May 19, 2022

Important Collection of Robert Louis Stevenson Materials Donated to National Library of Scotland

From the BBC:

Robert Louis Stevenson’s letters and first editions have been donated to the National Library of Scotland and Edinburgh Napier University.

The writer, best known for Treasure Island, Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde, was born in Edinburgh in 1850.

Many of his papers were sold after his death but Stevenson scholar Dr Ernest Mehew, who lived south of the Border, attempted to reunite the author’s relics.


His collection consists of more than 40 boxes of papers and 2,000 books and includes first editions, biographies, collections of letters, reference books, critical studies and bound copies of the magazines in which Stevenson’s work first appeared.


Following his death last year his works were donated to the national library, although the books are going to Edinburgh Napier University.

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