Tui or Parson Bird Prosthemadera Novae Zealandiae. From: 'A history of the birds of New Zealand' by Walter Lawry Buller | OUR Heritage

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Prayers written at Vailima


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PR5488.P7 1999 [Special Collections]


Melville Press : Pacific Palisades, Calif.


‘…As soon as our household had fallen into a regular routine, and the bonds of Samoan family life began to draw us more closely together, Tusitala [Samoan for storyteller, referring to Robert Louis Stevenson] felt the necessity of including our retainers in our evening devotions.’

So wrote Stevenson’s wife Fanny. The prayers by RLS and linocuts (executed by Catherine Kanner) are printed on Hiromi-Sansui paper that is so fine that it has been double folded to reduce the type and image biting into each other. Bonnie Thompson Norman printed this fine edition of 200 copies.


Stevenson, Robert Louis et al., “Prayers written at Vailima,” | OUR Heritage, accessed November 13, 2019,

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