1815 The Arabian Nights
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Illustrated, Leather Binding
The fourth edition of this work, being the fourth edition of Forster's translation. Complete in four 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. Volume I illustrated with a frontispiece, and five plates. Volume II illustrated with a frontispiece, and five plates. Volume III illustrated with a frontispiece, and three plates. Volume IV illustrated with a frontispiece, and four plates. Translated by Edward Forster, an English cleric and author.
In a half calf binding with marbled paper to the boards. Externally, generally smart. Light rubbing and some fading to the spines. Minor marks to the boards and spines. A few light patches of rubbing to the boards. Front hinge of Volume I is starting but firm. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned with some spots.
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