c1920 The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments Supplemental Nights to the Book of the Thousand and One Nights with Notes Anthropological and Explantory
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Decorative Binding, Illustrated, Publishers' Original Binding
Complete in sixteen volumes. 'Arabian Nights', or 'One Thousand and One Nights', is a collection of folk tales from the Middle East. It was collected over centuries, with the roots of the tales being traced from Greek, Indian, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Jewish folklore. The tales are being told by Scheherazade to the King Shahryar, in a bid to save her life. After discovering his wife was cheating on him, he killed her, and vowed to marry a new virgin every day, and then behead them the next. In this vein, he had killed one-thousand and one women before marrying Scheherazade. Scheherazade entices the King by telling him a story on their first night together, pausing halfway through as the sun came up. The King, being absorbed by the story, keeps Scheherazade alive, eager to hear more from her. This translation is by Richard Burton. Burton's translation is celebrated, but was only able to be printed in subscribers-only editions upon the publication, due to the sexual content in the tales, which were frowned upon at the time. He published under the 'Kama Shastra Society' to avoid the consequences of the Victorian obscenity laws. He travelled widely in Asia, Africa, and American, as was a very talented linguist, being able to speak twenty-nine languages, including French, Romani, Saraiki, Arabic, Persian, Sanskrit, Portuguese, Swahili, and Hebrew. The 'Burton Club' was a series of editions of Burton's 'Arabian Nights'. Many editions were published in the early twentieth century, being printed in the US, but many of them are undated. With a frontispiece to each volume. All volumes are undated, dated using Worldcat. Collated, complete.
In the original publishers' cloth binding, with gilt decoration to the boards and to the spine. Externally, lovely. Very minor shelfwear to the boards. Very small mark to the gilt decoration to the rear board of Volume Four of ‘Arabian Nights’, and to the gilt decoration to the boards of Volume Two. Very light bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are bright and clean. Closed tear to the fore edge of the frontispiece of Volume Four of ‘Arabian Nights’.
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