BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT: A Plain and Literal Translation of The Arabian Nights' Entertainments.With Introduction Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay upon the History of the Nights.

Burton Richard F., translator

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17 volumes including the "Supplemental Nights". The Illustrated Benares edition, issued by the Burton Club, for private circulation among its members, and strictly limited to 1000 sets only. Profusely illustrated with over 100 fine plates from the original decorations created by Letchford and others. Tall 8vo, original three-quarter red morocco over red cloth covered boards, the spines with raised bands, decorated in the compartments with central pictorial Arabic ornaments tooled in gilt, two panels gilt lettered and ruled, all bands decorated with arabesque tooling. A very handsome, well preserved, fine, fresh and clean set. A HANDSOME AND FINE SET OF A SCARCE AND LIMITED PRIVATELY PRINTED BURTON CLUB EDITION. A very handsome edition, which includes the great profusion of illustrated full page plates executed by Letchford and others for the first illustrated editions. Richard Burton was one of the foremost linguists of his time, an explorer, poet, translator, ethnologist, and archaeologist, among other things. The Thousand Nights and a Night is probably the most famous of all his many works. This translation reflected his encyclopedic knowledge of Arabic language, sexual practices and life: "it reveals a profound acquaintance with the vocabulary and customs of the Muslims, with their classical idiom," [Ency Britt] as well as colloquialisms, philosophy, modes of thought and intimate details. In contrast to Victorian mores, Burton was driven to explore what would now be called by literary critics the uncanny/Unheimliche or the unresolvable tensions of human beings. Accordingly, he recorded details of daily life and practices that were considered vulgar at the time. Burton s intellectual influence is far-reaching. His amazing grasp of languages and culture anticipates the globalism of the future. His geographical discoveries not only make him an interesting historical figure but also allowed for future exploration. The detail with which he wrote and his willingness to examine intimate aspects of daily life were precursors to modern ethnography. And his understanding and willingness to immerse himself in cultures that are still little understood by those in Western nation-states is enlightening on many levels. Bookseller Inventory #

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Book Description London Privately printed for the Burton Club [n.d.]. 17 volumes, including the "Supplemental Nights". Limited Illustrated edition of 1000 copies hand-numbered, issued by the Burton Club, for private circulation among its members. Profusely illustrated with fine plates from the original decorations created by Letchford and others reproduced from earlier illustrated editions, titlepage to each volume printed in red and black on Japan vellum. Tall 8vo, publisher s original sage green ribbed cloth covered boards, the spines with printed paper labels. A nice set, the text-blocks fine, the bindings with some light age mellowing or occasional evidence of respectful use, typical mellowing to the paper labels from exposure over time. Generally a pleasing and well preserved set of this classic work. LIMITED PRIVATELY PRINTED BURTON CLUB EDITION. A very handsomely printed edition, which includes the great profusion of illustrated full page plates executed by Letchford and others for the first and early illustrated editions. Richard Burton was one of the foremost linguists of his time, an explorer, poet, translator, ethnologist, and archaeologist, among other things. The Thousand Nights and a Night is probably the most famous of all his many works. This translation reflected his encyclopedic knowledge of Arabic language, sexual practices and life: "it reveals a profound acquaintance with the vocabulary and customs of the Muslims, with their classical idiom," [Ency Britt] as well as colloquialisms, philosophy, modes of thought and intimate details. In contrast to Victorian mores, Burton was driven to explore what would now be called by literary critics the uncanny/Unheimliche or the unresolvable tensions of human beings. Accordingly, he recorded details of daily life and practices that were considered vulgar at the time. Burton s intellectual influence is far-reaching. His amazing grasp of languages and culture anticipates the globalism of the future. His geographical discoveries not only make him an interesting historical figure but also allowed for future exploration. The detail with which he wrote and his willingness to examine intimate aspects of daily life were precursors to modern ethnography. And his understanding and willingness to immerse himself in cultures that are still little understood by those in Western nation-states is. Seller Inventory # 25756

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Book Description Denver Privately printed for the Burton Club [circa 1920], 1920. 17 volumes including the "Supplemental Nights". The Illustrated Benares edition, issued by the Burton Club, for private circulation among its members, and strictly limited to 1000 sets only. Profusely illustrated with over 100 fine plates from the original decorations created by Letchford and others. Tall 8vo, publisher s original brick-red cloth covered boards, the spines with printed paper labels. A nice reading set being internally still very fresh and clean, the cloth however is somewhat worn and aged and there is chipping to the paper labels, some board edges are rubbed. SCARCE AND LIMITED PRIVATELY PRINTED BURTON CLUB EDITION. A very handsome edition, which includes the great profusion of illustrated full page plates executed by Letchford and others for the first illustrated editions. Richard Burton was one of the foremost linguists of his time, an explorer, poet, translator, ethnologist, and archaeologist, among other things. The Thousand Nights and a Night is probably the most famous of all his many works. This translation reflected his encyclopedic knowledge of Arabic language, sexual practices and life: "it reveals a profound acquaintance with the vocabulary and customs of the Muslims, with their classical idiom," [Ency Britt] as well as colloquialisms, philosophy, modes of thought and intimate details. In contrast to Victorian mores, Burton was driven to explore what would now be called by literary critics the uncanny/Unheimliche or the unresolvable tensions of human beings. Accordingly, he recorded details of daily life and practices that were considered vulgar at the time. Burton s intellectual influence is far-reaching. His amazing grasp of languages and culture anticipates the globalism of the future. His geographical discoveries not only make him an interesting historical figure but also allowed for future exploration. The detail with which he wrote and his willingness to examine intimate aspects of daily life were precursors to modern ethnography. And his understanding and willingness to immerse himself in cultures that are still little understood by those in Western nation-states is. Seller Inventory # 23252

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Book Description np Printed by the Burton Club for Private Subscribers Only nd. 17 volumes incorporating 10 volumes of the Arabian Nights and with 7 volumes of the Supplemental Nights. "Bassorah" Edition, First thus, limited to 1000 sets only. Profusely illustrated with over 100 fine plates printed on Japon Vellum. Tall 8vo, original three-quarter red morocco over marbled boards, the spines with raised bands, decorated in the compartments with central floral ornaments tooled in gilt, two panels gilt lettered and ruled. Internally very clean, handsome and well preserved, fresh and bright. Some old staining from damp to the spines of a number of volumes. One of the best of all the Burton Club editions of the Arabian Nights. This set bound handsomely and issued in limited number. The set includes a vast number of illustrations including those of the original illustrators to the Nights as well as extra illustrations which had not appeared in the English editions. While Burton Club editions are plentiful in cloth binding and later issue, these early printings issued in limited number and fine bindings are not at all prevelant on the market. Seller Inventory # 27349

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Published by Benares printed by the Kamashastra Society for Private Subscribers Only 1885-8 (1885)
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Book Description Benares printed by the Kamashastra Society for Private Subscribers Only 1885-8, 1885. 16 volumes. The first edition of Burton's translation. 8vo, original black cloth with lettering and decoration in gilt, and in silver on the supplementary volumes. A good set, the spines well worn. THE FIRST PUBLICATION OF BURTON S PLAIN AND LITERAL TRANSLATION. This Benares edition, the true first appearance of Burton's translation, is quite scarce. The first volume bears a tipped-in slip from the publisher which gives some indication of the book s contents and the atmosphere of the Victorian society into which it was born: "Memorandum. In issuing this first volume of The Nights," Captain Burton begs to remind all who have honoured him by subscribing to it, that the work is intended only for those that wish to study the peculiarities of Moslem life and Arabo-Egyptian manners, customs, and language. It is emphatically a book for men and students; and nothing could be more repugnant to the translator s feelings than the idea of these pages being placed in any other hands than the class for whose especial use it has been prepared. In this essential matter the writer trusts confidently to the good faith of his subscribers.". Seller Inventory # 10293

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Book Description London H.S. Nichols, Ltd. 1897, 1897. 12 volumes. First edition earliest state of the illustrations, First Issue of the First Illustrated Library Edition, First Edition thus. This, a very rare proof copy of the work in a very rare binding state and with all plates marked Remarque Proof and printed on Japon vellum. 71 original illustrations, including a portrait of Burton, reproduced from the original pictures in oils specially painted by Albert Letchford. This copy a proof copy with all plates in proof state and printed on Japon Vellum. Also included are all of the original prelims to the Letchford plates publication noting the severe limitation of copies of the plates printed on Japon Vellum. 8vo, three-quarter gilt-bordered dark green morocco over green pebbled boards, the spine in compartments separated by gilt-ruled raised bands, lettered in gilt on two labels (one brown, one green), t.e.g., marbled endpapers (Penzer Style B). A very handsome set, very well preserved. A scarce and handsome edition, the first to include the illustrations by Letchford. In 1896, two years after their first edition of ARABIAN NIGHTS, the Nichols-Smithers duo commissioned Sir Richard Burton's close friend, Albert Letchford, to paint 65 illustrations for another edition as well as a portrait of Burton, and soon after commissioned for 5 more. Burton and Letchford had met several years before when Letchford was 18 when he was in Florence beginning his art education and had discussed the possibility of illustrating "Nights." "Burton's suggestion of illustrating the "Nights" had appealed greatly to Letchford on account of the unlimited scope such a subject would give to an artist who loved the East and had a boundless imagination." Letchford commenced study of Eastern images for his paintings, though only one of the illustrations was painted in Burton's lifetime. Seller Inventory # 15999

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Book Description London H.S. Nichols, Ltd. 1897, 1897. 12 volumes. Rare and Most Probably a Unique Presentation of the Illustrated Library Edition. 142 original illustrations, including a portrait of Burton, reproduced from the original pictures in oils specially painted by Albert Letchford with one set of the original 71 illustrations presented as included by the publisher and another set individually hand-coloured. 8vo, splendid, handsome and very finely executed three-quarter gilt-bordered dark red morocco over vellum covered boards, the spine in compartments separated by wide gilt decorated raised bands, the compartments of the spine elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt with beautiful arabesque designs, t.e.g., marbled endpapers. A very handsome and unusually appealing set. The bindings are very stately and attractive and the colouring of the illustrations beautifully accomplished. We know of no other handcoloured copy being offered in recent memory. Some old stains to the edges of some leaves or plates, lower corners of a few volumes with old evidence of damp. Spines, gilt-work, bands all in excellent condition. A VERY RARE AND PROBABLY UNIQUE SET OF THIS HIGHLY IMPORTANT EDITION, THE FIRST TO BE ILLUSTRATED, AND THIS COPY WITH AN ADDED SET OF THE ORIGINAL PLATES SINGULARLY HANDCOLOURED. Nichols printing is a scarce and handsome edition, the first to include the illustrations by Letchford. In 1896, two years after their first edition of ARABIAN NIGHTS, the Nichols-Smithers duo commissioned Sir Richard Burton's close friend, Albert Letchford, to paint 65 illustrations for another edition as well as a portrait of Burton, and soon after commissioned for 5 more. Burton and Letchford had met several years before when Letchford was 18 when he was in Florence beginning his art education and had discussed the possibility of illustrating "Nights." "Burton's suggestion of illustrating the "Nights" had appealed greatly to Letchford on account of the unlimited scope such a subject would give to an artist who loved the East and had a boundless imagination." Letchford commenced study of Eastern images for his paintings, though only one of the illustrations was painted in Burton's lifetime. Richard Burton was one of the foremost linguists of his time, an explorer, poet, translator, ethnologist, and archaeologist, among other things. The Thousand Nights and a Night is probably the most famous of all his many works. This translation reflected his encyclopedic knowledge of Arabic language, sexual practices and life: "it reveals a profound acquaintance with the vocabulary and customs of the Muslims, with their classical idiom," [Ency Britt] as well as colloquialisms, philosophy, modes of thought and intimate details. In contrast to Victorian mores, Burton was driven to explore what would now be called by literary critics the uncanny/Unheimliche or the unresolvable tensions of human beings. Accordingly, he recorded details of daily life and practices that were considered vulgar at the time. "The Arabian Nights" have been traced back to an ancient Persian masterpiece, the "Hazar Afsanah" or "Thousand Tales." The stories themselves can be dated from between the 8th and the 16th centuries and were for popular entertainment. They include a range of subjects from romance and fantasy, to homosexuality, bestiality, and obscenity. While a number of other English translations predated Burton s unexpurgated version, perhaps his achieved greatest notoriety due to its copious footnotes and the "Terminal Essay" found in the last volume. They are a compendium of his private reservoir of anthrological and sexual curiosities. His discussions of female sexual education and homosexuality excited intense debate and controversy at the time of publication. Burton s intellectual influence is far-reaching. His amazing grasp of languages and culture anticipates the globalism of the future. His geographical discoveries not only make him an interesting historical figure but also allowed for future exploration. T. Seller Inventory # 27347

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