Yale University, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library


The world’s largest collection of first and early editions of RLS (including translations), presentation copies, books from Stevenson’s library or with annotations by him; artwork, scrapbooks, photos, memorabilia; manuscripts: juvenilia (including ‘The Sunbeam Magazine’), many early essays, poems (including many from A Child’s Garden of Verses, Underwoods, Songs of Travel), The Wrong Box (ms and proofs), four leaves of the ‘Cévennes Journal’, An Inland Voyage, St. Ives, Catriona (intermediate version), The Amateur Emigrant (MS B 5956, galley proofs with comments by Colvin and Kegan Paul B65, 7403), The Ebb-tide, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (intermediate version, portions of the last three chapters, 24 ms. pp.: McKay 6934), ‘The Body Snatcher’, Weir of Hermiston (1894 ms and drafts)); the first Samoa notebook (B 6224); letters to, from and about Stevenson (including the Baxter correspondence; letters from Henley) – the Beinecke Library contains over half of the 2800 surviving letters written by Stevenson; also his mother’s diaries throughout his lifetime.

McKay, George L. (1951-64), A Stevenson Library. Catalogue of a Collection of Writings By and About Robert Louis Stevenson Formed by E.J. Beinecke. New Haven: Yale University Library. 6 vols.


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