National Geographic : 1919 Feb
The Boy Who Wouldn't Grow Up! SN a harsh and bleak Scotch winter, a boy with a frail I body and an eager soul longed to be a pirate and a soldier and a buccaneer. But the frail body would not and could not. So the soul that looked forth from the great eyes wandered over the sea and cliff into dangers f and terrors beyond belief. S The little boy grew up, but that eager soul never did, - 1and it built itself a world of daredeviltry, in which heroes are not made of stuff and sawdust, and villains are so real that they terrify you in the night. You know that boy-the world called him Robert Louis STEVENSON He is the boy we love so in "Treasure Island," he is the youth in "Kidnapped," he is the gallant soldier in "St. Ives," he is the irresponsible king in "Prince Otto," he is the preposterous lawyer in "The Wrong Box," he is the daring wanderer in the South Seas, he is boyhood eternal, undying. But in "The Master of Ballantrae" he finds no place-and in "Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde" we Look for him in vain; for these were written when the boy's soul was overborne by the wisdom of the world for this was a wise man, this ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON-for him genius flashed into the dark spots and the queer spots and the startling spots of human fates. If we could understand genius, then we might know how one man wrote two such books as the lovely "Child's Garden of Verses" and the dark and dreadful "Ebb Tide." There is treasure indeed in these twenty-five volumes-boundless joy for all the days of your life. There are many people who have thrilled over "Treasure Island" who do not know that there are twenty-five such volumes-every page a revelation. "Not to know these gentlemen, what is it like? It is like never having been in love. But they are in the house. That is like knowing that you will fall in love tomorrow morning," said James M. Barrie. At Last-The Thistle Stevenson 25 VOLUMES FOR LESS THAN HALF PRICE / Adventure-Humor -Mystery -Historical Romance-Essays-Poems; Also Steven son's Letters. 80 Illustrations / N.G. For years the lovers of beautiful books have looked with longing eyes at the famous / 2-19 Thistle Edition, and wished they could call it their own. IBut the Thistle Edition was so costly to launch that the price was beyond the reach of / Charles most people. But now, at last, we have welcome news for the big world of Stevenson / Scribner's lovers. You can have the Thistle Edition containing all of Stevenson's works in 25 Sons, volumes-at less than half price. The great original outlay for plates has largely been / 597 Fifth Ave., worked off in the earlier sale, and the Stevenson heirs have generously reduced their/ New York royalties. -aie ./ Send me,all charges Never Again at This Price / prepaid, complete se prepaid, complete set In all the history of this house we have never been able to make you such of Robert Louis Sr an offer. We are delighted to do it because the Thistle Edition has been one / venison's Thistle Edition of our special sources of pride. / attractive red cloth, with gilt For months these books have been in preparation, so that the paper for lettering. Ifthebooksare not them was bought when prices were lower than they are ever likely to be / satisfactory, Iwill return them again. / within 5 days at your expense. This price is made for the present edition and we cannot agree to con- Otherwise I will send you S1 at tinue it. The price of binding alone makes it impossible--to say nothing / once and 2 a month for14 months. of the high price of paper. Send the coupon now. This is the only / or full cash payment sent with this edition that will be sold at this low price. Don't wait and pay more. / coupon deduct 10 per cent from above. Act now and save money. / prce. SEND TIE COUPON TODAY. -. dier .................... Address ............. Charles Scribner's Sons, 597 Fifth Avenue, New York Occupation....................... "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."