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About this Item: Easton Press, 1994. Leather Bound. Condition: Good. Connecting readers with great books since 1972. Used books may not include companion materials, some shelf wear, may contain highlighting/notes, may not include cdrom or access codes. Customer service is our top priority!. Seller Inventory # S_210195313

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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 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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Burton, Richard F.(Translator).

Published by Smithers and Nichols for the Grolier Society., London (1897)

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About this Item: Smithers and Nichols for the Grolier Society., London, 1897. Contemprary Vellum. Condition: Very Good. "EDITION DE GRANDE LUXE", NUMBER 15 OF 20 COPIES,half-titles, titles printed in red, black and gold, 21 etched plates by Alphonse Lalauze + 71 photogravure plates after paintings by Albert Letchford, all in 3 states (India paper mounted; Imperial Japanese vellum; Van Gelder Holland paper), printed tissue guards, early bookseller's ticket on front pastedowns, full white vellum by Zaehnsdorf, sides with elaborately gilt tooled red morocco panels, red morocco onlays on spines, gilt dentelles, patterned endpapers. Rare and very handsome edition,"Special issue by the Grolier Society (London)". "Printed for subscribers only". Limited and numbered. " ONE OF ONLY 20 COPIES OF THE 'EDITION DE GRANDE LUXE', the most expensive and elaborate issue of the edition de luxe, with all the plates printed in three inks (Bartolozzi, purple and black) on three paper types. This copy without the original mahogany box and additional folio of prints. Burton's translation is "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" (ODNB). In 1896, two years after Nichols-Smithers published their first edition of Arabian Nights, they commissioned Richard Burton s close friend, Albert Letchford, to paint illustrations for another edition. Burton and Letchford had met several years before when Letchford was still in Florence beginning his education in arts and had discussed the possibility of illustrating the "Arabian Nights". Letchford was enthusiastic about the project because of his immense fascination of the Orient. Letchford commenced study of Eastern images for his paintings, though one of the illustrations was painted in Burton s lifetime. Richard Burton was one of the foremost linguists of his time, and also 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 encyclopaedic 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," [Encl. Brit.] as well as colloquialisms, philosophy, modes of thought and intimate details. The first edition was published in 1885-88 and reissued by the Burton Club shortly thereafter. The Arabian Nights Entertainment is "a collection of ancient Persian-Indian-Arabian tales, originally in Arabic, arranged in its present form about 1450, probably in Cairo. The collection is also known as A Thousand and One Nights. Although the stories are distinct in plot, they are unified by Scheherazade, the supposed teller; she postpones her execution by telling her husband Schahriah, a story night after night, without revealing the climax until the following session. Sir Richard Burton s monumental version was issued only to subscribers by the Kamashastra Society of Benares in 1885-86. Among the more recent editions is [one] by Powys Mathers" (Benét s Reader s Encyclopedia). The most popular stories include "Aladdin," "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," and "Sinbad the Sailor." "Burton arrived at Bombay in October 1842 and was posted to Baroda, about 400 kilometres to the north, where he spent much of his time perfecting his knowledge of Hindustani and Arabic." (R. J. Howgego). Bibliographic references: Cf. Howgego III, B98 (p. 146, first ed. 1885-88); Penzer, p.119. Size: Large 8 Vo. LIMITED EDITION. Seller Inventory # 012407

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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. T. 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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ARABIAN NIGHTS). BURTON, RICHARD F., Translator

Published by Printed by the Kamashastra Society for private subscribers only 1885-88, Benares (1885)

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About this Item: Printed by the Kamashastra Society for private subscribers only 1885-88, Benares, 1885. FIRST PRINTING OF THIS EDITION. 254 x 159 mm. (10 x 6 1/4"). Together, 16 volumes. FIRST PRINTING OF THIS EDITION. Very pleasing rose colored crushed half morocco over buckram boards by Brian Frost & Co. (signed on verso of front endpaper of each volume), raised bands, spine panels with gilt floral centerpiece or titling, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt. Title pages printed in red and black. Penzer, pp. 114 (volumes 1-10), 115-16 (supplemental volumes, 11-16). First and last few leaves of each volume generally with light foxing (a few of these leaves a bit more foxed), the text a shade less than bright because of paper stock chosen, but still A VERY FINE COPY, the especially lustrous binding without fault, and with no signs of use internally. Probably derived from Egyptian and Persian origins, the "Arabian Nights' Entertainment," or "The Thousand and One Nights" has as its framework the story of a king who kills successive wives on the morning after the consummation of their marriage. The fatal pattern is broken by the wily Scheherazade, who enthralls her husband (and the reader) with stories so pleasing that her life is spared. The stories first appeared in a European language with the publication of a French translation by Antoine Galland early in the 18th century, and they were first done into English, with some omissions, by Edward William Lane in 1838-41. The present famous translation by Burton is the first unexpurgated version. The work was privately printed, as its erotic nature was much too explicit for the general Victorian audience. In any case, this very substantial undertaking is "by far the most celebrated of all of his books. . . . As a monument of his Arabic learning and his encyclopedic knowledge of Eastern life, this translation was his greatest achievement." (Britannica) Although the binding here is not especially decorative, it obviously has been done by able craftsmen using good quality materials. And the book has apparently been the property of very careful (or very strait-laced) owners, because it appears to have been virtually untouched. Probably derived from Egyptian and Persian origins, the "Arabian Nights' Entertainment," or "The Thousand and One Nights" has as its framework the story of a king who kills successive wives on the morning after the consummation of their marriage. The fatal pattern is broken by the wily Scheherazade, who enthralls her husband (and the reader) with stories so pleasing that her life is spared. The stories first appeared in a European language with the publication of a French translation by Antoine Galland early in the 18th century, and they were first done into English, with some omissions, by Edward William Lane in 1838-41. The present famous translation by Burton is the first unexpurgated version. The work was privately printed, as its erotic nature was much too explicit for the general Victorian audience. In any case, this very substantial undertaking is "by far the most celebrated of all of his books. . . . As a monument of his Arabic learning and his encyclopedic knowledge of Eastern life, this translation was his greatest achievement." (Britannica) Although the binding here is not especially decorative, it obviously has been done by able craftsmen using good quality materials. And the book has apparently been the property of very careful (or very strait-laced) owners, because it appears to have been virtually untouched. Seller Inventory # CTS1002

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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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Burton, Richard

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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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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.) BURTON,
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About this Item: [Boston, MA:] Printed by the Burton Club for Subscribers Only, [c. 1920], 1920. 17 volumes, octavo (236 x 157 mm). Early twentieth-century celadon half morocco, spines with five raised bands, gilt lettered direct and with sinuous foliate decoration in three panels, marbled sides and endpapers, top edges gilt. Minor rubbing to corners. A very good set. Portrait of Burton after Leighton (vol. XVII) and 113 tissue-guarded plates on vellum paper by Letchford (70), Lalauze (17), Batten (10), Gavarni (7) and nine others; title pages printed in red and black. Number 6 of 1, 000 copies. printed by the Burton Club, described by Penzer as "merely. a kind of nom de plume of a certain Boston publisher", who he does not name. Provenance: spines gilt-lettered "W. V. Lander", who was vice-president and general manger of Newbury Mining Co., Arizona, with head offices in Boston (cited in Mines Register, 1911). This is a particularly attractive set. The Burton Club reprints were based on the edition put out by the Burton Society of Denver, Colorado, in 1900-01, "the first and by far the best reprint of the original unexpurgated edition of the Nights" (ibid.) For that edition, 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.). Penzer goes on to explain that the zincograph plates were sold by the Burton Society to the Burton Club around 1903-04. Importantly, the Club reissues, being straight reprints of the first or "Benares" edition, include in full the famous section on "Pederasty" in the "Terminal Essay" (vol. X), "a lengthy discourse on homosexuality across time and cultures" (Dane Kennedy, The Highly Civilised Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World, Harvard UP, 2007, p. 207). The present issue appears to be an anomaly, not matching those listed by Penzer: the font used for the limitation page (on title verso) looks rather art deco, although the letterpress is relatively clean of blemishes - which tended to worsen during the repeated reissuing of editions between 1903 and the 20s - so this set may be made up of sheets of an earlier Boston Club issue with a new title page. "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. 126-32. Seller Inventory # 110835

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

BURTON, RICHARD F. (Translated and Annotated by)

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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: Richard Burton

Richard Burton

Published by The Burton Club, UK (1900)

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About this Item: The Burton Club, UK, 1900. Hardback. Condition: Fine. Limited Edition. London, The Burton Club, c. 1900. 17 Volumes bound in full leather with raised bands and decorations. A fine set, with the supplemental nights also. The Mecca Edition. Seller Inventory # 4335

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THE BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND: Burton (Richard F.)
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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: Moscow, 1909. Hardcover. n/a. Please contact us for details on condition of available copies of the book. SKUALB044028342056 Language: Russian (unless indicated otherwise by the description). Seller Inventory # ALB044028342056

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About this Item: H. S. Nichols, London, 1897. Hardcover. Condition: Fine condition. 1s Illustrated Edition. Bound in publisher's original half red leather and marbled boards and end papers. Spines stamped in gilt. Top edges gilt. Uncut. The Library Edition. Housed in a custom made black leather covered wooden box measuring 24 x 13 x 8 1/2 inches which we assume was commissioned by the publisher. The box is lined in a black padded fabric and can be completely closed with a hinged panel that has an inscription in gilt in Arabic and a lock and key in gilt. Two corners of volume 1 worn through the leather, otherwise fine. The box is scuffed with half of the leather missing on the back (a worthy repair). A spectacular presentation. Images available upon request. Seller Inventory # 9026478

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A Plain and Literal Translation of the: ARABIAN NIGHTS.) BURTON,

ARABIAN NIGHTS.) BURTON, Richard F.

Published by [Boston, MA:] Printed by the Burton Club for Private Subscribers only, [c. 1913] (1913)

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About this Item: [Boston, MA:] Printed by the Burton Club for Private Subscribers only, [c. 1913], 1913. 17 volumes, octavo. Recent navy blue half morocco, titles and decoration to spine gilt, raised bands, moderate blue cloth sides, top edges gilt. A handsome set. Portrait of Burton after Leighton (vol. XVII) and 113 tissue-guarded plates on vellum paper by Letchford (70), Lalauze (17), Batten (10), Gavarni (7) and nine others; title pages printed in red and black. The Samara Edition, number 653 of 1,000 sets printed by the Burton Club, described by Penzer as "merely. a kind of nom de plume of a certain Boston publisher", who he does not name. He also mentions that this was one of at least eight editions - beginning with the "Mecca" of 1905 - that he calls the "Catch Word" editions. These were a successful venture and sold steadily right through to the 1920s; "and as each edition was sold a fresh one appeared, bearing a new distinguishing word" (ibid.), such as "Medinah", "Aden", "Baghdad". The original edition of Burton's translation was unillustrated. The Burton Club reprints were based on the edition put out by the so-called Burton Society of Denver, Colorado, in 1900-01, "the first and by far the best reprint of the original unexpurgated edition of the Nights" (ibid.) For that edition, 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.). Penzer goes on to explain that the zincograph plates were sold by the Burton Society to the Burton Club around 1903-04. Importantly, the Club reissues include in full the famous section on "Pederasty" in the "Terminal Essay" (vol. X), "a lengthy discourse on homosexuality across time and cultures" (Dane Kennedy, The Highly Civilised Man: Richard Burton and the Victorian World, Harvard UP, 2007, p. 207). "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. 126-35. Seller Inventory # 33651

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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 ˝ 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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Published by Dodo Press (2008)

ISBN 10: 1406565679 ISBN 13: 9781406565676

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Richard F. Burton

Published by The Burton Club, England (1885)

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About this Item: The Burton Club, England, 1885. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. Frontispiece illustration and various others (illustrator). Limited Edition. Publication date and place unknown. 17 volumes intact. Full title: A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, Now Entituled The Book of the Thousand Nights' and a Night with Introduction Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Termianl Essay Upon the History of the Nights." Printed by The Burton Club for Private Subscribers Only. This is the SAMARA EDITION, Limited to one thousand numbered sets, of which is this Number 495. Bound in simple brown boards with a paper title pasted on spine. Set will not be mailed internationally unless privately negotiated. Seller Inventory # 001632

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A Plain and Literal Translation of the: Burton, Richard

Burton, Richard

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About this Item: The Burton Society of Denver, Colorado, [Denver, 1899. No. 41 of 1000 copies of this facsimile edition of the Benares edition. 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. 17 vols. 8vo. 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 Contemporary three-quarter blue morocco and marbled boards. Fine 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. 17 vols. 8vo No. 41 of 1000 copies of this facsimile edition of the Benares edition. Seller Inventory # 301010

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

About this Item: Burton Club for private subscribers only, 1900. Hardcover. Condition: Fine. 17 volumes. Printed by Burton Club for private subscribers only, based on the 1885 edition. No date, but early 20th century. Limited to 1000 copies. Bassorah edition. T.E.G. Half red crimson crushed morocco, with Arabic motif on the spine, probably bound by Baytun. Complete set. Very fine condition. Seller Inventory # 2536

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Translator-Sir Richard F. Burton

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ISBN 10: 1406565601 ISBN 13: 9781406565607

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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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