Plans for Improvements to Middle Road, Westbourne, Dorset, Bournemouth, Noting Skerryvore Where Robert Louis Stevenson Then Lived and Noting Stevenson's Neighbors [Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]

Plans for Improvements to Middle Road, Westbourne, Dorset, Bournemouth, Noting Skerryvore Where Robert Louis Stevenson Then Lived and Noting Stevenson's Neighbors [Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde]

Bournemouth Commissioners [Stevenson, Robert Louis]

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Place Published: Bournemouth
Publisher: Bournemouth Commissioners
Date Published: 1885
Edition: First Edition, First Printing
Binding: No Binding
Condition: Very good
Book Id: 642

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RARE: ORIGINAL PLANS FOR IMPROVEMENTS TO MIDDLE ROAD NOTING SKERRYVORE, ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON'S HOME and SHOWING ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON AS THE OWNER OF SKERRYVORE (as well as showing owners and tenants of neighboring properties) in Bournemouth, the house where Stevenson had the famous dream which inspired his great work "Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde", which tale, among other great works, he wrote at "Skerryvore". Skerryvore's, lawns ran down from the house to Alum Chine Road (where Middle Road -- which has been renamed "R. L. Stevenson Avenue" -- terminates in front of Skerryvore). Between the time of his marriage and into 1887, Stevenson searched the world for a place that suited his bad health. As part of this search, he and his wife lived at Skerryvore [from April 1885 until his 1887 departure for Samoa (where he died in 1894)], a "wedding present" from Stevenson's father to Stevenson and his wife, Fanny, after their marriage -- most likely the father's attempt to keep his peripatetic son near to him in his last years. Named after "Skerryvore", the tallest lighthouse in Scotland and one designed by his uncle, Alan Stevenson, who, like Stevenson's father, was a leading lighthouse engineer, the house was destroyed by German bombs on November 16, 1940. There now stands in its place a memorial garden containing a statue of the lighthouse for which the home was named. The first page of the Plans for the Middle Road Improvements are dated January 6, 1885. With some tears, minor loss, and fold lines these ORIGINAL PLANS are in quite nice condition overall, and are unique to the market. [The front, and smaller sheet, measures approximately 27 inches x approximately 35 inches, and the second, and larger, sheet measures approximately 40 1/2 inches x 26 3/4 inches.] Notably, they show the names of the owners of the properties along Middle Road as well as the residents of such properties who were neighbors to Stevenson's Skerryvore property, and show Skerryvore as the property of "R. L. Stevenson". Presumably, many, if not all, of the residents along Middle Road named on the Plans certainly would have been in residence there when Stevenson and his bride took possession of Skerryvore in April, 1885. An important record of Stevenson's home, a LITERARY LANDMARK, showing Stevenson as Skerryvore's owner, and a rare opportunity for the Collector. RARE INDEED. [PLEASE NOTE: For shipping outside the continental US, the plans will be sent without the archival display boards and protective stretch wrap which now covers them -- and to which they are not attached -- folded along the existing fold lines, and sent in protective mailing materials.] A fabulous piece of ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON EPHEMERA.


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