Payne, John >>
Title Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night, The, Complete in 13 Volumes, Vellum, 1883-1889 : Now First Completely Done Into English Prose and Verse, from the Original Arabic . . .
Book Condition Fair with no dust jacket
Edition Limited Edition
Publisher London: Villon Society; 1883
Seller ID 12589
8vo (9.25") 24 cm; Set of 13 vols, published as follows: 9 vols + 3 vols + 1 vol. Bound in the original vellum (untanned animal hide) in ivory tones, gilt lettering and decor, English throughout except titles in English on spines and Arabic on fronts, top edges gilt, printed on tough laid paper with deckle edges, translator's footnotes throughout. ; Printed by Stephen Austin & Sons, Hertford, England, for Villon Society, London. ; From preface: 'First complete translation of the great Arabic compendium of romantic fiction that has been attempted in any European language'. ; Thousand Nights and One Night, 1883-1884, limited edition of 500, this number 373. ; Description of each vol and defects if any: Vol-1, 395 pages including preface, small chip to upper rear joint at crown. Vol-2, 372 pgs. Vol-3, 371p, rear board bowed and discolored. Vol-4, 378p. Vol-5, 346p. Vol-6, 364p, front few leaves foxed but readable. Vol-7, 335p, appendix with alternate translation of one tale, a few unopened pgs. Vol-8, 355p. Vol-9, 392p, index, literary essay. Tales from the Arabic, 1884. Vol-1, 303p, minor dampstain to margins of final few leaves, not affecting text. Vol-2, 301p, front joint chipped about 33mm but holding together. Vol-3, 301p, 4 indexes. Final vol, Alaeddin and the Enchanted Lamp, and Zein ul Asnam and the King of the Jinn, Two Stories Done into English from the Recently Discovered Arabic Text, by John Payne, 1889, 250p, limited edition of 500, this number 451, both boards browned, interior shows almost no discoloration, everything intact and readable. ; We have graded this set Fair to Good. Tasteful antique b/w bookplate on front endpaper each vol. Light foxing here and there. No interior marks or scribbles. All spines sunned and somewhat dark, gilt present but not easily read unless at the right angle. All bindings tight. Image shows spine and front of Tales from the Arabic, Vol-1.