ARABIAN NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENTS: Consisting of One Thousand and One Stories,…

ARABIAN NIGHTS ENTERTAINMENTS: Consisting of One Thousand and One Stories, Told by the Sultaness of the Indies, to divert the Sultan from the Execution of a bloody Vow...

Edinburgh: Printed for Alexander Donaldson, 1780. Three volume set, 12mo (in sixes), contemporary full calf, morocco labels, raised bands. pp xii, 404; (iv), 391; (iv), 402. No illustrations, as issued. Spines a bit rubbed with surface cracking; volume I lacks the spine label; shallow chip to head of Volume I and foot of Volume II; endpapers browned at margins from leather turn-ins; remains of old bookplates on pastedowns; light toning to text paper; light damp stain to lower outer corners of pp 279 to end of Volume I; in all still a VG decent set, tight in the bindings, text clean and unworn. The title page continues "Containing A better Account of the Customs, Manners, and Religion of the Eastern Nations, viz. Tartars, Persians, and Indians, than is to be met with in any Author hitherto published. Translated into French from the Arabian MSS. by M. Galland of the Royal Academy; and now done into English from the last Paris Edition. The Thirteenth Edition." >>> The 13th edition of the first translation into English of the Arabian Nights Entertainments, taken from the first translation into French by Abbé Antoine Galland (12 vols., 1704-17). This anonymous English translation, made between 1706-17, held the field until Edward Lane's important, though expurgated, edition of 1840, with Sir Richard Burton's famous unexpurgated translation appearing 1885-88 in 16 volumes. >>>> Of extra interest is an unsigned holograph poem in a contemporary hand in ink covering the verso of the first blank leaf in Volume I (opposite the half-title page) titled "Sonnet. To the Author of the Arabian Nights Ent.:" and beginning "Blest child of genius, whose fantastic Sprite / Rides on the vollied Lightnings' Flash, or roves / Thro flowery Valleys, and Elysian Groves..." Note: 1.5 kg parcel, extra shipping will be required.

Condition: Binding: Hardcover

Book ID: 22873
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