Very Good / Very Good. Item #6849
London: Collins, 1953-1968. Boxed, matched, pocket edition in slipcase, c. 1968 in this form. 12mo in slipcase measuring 19.5cm x 12cm x 12cm: A Child's Garden of Verses, 192pp including index; The Master of Ballantrae, Wier of Hermiston, and Fragments, 384pp including bibliography; Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and other Stories, 479pp including bibliography; The Black Arrow, 223pp including appendix of reviews and bibliography; Familiar Studies of Men and Books, Virginibus Puerisque, and Poems, 383pp including index and bibliography; Treasure Island, 253pp including bibliography; Kidnapped, Catronia, 510pp including bibliography.
Portrait frontispieces of Stevenson by Salomon van Abbé. Illustrations for Treasure Island by Arnold Beauvais; for A Child's Garden of Verses by Hilda Goldwag.
Navy blue flexible leatherette with gilt spine stamping, blue topstain on all textblocks. Slipcase in white-on-blue Collins logo pattern.
Slipcase chafed at edges and corners, with some sunning to rear panel, but tight and solid, without cracks or warpage. Volumes seemingly unread with bright binding and crisp, unmarked and unmarred textblocks.
Collins contrived to match the thickness of the seven volumes for this nifty presentation by varying the weight of the paper from volume to volume: heavier for the shortest; india paper for the longest. This slipcased set was issued c. 1968, but the works themselves were first published in the layouts reprinted for this boxed edition between 1953 and 1968.