It is unique because of a collaboration between Robert Louis Stevenson and his stepson Lloyd Osbourne
As adults they collaborated on three novels.Their collaboration really started when RLS purchased a do it yourself printing press for Lloyd when he was about thirteen years old. .RLS wrote poems and did wood cuts for Lloyd's Davos Press.The woodcut in Lloyd's bookplate was done by R.L.S.
Robert Louis Stevenson
Lloyd Osbourne and Robert Louis Stevenson
President Grant purchased one for his son Jessie, H. L. Mencken was given one at age eight in 1888 and
Lloyd Osbourne was given one at age thirteen,.
A picture of the Davos press can be seen by following this link to Textualities by Elaine Greig
I received the following inquiry from David Kesterson this week.
A friend sent photos of a book, "Crown of Wild Olive" by John Ruskin that was owned by his father. It is probably from a set published by Merriam, but what interests us is the metal cover. The design is quite precise, making me think it was stamped. But why? Was this a short-lived fad? Or some devoted arts & crafts artisan. Please feel free to publish if you find it interesting. I would really like to know more.
Cameron Park Books