The Arabian Nights' Entertainments. Edward William LANE, engravers DALZIEL brothers.

The Arabian Nights' Entertainments.

London: Ward, Lock & Co., 1908. [Islamic Folklore] VINTAGE COPY, an abridged edition. Octavo (22 x 15cm), pp.3-448. With 15 wood-engraved plates by various artists, engraved by the Dalziel Brothers. Publisher's green pictorial cloth, with gilt titles and white, green, tan and gilt decoration to spine and upper. Dark blue endpapers. Possibly missing a half-title and frontispiece. Hinge by title page reinforced with archival tape. Toning to edges. Light wear with a few small marks to cloth. Very good. One of the most famous Orientalists, Lane lived in Egypt for many years, frequently disguising himself as a Turk to better assimilate himself into Egyptian society, and to improve his Arabic. His translation of the great compendium of Middle-Eastern folklore, first published in 1839, was his most successful work, weaving together a linguistic sensibility with an epic style, well suited to the dramatic tale of Scheherazade and Shahryar. This is an abridged edition featuring new illustrations. Item #61746

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