Catriona. A Sequel to "Kidnapped" by Robert Louis Stevenson
True First Edition, Published by Cassell and Company, London, 1893
Signed Full Leather Custom Bindings by Sickles
Full Title: Catriona. A Sequel to "Kidnapped" Being Memoirs of the Further Adventures of David Balfour at Home and Abroad
Binding Details: Beautiful signed binding by Sickles in full sage crushed morocco leather. The spine has raised bands with gilt titling and strapwork that extends from the bands onto the covers which feature ornamented outer corners with gilt roses, vines and petals in red onlaid leather in red. There is also a central gilt monogram to the front cover, fancy dentelles, green silk endpapers, and the top page ends are gold gilted. The original cloth spine and cover are bound into the rear of the book. The Sickles binders stamp appears on the bottom of the inside back cover in gold gilt.
Book Details: Originally published as a serialized novel by Atlantic Monthly under the title “David Balfour”, this is first edition in book form published by Cassel and Company in 1893 under the title Catriona to eliminate any confusion between Kidnapped and David Balfour. Goodreads provides an excellent summary of the novel, “Catriona is a stirring tale of love, danger, and political intrigue set amidst the stately grandeur of old Edinburgh. David Balfour is an orphaned young gentleman who has recently managed to claim his inheritance from a miserly (and murderous) uncle. Now he and his friends James Stewart and Alan Breck are implicated in a sensational killing, and David must fight to clear their names. In the process he meets the beautiful and daring Catriona MacGregor Drummond, and finds that nothing will ever be the same again. Interwoven with real-life people and events, this sequel to the immensely popular Kidnapped was considered by Robert Louis Stevenson to be one of his best works.”
The book measures approximately 7.5” x 5.25” and contains 371 pages as well as several pages of advertisements by the publisher at the end of the book.
Condition Report: The binding is in FINE condition with very superficial sunning to the spine. Internally, the book is very clean. Overall, this is a beautiful signed binding by Sickles that houses one of Stevenson’s most popular novels.
Photographs of the binding and the inside rear cover that highlights the endpapers and Sickles binders stamp appear in the photo section of the listing.