BOOK LAUNCH: Edinburgh by Robert Louis Stevenson with Manderley Press
Time & Location
About The Event
Location: The Edinburgh Bookshop, 219 Bruntsfield Place, EH10 4DH
Join us and Manderley Press for a very special evening. On what would have been Robert Louis Stevenson's 171st birthday, we will be celebrating the launch of the first Manderley press title - Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes. This book is a brand new edition of the vintage travel classic by Stevenson, first published in 1878 and now re-issued with an introduction by Alexander McCall Smith and specially commissioned illustrations by Iain McIntosh.
Linda Dryden, Professor of English Literature at Edinburgh Napier University, and a specialist in Robert Louis Stevenson's works, will be giving a short introduction to Stevenson's Edinburgh, and artist Iain McIntosh will be signing copies of the art print he designed for the front cover of the book.
About The Book
A 'sort of Bible' to all nineteenth-century Scots, Stevenson's gloriously vivid and entertaining portrait of Edinburgh continues to beguile the modern reader 150 years after it was first written. In this book, Stevenson draws on his skills as a master storyteller, his memories of growing up in Edinburgh and his interest in social history, legend and myth. A trusty, witty and irreverent tour guide, he leads the reader on an unforgettable journey through the city, visiting memorable houses and picturesque areas, and bringing to life its most engaging characters and landmarks. Many of the buildings, places and people Stevenson introduces in Edinburgh later feature in his timeless adventure novels: Kidnapped, Treasure Island and The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde. "Stevenson's writing strikes the twenty-first century ear as still being fresh and intensely readable ... we are in the company of an agreeable and relaxed guide giving us an anecdotal run-down on Edinburgh over a cup of coffee." Alexander McCall Smith
Named after the house in Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, Manderley Press finds forgotten or out-of-print books that were deeply inspired by a building, city or landmark, and brings those lost titles back to life for a contemporary audience.
Each publication features a specially commissioned introduction, front cover and illustrations, and both the author and the artist are chosen for their connections to the place at the heart of each title. Cover artwork is also available to buy separately as prints. Each Manderley Press title is exquisitely produced, as a small hardback edition, quarter-bound in real cloth with head and tail bands, and printed on high quality paper.