“AND THE DUST SUBSIDED, AND BEHOLD, THE JINNEE, WITH A DRAWN SWORD IN HIS HAND, HIS EYES CASTING FORTH SPARKS OF FIRE”: FINELY BOUND SET OF THE THOUSAND AND ONE NIGHTS
The Arabian Nights.
Lane, Edward William.$950.00
Item Number: 72057
London: Chatto & Windus, 1912.
Octavo, 3 volumes of The Thousand and One Nights. Bound in three quarters morocco, gilt titles and tooling to the spine, marbled endpapers, gilt topstain. Translated from the Arabic, with copious notes by Edward William Lane. Edited by his nephew Edward Stanley Poole. Illustrations from the designs of William Harvey. In near fine condition. An attractive set.
Collected over many centuries by various authors, translators and scholars, the Middle Eastern folk tales included in One Thousand and One Nights trace their roots back to Arabic, Jewish, Greek, Indian and Turkish folklore and literature. Some of the stories most widely associated with the compilation including Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, and The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor were added later by Antoine Gilland who produced the first French translation in 1704. The book became known as Arabian Nights with the first anonymous English language translation in 1706.