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Burton, Richard F., translator

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  • The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night: A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments. Translated and Annotated by Richard F. Burton — Supplemental Nights to the Book of the Thousand and One Nights with Notes Anthropological and Explanatory by Richard F. Burton. [London:] Privately Printed by the Burton Club, [ca. 1903]
  • leather, ink, paper
16 volumes, 8vo (9 3/8 x 6 1/2 in.; 239 x 160 mm). Title-pages printed in red and black, photogravure frontispieces in 2 states (monochrome and handcolored), photogravure plates with red-captioned tissue-guards. Original red morocco, covers gilt with a large arabesque panel within a triple-fillet border, spines gilt in six compartments, turn-ins gilt with two triple-fillet borders, marbled endpapers, top edges gilt, others uncut and partially unopened; turn-ins offset to free endpapers, a few extremities rubbed.

Catalogue Note

The Manuscript Edition, number 32 of 99 sets containing a page of original manuscript by Burton. This set includes a ruled leaf (10 3/8 x 7 5/8 in.; 265 x 197 mm) with 24 lines in Burton's autograph, signed in full by him; the leaf is docked on the verso "I want all this. You may stop Robinson Ellis." Ellis was a classical scholar and translator.

"The Manuscript Edition of Captain Sir Richard F. Burton's translation of The Arabian Nights is a faithful and complete transcription of the original edition dated Benares 1885" (limitation statement in first volume).