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48. The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson, with art by Michael Kenna.

The Silverado Squatters by Robert Louis Stevenson, with an introduction by Oscar Lewis, notes by James D. Hart, and sixteen photographs by Michael Kenna, 1996.

First published in 1883, when he was twenty-nine, The Silverado Squatters is Robert Louis Stevenson's account of his honeymoon in California. The book relates the author's journey in 1880 from San Francisco to Calistoga and Mount Saint Helena, where he and his new wife and stepson spent two months living as "squatters" in the bunk-house of an abandoned mining camp called Silverado. Stevenson's descriptions of many landmarks in Northern California's celebrated wine region, the Napa Valley, are apt today and illustrate his greatness as a writer about place. Arion invited a contemporary British artist, the eminent landscape photographer Michael Kenna, to retrace the author's footsteps. The resulting sixteen photographs are of sites visited by Stevenson, including Mount Saint Helena, Old Faithful Geyser, and the Schramsberg Winery, mentioned in the famous chapter "Napa Wine".

Title page and frontispiece of Silverado Squatters
Title page and frontispiece, Mt. St. Helena, photograph by Michael Kenna.


EDITION & PRICE

Format: 9-1/2 by 6-3/4 inches, 160 pages, plus 16 unnumbered pages for the photographs. The types are Monotype Modern 8A and handset Craw Modern. The paper is German mouldmade Zerkall. The photographs were printed in duotone by Phelps-Schaefer Litho-Graphics. The binding is hand sewn, with cork over boards and a red-brown cloth spine. Numbered and signed by the artist. Edition of 250 copies, $425.00. Out of print.


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Edition: The format is 9-1/2 by 6-3/4 inches, 160 pages. The binding is hand-sewn with cork over boards and a cloth spine. Numbered and signed by the artist. The edition is limited to 250 copies for sale. Price: $425.00. Out of print.