book of course, a more adult novel rather than the bustling pirate story he is so renown for, but Stevenson shows here beyond a doubt that he is as talented at this kind of writing as he is at crafting more fanciful tales. This novel gives you more of an insight into the real man's head and (at times) heart, and if you love his works you should absolutely pick this up to give you more of a sense of who wrote those unique classics, and what his life was like--what his experiences were and what they made him think, and ultimately how they helped him in his writing career and life in general.

Don't you want to know about the time Robert Louis Stevenson was arrested in a French Village for not having a license to sing? Or the time he and his friends went running around at night with lanterns hidden under their coats? Then there are his memories of visiting the coast of Fife as a child, and his passion for the importance of dreams (he says that Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde was based on a dream he had, and that most of his works were!). That's what's in store for you in this gorgeous edition of Across the Plains, and much more.

This book is actually the middle section of a longer book, but it was published separately in this volume. The work is a three-part travel memoir by Robert Louis Stevenson, the first of which is "The Amateur Emigrant" and the last of which is "The Silverado Squatters."

Across the Plains has twelve chapters, and they are basically short stories and essays, each a complete tale in itself. Plot-wise there is some -- the book recounts Stevenson's arrival as an immigrant in New York from Europe, his train journey from New York to San Francisco (YES ! THAT FAR!), and his interactions with people on the "immigrant train." Still, there are "random memories" and other thoughts, scenes and digressions interspersed throughout, giving the novel a great variety that keeps you interested from the first page to the last.

Some of my favorite chapters of the twelve are "Fontainebleau," "The Lantern-bearers," and "Letters to a Young Gentleman who Proposes to Embrace a Career in Art," but my FAVORITE one is "A Chapter on Dreams." I feel this should be published as a book / novelette in itself, really, and if you buy this book you'll see why.

And here's the straight information you may be looking for.

-Full title: Across the Plains with Other Essays and Memories
-Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
-Format: First Edition, hardcover with marbled boards in full bright color, leather binding with ribbed spine and engraved title and author's name on brown panel, flowered end pages with gold vertical lines
-Condition: Great for an old book, especially a magical, rare first edition like this one. Leather books are extremely expensive and hard to come by these days, especially ones from the 1800s, so you'd expect this one to be in terrible shape but it has held up magnificently. The only signs of wear are minor and on the end corners of the book and where the binding meets the spine. inside there is a brown stain seemingly from a book plate that has been removed on the back of the front cover, and there a few nearly invisibly brown marks of age on the very top of the first few pages of the book that eventually slip away entirely. There is no writing in the book or rips, and the binding is tight enough to make the book readable, but the first few pages should be treated with more care than the rest. :)
-Publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons, New York
-Copyright: 1892 Charles Scribner's Sons
-Date published: 1892
-Provenance: This book came from a bookshop I go to only sometimes (read: I don't like it very much but it has the occasional treasure so I go) and though this month I am not doing as well and swore I would not buy books but only put the ones up I have, I stopped in because I was passing through the area and found a few gems, this included. Like I said, leather books are RARE and hard to come by, especially for any affordable price, but this one made sense and I couldn't pass it up. This was July 2017 in Connecticut.
-Pricing: This book was priced based on its condition, its being a rare First Edition, its being leather, the gorgeous marbling on the boards, and the ribbed spine (which makes a book worth more, fyi, as this isn't something done these days with books, and so it is treasured by book collectors including myself!).

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