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Edinburgh Picturesque Notes

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pubOne.info thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. 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. From her tall precipice and terraced gardens she loo ...more
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Published September 15th 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1879)
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·Karen·
Jan 18, 2012 added it  ·  review of another edition
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Delicious, lyrical descriptions of Auld Reekie. I have to say that travel writing has never been a favourite of mine. But I love all those tales of legendary burglars or those infamous 'resurrection men' Burke and Hare, gibbet stones that weep for the two men hung for stealing fourpence, and, best of all, this little tale of the distillery at Bow Bridge:

It chanced, some time in the past century, that the distiller was on terms of good-fellowship
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J.
Mar 02, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Published in 1878 'Edinburgh Picturesque' is a series of essays describing different areas of Edinburgh: the Old Town, the Parliament Close, Greyfriar’s Kirkyard, the New Town, the villas in Morningside, Calton Hill and the Pentlands.

"The ancient and famous metropolis of the North sits overlooking a windy estury from the slope and summit of three hills. No situation could be more commanding for the head city of a Kingdm: none better chosen for noble prospects. From her tall precipice and terrace
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Fabiola
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Ritorno a Stevenson, alla sua scrittura intimista, calda, confortante ed entusiasta, stavolta con uno fra i titoli meno conosciuti: Edimburgo. Note pittoresche, edito da Ibis. [NdR: pare che una seconda traduzione italiana di Edinburgh: Picturesque Notes sia stata edita anche da Elliot con il titolo Edimburgo. Tre passeggiate a piedi.]
Redatto tra il 1871 e il 1876 e pubblicato nel 1878, Edimburgo è un ibrido tra un saggio, un diario e una guida turistica: il lettore si ritrova a visitare la
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Ian
An early example of RLS' work, and as the title suggests simply a collection of notes and impressions of Edinburgh and its immediate surrounds. It's entertaining though. RLS is a keen observer and he deploys a sardonic sense of humour when discussing items like the city's climate and some of the local superstitions. This worked well for me. I was also amused to see evidence of changing fashions. Edinburgh's new town (despite its name it dates from the late 18th century) is today part of a UNESCO ...more
ReadingScotland
Feb 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this beautiful description of Edinburgh! Perfect book to take along on a trip and read as you visit places! Full review of mine here: http://www.readingscotland.com/2017/0...
Fraser Cook
May 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must read for anyone with an interest in Edinburgh. The majority of the buildings and Edinburgh architecture as described still looks identical now, the book gives a fascinating insight into how our predecessors lived in our beautiful city. The chapters on winter and the Pentlands ring home perfectly.
Suzanne Yoder
Jul 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Perfect read for a trip to Edinburgh. RLS can paint some fantastic pictures with his words. This book is what Edinburgh feels like.
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Robert Louis Balfour Stevenson was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of English literature. He was greatly admired by many authors, including Jorge Luis Borges, Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling and Vladimir Nabokov.

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“There is a kind of gaping admiration that would fain roll Shakespeare and Bacon into one, to have a bigger thing to gape at; and a class of men who cannot edit one author without disparaging all others.” 6 likes
“Into no other city does the sight of the country enter so far; if you do not meet a butterfly, you shall certainly catch a glimpse of far-away trees upon your walk; and the place is full of theatre tricks in the way of scenery.  You peep under an arch, you descend stairs that look as if they would land you in a cellar, you turn to the back-window of a grimy tenement in a lane:—and behold! you are face-to-face with distant and bright prospects.  You turn a corner, and there is the sun going down into the Highland hills.  You look down an alley, and see ships tacking for the Baltic.” 4 likes
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