New Arabian Nights, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club, 1976

New Arabian Nights, written in 1882, is a collection of short stories from Robert Louis Stevenson. It contains a number of stories that were published in magazines from 1877-1880, representing Stevenson’s first published fiction (A Lodging for the Night was the first and is included in this collection). Critically, Stevenson’s short stories are often considered amongst his best work, and are significantly influential in the history of English short stories.

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-1894) is one of history’s greatest writers whose works are amongst the most read in the world today.  While in the intellectual craziness of the twentieth century his literary reputation waned, works such as Treasure IslandKidnapped, and Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde ensured that sanity would  prevail and Stevenson would again be critically recognized for his immense contribution to the Western Canon.

Despite his short life, Stevenson was a prolific writer producing many works of lasting value. Besides the above mentioned stories, he wrote numerous other novels, including The Black Arrow: A Tale of the Two Roses and The Master of Ballantrae; many short stories such as The Beach of Falesá; a slew of travel writings such as The Silverado Squatters and Travels with a Donkey; and poetry, such as A Child’s Garden of Verses.

Clarke Hutton (1898-1984) illustrated this 1976 Limited Editions Club (LEC) edition of New Arabian Nights. In the late 1920’s, he was taught lithography by A.S. Hartrick, one of the foremost lithographers of his day. Hutton took over for Hartrick teaching at the Central School of Arts & Crafts in London from 1930-1968. He illustrated books for Oxford University Press, Penguin and The Folio Society, in addition to LEC.

About the Edition

  • Illustrated with drawings in black and white and color by Clarke Hutton, who also signs the edition
  • Printed by Holyoke Lithograph Company
  • Designed by Eugene Ettenberg, Baltimore, Garamond Press
  • Full decorated yellow buckram stamped in green and gold on spine, boards stamped in allover gold design
  • 262 pages
  • Limited to 2,000 copies
  • Introduction by Norman Hulbert Strouse

Pictures

{Ed.Note: took these pictures in my local book store, lighting was not great, so sorry for some of the shadowing.}

New Arabian Nights, LEC, Slipcase Label
New Arabian Nights, LEC, Cover and Spine
New Arabian Nights, LEC, Title Page
New Arabian Nights, LEC, List of Illustrations
New Arabian Nights, LEC, Sample Text from Chapter 1
New Arabian Nights, LEC, First Sample Illustration
New Arabian Nights, LEC, Chapter Heading Decoration #1 (Close-up)
New Arabian Nights, LEC, Second Sample Illustration
New Arabian Nights, LEC, Sample Text and Illustration
New Arabian Nights, LEC, Second Sample Text and Illustration
New Arabian Nights, LEC, Third Sample Text and Illustration
New Arabian Nights, LEC, Colophon

2 thoughts on “New Arabian Nights, by Robert Louis Stevenson, Limited Editions Club, 1976

  1. Hello Chris-

    I am glad you posted this book since I have never opened my LEC copy since I first receied it. I have read some of the stories but not from this edition. Notably. I have read A Lodging for the Night and The Sire de Malatroit’s Door as presented in Two Mediaeval Tales published in the Club’s first series of 1929 and 1930. I have now marked down to read the New Arabian Nights stories.

    The Two Mediaeval Tales have some different illustrations which are interesting. They are reminiscent of those in the Prince Valiant comic strip of years ago. I wish I had some pictures to send you, but perhaps someone else has.

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