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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Createspace Independent Pub
Publication date March 13, 2015
Pages 54
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781508853930
ISBN-10 1508853932
Dimensions 0.13 by 6 by 9 in.
Original list price $5.99
Summaries and Reviews
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes is a non-fiction travel book written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. It was first published in December 1878 as "a paean to his birthplace" and was his second published book following An Inland Voyage.The book began as a series of articles which appeared in the magazine, Portfolio.[4] It provides Stevenson's personal introduction to each part of the city and some history behind the various sections of the city and its most famous buildings:"The ancient and famous metropolis of the North sits overlooking a windy estuary from the slope and summit of three hills. No situation could be more commanding for the head city of a kingdom; none better chosen for noble prospects.... the quarter of the Castle overtops the whole city and keeps an open view to sea and land. It dominates for miles on every side; and people on the decks of ships, or ploughing in quiet country places over in Fife, can see the banner on the Castle battlements, and the smoke of the Old Town blowing abroad over the subjacent country. A city that is set upon a hill. It was, I suppose, from this distant aspect that she got her nickname of Auld Reekie. Perhaps it was given her by people who had never crossed her doors: day after day, from their various rustic Pisgahs, they had seen the pile of building on the hill-top, and the long plume of smoke over the plain; so it appeared to them; so it had appeared to their fathers tilling the same field; and as that was all they knew of the place, it could be all expressed in these two words." - Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh:Picturesque Notes (1903 edition)Despite his affection for the city, Stevenson did not shy away from detailing the darker aspects of life in Edinburgh however; including references to its more gruesome history and inhabitants such as Deacon Brodie, whose dual life proved inspiration for Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, and the occultist Major Thomas Weir, who was executed for witchcraft.[7] Stevenson's vivid and frank depiction of the city also includes mention of Edinburgh's plague-ridden past, when officials punished those with plague symptoms by drowning women in the Quarry Holes and hanging men in their own doorways.So the book acts as part guidebook, part memoir and part social history of the city[8] which not every reader appreciated upon the book's publication.[1] This caused the inclusion of this notable footnote from Stevenson responding to criticisms to appear in the first chapter of subsequent editions:"These sentences have, I hear, given offence in my native town, and a proportionable pleasure to our rivals of Glasgow. I confess the news caused me both pain and merriment. May I remark, as a balm for wounded fellow-townsmen, that there is nothing deadly in my accusations? Small blame to them if they keep ledgers: 'tis an excellent business habit. Churchgoing is not, that ever I heard, a subject of reproach; decency of linen is a mark of prosperous affairs, and conscious moral rectitude one of the tokens of good living. It is not their fault it the city calls for something more specious by way of inhabitants. A man in a frock-coat looks out of place upon an Alp or Pyramid, although he has the virtues of a Peabody and the talents of a Bentham. And let them console themselves - they do as well as anybody else; the population of (let us say) Chicago would cut quite as rueful a figure on thesame romantic stage. To the Glasgow people I would say only one word, but that is of gold; I have not yet written a book about Glasgow." - Robert Louis Stevenson, Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes

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Paperback
Book cover for 9781479284443 Book cover for 9781508853930 Book cover for 9781530237838
 
from Createspace Independent Pub (February 25, 2016)
9781530237838 | details & prices | 42 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.10 in. | List price $5.99
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from Createspace Independent Pub (October 14, 2015); titled "Edinburgh Picturesque Notes"
9781518605628 | details & prices | 56 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.13 in. | List price $9.99
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from Createspace Independent Pub (March 13, 2015); titled "Edinburgh Picturesque Notes"
9781508853930 | details & prices | 54 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.13 in. | List price $5.99
This edition also contains Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes
About: Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes is a non-fiction travel book written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson.
from Createspace Independent Pub (September 14, 2012)
9781479284443 | details & prices | 90 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.50 in. | 0.35 lbs | List price $9.99
About: Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson (13 November 1850 – 3 December 1894) was a Scottish novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer.
Editions for the work Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes
Paperback
Book cover for 9781406582031 Book cover for 9781508853930 Book cover for 9781530237838 Book cover for 9781873429761
 
With Robert Louis Stevenson | from Createspace Independent Pub (February 25, 2016)
9781530237838 | details & prices | 42 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.10 in. | List price $5.99
This edition also contains Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes
With Robert Louis Stevenson | from Createspace Independent Pub (October 14, 2015); titled "Edinburgh Picturesque Notes"
9781518605628 | details & prices | 56 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.13 in. | List price $9.99
This edition also contains Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes
The price comparison is for this edition
With Robert Louis Stevenson | from Createspace Independent Pub (March 13, 2015); titled "Edinburgh Picturesque Notes"
9781508853930 | details & prices | 54 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.13 in. | List price $5.99
This edition also contains Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes
About: Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes is a non-fiction travel book written by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson.
With Robert Louis Stevenson | from Dodo Pr (November 30, 2007); titled "Edinburgh Picturesque Notes"
9781406582031 | details & prices | 51 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.20 lbs | List price $12.99
About: Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson (1850-1894), was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature.
from Univ Pr of the Pacific (December 1, 2003)
9781410208286 | details & prices | 76 pages | 6.00 × 9.00 × 0.25 in. | 0.30 lbs | List price $11.59
from Pallas Athene Pub (February 1, 2002); titled "Edinburgh-Picturesque Notes"
9781873429761 | details & prices | 5.50 × 8.50 × 0.75 in. | 0.40 lbs | List price $18.00
About: First published in 1879, Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes is among the most vivid of Robert Louis Stevenson’s writings.

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