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The Royal Sport NatUique. 25
to tolerate perforce. And these Royal Nautical
Sportsmen had the distinction still quite legible
in their hearts. They had still those clean
perceptions of what is nice and nasty, what is
interesting and what is dull, which envious old
gentlemen refer to as illusions. The nightmare
illusion of middle age, the bear's hug of custom
gradually squeezing the life out of a man's
soul, had not yet begun for these happy-star'd
young Belgians. They still knew that the
interest they took in their business was a
trifling affair compared to their spontaneous,
long-suffering affection for nautical sports. To
know what you prefer, instead of humbly saying
Amen to what the world tells you you ought to
prefer, is to have kept your soul alive. Such a
man may be generous ; he may be honest in
something more than the commercial sense ; he
may love his friends with an elective, personal
sympathy, and not accept them as an adjunct

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London, 1878 - Inland voyage
DescriptionBy Robert Louis Stevenson. An account of the author's canoe trip from Antwerp in Belgium to Pontoise in France. With frontispiece by Walter Crane. (London: C. Kegan Paul & Co, 1878.)
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Form / genre: Written and printed matter > Books
Dates / events: 1878 [Date published]
Places: Europe > Belgium > Flanders > Antwerpen province > Antwerp (inhabited place) [Place in text]
Europe > France > Île-de-France > Val-d'Oise > Cergy-Pontois (inhabited place) [Place in text]
Europe > United Kingdom > England > Greater London > London (inhabited place) [Place published]
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Person / organisation: Crane, Walter, 1845-1915 [Illustrator]
Stevenson, Robert Louis, 1850-1894 [Author]
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C. Kegan Paul & Co. [Publisher]
Early editions of Robert Louis Stevenson
DescriptionFull text versions of early editions of works by Robert Louis Stevenson. Includes 'Kidnapped', 'The Master of Ballantrae' and other well-known novels, as well as 'Prince Otto', 'Dynamiter' and 'St Ives'. Also early British and American book editions, serialisations of novels in newspapers and literary magazines, and essays by Stevenson.
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