John Bartholomew, Jr. is
said to have been
commissioned to engrave the map of Treasure Island
for the first edition of Robert Louis Stevenson's bestseller
The first map was
allegedly lost en route to Cassell, the London publisher. RLS ordered a
replacement engraving which is the one shown above, published 1895 .
John's brother, Henry
Bartholomew (1834-99), may have been the one who actually crafted it,
though this is uncertain.
Under Robert Louis
Stevenson's instructions, John Bartholomew Jr. was commissioned to
supply the frontispiece to the first edition of the book. How many times
it has been reproduced is hard to estimate. Treasure Island would
not be Treasure Island without the evocative island plan and its 'Spy
Glass Hill' and 'Cape of Ye Woods', delineated by 'Billy Bones', with
latitude and longitude 'struck out by J. Hawkins'. Running a hand
over the worn old copper plate in the Bartholomew Archives, one hears an
echo from childhood of the tap of Blind Pew's stick and the parrot's
cry: "Pieces of Eight! Pieces of Eight!".