1932 Travels With a Donkey in the Cevennes
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First Edition, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding, With Dustwrapper
The first edition of this work. A charming narrative of Robert Louis Stevenson's twelve-day solo hiking trip in the Cevennes, France, with particular focus on the author's stubborn travel companion, Modestine the donkey. Modestine does not walk as fast as Stevenson and does not always collaborate, reason why the narrative style often takes on a comical form.
One of Stevenson's earliest published works, it is considered a pioneering classic of outdoor literature. In his late twenties, Stevenson still relied on his parents for support and the purpose of the hike was for the author to provide material for publication and to distance himself from an American woman his family and friends disapproved of, and who had returned to America to her husband.
With unclipped dustwrapper. Illustrated by E. Blampied, one of the most eminent artists from the Channel Islands.
In the publisher's original black cloth binding, with titles stamped in gilt to front board and spine. Externally excellent with minor shelfwear only. Dustwrapper is very lovely, unclipped. Internally, firmly bound. Minor faint spotting to fore edge, not affecting pages which remain bright and clean throughout. With seven illustrations by E. Blampied.
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