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London: Longman's, Green and Co., 1885. Octavo, pp. [i-v] vi [vii-viii]  2-207 [208: blank], original gray-green pictorial wrappers printed in black. First edition. Collection of short sensational fiction, largely the work of Fanny Stevenson. Glover and Greene, Victorian Detective Fiction 423 and 424. Hubin (1994), p. 771. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 102. Beinecke 323.
London: Chatto & Windus, Piccadilly, 1882. Octavo, two volumes: pp. [1-12] [1-3] 4-269 [270: blank] [271: publisher's device] [272: blank]; [i-vii] viii [1-3] 4-234 [235: publisher's device] [236: blank] + 32-page publisher's catalogue dated "May, 1882" inserted at rear of volume II, original gray-green pictorial cloth, front panels stamped in brown and black, spine panels stamped in brown, back and gold, rear panels have publisher's device stamped in brown, top edges untrimmed, white endpapers with floral pattern printed in gray. First edition, first printing. 500 copies printed (there was a second printing of 250 copies designated "Second Edition" on the title pages). A key book in the history of the short story and "one of the most famous works in English literature. Who among us, with even a spark of boyhood in his heart, will ever forget 'The Suicide Club' or 'The Pavilion on the Links' ..." - QQ 11. NEW ARABIAN NIGHTS, a collection of short stories first published in magazines between 1877 and 1880, includes Stevenson's first published fiction. Several of the stories are considered to be his best and they are pioneer works in the English short story tradition as well. The first volume collects seven stories in two story cycles, "The Suicide Club" and "The Rajah's Diamond," first published as "Later-day Arabian Nights" in LONDON MAGAZINE from June to October 1878. The second volume collects four stories, "The Pavilion on the Links" (1880), "A Lodging for the Night" (1877), Stevenson's first published fiction, "The Sire De Malétroits Door" (1877), and "Providence and the Guitar" (1878). Arthur Conan Doyle considered "The Pavilion on the Links" to be "the very model of dramatic narrative, the high-water mark of Stevenson's genius and the first short-story in the world." Barry Menikoff considers NEW ARABIAN NIGHTS to be the starting point in the history of the English short story ("Class and Culture in the English Short Story," Journal of the Short Story in English 8 , pp. 125-139). Also see Menikoff, "New Arabian Nights: Stevenson’s Experiment in Fiction," Nineteenth-Century Literature 43 (iii 1990), pp. 339-362. According to Jenni Calder: "the stories rest uneasily in a limbo between fantasy and psychological realism" (RLS: A Life Study. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1980). Stevenson was fond of the book; in 1890 he told an interviewer that it was "the first book that ever returned me anything, and it also established my name." Hubin (1994), p. 771. Queen, The Detective Short Story, p. 102. Beinecke 139.
New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1886. Octavo, pp. [1-8]  2-138 [139-152: ads], original printed yellow wrappers printed in black. First edition. The Scribner edition was published 5 January 1886, four days before the British edition published by Longmans, Green. 4200 copies were printed of which 3000 were issued in paper wrappers and 1200 issued green cloth. "... a Faustian moral fable which takes the form of a tale of mystery and horror. It precedes Oscar Wilde's THE PICTURE OF DORIAN GRAY (1891), which in some respects resembles it, by five years, and is the prototype of all stories of multiple personality, transformation and possession; in some respects it is also a tale of drug dependency." - Clute and Nicholls (eds), The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction (1993), p. 1165. "A classic in the genre, it has been historically one of the most important stories in late Victorian literature." - Bleiler, Science-Fiction: The Early Years 2094. "... one of the supreme works of horror literature, setting the pattern for and influencing as many imitations as DRACULA." - Sullivan (ed), The Penguin Encyclopedia of Horror and the Supernatural, pp. 402-03. A Haycraft-Queen cornerstone volume. Anatomy of Wonder (1976) 2-141; (1981) 1-153; (1987) 1-86; (1995) 1-86; and (2004) II-1086. Ashley, Who's Who in Horror and Fantasy Fiction, p. 167. Barron (ed), Horror Literature 2-93. Bleiler, The Guide to Supernatural Fiction 1532. Bleiler (ed), Supernatural Fiction Writers: Fantasy and Horror, pp. 310-11. Cawthorn and Moorcock: Fantasy: The 100 Best Books 15. Clareson, Science Fiction in America, 1870s-1930s 725. Jones and Newman (eds), Horror: 100 Best Books 17. Survey of Modern Fantasy Literature IV, pp. 1834-39. Survey of Science Fiction Literature V, pp. 2184-89. Tymn (ed), Horror Literature 3-230. Wilson, Shadows in the Attic, p. 456. Bleiler (1978), p. 186. Reginald 13663. Beinecke 346.
New York: Editions for the Armed Services, Inc., . Small octavo (oblong), pictorial wrappers. Armed Services Edition. ASE 885. Includes the title novel and seven stories. The Armed Services Editions was a significant historical project between U.S. government and major U.S. publishing to mass produce portable entertainment for the men at war. The books, introduced in 1943, were produced in ever increasing numbers as WW II progressed, eventually reaching over 150,000 copies per title. Managing production was Philip Van Doren Stern the former executive editor of Pocket Books. Manning, When Books Went to War.