This is a near fine (almost like new) hardcover with accompanying slipcase. 1957 Heritage Press. this copy is crisp and clean inside and out. The pages are still crisp, clean and free of markings. The binding is tight and straight. Illustrated maps inside front and back endpapers. Tan cloth hardcover boards are also near fine w small illustrations of a man and a donkey on front in green and green title/author lettering along spine. The accompanying slipcase is very good with only light shelf wear. Royal octavo book size or 6.5" x 10" with 154 pages.
This edition is handsomely illustrated by Roger Duvoisin with an intro by André Chamson and a prefatory letter from the author.
Travels with a Donkey in the Cévennes is one of Robert Louis Stevenson's early works and a classic of outdoor literature. The work recounts his 12 day solo hike through the mountains of Cévennes in France. The only other character in the book is Modestine, a stubborn donkey that Stevenson found never quite get control over. It presents camping and hiking as an outdoor recreational activity. It presents the sleeping bag in its first presentation as a necessity for sleeping outdoors. Many thought Stevenson crazy for sleeping outdoors and traveling alone as there were robbers and wolves about. Nonetheless, he carried on and provides philosophy for his adventure.
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