The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

RLS doodles map in class

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Screenshot 2014-01-30 18.51.44Among the possible spin-offs of the Stevenson Edition is a directory of Stevenson’s notebooks with a guide to their contents. Here, for example, is a page from Notebook R (his notebooks were labelled by Graham Balfour) which is in the National Library of Scotland (MS 9904). This was used in 1867-68 for lecture notes on hydrostatics and electricity (P.G. Tait’s natural philosophy course); on p. 44, there is a list of 11 plays, beginning ‘Edmund Fuller Tragedy in five acts’; p. 40 ff. contains a draft of Act II, sc. iii of one of these (‘The Brothers’, a comedy about ‘a discovered will’); and on p. 17, there is doodled map of an island with a bay and small island within it and a long promontory that has an interesting family resemblance with the map drawn in 1881 for Treasure Island
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Written by rdury

30/01/2014 at 6:26 pm

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  1. The promontory on the doodle has a mountain line, same on map!


    30/01/2014 at 7:21 pm

  2. The satellite island to the west of the main is, apart from its south-west corner, shaped quite like Islay.

    Neil Brown

    31/01/2014 at 12:23 pm

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