London: Cassell and Company, Ltd., 1889. First edition. First issue with July, 1889 ads. A Near Fine copy of the book, with the spine panel a trifle darkened and slight wear at the spine ends and corners, but well above average. Inner contents in excellent condition, without repair or restoration.
Stevenson’s exciting novel of familial conflict and adventure set amidst the Jacobite rebellion of the mid 18th century. Stevenson wrote the book while travelling extensively in the US and the Pacific, including to San Francisco, Hawaii, and Tahiti, and indeed the conclusion of the book features an exciting and memorable confrontation in the American wilderness. Though Stevenson was highly regarded in the late 19th century -- and was one of the most popular authors of the period -- with the rise of modernism his star began to fall. In the second half of the 20th century, however, his reputation was rehabilitated, with such famed authors as Nabokov and Borges counting themselves fans. The Master of Ballantrae was adapted into a 1953 film, starring Errol Flynn. “…we have no hesitation in saying Mr. Stevenson surpasses all his former performances. In our opinion there are very few novels which so nearly approach perfection.” (Contemporary review in the Times of London) Near Fine (Item #1745)