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Andersen Library

November 28, 2015

Treasure Island Collection

Lionel JohnsonLionel Johnson

Welcome to the Treasure Island Illustrated Editions Collection

Treasure Island Illustrated Editions, numbering more than 450 books collected and donated by Lionel Johnson, arrived in 2000 from Milwaukee. Artists such as Edmund Dulac, Milo Winter and N. C. Wyeth interpreted the novel since its first appearance in magazine form. An American publisher provided the first illustrated edition in 1884, and the first printing is among the books donated.

Collecting over many years, Mr. Johnson traveled to New York, London and Paris to peruse bookstores. He meticulously gave each an accession number as he cataloged his books. An appraiser stated,  "Unity of subject matter gives this group of books scholarly importance and great bibliographic research value. The books are primarily hard cover and in fine condition, with a few in leather bindings. It is a collection lovingly assembled through the expense of much time and money."

Sharon McQueen, a library school doctoral student at the University of Wisconsin--Madison and friend of Lionel Johnson, recommended the University of Minnesota as the appropriate place for his collection.

In addition to the books, there are illustrations, some books about Robert Louis Stevenson, and copies of reviews. The collection is available for viewing in the Andersen Library Reading Room, and the books can be located through the library catalog

Lionel Johnson also donated his extensive Alice in Wonderland Collection to the CLRC. This collection of variant editions and secondary literature is in process and currently uncataloged. PDFs of Johnson's personal inventory are available below for reference.

Alice In Wonderland Collection Inventory: section 1; section 2; section 3; section 4; section 5; section 6; section 7.

Inquires may be made to the Children's Literature Research Collections.