Stevenson first edition sells for £500

Posted by Lindsay Clydesdale Campaigns Press Officer, Scotland

30th Aug 2012

A collection of poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson has raised £500 at an auction in Edinburgh today after being donated to an Oxfam shop. The children's book was first published in 1885 and this rare copy, signed by the author's mother, was anonymously donated to the Byres Road Oxfam bookshop in Glasgow.

'A Child's Garden of Verses' includes some of Stevenson's most famous poems such as 'The Land of Counterpane', 'My Shadow' and 'The Lamplighter'.

The book was donated anonymously to the Byres Road bookshop, from the library of Dr Adam Watson, who was the author's first cousin once removed and was his contemporary at Edinburgh University.

It is also signed by Stevenson's mother, who gave the book to her niece and nephew as a gift. She inscribed it: "To my GG Niece and Nephew at Chudleigh with kind love."

Stevenson's most famous works include Treasure Island, Kidnapped and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.

John Connolly, Byres Road shop manager, said: "Donations like this are rare and we are delighted with this sale.

" Donations like this are rare and we are delighted with this sale.

"The money raised will support Oxfam's cause to fight poverty around the world. For example, £400 would pay for a community library in Malawi.

"I'm glad this piece of literary history has gone to help those in need."

The money raised from the sale at Bonham's, minus the auction fees, will be spent on Oxfam's work fighting poverty at home and abroad.

Blog post written by Lindsay Clydesdale

Campaigns Press Officer, Scotland

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