Friday, August 24, 2012

Paperback 552:Treasure Island / Robert Louis Stevenson (Pocket Books 25)

Paperback 552: Pocket Books 25 (1st ptg, 1939)

Title: Treasure Island
Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
Cover artist: Uncredited

Yours for: $25

Best things about this cover:
  • This book is from the very first year of mass-market paperback publishing. You can see the original super-nerdy Kangaroo logo for Pocket Books semi-camouflaged in front of the treasure chest.
  • The condition on this book, given its age, is astonishing. The original permagloss is almost completely intact, the spine uncreased and square, the colors bold and vibrant. For a 73-yr-old paperback, it's exquisite.
  • I don't think you're supposed to wear puffy pirate pants with trainers.


Best things about this back cover:
  • "R.L.S."! I didn't know he was *known* by his initials. I thought that was just a stupid crosswordism. Revelation!

Page 123~
For it was not only a piece of stout, seamanly good feeling; it was good policy besides, and showed our enemies that we despised their cannonade. 
I'm not sure what one can add to "seamanly good feeling."


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Titus Groan said...

It really IS a great book!

Anonymous said...

"Stevenson's was the magical touch that no man could explain nor acquire". Yet, at some level, all men desired it. This, the Gay and Gallant Adventure explains the seamenly good feelings for one and all, finally breaking the culture of lies and deceip0t surrounding ocean going men.