An illustration by John R. Neill (1877-1943) for Treasure Island

An illustration by John R. Neill (1877-1943) from Treasure Island

A wonderful illustration by John R. Neill (1877-1943) for Treasure Island. Neill was a magazine and children’s book illustrator, mostly known for his ‘Land of Oz’ series (remember The Wonderful Wizard of Oz?).

Treasure Island is a classic adventure novel by Scottish author, Robert Louis Stevenson. It was first published in 1881, but set in the mid 1700s (a few decades before the setting of Winston Graham’s Poldark novels). It’s one of those books that used to be described as a ‘thumping good yarn’ – now publishers would probably call it ‘an engaging page-turner’.

Adventure on the high seas and a quest for pirate treasure, with colourful characters in an exotic setting. What more could you ask for?

 

 

 

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