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The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night

Now First Completely Done Into English Prose and Verse from the Original Arabic

By John Payne

1882-4 - London - Printed for the Villon Society By Private Subscription and For Private Circulation Only

9.5"  by 6"; xii, 395pp; 372pp; viii, 371pp; viii, 378pp; vii, 346pp; viii, 364pp; 335pp; viii, 355pp; 392pp


 

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John Payne's translation of The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night.

Complete in nine volumes.

From the library of William Morris at Kelmscott House. This work has the bookplate of Kelmscott House, Hammersmith, which was created by Morris' executors to demonstrate provenance on the dispersal of his collection. Morris' collection was sold to Richard Bennett of Pendleton, near Manchester. Bennett selected 239 books and 31 manuscripts from this collection and then sold the rest of the titles at Sotheby's in December 1898. Richard Bennett purchased this lot and then sold it via Sotheby's (1898, lot 13) to Tregaskis for 10 15s.

Privately printed for the Villon society, of which Payne was closely associated. This work is limited to 500 copies, of which this set is number 222. Numbered to the verso of title page. 

John Payne was an English poet and translator. Aside from this translation he is also well known for his translations of Boccacio's Decameron and the Diwan Hafez.

With the bookplate of Henry Andrade Harben to the front pastedown. Harben was a businessman, barrister and politician. He was also the Mayor of Paddington and Member of London County Council. As an author he wrote 'A Dictionary of London'. 

The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night or The Arabian Nights are a collection of Middle Eastern folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. 

CONDITION

In uniform vellum bindings. Externally, worn to the spines. Rubbing to all spines, heaviest to the head and tail of spines. Bumping to the head and tail of spines and extremities. There has been repair to the head and tail of most volumes from previous loss.  Loss to the head of spine to volumes IV, V, VI. Loss to the head and tail of spine to volume VIII. Backstrip is lifting to the head of volume VII at the rear joint. Repair to the head of spine to volume VI from loss due to rubbing. Vellum has faded with several handling marks and occasional spots. Small stain to the head of front board to volume VI. Small brown spot to the front board of volume VIII. Closed tear to the front endpaper of volume V. Tape repair to rear hinge to volume VI. William Morris bookplate to the front pastedown as well as the bookplate of Henry Andrade Harben. Offsetting to endpapers.  Internally, all volumes are generally firmly bound though strained in places. Pages are bright with spots to endpapers and just the occasional spot elsewhere. Overall: GOOD. 


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