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Notebook of Robert Louis Stevenson containing drafts of poems, sketches, notes for ‘The black arrow’ and other jottings., ?1883.

Identifier: MS.19637

Scope and Contents

The notebook includes 'Lord Nelson and the tar' (folio 2), as well as three other published and several unpublished poems. The sketches may be designs for woodblocks to illustrate the 'Moral emblems'.


  • Creation: ?1883.

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23 Leaves ; Quarto.

Language of Materials

From the Series: Undetermined


12 + 11 inverted folios.


'Lord Nelson and the tar' was published in Robert Louis Stevenson's ‘Collected poems’, edited by J Adam Smith, 2nd edition, (London, 1971), page 449. Stevenson, Robert Louis. 'Moral emblems' (Davos-Platz : S L Osbourne & Company, [1882]). 'The black arrow' (London, 1888).

Repository Details

Part of the National Library of Scotland Archives and Manuscripts Division Repository