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The Tales of the Genii. Two volume set
London: J Wilkie. VG : in very good condition without dust jacket. Minor rubbing and sunning to leather covers. Sm. tear to pp. 315-316 (vol. I). Lacking one rear endpaper from volume II. 1766. Third Edition. Full leather covers. 360mm x 230mm (14" x 9"). 357pp, 367pp. Fourteen engraved plates after A Walker. James Kenneth Ridley (1736–1765) is mainly remembered for his Oriental pastiche Tales of the Genii, a set of stories based on those of the Arabian Nights. This was originally published in two volumes in 1764, was issued under the pen name "Sir Charles Morell", supposedly British Ambassador at Bombay. Ridley's Tales were allegedly composed by an imam named Horam and translated from a Persian manuscript; in actuality, they were products of Ridley's imagination. The Tales belong to a genre of imitation Orientalia popular in the 18th century; in its own time and after, Ridley's book was compared to Samuel Johnson's Rasselas. Ridley's compilation was popular, and went through seven editions by 1861; German and French translations also appeared. .
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