A BOOK of poetry by Robert Louis Stevenson unearthed at a Scottish charity shop has raised £500 at auction.
The collection, written more than a century ago by the author of Treasure Island, was donated anonymously to the Oxfam shop on Glasgow’s Byres Road.
The copy of A Child’s Garden of Verses, first published in 1885, was a gift from Stevenson’s mother to her niece and nephew. It comes with the inscription: “To my GG Niece and Nephew at Chudleigh with kind love.”
A slip of paper inside revealed it came from the library of Dr Adam Watson, the author’s contemporary at Edinburgh University and his first cousin once removed.
Edinburgh-born Stevenson also wrote Kidnapped and the Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
The poetry book was sold at auction by Bonhams.
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