Kidnapped

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

Considered one of Robert Louis Stevensn's best works, Kidnapped is a historical fiction adventure novel, first published in Young Folks magazine from May to July 1886. The novel is considered a companion to Stevenson's Treasure Island. A Sequel, Catriona, was published in 1893.

The full title of the book is Kidnapped: Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the Year 1751: How he was Kidnapped and Cast away; his Sufferings in a Desert Isle; his Journey in the Wild Highlands; his acquaintance with Alan Breck Stewart and other notorious Highland Jacobites; with all that he Suffered at the hands of his Uncle, Ebenezer Balfour of Shaws, falsely so-called: Written by Himself and now set forth by Robert Louis Stevenson. 

The story is set around real 18th-century Scottish events, notably the "Appin murder", which occurred in the aftermath of the Jacobite rising of 1745. Many of the characters are real people, including one of the principals, Alan Breck Stewart. 

Robert Louis Stevenson is the author of Kidnapped and The Children's Garden of Verses as well as the adult book, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. During his short life Stevenson travelled the world from the South Pacific to the USA, Europe to Australia. He died at the age of 44 years old on a small Samoan island in the Pacific. -

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London: Cassell & Company, Limited, 1886. First edition, first issue with "business" on p. 40, line 11, all additional required points, and the ads dated 5.G. 4.86 and 5.B. 4.86. Folding map printed in colours. 8vo, publisher’s original red cloth, the covers ruled in blind, the spine lettered in gilt. viii, 311, [17] ads pp.-

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On May 10, 2012, feeney said:
If ever a book's title clearly sketched its contents, it is Robert Louis Stevenson's full name for his 1886 novel "KIDNAPPED - BEING THE ADVENTURES OF DAVID BALFOUR: HOW HE WAS KIDNAPPED AND CAST AWAY; HIS SUFFERING IN A DESERT ISLE; HIS JOURNEY IN THE WEST HIGHLANDS; HIS ACQUAINTANCE WITH ALAN BRECK STEWART AND OTHER NOTORIOUS HIGHLAND JACOBITES; WITH ALL THAT HE SUFFERED AT THE HANDS OF HIS UNCLE, EBENEZER BALFOUR OF SHAWS, FALSELY SO-CALLED; WRITTEN BY HIMSELF AND NOW SET FORTH BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON." Phew! *** KIDNAPPED was an instant literary success. -- First, because it was about Scotland, both the author's native lowlands and the wild, mysterious, alien-language islands and highlands. It narrates a few warm weather months in 1751. -- Second, with both his parents now dead, late teens David Balfour is sent from the village where his father had been schoolmaster back "home" with a letter of introduction to his father's evil younger brother Ebenezer Balfour. Ebenezer is currently the miserly laird of Shaws, a dilapidated estate near Edinburgh. To prevent David from reclaiming his rights, uncle Ebenezer sells him to a greedy sea captain for later resale into servitude in South Carolina. -- Thirdly, at sea, sailing all around the top of Scotland from the east coast into the treacherous, rocky waters of the Inner Hebrides, David Balfour's life intersects with that of historically attested Alan Breck Stewart. Stewart is collecting money for Scottish losers in the 1745-46 rising, now living in impoverished exile in France with James Stewart, their "King across the water." *** After fighting off together an evil captain and crew, then shipwrecked and briefly parted off the west coast of Scotland, David and Alan pursue their now intertwined missions. Alan needs to get safely across enemy territory back to France with money that he has collected. David must return to the Firth of Forth to regain his inheritance. Each is of service to the other. Alan helps puritanical David become a man, teaches him swordcraft and the ways of the life-embracing Catholic highlands. *** Their story is told in later years by David Balfour himself, from the point of view of a sheltered adolescent lowlander, a Calvinist, a temperate and docile accepter of the political status quo in Scotland. David writes with both exasperation and deep affection about his meteoric and astonishingly opposite hero: a Catholic, the greatest swordsman of the Highlands, an unapologetic man of the world, a gambler who loses all David's money at cards playing with a Highland chief. Women and girls are few and far between. Romance barely flickers once toward tale's end as a brave girl rows the pair across the Firth of Forth to safety. David is frequently ill, very ill, a human condition, he notes in passing, that is rarely mentioned by writers of books for boys. ***On the surface KIDNAPPED is pure boys' adventure tale, complete with unrelenting chase over mountains and through the heather by King George's Redcoats who think -- erroneously -- that Alan, abetted by David, has murdered a high ranking, historically attested Scottish collaborator of King George. Here is a pair of moral and cultural opposites who do much good to each other. In 1886 author Stevenson had just read Mark Twain's THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN and it shows in KIDNAPPED. *** More deeply, KIDNAPPED is about an abnormally cruel period in Scottish-English history, told largely from the point of view of the gallant highland losers. KIDNAPPED is Robert Louis Stevenson's exploration of the divided Scottish psyche: highlands v. lowlands, Gaelic v. Scots as mutually incomprehensible languages, Catholicism v. Presbyterianism, Stewart Kings v. Hanoverians, agricultual mountain clans v. small nuclear retail trading nuclear families living between Glasgow and Edinburgh. This is not a profound book, but it is a very good one. And in pock-faced, diminutive, swashbuckling Alan Breck Stewart readers have a hero not soon forgotten. -OOO-

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Norwalk: Easton Press, 1991. Hardcover. As New. Wyeth, N.C.. Large 8vo, full olive leather stamped in gilt with color cover plate and 14 color plates, title page and original endpaper art by N.C. Wyeth. As new, fine without previous owner's marks.
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Kidnapped

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books
Published
1948
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Very good condition.
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New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 1948. Very good condition.. Binding: Beautifully illustrated full publisher’s cloth, with gilt titles on flat spine. , Size: 8vo., Illustration: Illustrated with a profusion of plates and in-text illustrations by Lynd Ward. , Category: Book Literature
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Kidnapped

by STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS

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Karol Krysik Books, ABAC/ILAB, IOBA, PBFA
Published
1930
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Very Good
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First Edition
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108.56

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London: Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 1930. First Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/Very Good. Rowland Hilder. First of this edition. Oatmeal cloth with image in blue and black, and gilt lettering to front board and spine, top edge gilt, illustrated endpapers, 12 tipped-in colour plates and a folding map, R.L. Stevenson copyright postage stamp to rear pastedown. Near fine… Read more
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Kidnapped

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Dale A. Sorenson
Published
1930
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Fine in Very Good dust jacket
Edition
1st Thus
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109.14

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London: Humphrey Milford Oxford University Press. Fine in Very Good dust jacket. 1930. 1st Thus. Hardcover. Illustrated by Rowland Hilder. London: Humphrey Milford Oxford University Press, printed by John Johnson (1930). Large 8vo. 290pp. 12 mounted color plates, endpaper illustration in b&w, folded map of Balfour's wanderings, headpiece illustrations in b&w. Tan cloth, front board has gilt… Read more
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cover of Kidnapped (Oxford Children's Classics)

Kidnapped (Oxford Children's Classics)

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Bonita
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Good
ISBN
9780192763587
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104.51

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Hardcover. Good. Access codes and supplements are not guaranteed with used items.
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Kidnapped

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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KAM
Published
1935
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1935 Edition
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90.95

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Book not first edition. Book in overall fair condition. Binding is good. Spine is very bad. missing portions upper spine and lower spine. Pages are yellowish due to aging discoloration process. No writings or markings in book. Book is old edition, as published in 1935, 86 years old. Book has had significant… Read more
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cover of KIDNAPPED :  Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour

KIDNAPPED : Being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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Rare Book Cellar
Published
1908
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First Edition; First Printing
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90.90

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New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1908. First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good+ in boards. Edge wear. Corners rubbed. Toning to front and rear panels. Hinges starting. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; Original binding. All domestic orders shipped protected in a Box. .
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Kidnapped

by Stevenson, Robert Louis

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Schwabe Books
Published
1991-01-01
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VeryGood
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89.13

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1991-01-01. VeryGood. A gorgeous edition. Bound in green leather with gilt lettering and color plate on front board, gilt on spine. Faint edgewear may be present due to storage. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown, otherwise like new. Silk moire endpapers and bookmark, all edges gilt. Pages/boards clean, all illustrations vibrant. Easton Collector's Notes booklet laid in. Binding… Read more
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Kidnapped

by Stevenson Robert Louis

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Bookfare
Published
1930
Condition
Very Good
Edition
1st Edition
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86.02

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London: Oxford University Press, 1930. 12 tipped-in colour plates, 30 head-pieces, illustrated end-papers and title-page decoration by Rowland Hilder; First Edition thus; "Being the adventures of David Balfour; how he was kidnapped and cast away; his sufferings in a desert isle; his journey in the West Highlands; his acquaintance with Alan Breck Stewart and other notorious Highland Jacobites; with all… Read more
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cover of Kidnapped: being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the year 1751

Kidnapped: being Memoirs of the Adventures of David Balfour in the year 1751

by Robert Louis Stevenson

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AJ Scruffles
Published
1888
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Good
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83.57

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London: Cassell and Company, 1888. Hardcover. Good. Pleasant early illustrated of Stevenson's historical adventure. With 16 excellent b/w illustrations by W. B. Hole and fold out map. Bound in half leather marbled boards. Top edge gilt. 12mo. [vi] 311pp. With advert of Treasure Island to rear. Previous owner's bookplate to front pastedown. … Read more
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Kidnapped (Now Age Books)

by Robert Louis Stevenson; Intro By Sr. Rose Carmel Wallace

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Basement Seller 101
Published
1969
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Very Good
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86.40

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Pendulum Pr, 1969. Paperback. Very Good. Elephant edition
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