Treasure Island (Illustrated)
With Artwork by N.C. Wyeth and Louis Rhead
This Top Five Classics illustrated edition of Treasure Island includes the original, unabridged text by Robert Louis Stevenson; more than 60 illustrations-all 17 color paintings by N.C. Wyeth for the 1911 edition, 44 drawings by Louis Rhead from his 1915 edition, and, of course, a treasure map-Stevenson's essay, "My First Book: Treasure Island," on the writing of his classic; a glossary of nautical and historical terms; and a helpful introduction, author bio, and bibliography.
Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island was not the first adventure story of pirates in the Caribbean, but it may as well have been. Since its publication in 1883, it's become the standard-the first and last word on the subject-and it remains an exhilarating, satisfying read for young and old alike to this day.
A strange, crusty old pirate comes to stay with Jim Hawkins's family at the Admiral Benbow Inn. The map he carries with him will put them all in danger and be the impetus for young Jim's perilous journey with Long John Silver in search of treasure on the high seas.
Robert Louis Stevenson (13 November 1850 - 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist and travel writer, most noted for Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, and A Child's Garden of Verses.
Born and educated in Edinburgh, Stevenson suffered from serious bronchial trouble for much of his life, but continued to write prolifically and travel widely in defiance of his poor health. As a young man, he mixed in London literary circles, receiving encouragement from Andrew Lang, Edmund Gosse, Leslie Stephen and W. E. Henley, the last of whom may have provided the model for Long John Silver in Treasure Island. In 1890, he settled in Samoa, where he died in 1894.
A celebrity in his lifetime, Stevenson's critical reputation has fluctuated since his death, though today his works are held in general acclaim. He is currently ranked as the 26th most translated author in the world.