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S.L. Osbourne & Company
Date of publication
Identifying characteristics
First editions. These small excessively rare and fragile "original juvenile toy-books by Stevenson" were printed by his young stepson, Lloyd Osbourne. Each booklet features 5 woodcuts with verses printed on the opposing pages. According to the George Barr McCutcheon sale catalogue (New York, American Art Association, Inc.,1926, lot 555) "[t]he cuts were executed by Stevenson with a pen-knife." Both booklets have some wear, but are generally in very good state.
The Second Collection is a presentation copy from Stevenson, inscribed in ink on the front cover: "S.E.P. from / R.L.S." Accompanying this inscribed copy is an autograph letter signed (one page, on embossed stationery of the Board of Trade, S.W.,17 November 1896; a little torn) from Edmund Gosse to "My dear Foote." In his letter Gosse tells of having secured the booklet from the original owner and reports that "It also has R.L.S.'s signature. The possessor would not part with it for less than £5, which was the sum you commissioned me to give, so I have paid that, and you can repay me at your leisure."
Also present are the two (similarly rare) single-leaf advertisements printed by Osbourne & Co. for the above publications (both a little edgeworn and with some splitting where previously folded, otherwise very good). Moral Emblems I and II are each contained in separate quarter morocco slipcases; the two advertisements are preserved together in a single quarter morocco pull-off case. Prideaux 11 & 12; Beinecke 127, 129, 128, 130.
Date of theft report
Circumstances of theft
missing from the postal service on an international shipment to Scotland, now presumed stolen