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A Penny Plain and Twopence Coloured" from Memories and Portraits, 1887.

Stevenson, Robert Louis
The back cover is discolured along the inner edge and the front suffers from a minor crease, as does the top outer edge of the pages. The front show a picture of Harlequin though a keyhole. Unpaginated, 12 pages. "A Penny Plain and Twopence Coloured was a catch phrase penned by the Scottish writer, Robert Louis Stevenson in 1884, the result of his childhood forays in Leith Walk, Edinburgh, and his love of the toy theatre, and his obsession for collecting the miniature theatrical wonders. Stevenson wrote his essay first in The Magazine of Art', and later, in 1887 published in his book, 'Memories and Portraits'. The origins of the phrase was based on the fact that the sheets of characters and scenery published for the toy theatre cost one penny plain and two pence hand-coloured. (The World Through Wooden Eyes)
Published 1948 Benjamin Pollock London


Condition Jacket Condition Binding Size
Very Good N/A Stapled Wraps 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall
Good Reading Book Reference: 15450
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