Robert Louis Stevenson "The Master of Ballantrae" [c.1900] Vintage clothbound hardcover w- white chalked titling
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"The Master of Ballantrae - A Winter's Tale" by Robert Louis Stevenson, published circa 1900 by The Mershon Company.8vo green cloth wrapped hardcover with white chalked lettering, cloth head and tail band in binding, unadorned end pages, eggshell paper, 310 pages.This is a "very good" antique book with a tight binding and crisp board hinges. There are no loose, torn or folded pages. There is numerical pencil inscription inside the rear paste-down, likely a bookstore inventory code, otherwise no writing. The text block edges are relatively uniform in color all around, with the top edge being somewhat dusted. The front lower board corner is fairly well bumped, with the other three being less so. All corner tips show some wear to the cloth at the tips but not worn through. The spine head and heel are bumped and have some edge wear, but again not worn through. The chalk lettering on the front board is complete, but does reflect some rubbing as is typical of this delicate method of decoration. There is a stray mark on the cover that appears to be chalk. The lettering on the spine is just about completely effaced.A pleasing vintage tome.Contains a one page preface addressed to Sir Percy Florence and Lady Shelley from Waikiki, dated May 17, 1889. Will ship promptly, carefully packaged, fully insured.