NEW ARABIAN NIGHTS. Robert Louis Stevenson.


New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1882. Undated endpaper ads. Original mustard yellow cloth decorated in black.

First American hardbound edition, issued as No. 141 in the Leisure Hour Series; George Munro's pirated "Seaside Library" edition, with triple-column text in a magazine-sized format, was listed in Publisher's Weekly a week earlier -- though actual dates of publication are not known.

NEW ARABIAN NIGHTS, published in the U. K. as Stevenson's only multi-volume first edition, consists of "The Suicide Club" (three loosely-connected tales), "The Rajah's Diamond" (four loosely-connected tales), "The Pavilion on the Links," plus three short French tales. Calder has observed that although RLS was very fond of these tales himself, they "rest uneasily in a limbo between fantasy and psychological realism."

This is a clean, attractive copy, in fine condition -- quite remarkable for one of these delicate, pale-colored volumes of the Leisure Hour Series (the same series that contains the first American editions of most of Thomas Hardy's novels). Beinecke 142; Princeton 17A; Queen's Quorum 11 ("Conan Doyle considered The Pavilion on the Links 'the very model of dramatic narrative'"). Item #14651

Price: $425.00