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Stevenson's "Amateur Emigrant" corrected galleys, 1880.
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Stevenson's "Amateur Emigrant" corrected galleys, 1880
Stevenson's Amateur Emigrant


Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894, creator


Proof of galleys (along with envelope from former owner John Howell) numbered 17 to 20 of unpublished 1880 edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's "The Amateur Emigrant," all on one sheet, hand-corrected by Stevenson and also by editors Sidney Colvin and C. Kegan Paul. Stevenson wrote the book as the first part of an account of his journey to America in 1879 (along with "The Silverado Squatters"). Criticism from friends and family postponed its publication until 1895, when "The Amateur Emigrant" was issued in highly edited form after Stevenson's death (portions of it appeared as "Across the Plains" in "Longman's Magazine" during 1883). Galleys of most of the original edition of "The Amateur Emigrant" reside in the Beinecke Collection at Yale University, which contains only a photocopy of galleys 17 through 20.


1880 (issued)


Galley proofs


Robert Lewis (later changed to "Louis") Balfour Stevenson was born in Edinburgh, Scotland on November 13, 1850. He attended the University of Edinburgh intending to become a civil engineer like his father, but ill health curtailed his studies and prompted him to travel to warmer climates. This inspired Stevenson to write stories, novels and essays about his travels. While in France he met American artist Fanny Osbourne. The two fell in love, and in 1879 Stevenson traveled to California, where he and Fanny reunited and married after her divorce was granted. In subsequent years the Stevensons traveled to the South Pacific and settled in Samoa, where Robert died on December 3, 1894. In the meantime he wrote numerous novels, poems, and articles, among the best known of which are "The Silverado Squatters," and especially "Treasure Island."
Stevenson's Amateur Emigrant.
Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.

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1 manuscript box, 41 x 29 x 4 in.






Copyright Note:

Unrestricted. Please credit California State Library.