Nights. The thousand and one nights, commonly called,
in England, the Arabian nights’ entertainments. London: Charles Knight
& Co., 1839–41. 8vo (25.3 cm, 10"). 3 vols. I: Add. engr. t.-p., xxiii,
, [xxv]–xxxii, 618 pp.; illus. II: Add. engr. t.-p., xii, 643,  pp.;
illus. III: Add. engr. t.-p., xii, 763,  pp.; illus. [SOLD]
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First edition of Edward William Lane’s English translation,
illustrated with numerous in-text wood engravings from designs by William Harvey.
Lane, an Egyptologist and noted scholar of Arabic language and literature,
chose to bowdlerize portions of the tales he found “objectionable”
those choices being themselves now interesting but added extensive anthropological and cultural annotations, as well as explanations
of many of his choices in translation and transliteration.
NSTC 2L3671. Contemporary half red morocco and marbled paper–covered
sides, spines with gilt-stamped title and gilt-framed compartments; sides and
edges a bit rubbed, vol. I with small scuffed area from now-absent label on
front cover. All edges marbled. Front pastedowns each with armorial bookplate
and institutional rubber-stamp, title-page versos rubber-stamped, inked numeral
in lower margin of dedication or contents page depending on volume. A
lavishly produced set, attractively illustrated and bound.