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BURTON, Sir Richard Francis.

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 terminal essay upon the history of The Nights.

Benares: Kamashastra Society, 1885-88 Stock Code: 143343
£15,000.00
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A superb set

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.

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Description

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.

Illustrations

100 plates with captioned tissue guards.

Condition

Engraved bookplate with "H" monogram and coronet to front pastedowns. A fine set.

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