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“Squire Trelawney, Dr. Livesey, and the rest of these gentlemen having asked me to write down the whole particulars about Treasure Island, from the beginning to the end, keeping nothing back but the bearings of the island, and that only because there is still treasure not yet lifted, I take up my pen in the year of grace 17—”
― Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island
Treasure Island (1883) by Robert Louis Stevenson relates the story of Jim Hawkins, a young boy who watches over an inn at an English seaside town with his mother just as pirates descend on the inn. Jim and his mother escape from them when Jim finds a treasure map hidden inside a pouch. On attaining the map, Squire Trelawney and Doctor Livesey, together with Jim, set sail for the treasure island in search of the treasure. However, they are unaware that the crew members they have hired, including the one-legged man Long John Silver, intend to take over the ship and the treasure.
The Scribner Storybook Classic line adds Robert Louis Stevenson's Treasure Island, abridged by Timothy Meis, with vintage illustrations by N.C. Wyeth. Young Jim Hawkins finds a treasure map and follows it to South America, only to wind up in the hands of the notorious pirate Long John Silver. Climactic scenes of aggressive mutineers or the hero's valiant attempt to keep the evil Mr. Hands at bay come alive in Wyeth's atmospheric oil paintings.