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(ARABIAN NIGHTS.)

[Persian:] 'Alf leila wa leila bi farsi [One thousand and one nights].

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Published: Bombay Fath al-Karim, 1308 H, 1891

Stock Code: 128964

£6,000
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Notes

First edition published by the Fath al-Karim press in Bombay, 1600 copies printed. The first printed edition of the Arabian Nights in Persian and with lithographic illustrations appeared at Tehran in 1855. "The Persian translation of the Arabian Nights experienced some seven illustrated editions between 1272/1855 and 1320/1902" (Encyclopaedia Iranica), though the majority were based on the 1855 edition. This Bombay edition is illustrated with a different suite of scenes from the narrative, albeit similar in style to the 1855 version. Fath al-Karim printing house, owned by the philanthropist Kazi Abdul Karim Porbandari, was known for its promotion of book production in Arabic, Persian, Hindu, Malay and other languages and donated a number of books in 1897 to start Bombay's Karimi library. This text of this edition was printed in Arabic and Hindi at the same time (see p. 294). It is possible that this edition was used as a pattern for Arifdjanov's 1914 Tashkent imprint, due to the similarities in some illustrations and composition. The striking binding is reminiscent of Russian fabrics manufactured for the Central Asian steppe in the second quarter of the 20th century but given a proto-Modernist twist reminiscent of Orphism.

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Description

2 vols., quarto bound as one (314 x 225 mm). Early 20th century multi-coloured cloth.

Illustrations

Title page with floral ornament, 35 half to full-page illustrations and decorations in Persian style, Nastaliq Persian script lithographed from the calligraphy of Nesar Ahmad ibn Hafez Niaz Ahmad Barelvi.

Condition

Somewhat rubbed, a little rubbing with minor loss at tips of back cover, text block lightly browned, sporadic worming, text minimally affected.

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