Arabian Tales: or a Continuation of the Arabian Entertainments.
Consisting of Stories Related by the Sultana of the Indies, to divert her Husband from the Performance of a rash Vow... In Four Volumes. Newly Translated from the Original Arabic into French, by Dom Chavis, and M. Cazotte.Edinburgh & London: for Bell & Bradfute, J. Dickson, E. Balfour, and P. Hill; G. G. J. & J. Robinson, 1792 Stock Code: 145718
First edition in English. Comprising volumes V to VIII of the eight-volume "Arabian nights entertainments" series, this set is complete in itself and handsomely bound in contemporary calf.
The first Western translation of The Thousand and One Nights was produced by Antoine Galland, who included tales of his own making, and published between 1704 and 1717. Galland's translation was completed by Chavis and Cazotte's, originally published in the Cabinet des fées (Geneva, 1784-1793) as Les Veillées du Sultan Schahriar, and which is the source text for the present edition.
4 volumes, duodecimo (172 x 100 mm). Contemporary speckled calf, titles in gilt to black calf spine labels, spines tooled in gilt.
12 engraved plates.
Armorial bookplates of Evan Holliday to front pastedowns, and his ink ownership to half-titles. Light wear and chipping to extremities, a couple of joints starting, occasional slight spotting to contents, else internally clean and fresh; a very good set.
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