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Illustrated hardback in good condition. Check out my other listings as happy to combine postage where possible.

This is an auction for THE ARABIAN NIGHTS, illustrated by Rene Bull, Edmund Dulac & others.

From Wikipedia:

"The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (1885) is a celebrated English language translation of One Thousand and One Nights (the “Arabian Nights”) – a collection of Middle Eastern and South Asian stories and folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age (8th -13th centuries) – by the British explorer and Arabist Richard Francis Burton (1821–1890). Burton's translation was one of two unabridged and unexpurgated English translations done in the 1880s. Owing to the sexual imagery in the source texts (which Burton made a special study of, adding extensive footnotes and appendices on "Oriental" sexual mores) and to the strict Victorian laws on obscene material, both translations were printed as private editions for subscribers only, rather than being published in the usual manner. Burton's original ten volumes were followed by a further six entitled The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night (1886–88). Burton's 16 volumes, while boasting many prominent admirers, have been criticised for their "archaic language and extravagant idiom" and "obsessive focus on sexuality"; they have even been called an "eccentric ego-trip" and a "highly personal reworking of the text". His voluminous and obscurely detailed notes and appendices have been characterised as “obtrusive, kinky and highly personal”..."

Large format hardback 1994.

299 pages.

Beautifully illustrated throughout.

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