Stevenson was thirty-one when he wrote Treasure Island
(originally called 'The sea cook'), reading each new chapter aloud
to his father and young stepson, Lloyd Osbourne. The story created
little impression when it was serialised in Young Folks
between October 1881 and January 1882, but its publication in book
form in 1883 made Stevenson's reputation. The frontispiece, showing
a 'facsimile' map of the island, was the only illustration in the
first edition; the first fully illustrated edition appeared in 1885.