“Vous avez à la main une petite bêtise assez mal ecrite, assez bien traduite”

Written on the fly-leaf of the French translation of Treasure Island, which RLS bought in Paris. RLS and Fanny stayed a week or 10 days in Paris with Will and Berthe Low.

[For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1677.]

To Berthe Low [Low, A Chronicle of Friendship, 1908, pp. 333-4]

 

Paris, 12 Rue Vernier, 18 Août 1886

Chère Madame Low,

Nous allons faire quelques petites fautes de Français, n’est ce pas ? – C’est convenu ? – Alors, me voilà content: me voilà à même de vous dire tout tranquillement que ce que vous avez à la main est une petite bêtise assez mal ecrite, assez bien traduite;

W.H. Low, Montigny sur Loing, 1876. The American painter had married in 1878 Berthe Julienne, who translated Treasure Island and Jekyll & Hyde French [https://image.invaluable.com]

First French translation of Treasure Island, 1885 [https://pictures.abebooks.com]

 

et que je vous prie de l’accepter en souvenir du boulevard Montparnasse,

The place of the ‘atélier des étudiants de Carol-Duran’, 81 Boulevard Montparnasse, Paris, ehere in 1874 RLS visited his cousin Bob and Will Low.

[www.cparama.com]

de Montigny sur Loing

Jacob Maris, View of Montigny-sur-Loing, 1870 [https://images.fineartamerica.com]

Montigny-sur-Loing, Seine et Marne, France [http://mw2.google.com]

 

et de la rue Vernier.

 

12 rue Vernier, Paris, the place where the Lows lived.

  

Mille amities à vous et à Will.

Robert Louis Stevenson

 

Salva

Salva

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