0The Illustrated Library Edition in a Deluxe Binding
ARABIAN NIGHTS. Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night [Library Edition]. Translated from the Arabic by Captain Sir R.F. Burton...Reprinted from the original edition and edited by Leonard C. Smithers. Illustrated by a series of seventy-one original illustrations reproduced from the original pictures in oils specially printed by Albert Letchford. H.S. Nichols
The [Illustrated] Library Edition. Twelve large octavo volumes (9 3/4 x 6 3/8 inches; 245 x 160 mm). With 71 photogravure plates and frontispieces after the paintings of Albert Letchford, (including a frontispiece portrait in Volume I), with descriptive tissue guards. Each volume with half-titles and the facsimiles of the 1885 edition title-pages bound in.

Publisher's deluxe full black morocco. Boards and spines elaborately stamped in gilt. Gilt dentelles. Blue patterned endpapers. Top edges gilt, others uncut. A near fine set. Spine uniformly sunned. Some minor rubbing and wear to spines, but otherwise a very good set.

This edition and one other of 1894 which was not illustrated were the first complete editions of Burton's translation after the rare, 16-volume first edition of 1885. These complete editions were preceded only by an expurgated edition issued by Burton's wife shortly after his death. (Penzer)

"This Library Edition of Sir Richard Burton's Translation of 'The Arabian Nights' has been printed with a close and careful collation of his own copy of the original issue, and all his corrections and additional notes have been inserted... In Lady Burton's edition, which was a reprint of the first ten volumes only of the original issue, it was thought advisable to omit no fewer that 215 pages; in this edition, which comprises the whole sixteen volumes (the entire work), more than four-fifths of these omissions are also rendered necessary by the pledge which Sir Richard gave to his Subscribers that no cheaper edition of the entire work should be issued; but in all other respects the original text has been reproduced with scrupulous fidelity. The reader has here, therefore, the most complete English edition of The Nights that can ever be published..." (Editor's Note).

Sir Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890) gained international fame and respect as an explorer and writer of travel books. However, it is his translation of The Arabian Nights that is best remembered today.

Penzer, pp. 123-124.

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