Treasure Island (1909)

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INTRODUCTION

by Franklin Thomas Baker

THIS little classic of Stevenson's is now definitely placed in the category of school books. It has taken this rank because of its undoubted appeal to young readers, and because of the high order of its workmanship. If, however, its place among school books means that it is to be made, through mistaken editorial and pedagogical zeal, a task instead of a pleasure to the boy, the choice of it for such purposes is a grave mistake. The present editor has therefore sought only to furnish such notes as will save the reader from the inconvenience of going to the dictionary, and such comments as will enlighten him regarding the high place the book has won with readers of cultivated tastes.

F.T.B.

PUBLISHERS' NOTE:
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CONTENTS

Part I.—THE OLD BUCCANEER.

  • I. The Old Sea Dog at the "Admiral Benbow."
  • II. Black Dog appears and disappears
  • III. The Black Spot
  • IV. The Sea Chest
  • V. The Last of the Blind Man
  • VI. The Captain’s Papers

Part II.—THE SEA COOK.

  • VII. I go to Bristol
  • VIII. At the Sign of the "Spy-glass"
  • IX. Powder and Arms
  • X. The Voyage
  • XI. What I Heard in the Apple Barrel
  • XII. Council of War

Part III.—MY SHORE ADVENTURE.

  • XIII. How my Shore Adventure began
  • XIV. The First Blow
  • XV. The Man of the Island

Part IV.—THE STOCKADE.

  • XVI. Narrative continued by the Doctor: How the Ship was Abandoned
  • XVII. Narrative continued by the Doctor: The Jolly-Boat’s Last Trip
  • XVIII. Narrative continued by the Doctor: End of the First Day’s Fighting
  • XIX. Narrative resumed by Jim Hawkins: The Garrison in the Stockade
  • XX. Silver’s Embassy
  • XXI. The Attack

Part V.—MY SEA ADVENTURE.

  • XXII. How my Sea Adventure began
  • XXIII. The Ebb-Tide Runs
  • XXIV. The Cruise of the Coracle
  • XXV. I Strike the Jolly Roger
  • XXVI. Israel Hands
  • XXVII. "Pieces of Eight"

Part VI.—CAPTAIN SILVER.

  • XXVIII. In the Enemy’s Camp
  • XXIX. The Black Spot Again
  • XXX. On Parole
  • XXXI. The Treasure Hunt—Flint's Pointer
  • XXXII. The Treasure Hunt—The Voice among the Trees
  • XXXIII. The Fall of a Chieftain
  • XXXIV. And Last