Inscribed copies of Stevenson's works are rare: ony one other copy of Kidnapped inscribed by the author has been sold at auction in the last 35 years. As recorded in the inscription Stevenson inscribed this illustrated edition of one of his most celebrated works on board the trading steamer Janet Nicoll, whilst it was docked at Auckland harbour in New Zealand, towards the end of a voyage which took him, his wife and stepson to many remote places. A few months earlier Stevenson had purchased his beautiful plantation of 300 acres (which he called "Vailima" or Five Waters) on the Samoan island of Upolu, where he was to spend the remaining four years of his life.
Kidnapped was first published by Cassell in 1886. The first illustrated edition (Prideaux p.48) appeared in 1887 in cloth boards of various colours and ornamental designs. Judging from the collation supplied by Prideaux, this is a reprint of that edition, but with a new title page. It appears to be quite rare, with no copy in the British Library and only two recorded on COPAC.
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