Monday, June 22, 2015

Treasure Island - The Classic Pirate Adventure Story

Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. The story was originally serialized in the children's magazine Young Folks, under the title The Sea Cook, as the work of "Captain George North" over a period of several months from 1881-82. Treasure Island was first published as a book by Cassell and Company of London in 1883. Roberts Brothers of Boston published the first illustrated edition and the first US edition in 1884, and followed the next year (1885) with a paperback version using the same illustrations as the 1884 edition.

What we have is the 1885 Roberts Brothers’ paperback edition. It is complete, except for missing the back cover … something almost unheard of for these lower quality mass publications. Look at the photos for condition … but I describe it as very good for a 130-year old paperback. These paperbacks … which later were called “dime store novels” … brought literature to the masses at a time when many in the population could not read or write.

Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, Treasure Island is the classic pirate tale, known for its superb atmosphere, character and action. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. The influence of Treasure Island on popular perception of pirates is vast ... including treasure maps where an "X" marks the spot, pirate schooners, the "Black Spot," tropical islands and one-legged ship’s captains with parrots on their shoulders. 

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston. ©1883. Published 1885. Paperback including illustrations. viii, 292 p.; Illustrations plus map; 17x11 cm; Advertisements bound in at the end. Price $85.00.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tammis Keefe New York Grand Central Terminal Hanky

We have a nice selection of handkerchiefs here in Vintages. Most are nice ... simple or traditional designs ... some are souvenirs ... some are for kids. Every now and then we get a hanky that is just terrific ... like this one. It features New York's Grand Central Terminal. Built in the 1870s, the station is an icon, both of architecture and history.

This hanky is designed by Tammis Keefe. Long before Gloria Vanderbilt and her blue jeans, Keefe became one of the first women to sign her name conspicuously on her work and to achieve name recognition. Lord & Taylor Manhattan even took out a full-page ad in The New York Times for a "Meet the Designer" day to introduce Keefe and a new line of furnishing fabrics. Tammis Keefe was born Margaret Thomas Keefe in 1913. Originally a math major in college, she transferred to the Chouinard Institute of Art, now part of the California Institute of the Arts. Keefe worked for the Disney studios, and later became art director of the influential periodical Arts and Architecture, a publication renowned for innovative layout and graphic design. Before her death at age forty-six in 1960, Keefe produced approximately four hundred designs for handkerchiefs and at least one hundred for dishtowels, all featuring her trademarks of unexpected color and subtle wit. (Excerpted from the website).

Tammis Keefe New York Central Terminal Hankie

This is from a series of hankies that Keefe designed about famous New York sites. We have this available for $29.95.
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