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Robert Louis Stevenson book sells for record price

31st August 2012

A first edition copy of the Robert Louis Stevenson poetry collection A Child's Garden of Verses, which is signed by the writer's mother and was once owned by his cousin, has fetched a record price for one of the author's works at auction.

The book, which was first published in 1885, was handed in to an Oxfam store in Glasgow recently, though the donor wished to remain anonymous.

Store manager John Connolly said he soon realised it was a potentially valuable item after discovering a note from Stevenson's mother Margaret on the inside cover that read 'To my GG Niece and Nephew at Chudleigh, with kind love'.

The nephew in question was Dr Adam Watson - Stevenson's contemporary at Edinburgh University and also his first cousin once removed – who kept the book in his private library until his death.

Mr Connolly acknowledged that such donations are rare and expressed his delight that the book had sold for GBP 500 when auctioned at Bonhams in Edinburgh.

'The money raised will support Oxfam's cause to fight poverty around the world. For example, it would pay for a community library in Malawi. I'm glad this piece of literary history has gone to help those in need,' he added.

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