Father Damien; An Open Letter To The Reverend Dr. Hyde Of Honolulu From Robert Louis Stevenson Dated February Twenty-Fifth MDCCCXC

Stevenson, Robert Louis

Published by Mosher Press, 1910
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34 pages. 22 x 18 cm. One of 600 copies. Orig. blue boards, front cover and spine paper labels. Near fine. Bookseller Inventory #

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Title: Father Damien; An Open Letter To The ...
Publisher: Mosher Press
Publication Date: 1910
Binding: Boards
Edition: Second edition.

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STEVENSON, Robert Louis]
Published by Printed for William Andrews Clark Jr. by John Henry Nash, San Francisco (1930)
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Book Description Printed for William Andrews Clark Jr. by John Henry Nash, San Francisco, 1930. Hardcover. Small folio. white parchment spine lettered in gilt over brown boards, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, in publisher's slipcase. One of 250 copies. With facsimile of original Sydney 1890 printing laid into identical covers. Father Joseph Damien, a Roman Catholic missionary to the Sandwich Islands, devoted the last 16 years of his life to the leper village of Kalawao on the island of Molokai. He eventually contracted leprosy himself in 1884 and died of the disease in 1889. After his death, Father Damien and his work became quite well-known, prompting Presbyterian Reverend H. B. Gage to write to Reverend Dr. Hyde, then in charge of the Presbyterian missions throughout the islands, asking him for a report of the life, character and service of Father Damien, for whom a monument was to be erected. Dr. Hyde responded with a private letter, dated August 2, 1889, which Gage published in the Sydney Presbyterian, a church periodical. Hyde's letter described Damien as "a coarse, dirty man, headstrong and bigoted," and asserted that Damien "did not stay at the leper settlement (before he became one himself), but circulated over the whole island (less than half of which is devoted to lepers)." Additionally, according to Hyde, Father Damien "had no hand in the reforms and improvements inaugurated.was not a pure man in his relations with women, and the leprosy of which he died should be attributed to his vice and carelessness." This letter so infuriated Stevenson, then residing in the islands in search of health, that the wrote this seething response, first printed, according to Prideaux, in The Australian Star, May 24, 1890.The present edition also contains Mr. Clark's own notes (printed) re the controversy. [Beinecke 506]. Fine. Covers of facsimile with damaged spine (facsimile itself is fine) With wrapper "Compliments of William Andrews Clark Jr. Christmas 1930". Bookseller Inventory # 32778

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STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS
Published by San Francisco: Printed for William Andrews Clark, Jr., by John Henry Nash, 1930 (1930)
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Book Description San Francisco: Printed for William Andrews Clark, Jr., by John Henry Nash, 1930, 1930. Beinecke 521. 2 vols, folio and octavo, original parchment spines and paper boards, gilt lettering. Double-page frontis with an elaborate wood-cut border. ? One of the elaborate annual publications for William Andrews Clark, issued each year at Christmas; this one has his Christmas greetings slip tipped to the front free endpaper and was sent to San Francisco book collector Morgan Gunst. Clark's version of Father Damien has an excellent introduction about Damien and Stevenson, and the second octavo volume contains a facsimile of the original pamphlet, which was published in Sydney, Australia in 1890. John Henry Nash's publications for Clark are legendary in their extravagance; their cost of production probably exceed their value today; and they kept John Henry Nash in buisness during very difficult times. ? From the library of San Francisco book collector Morgan A. Gunst. Slipcase and boards a little darkened; very good copies, enclosed in the original slipcase. First William Andrews Clark edition, number143 of 250 numbered copies. Bookseller Inventory # 27004

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