San Francisco: John Henry Nash, MDCCCCXXIV . [Later Edition of a tale included in Stevenson's book "Silverado Squatters"]. Wrappers. TEMPORARILY DISCOUNTED. WAS $145.00 NOW $68.00. An about Very Good copy of this edition in the Publisher's original spine-stitched pink wrappers measuring approximately 11 inches by 8 and 1/16 inches showing fading to the front and rear near the spine and near the worn edges of the front and back. The first two leaves and the final leaf are lined in pink and the remaining pages are both lined and decorated in pink. The work from which this tale was taken, "Silverado Squatters", was first published by Chatto and Windus in 1833 and in the United States it was first published by Roberts Brothers in 1884. This copy was owned by the Artist, Inventor, and Sculptor Henry Richard Ross of Partington Ridge whose signature appears on the recto of the first page as "Ross" as attested by the recipient in pencil on the first page's verso (and being the only evidence of such signature we have found), and is the earliest separate publication of this tale that we ever have seen.
After their wedding San Francisco on May 19, 1880, Fanny and Robert Louis Stevenson set off on an adventurous honeymoon to the Napa Valley. Stopping briefly for a night in Vallejo, the Stevenson’s boarded a train to carry them (and their dog Chuchu) to Calistoga at the north end of the Napa Valley.
“Calistoga was a pleasant place to dwell in; beautifully green, for it was then that favoured moment in the Californian year, when the rains are over and the dusty summer has not yet set in…”
-from Stevenson’s “The Silverado Squatters” (1883). Very good. Item #3815