The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
With introduction, explanatory notes on the manner and customs of Moslem men and the terminal essay upon the history of The Nights.[London], Printed by the Burton Club for Private Subscribers Only, [c.1903] Stock Code: 137603
NotesThe illustrated Benares edition, number 980 of 1,000 sets. This set comprises ten volumes of Arabian Nights and seven Supplemental Nights, and features artwork by Albert Letchford originally produced for the Smithers-Nichols edition of 1897. Unlike previous editions, the Burton Club editions consisted of 17 volumes rather than the 16 volumes of the original; an extra volume was formed by splitting the large third supplemental volume into two separate volumes that were closer in size to the rest of the set. Richard Burton's celebrated translation "has become the pre-eminent English translation of the Middle Eastern classic. It is the keystone of Burton's literary reputation" (ODNB).
17 volumes, octavo (242 x 164 mm). Contemporary red half morocco, raised bands to spine, titles and motifs to compartments in gilt, single gilt rules to red cloth sides, red endpapers, some pages unopened, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.
Illustrated frontispieces with tissue guards, 97 illustrated plates with tissue guards.
Bookplates of Alexander Lee McGregor and Jonathan Edward Harrod to front pastedowns and front free endpapers, and purchase invoice belonging to J. Harrod from 1977 loosely inserted in vol. 1. Blind-stamped seal of Brentano's bookshop in New York to front free endpapers. Rubbing and occasional wear to extremities and joints, wear to headcap of vol. 1. A very good set, handsomely bound and clean internally.
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