AUTHOR: BURTON, Sir Richard F.
TITLE: The Book of The Thousand Nights and a Night. (Supplemental Nights).
PUBLISHER: London: H. S. Nichols Ltd., 1894.
DESCRIPTION: FIRST NICHOLS "LIBRARY EDITION". 12 vols., 9-7/8" x 6-1/2", title-pages printed in red and black, bound in 1/2 green morocco, ribbed gilt decorated spines, top edges gilt, others uncut, by Roach of NY.
CONDITION: Inner and outer hinges fine, head and foot of spines fine, spines uniformly sunned, internally clean and bright, VERY GOOD.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: One of the great cross-cultural works in the English language, Burton's translation "is unsurpassed, though others had tried their versions of the Arabic: his is unrivaled and the poetry superb. The notes and annotations that fill the volumes would alone make the reputation of many other men, and the final essays, dealing with the "Nights" and the social and religious conditions in which they appeared, are masterpieces of their kind" (Rice. 451-2).
The Nichols editions of "Arabian Nights" - this one in 1894 (not illustrated), and a later 1897 edition with Letchford's plates - were the first complete editions of Burton's translation after the rare, 16 volume first edition of 1885.