The Book of the Thousand and One Nights
Rendered from the Literal and Complete Version of Dr. J. C. Mardrus; and collected with other sources.London: The Casanova Society, 1923 Stock Code: 146289
A finely bound setFirst edition thus, limited issue, number 177 of 750 copies on antique paper; there were also 1,500 copies printed on Bond paper. This privately-printed edition of the Arabian Nights was translated into English by Edward Powys Mathers (1892-1939).
Mathers's translation influenced a number of modernist writers, including W. B. Yeats, who "admired it enormously, placing it second to Shakespeare among the works that most moved him" (Ross, p. 101). While visiting Italy in 1925, Yeats wrote the dedication to A Vision, in which he described how "my imagination dwells upon a copy of Powys Mathers's Arabian Nights that awaits my return home" (Yeats, p. xiii).
16 volumes bound in 8, octavo (228 x 148 mm). Finely bound by Bumpus in full vellum, red morocco labels, spines lettered in gilt, turn-ins ruled in gilt, top edges gilt, white silk bookmarkers.
Colour frontispieces with tissue guards, title pages printed in black and red.
A near-fine set, a little faint foxing to edges and endpapers, text unaffected, vellum notably bright and clean.
David A. Ross, Critical Companion to William Butler Yeats, 2009; W. B. Yeats, A Critical Edition of Yeats's A Vision, 1978.
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