I have no idea where we got this book—likely from my mother’s extensive collection of old books I peruse through every time we visit her.

Though the illustrations for this are totally uncredited (and seem to be from various artists if the style of them is any indication), the cover and many of the page headers are truly beautiful and inspiring.

Originally published in 1885 and penned by Robert Louis Stevenson (Treasure Island, Kidnapped, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde) the content of the writing itself for this may not have aged so well. Take a look at his poem “Foreign Children” to see what I mean (you can click on that image to see a larger version).

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