The Arabian Nights Entertainments.
The Thousand and One Nights, with an introduction illustrative of the religion, manners, and customs of the Mohammedans.London: J. C. Nimmo and Bain, 1883 Stock Code: 146079
An attractively illustrated set, handsomely bound by ZaehnsdorfDeluxe limited edition, number 91 of 150 copies. A finely bound set, attractively illustrated by the French etcher Adolphe Lalauze (1838-1906), who was acclaimed during his lifetime as "one of the most skillful original etchers of the modern French school" (Hamerton, p. 212).
Lalauze's Arabian Nights illustrations appeared first in an 1881 edition of Antoine Galland's French translation, and later in the 1885 private edition of Richard Francis Burton's landmark translation. In the present set, published in 1883, they accompany Jonathan Scott's translation; written in 1811, it was "the first literary translation of the Arabian Nights, providing a critical introduction and copious annotation of the Muslim religion and customs" (ODNB).
4 volumes, octavo (228 x 146 mm). Contemporary brown half morocco by Zaehnsdorf, spines lettered in gilt, raised bands, floral decoration to compartments, top edges gilt, fore and bottom edges untrimmed, marbled sides and endpapers.
With 19 etched proof plates on Japanese paper by Adolphe Lalauze, title pages printed in red and black.
Bookplates of Edward Ledger to front pastedowns. A couple of trivial marks or scuffs to covers, contents clean and bright, fragile plates notably well-preserved. A fine copy, handsomely bound.
Philip Gilbert Hamerton, Etching and Etchers, 1868.
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