Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes
Truby King Collection DA890 E3 S86 1896
Seeley and Co.
This book contains several inscriptions. The dedicatory inscription (top right) reads ‘To Dr+ Mrs Truby King, from F. L.+A.J.H’. As King has inscribed underneath, the book was gifted to the Kings by Australian artist and architect, Albert Hanson (1867-1914), and his wife Frances Lanly (F.L). Hanson spent time in Dunedin in the late 1890s conducting an art school, and may have known the Kings. The book’s author and subject is significant, as Hanson designed a house for Stevenson when he was in Australia, and King studied medicine in Edinburgh. King’s note on the left hand side reminds a ‘Mr Scott’ to return the book to Matron at the Karitane Hospital in Melrose, Wellington. He only had four days to read it!
Robert Louis Stevenson, “Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes,” ourheritage.ac.nz | OUR Heritage, accessed December 2, 2022, https://ourheritage.ac.nz/items/show/11525.