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Record Number: 26678


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'Translation enclosed, very literal, for the fun’s sake. I have taken stock/made acquaintance of the ["Treatise of Marine Works" which you have published in 1874 […] Kindly accept, Mister and dear colleague, the expression of my sentiments of perfect estime. (signed) Fred Andre'.

Century:

1850-1899

Date:

Between Apr 1877 and May 1877

Country:

Scotland

Time

n/a

Place:

city: Edinburgh

Type of Experience
(Reader):
 

silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Type of Experience
(Listener):
 

solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown


Reader / Listener / Reading Group:

Reader:

Robert Louis Stevenson

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

n/a

Date of Birth:

13 Nov 1850

Socio-Economic Group:

Professional / academic / merchant / farmer

Occupation:

Writer

Religion:

Uncommitted

Country of Origin:

Scotland

Country of Experience:

Scotland

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


Additional Comments:

n/a



Text Being Read:

Author:

Frederic Andre

Title:

letter

Genre:

Technology

Form of Text:

Manuscript: Letter

Publication Details

n/a

Provenance

n/a


Source Information:

Record ID:

26678

Source:

Print

Author:

Robert Louis Stevenson

Editor:

Bradford A. Booth

Title:

The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879

Place of Publication:

New Haven and London

Date of Publication:

1994

Vol:

2

Page:

207

Additional Comments:

Letter 469, To his Father, [? Late April or early May 1877], [Edinburgh]. Co-editor Ernest Mehew. The foregoing material in square brackets has been added by the editors.

Citation:

Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford A. Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson, April 1874-July 1879 (New Haven and London, 1994), 2, p. 207, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=26678, accessed: 18 April 2024


Additional Comments:

The text read is a fairly lengthy letter in French from a French engineer, Frederic Andre, thanking Thomas Stevenson for a copy of his "A Treatise of Marine Works", published in 1874, which he praises and offers to translate into French. RLS has read and translated the letter and encloses a copy of this translation in Letter 469. I haven’t found anything corresponding exactly to the title of the publication in question as given in Letter 469. An article on “The Design and Construction of Harbours” by a Thomas Stevenson was published in Edinburgh in 1874, reprinted and enlarged from the article “Harbours” in the eighth edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica

   
   
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