A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is one of history’s greatest writers whose works are amongst the most read in the world today.  While in the intellectual craziness of the twentieth century his literary reputation waned, works such as Treasure Island, Kidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ensured that sanity would  prevail and Stevenson would again be critically recognized for his immense contribution to the Western Canon.

Despite his short life, Stevenson was a prolific writer producing many works of lasting value. Besides the above mentioned stories, he wrote numerous other novels, including The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses and The Master of Ballantrae; many short stories such as New Arabian Nights and The Beach of Falesá (of which Limited Editions Club published a beautiful edition that will be reviewed soon); a slew of travel writings such as The Silverado Squatters and Travels with a Donkey; and poetry, such as A Child’s Garden of Verses.

A Child’s Garden of Verses was written in 1885.  Though written for children, it has remained popular with parents for generations.  It includes 65 or so poems, such as The Lamplighter, Bed in Summer, My Shadow and The Swing.  In 1944, the Limited Editions Club (LEC) published  a fantastic version of the poems with hand colored illustrations wonderfully capturing the spirit of childhood embodied in the poem. The endpapers and cover design are also excellent matches in their gaiety and lightness, making this one of the more sought after LEC releases.

This edition is more limited than normal (1,100 copies versus the more standard LEC release of 1,500).  The poems and illustrations provide many nights of enjoyable reading to one’s children, while stoking memories of your own childhood.

About the Limited Editions Club (LEC) Edition

  • Printed at the shop of The Marchbanks Press in New York in 1944
  • Illustrations colored by hand at the studio of Charlize Brakely from the drawings of Roger Duvoisin (1904-1980)
  • Limited to 1,100 copies, of which this is 660.
  • Signed by Roger Duvoisin
  • Introduction by Pulitzer Prize winner William Rose Benet
  • I do not have the monthly letter, so am missing more information on this edition!

Pictures of the Limited Editions Club Edition

A Child’s Garden of Verse, LEC, Slipcase
A Child’s Garden of Verse, LEC, Spine
A Child’s Garden of Verse, LEC, Front Cover
A Child’s Garden of Verse, LEC, Endpapers
A Child’s Garden of Verse, LEC, Title Page
A Child’s Garden of Verse, LEC, Sample Pages with Text and Illustration
A Child’s Garden of Verse, LEC, Second Sample Pages with Text and Illustration
A Child’s Garden of Verse, LEC, Third Sample Pages with Text and Illustrations
A Child’s Garden of Verse, LEC, Fourth Sample Pages with Text and Illustration
A Child’s Garden of Verse, LEC, Colophon

6 thoughts on “A Child’s Garden of Verses, Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club

  1. I just sold my Easton Press edition of this Stevenson favorite. I hope I can find an LEC as nice as the one posted.

  2. Since your blog started, you have been a source of information and inspiration to build up my collection of LEC and as well for my embryo of collection of Arion Press’ books , at the same time guideline and literary critics, and obviously a trigger for immediate purchases reflex. Until now, apart form the Barbarian press that sold to quickly for my monthly budget (!), I have never been disappointed. Though I like a lot the design and illustrations of the Aucassin and Nicolete, especially the charge by the chivalry and the tanks!
    Keep up your blog alive until I got the 556 LEC to achieve my collection.
    Many thanks, and best wishes from the Swiss Alps,
    Serge (maretzo of LT)

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