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Arabian Nights - The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night - Complete in 16 Volumes
Benares : Kamashastra Society , 1885 . First Edition . Near Fine . Royal 8VO . Richard Burton's Plain and literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, Now Entitled The Book of the Thousand Nights' and a Night. With Introduction explanatory notes on the manners and customs of Moslem men and a terminal essay on the history of the Nights together with the Supplemental Nights with Notes, Anthropological and Explanatory. The original Kamashastra Edition (a publishing fiction created by Burton and Forster Fitzgerald Arbuthnot to avoid Britain's pornography laws) with the full text, this being a special copy with 230 plates of various types inserted by Letchford, Wood and others, some on Japanese Vellum, some tissue-guarded, some with captions, others with neither. Beautifully bound by Birdsall of Northampton in crimson crushed levant morocco with elaborate gilt tooled borders on both sides, gilt tooled and panelled spines, wide gilt inside borders, TEG. Armorial bookplate in all volumes together with a plain square label on the FFEP, another larger rectangular label on its verso and a circular stamp on a blank preliminary all indentifying the books as property of a post-secondary institution. The books were part of a bequest and were never circulated or even made available to the public. The bindings are in essentially as new condition with cardboard corners still protecting many of the edges. There is some foxing in most of the volumes, mostly around the preliminary and later pages and surrounding the plates. Penzer p. 114. A magnificent set in stunning condition. Very heavy, special shipping considerations will apply.
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