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Arabian Nights

Published by CALCUTTA: W. THACKER AND CO., AND LONDON: W.H. ALLEN AND CO., 1839-1842 (1839)

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About this Item: CALCUTTA: W. THACKER AND CO., AND LONDON: W.H. ALLEN AND CO., 1839-1842, 1839. Hardcover. Condition: Good. EDITED BY W.H. MACNAGHTEN, ARABIC EDITION , 4 volumes, large 8vo (242 x 150mm.), Arabic text throughout apart from additional titles in English in each vol. and 4pp. subscribers list in vol.4. This edition often referred to as Calcutta II is one of the four corpuses that collected the original scattered Arabic texts, printed in Calcutta at the Baptist Mission Press, is described as now, for the first time, published complete in the original Arabic, from an Egyptian manuscript brought to India by the late Major Turner Macan, editor of the Shah-Nameh. MacNaghten, the editor of the work, was described by Emily Eden itor of the Shah-Nameh. MacNaghten, the editor of the work, was described by Emily Eden as clever and pleasant, speaks Persian rather more fluently than English; Arabic better than Persian; but, for familiar conversation, rather prefers Sanscrit , but is perhaps better remembered for his role in the loss of Kabul in 1841, where he was killed, and the subsequent disastrous British retreat to Jalalabad. Considered the least corrupt and most comprehensive text of the Arabian Nights and is also the basis for many popular translations including the popular English editions by John Payne and Richard F. Burton. Ships from U.A.E. Seller Inventory # ABE-1531674943703

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The Alif Laila or Book of the: Alf layla wa-layla].

Alf layla wa-layla]. MacNaghten, W. H. (ed.).

Published by Calcutta & London, W. Thacker & Co., Wm. H. Allen & Co., 1839-1842. (1842)

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About this Item: Calcutta & London, W. Thacker & Co., Wm. H. Allen & Co., 1839-1842., 1842. Tall 8vo (172 x 252 mm). 4 vols. Arabic text throughout apart from titles in English (lacking in second volume) and 4 pp. subscribers' list in vol. 4. Modern half calf over marbled boards with blindstamped spine title. The rare and celebrated first complete edition of the Arabic text, printed in Calcutta at the Baptist Mission Press. Also known as the "Calcutta II" version, this is described on the title as "now, for the first time, published complete in the original Arabic, from an Egyptian manuscript brought to India by the late Major Turner Macan, editor of the Shah-Nameh". - The original scattered Arabic texts were collected in four corpora: the so-called Calcutta I or Shirwanee edition (1814-18, 2 vols.), the Bulaq or Cairo edition (1835, 2 vols.), the Breslau edition (1825-38, 8 vols.), and the present one, the "Calcutta II" or the "MacNaghten" edition. Considered the most comprehensive text of the Arabian Nights, this is also the basis for the best-known translations including the English editions by John Payne and Richard F. Burton. - "Première édition complète du texte arabe [.] Elle a été donnée d'après un manuscrit égyptien pris dans l'Inde par le major Turner Macan, et elle a eu pour éditeur sir W.-H. Macnaghten" (Brunet). "It was only in 1839-1842 that the Arabic text [of the 1001 Nights] was edited in its entirety, by Macnaghten" (cf. Fück). - Browned and brownstained. Intermittent worming throughout, occasionally with extensive loss and stabilized with translucent paper, especially concerning the beginning and end of vol. 2. An extraordinary survival. Chauvin IV, 18, 20B. Brunet III, 1715. Graesse IV, 523. Fück, p. 139, n. 365. Seller Inventory # 52297

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About this Item: The so-called "manuscript edition" of Richard Burton's celebrated translation of Alf Laylah Wa Laylah, commonly known in English as the Arabian nights. These Arabic tales, cherished in Europe since the early 18th century, are often erotic in content, and in Burton's unexpurgated translation they outraged Victorian England. Burton included numerous footnotes and a scholarly apparatus, offering a vivid picture of Arabian life (including sexual customs), which set his translation apart from earlier English renderings. The present edition (limited to 99 sets, the present being copy no. 49) includes a manuscript leaf from a text by Burton. In the present copy this is a book review by Burton, of a French translation of Johannis de Capua's Latin translation of a Hebrew translation of the Panchatantra, a Sanskrit frame story written several centuries before the Arabian nights. The notes at the head show that it was used as printer s copy.The title-page of volume one uses the correct main title, The book of the thousand nights and a night, but confusingly mixes it with part of the subtitle of the Supplemental nights: "to the book of the thousand one nights with notes anthropological and explanatory". To add further confusion it says "volume three", though the content is that of volume one. The volume number is clearly a printer's error, apparently corrected early in the press run.Some minor browning to the endpapers, those of the first volume partly detached and with a small pieces torn off, the binding has some very minor wear to the hinges, and a few headbands have been carefully repaired. A fine set.l Scheherazade's web: the 1001 nights & comparative literature, J. Ross s bibliography 10 & 11; cf. Penzer, pp. 126-132 (other Burton club editions). Seller Inventory # J3MA10E7L7XG

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The Book of the Thousand Nights and: Arabian Nights]. Burton,

Arabian Nights]. Burton, Richard Francis.

Published by (Colophons: U.S.A. [Boston, MA?]), The Burton Club, [ca. 1940]. (1940)

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About this Item: (Colophons: U.S.A. [Boston, MA?]), The Burton Club, [ca. 1940]., 1940. (2) Burton, Richard F. Supplemental Nights. (3) Burton, Richard F. [Autograph manuscript book review of an 1881 Panchatantra edition]. 16 volumes (including 6 supplements). 8vo. With an original manuscript leaf written by Burton (with the manuscript heading: "Proof to Sir R.F.B. Hotel des Bains, Aigle, Canton Vaud, Switzerland" and a note "Long Primer Pressig.") and each volume with a different frontispiece in two states (coloured and uncoloured). Contemporary richly gold-blocked green morocco, boards with Arabic script in gold, spine with raised bands, gold-tooled turn-ins, marbled paste-downs. The so-called "manuscript edition" of Richard Burton's celebrated translation of Alf Laylah Wa Laylah, commonly known in English as the Arabian nights. These Arabic tales, cherished in Europe since the early 18th century, are often erotic in content, and in Burton's unexpurgated translation they outraged Victorian England. Burton included numerous footnotes and a scholarly apparatus, offering a vivid picture of Arabian life, which set his translation apart from earlier English renderings. - The present edition (limited to 99 sets, the present being copy no. 49) includes a manuscript leaf from a text by Burton. In the present copy this is a book review by Burton, of a French translation of Johannis de Capua's Latin translation of a Hebrew translation of the Panchatantra, a Sanskrit frame story written several centuries before the Arabian nights. The notes at the head show that it was used as printer's copy. - The title-page of volume one uses the correct main title, The book of the thousand nights and a night, but confusingly mixes it with part of the subtitle of the Supplemental nights: "to the book of the thousand one nights with notes anthropological and explanatory". To add further confusion it says "volume three", though the content is that of volume one. The volume number is clearly a printer's error, apparently corrected early in the press run. - Ross dates the (regular copies of the) present edition ca. 1940. This later date is supported by the fact that this edition is not included in Penzer's thorough bibliography published in 1923. - Some minor browning to the endpapers, those of the first volume partly detached and with a small pieces torn off, the binding has some very minor wear to the hinges, and a few headbands have been carefully repaired. A fine set. Scheherazade's Web: The 1001 Nights & Comparative Literature, J. Ross 10 & 11. Cf. Penzer, pp. 126-132 (other Burton club editions). Seller Inventory # 50587

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The Book of the Thousand Nights and: Burton, Sir Richard

Burton, Sir Richard F. (translator)

Published by H S Nichols, London (1897)

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About this Item: H S Nichols, London, 1897. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. Letchford, A (illustrator). Edition de Luxe reprint - Coffin Set. Penzer p 20. This is the "coffin set" or boxed 1897 edition printed by Nichols. Of all the reprints, the second best (after the true first) is the Nichols edition of 1897. The most elaborate of these is Style C described in the prospectus as follows: In three quarter levant, Selected Syrian large grained Angora goat skins. Sumac tanned of the characteristoics Damascus red. Full gold black and five double bands, Grolier corners, gold tops, tooled sides, silk head bands, triple cord stitching, hollow backs, rein forced joints, gold veined end papers. The twelve volumes enclosed in a leather casket 23" x 12.5" x 8.5 ", to place on an ordinary bookshelf or stand on a table. The casket in olive green morocco, lined soft cloth with a spring lock and key of oriental design (this set does Not have the key). It contains the 71 Letchford plates printed on special paper. Volumes over 400 pages each. The set was issued at L15,15s each. There were 500 such sets. All 12 of the books in this set are Fine, appearing as if never read or opened. The case, however, has seen better days. The leather is dried and cracking, and chipped, and the inside shows its age. Repeat, the key is missing. A very scarce and stunning set. Seller Inventory # 4415

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The Book of a Thousand Nights and: BURTON, Sir Richard
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About this Item: Benares: Kamashastra Society, 1885-8, 1885. 16 volumes, octavo (237 x 145 mm). Finely bound by Riviere & Son in brown morocco, titles in gilt direct to spine, raised bands, compartments and turn-ins richly gilt with floral motifs, red coated endpapers, gilt edges. Engraved bookplate with "H" monogram and coronet to front pastedowns. A fine set. 100 plates with captioned tissue guards. First edition thus, one of 1,000 copies only, in an attractive Riviere binding. Often considered Burton's most enduring work, this translation is somewhat explicit, as are some of Burton's notes. The Kamashastra Society was Burton's vehicle to avoid prosecution, which would have been likely if this work had been published in an open edition. Privately disseminating works with explicit content among the members of a society was legal, and was the means by which Burton skirted the obscenity laws. The first ten volumes were issued in 1885 and the balance three years later. Seller Inventory # 143343

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The Book of the Thousand Nights and: ARABIAN NIGHTS; BURTON,

About this Item: London: H. S. Nichols Ltd, 1897, 1897. 12 volumes, octavo (252 x 159 mm). Original burgundy half morocco, spines lettered and decorated in gilt, green cloth sides, marbled endpapers, linen inner hinges, top edges gilt, others trimmed. Housed in the original leather-covered casket, lid gilt-lettered in Arabic, lined with green cloth on the interior, with spring lock (key absent). Box with some wear. The books in fine condition, without fading or wear, contents clean. With 71 photogravure plates after oil paintings by Albert Letchford, each with captioned tissue-guard. The Library Edition, a most striking and handsome set of Burton's Arabian Nights, retaining the imposing box which has kept the set in lovely condition. "The Arabian Nights had been an important part of Burton's life for decades. In 1882 he began translating it in earnest. Although there were other translations of the Nights in English, Burton's was distinguished by his retention of the sexual content of the original Arabic versions, while his extensive footnotes drew on a lifetime of travel and research. [it] has become the pre-eminent English translation of the Middle Eastern classic. It is the keystone of Burton's literary reputation" (ODNB). Burton first published his translation in 16 volumes from 1885 to 1888. This is the first edition to include the illustrations of Albert Letchford, Burton's close friend and "court painter", who worshipped Burton and frequently worked in his house (Yamanaka and Nishio, The Arabian Nights and Orientalism, p. 243). Following his studies in Florence and Paris, Letchford travelled to Egypt, where he was commissioned to paint the festivities for the Golden Jubilee in Cairo. While there he studied the life, culture and folklore of the Middle East, and upon his return to Italy Burton requested that he illustrate his Arabian Nights. Burton died in 1890, by which time Letchford had completed only one of the 71 illustrations. They were finally published in 1897, both in this edition and in a separate portfolio. Penzer records that Letchford never received the payment he was promised by the publisher (Penzer, p. 327). This edition was issued in six different formats at varying prices. Penzer gives the total print run as 570 sets, of which 20 were exceptionally lavish and issued at the phenomenal price of 120 guineas, and 50 at 60 guineas. The remaining 500 were issued in a further four formats, of which this is Penzer's style C - priced at 15 guineas, and bound in "selected Syrian, large-grained, Angora goat skins, Sumac tanned, of the characteristic Damascus red. enclosed in a leather casket. to place on an ordinary book-shelf or stand on a table. The casket in olive green morocco, lined soft cloth, with spring lock and key of Oriental design" (from the original publisher's prospectus, cited in Penzer). The remaining three issues were available in full morocco with box, half-green morocco and green cloth. This set retains five of the fragile original plain dust jackets - not noted by Penzer and of utmost scarcity - a little dilapidated and preserved in protective sleeves. Penzer, p. 120. Seller Inventory # 131161

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PLAIN AND LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE ARABIAN: Burton Richard F.,

About this Item: 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. 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. Burton s "Nights" was enthusiastically received and lauded as "masterly, strong, vital, and picturesque," and as "one of the most important translations to which a great English scholar has ever devoted himself." However, it was not without its critics, including th Edinburgh Review which wrote, "Probably no European has ever gathered such an appalling collection of degrading customs and statistics of vice." Burton was ecstatic over the immediate critical and financial success of his translation and became instantaneously famous internationally. Burton wrote of the financial success of his Nights, " I struggled for forty-seven years. I distinguished myself honourably in every way I possibly could. I never had a compliment nor a thank you , nor a single farthing. I translated a doubtful book in my old age, and immediately made sixteen thousand guineas. Now that I know the tastes of England, we need never be without money.". Seller Inventory # 27347

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A plain and literal translation of the: ARABIAN NIGHTS]. BURTON,

About this Item: A handsome edition of Burton's Arabian Nights, finely illustrated and printed in a limited edition of 100 hand-numbered copies. Bold to a fault, Richard Burton travelled to Mecca, explored the African Great Lakes, shocked his readers with his candid travel accounts, and gained fame and riches with his translation of the Arabian Nights. The first edition was published in 1885-1888 and re-issued by the Burton Club shortly thereafter. The present edition is a reprint of the first Burton Club edition, illustrated with, among others, Albert Letchford's famous plates. Spines slightly faded. Fine set, uncut and partly unopened. Seller Inventory # E4PFN401U79O

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Arabian Nights]. Burton, Richard Francis.

Published by [London?], Richard Burton Club, [c. 1910]. (1910)

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About this Item: [London?], Richard Burton Club, [c. 1910]., 1910. 17 vols. Royal 8vo (24 x 16 cm). With numerous illustrations (including the series by Albert Letchford), repeated on laid paper; the 17 frontispieces repeated in colour. Contemporary three quarter olive green morocco, gold-tooled spine, tops gilt. A handsome edition of Burton's "Arabian Nights", finely illustrated and printed in a limited edition of 100 hand-numbered copies. Bold to a fault, Richard Burton travelled to Mecca, explored the African Great Lakes, shocked his readers with his candid travel accounts, and gained fame and riches with his translation of the Arabian Nights. The first edition was published in 1885-88 and re-issued by the Burton Club shortly thereafter. The present edition is a reprint of the first Burton Club edition, illustrated with, among others, Albert Letchford's famous plates. - Spines slightly faded. Fine set, uncut and partly unopened. Cf. Howgego III, B98 (p. 146, first ed. 1885-88). Seller Inventory # 29795

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About this Item: London H.S Nichols & Co. 1897, 1897. 12 Volumes. This is a VERY RARE copy in three-quarter black morocco. (For a discussion of the "Illustrated Library Edition" according to Penzer's designation (see p. 117-122 of the bibliography.) No copy was known to Penzer. With the 71 illustrations by Albert Letchford, including a portrait of Burton. Also issued with reproductions of the title-pages from the original Benares Kamashastra edition. Large 8vo, original three-quarter black morocco with dark blue boards. Gilt lettered spine between raised bands. the words "Kamashastra Edition" appear on the spine Handsome and original blue marbled endpapers. A fine, beautiful set. This is a VERY RARE publisher s three-quarter black morocco binding. Penzer makes no mention of this binding in his bibliography, nor have we ever seen one before. This edition conforms to the "Illustrated Library Edition" that Penzer describes. It was actually produced for the Grolier Society, though their name does not appear anywhere. It includes, as the title-page states, the seventy-one illustrations by Letchford, and was issued in four binding styles known to Penzer. But this binding style was not known and consequently was not mentioned. Interestingly enough, the illustrations to "The Arabian Nights" were bound in and issued with the text for the first time by Nichols as here. Penzer describes those illustrations being first inserted within the "Library Edition," that English printing, modeled after the Benares Edition and to which he thus ascribes the name "Illustrated Library Edition." One conjectures that only a very small number, perhaps 5 or less of these beautifully bound and decorated sets might have been issued. Seller Inventory # 11203

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About this Item: London H.S Nichols & Co. 1897, 1897. 12 Volumes. This is the RARE full morocco, gilt extra, "Illustrated Library Edition" according to Penzer's designation (see p. 117-122 for a discussion of the various editions). With the 71 illustrations by Albert Letchford, including a portrait of Burton. Also issued with reproductions of the title-pages from the original Benares Kamashastra edition. Large 8vo, original full dark black levant morocco elaborately gilt with Arabic motifs in the panels of the spines, the covers with an intricate gilt all-over panel design featuring Arabic designs and calligraphy, t.e.g. A fine very beautiful set, spines perfectly restored, virtually without indication. IN THE RARE FULL DARK BLACK LEVANT MOROCCO GILT EXTRA BINDING. This edition conforms to the "Illustrated Library Edition" that Penzer describes. It was actually produced for the Grolier Society, though their name does not appear anywhere. It includes, as the title-page states, the seventy-one illustrations by Letchford, and was issued in four binding styles, this being the rarest and most elaborate: Style D, though in a black colour not known to the bibliographer. "For many years," Penzer mentions, "I thought that this full morocco issue never really appeared, but a copy was sold at Sotheby's in November 1920" (p. 121). Apparently he never saw a copy. Interestingly enough, the illustrations to "The Arabian Nights" were bound in and issued with the text for the first time by Nichols as here. Penzer describes those illustrations being first inserted within the "Library Edition," that English printing, modeled after the Benares Edition and to which he thus ascribes the name "Illustrated Library Edition." One conjectures that only a very small number, perhaps 25 or less of these fully bound and decorated sets might have been issued. Seller Inventory # 14954

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About this Item: 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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About this Item: 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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The Book of the Thousand Nights and: Burton, Richard

Burton, Richard

Published by Kamashastra Society, Benares (1885)

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About this Item: Kamashastra Society, Benares, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: VG+. First Edition. 16 volumes. Printed by the Kamashastra Society for Private subscribers only. A plain and literal translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments now entituled (sic) The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night together with the supplemental Nights original edition. 1885 and 1886-1888. 16 volumes. All edges trimmed, top edges red. Penzer pp 114-116. Collates per Penzer. Over the years there have been many translations of this popular work. This 1st ed is in vg+ condition, in orig. cloth, some corners bumped and a couple of hinges starting to separate but holding firm. The first 10 volumes are black with gold lettering & decorations, the supplemental 6 volumes are black with silver. This privately erotic work was meant for those who wanted to learn about Moslem, Arabic and Egyptian customs. True first editions (16 volumes) are scarce. This set with a 4 page prospectus for ordering the supplemental nights. Seller Inventory # 3844

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The Book of the Thousand Nights and: John Payne

John Payne

Published by - London - Printed for the Villon Society By Private Subscription and For Private Circulation Only (1882)

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About this Item: - London - Printed for the Villon Society By Private Subscription and For Private Circulation Only, 1882. Hardcover. Condition: GOOD. John Payne's translation of The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night. Complete in nine volumes. From the library of William Morris at Kelmscott House. This work has the bookplate of Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, which was created by Morris' executors to demonstrate provenance on the dispersal of his collection. Morris' collection was sold to RichardBennettof Pendleton, near Manchester. Bennett selected 239 books and 31 manuscriptsfrom this collection and then sold the rest of thetitles at Sotheby's in December 1898. Richard Bennett purchased this lotand then sold itvia Sotheby's (1898, lot 13)to Tregaskis for10 15s. Privately printed for the Villon society, of which Payne was closely associated. This work is limited to 500 copies, of which this set is number 222. Numbered to the verso oftitle page. John Payne was an English poet and translator. Aside from this translation he is also well known for his translations of Boccacio's Decameron and the Diwan Hafez. With the bookplate of Henry Andrade Harben to the front pastedown. Harben was a businessman, barrister and politician. He was also the Mayor of Paddington and Member of London County Council. As an author he wrote 'A Dictionary of London'. The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night or The Arabian Nights are a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. Condition: In uniform vellum bindings. Externally, worn to the spines. Rubbing to all spines, heaviest to the head and tail of spines. Bumping to the head and tail of spines and extremities. There has been repair to the head and tail ofmost volumes from previous loss. Loss to the head of spine to volumes IV, V, VI. Loss to the head and tail of spine to volume VIII. Backstrip is lifting to the head of volume VII at the rear joint. Repair to the head of spine to volume VI from loss due to rubbing. Vellum has faded with several handling marks and occasional spots. Small stain to the head of front board to volume VI. Small brownspot to the front board of volume VIII. Closed tear to the front endpaper of volume V. Tape repair to rear hinge to volume VI. William Morris bookplate to the front pastedown as well as the bookplate ofHenry Andrade Harben. Offsetting to endpapers. Internally, all volumes are generally firmly bound though strained in places. Pages are bright with spots to endpapers and just the occasional spot elsewhere. Overall: GOOD. Seller Inventory # 054000

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The Arabian Nights Now entitled The Book: BURTON, Richard F.]

BURTON, Richard F.]

Published by [London:] Printed by the Burton Club for Private Subscribers Only, c.1900 (1900)

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About this Item: [London:] Printed by the Burton Club for Private Subscribers Only, c.1900, 1900. 17 volumes, octavo (235 x 155 mm). Attractively bound in recent dark blue morocco, mid-blue morocco title labels and gilt decoration to spines separated by raised bands, roll to boards gilt, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. The occasional minor blemish, an excellent set. Frontispiece and illustrations throughout the set. Limited to 1,000 sets of which this is number 177. Seller Inventory # 136091

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Book of the Thousand Nights and a: Richard F. Burton

Richard F. Burton

Published by Benares: Kamashastra Society, 1885-1888 (1885)

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About this Item: Benares: Kamashastra Society, 1885-1888, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. 1st Edition. Octavo, 26*17*54cm, wt:18kg, complete set of 12 volumes, including 6 volumes of Supplemental Nights, illustrated with 71 full-page plates. Limited and Numbered edition of 200 copies, for Private Subscribers Only. Half leather, book edges uncut, top edge gilt, turquois leather over marbled boards, 5 raised bands. General wear to outer covers, spines and hinges strengthened and repainted, otherwise a very good set with firm binding. Seller Inventory # ABE-15871206420

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A Plain and Literal Translation of the: ARABIAN NIGHTS -

ARABIAN NIGHTS - BURTON, Richard F.

Published by Denver, CO: Press of the The Carson-Harper Co. [for] The Burton Society of Denver, Colorado, for Private Circulation among its members, [1900-01] (1900)

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About this Item: Denver, CO: Press of the The Carson-Harper Co. [for] The Burton Society of Denver, Colorado, for Private Circulation among its members, [1900-01], 1900. 16 volumes, octavo (240 x 150 mm). Attractively bound in recent dark blue full morocco, titles and decoration to spines, raised bands, gilt foliate roll tool border to sides, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. A handsomely bound set. 100 monochrome illustrations on vellum paper by Stanley L. Wood (captioned tissue-guards printed in red). First and limited US edition of Burton's translation, number 989 of 1,000 sets, "the first and by far the best reprint of the original unexpurgated edition of the Nights" (Penzer); each page of the original edition of 1885-88 was photographed "from the negatives of which zincos [zincograph plates] were prepared, and electros [electrograph plates] from these latter were used for the printing" (ibid.). The first edition was unillustrated and Wood's illustrations first appeared in 1890, in an edition of Jonathan Scott's translation, entitled Arabian Nights' Entertainments. The Burton Society of Denver numbered 200 members, including the actress and suffragiste Julia Marlowe Taber and the theatrical manager Augustin Daly, and the set was offered to subscribers at $100. "The Arabian Nights had been an important part of Burton's life for decades. In 1882 he began translating it in earnest. Although there were other translations of the Nights in English, Burton's was distinguished by his retention of the sexual content of the original Arabic versions, while his extensive footnotes drew on a lifetime of travel and research. Unable to get an acceptable offer from a publisher, he decided to print it himself, a venture that must have seemed more speculative than any of his searches for gold. He and Isabel announced a limited subscription of 1000 copies, hoping for 500 responses; to their surprise, they received 2000, but kept their word and accepted only 1000. At last Burton's literary efforts were rewarded with financial success, as he got 16,000 guineas from an outlay of 6000. Despite its deliberately archaic style, The book of the thousand nights and a night. has become the pre-eminent English translation of the Middle Eastern classic. It is the keystone of Burton's literary reputation" (ODNB). Penzer, pp. 125-6. Seller Inventory # 85108

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A Plain and Literal Translation of the: Richard F. Burton

Richard F. Burton

Published by [Boston, MA:]: Printed by The Burton Club for Private Subscribers Only (1920)

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About this Item: [Boston, MA:]: Printed by The Burton Club for Private Subscribers Only, 1920. Hardcover. Condition: Good. Limited Edition. [Boston, MA:]: Printed by The Burton Club for Private Subscribers Only; The Benares Edition Limited to 1000 sets undated but c1920. Seventeen volumes complete (10 volumes plus 7 supplementary volumes [six volumes bound in seven]) 8vo, [9 ¾ inches by 6 ¾ inches approx], finely bound by Bayntun of Bath. Printed by the Burton Club for Subscribers Only, [c. 1920], 1920. 17 volumes, octavo (245 x 170 mm). Early twentieth-century half leather binding by Bayntun of Bath fine binders, spines with five raised bands, gilt lettered direct and with gilt decoration in four panels, cloth boards and marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others uncut or hand cut. A very good set. Portrait of Burton after Leighton (Vol. VII Supplemental the seventeenth volume) and over 100 tissue-guarded plates on vellum paper by Letchford, Lalauze, Batten, Gavarni; title pages printed in red and black. One of 1,000 copies printed by the Burton Club. Condition Report Externally Spine very good condition gilt titles with gilt decoration to four panels, minor marks. Joints good condition gently rubbed. Corners good condition gently bumped and worn. Boards good condition cloth boards, worn, darkened with some bubbling to the cloth. Page edges good condition top edge gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, and some uncut. See above and photos. Internally Hinges good condition sound. Paste downs good condition marbled. End papers good condition marbled. Title good condition red and black text on japon vellum paper. Pages good condition tissue guarded illustrations throughout, minor marks and folded corners. Binding good condition sound, an attractive set. See photos Publisher: see above. Publication Date: 1920 s Binding: Hardback. Seller Inventory # ABE-1560962073478

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The Book of the Thousand Nights and: Richard F. Burton

Richard F. Burton

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About this Item: The Burton Club, 1920. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Baroda Edition. THIS COMPLETE 16 VOLUME SET IS IN NEAR FINE CONDITION BEAUTIFULLY BOUND IN 3/4 LEATHER WITH BRIGHT GILT RULE TO BOARDS, FIVE COMPARTMENTS AND FOUR RAISED BANDS TO SPINE WITH BRIGHT GILT DETAILS AND TITLE. BINDING AND HINGES ARE VERY GOOD, MARBLED END PAPERS AND PASTE DOWNS. NO LOOSE OR MISSING PAGES, PAGES ARE BRIGHT AND CLEAN, WITHOUT MARKS AND NO FOXING. ILLUSTRATED, BOOKS MEASURE 9.5"x6.75". BARODA EDITION LIMITED TO 950 SETS THIS BEING #99. NO PUBLICATION DATE STATED - CIRCA 1920. A BEAUTIFUL SET IN REMARKABLE CONDITION. Seller Inventory # 202899214940

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The Book of the Thousand Nights and: BURTON, RICHARD F.

BURTON, RICHARD F. (Translated and Annotated by)

Published by Privately Printed By The Burton Club, n.d. [ca. 1905-20], N.P. (1905)

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About this Item: Privately Printed By The Burton Club, n.d. [ca. 1905-20], N.P., 1905. Hard Cover. Condition: Fine. Numbered, Limited Edition. Baroda Edition, complete in 16 volumes (10 volumes of The Thousand and One Nights and A Night; 6 volumes of the Supplemental Nights). No. 182 of an edition limited to 950 sets. Half dark blue morocco and blue linen, ribbon bookmarks, 5 raised bands, ornate gilt panelled spine, top edge gilt. 71 illustrations all with captioned tissue guards. Bookplate in vol. 1 of Supplement, tiny chip at head of vol. 5 in Arabian Nights, otherwise a superb set, very handsome on the shelf. Size: Large Octavo. Seller Inventory # 21353

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THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND: Burton (Richard F.)

Burton (Richard F.) ;-

Published by Printed By The Burton Club For Private Subscribers Only (1900)

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About this Item: Printed By The Burton Club For Private Subscribers Only, 1900. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. "SAMARA" LIMITED EDITION SET (No. 97 of 1000) 17 FINE Volumes With Introduction Explanatory Notes On The Manners And Customs Of Moslem Men And A Terminal Essay Upon The History Of The Nights. SUPERBLY BOUND With Gilt Emblematic spines. Beautifully illustrated. Illustrated. Pps. uncut / Top Edge Gilt. Marbled Endpapers. A SIMPLY STINNING SET OF THIS CLASSIC WORK ! (Extra postage required.). Seller Inventory # 4242

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About this Item: Dodo Press. Condition: Like New. Used - Like New. Book is new and unread but may have minor shelf wear. Your purchase helps support Sri Lankan Children's Charity 'The Rainbow Centre'. Our donations to The Rainbow Centre have helped provide an education and a safe haven to hundreds of children who live in appalling conditions. Seller Inventory # Z1-E-005-01653

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About this Item: Dodo Press. Condition: Like New. Used - Like New. This is a reproduction of an out of print title. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. Your purchase helps support Sri Lankan Children's Charity 'The Rainbow Centre'. Our donations to The Rainbow Centre have helped provide an education and a safe haven to hundreds of children who live in appalling conditions. Seller Inventory # Z1-C-055-01308

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THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND: RICHARD F. BURTON

RICHARD F. BURTON

Published by PRINTED BY THE BURTON CLUB FOR PRIVATE SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, NY (1900)

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About this Item: PRINTED BY THE BURTON CLUB FOR PRIVATE SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, NY, 1900. Hardcover. Condition: Good. No Jacket. TITLE: THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT By RICHARD F. BURTON Limited MECCA EDITION AUTHOR: RICHARD F. BURTON PUBLISHER - (LOCATION) / COPYRIGHT: PRINTED BY THE BURTON CLUB FOR PRIVATE SUBSCRIBERS ONLY, ca. 1900 EDITION: First Edition assumed for The Burton Club limited edition being the MECCA EDITION CATEGORY: Adventure, Limited, Rare BINDING/COVER: Hardbacks without dust jacket COLOR: RUST CONDITION: There are 17 volumes. Overall the books are in good minus condition; the edges of the boards have dry speckled or freckled like spots all about. A few of the volumes have shelf snags to the upper area of the spine (see photo). The spines of a few volumes have a used dark look about them. All the volume have a private bookplate of 'Oscar Albert Trorlicht' glued to the front inside boards. Books are without marks or writings, pages are clean and books are tight and sturdy. All the pages are present in the books. SIZE: 6 ½ x 10 (approximately) PAGES: pages. 17 volumes present. Good-/None dust jacket condition as issued. BACKGROUND/DESCRIPTION: PLAIN AND LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENTS. NOW ENTITULED. WITH INTRODUCTION EXPLANATORY NOTES ON THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF MOSLEM MEN AND A TERMINAL ESSAY UPON THE HISTORY OF THE NIGHTS. MECCA EDITION - This edition, issued by The Burton Club, is limited to one thousand sets, of which this is Number 738. Vols. 11-17 are THE SUPPLEMENTAL NIGHTS. COMPETITIVE PRICING! Once paid, book(s) will ship immediately to customer (it's on the way), you are welcomed to email about shipment date! THIS BOOK(S) MAY BE TOO LARGE, HEAVY AND COSTLY TO SHIP INTERNATIONALLY (will not fit in the USPS international flat rate envelope, exceptions for Canada and Mexico)!!! REFUNDS: All ViewFair books, prints, and manuscript items are 100% refundable up to 14 business days after item is received. InvCodePrc 3200 E H V VIEWFAIR BOOKS: 007897. Book. Seller Inventory # 007897

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Burton, Richard

Published by Printed by the Kamashastra Society for Private Subscribers Only [i.e. The Burton Society], Benares (1888)

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About this Item: Printed by the Kamashastra Society for Private Subscribers Only [i.e. The Burton Society], Benares, 1888. Limited numbered facsimile edition of the first edition, no. 12 of 250 issued by the Burton Society of Denver, Colorado for Private Circulation. Plates by Stanley L. Wood throughout. [xxviii], 362; [viii], 343; viii, 356; [x], 308; [xii], 406; viii, 303; viii, 382; [viii], 359; viii, 359; [viii], 532; [xii], 370; [x], 392; xvi, 661; [xvi], 381; [xviii], 515; viii, [xiv], 500 pp. Tall 8vo (253 x 158 mm.). Illustrated Facimile of the First Burton Edition. A fine facsimile of the first edition of Burton's translation, produced by the Burton Society for private circulation, and with the addition of illustrations by Stanley L. Wood not found in the original. Burton's translation has been variously assailed since its publication by prudes and pettifoggers and has weathered the storms of criticism. Burton's magnum opus contributed to the twentieth-century recognition of the Nights as one of the world's literary masterpieces. Penzer 114-116; Casada 74; Spink 73 Bound in three-quarters red morocco, vols I, II, X, and supplement VI with joints repaired, else a fine set Plates by Stanley L. Wood throughout. [xxviii], 362; [viii], 343; viii, 356; [x], 308; [xii], 406; viii, 303; viii, 382; [viii], 359; viii, 359; [viii], 532; [xii], 370; [x], 392; xvi, 661; [xvi], 381; [xviii], 515; viii, [xiv], 500 pp. Tall 8vo (253 x 158 mm.) Limited numbered facsimile edition of the first edition, no. 12 of 250 issued by the Burton Society of Denver, Colorado for Private Circulation. Seller Inventory # 252363

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Burton Richard F., translator

Published by London H. S. Nichols & Co. 1894 (1894)

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About this Item: London H. S. Nichols & Co. 1894, 1894. 12 volumes. First edition thus, the first Nichols/Smithers "Library Editon", with all passages restored which had been omitted from Lady Burton's edition of 1886. 8vo, black cloth decorated with elaborate Islamic design filling top cover, gilt lettered on spine. A very fine set exceptionally so for this edition, near mint. THE FIRST OF NICHOLS AND SMITHERS' FINE LIBRARY EDITIONS OF THIS MASTERPIECE OF WORLD LITERATURE AND ONE OF THE GREAT TRANSLATION EFFORTS OF ALL TIME, AND TO THIS DAY, UNRIVALED BY ANY SUBSEQUENT LINGUISTIC FEAT. 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 original edition was published in Benares in 1885 and printed by the Kamashastra Society for private subscribers only. Lady Burton's edition of 1886 omitted 215 pages from the original text. In this edition, the omitted material has been restored. Edited by Leonard Smithers, who hoped that this edition would permit Burton's translation of the famous tales to "take its proper place on the library shelf alongside Cervantes and Shakespeare." (From the Editor's Note.). Seller Inventory # 26317

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The Book of the Thousand Nights and: Burton, Sir Richard

Burton, Sir Richard Francis

Published by H S Nichols (1897)

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About this Item: H S Nichols, 1897. Condition: Very good clean set. Albert Letchford (illustrator). The Library Edition. Translated from the Arabic by Captain Sir R F Burton. Reprinted from the original edition and edited by Leonard C Smithers, and illustrated by a series of seventy original illustrations [71, including the portrait of Burton] reproduced from the original pictures in oils specially painted by Albert Letchford. 12 volumes, 253 x 160mm, black cloth, lettered bilingually in gilt on spine, in Arabic on lower cover, lettered & blocked in gilt with richly elaborate geometric design in Islamic style, top edges gilt, others untrimmed. Pp.xxxii, 416, 11 plates + facsimile title-page from the Benares edition of 1885; viii, 432, 6 plates; x, 444, 9 plates; x, 420, 6 plates; viii, 400, 8 plates; [viii] 408, 6 plates; viii, 406 + final blank leaf, 7 plates; xii, 424, 4 plates + facsimile title; xiv, 444, 4 plates + facsimile title; xx, 480, 4 plates + facsimile title; x, 496, 3 plates; xxiv, 400, 3 plates + facsimile title. All plates have captioned tissue guards. Some dampstaining in volumes 1, 4 & 12. TOGETHER WITH the specially commissioned black cloth-bound portfolio of Albert Letchford's illustrations: 'Choice Edition de Luxe', large size, printed on Plate Paper, proofs before letters. No.31 of 250 sets [numbered 31 to 280]. Nichols 1897. Folio, 555 x 440mm, pp.[vi] [71] + corresponding captioned guards. Bookplate with owner's presentation inscription. First few leaves waterstained, with creasing at inner margins, portfolio lacking ties, upper cover detached (reparable), cloth frayed at hinge, printed label a little soiled, otherwise very good, with functional flaps. Very scarce with the portfolio. Seller Inventory # 004272

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Burton, Richard F

Published by Printed by the Burton Club for Private Subscribers Only c. 1900 (1900)

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About this Item: Printed by the Burton Club for Private Subscribers Only c. 1900, 1900. Finely bound set of Burton's The Book of the the Thousands Nights, limited set, number 846 of 1000 copies. Octavo, bound in three quarters leather, gilt titles and ruling to the spine, raised bands, marbled endpapers, illustrated with numerous gravure plates from etchings, drawings and paintings. In near fine condition. Richard Burton was an accomplished geographer, explorer, orientalist, ethnologist, diplomat, polylinguist and author who is best known for his translation of Arabian Nights. One of the great Arabists of his day, he had long wanted to publish an unexpurgated version of the "Arabian Nights" stories. The first translations into English, notably that by Edward Lane (1840, 1859), were highly abridged. In translating the Nights, Burton "attempted to invent an English equivalent of medieval Arabic. In doing so, he drew upon Chaucerian English, Elizabethan English, and the 1653 English translation by Sir Thomas Urquhart of the first three books of Rabelais's Gargantua and Pantagruel" (Byatt). Seller Inventory # 100392

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