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(Arabian Nights). Lane, Edward William.  The thousand and one nights, commonly called, in England, the Arabian nights’ entertainments. London: Charles Knight & Co. (I & III pr. by William Clowes & Sons, II by Whitehead & Co.), 1840–1841. 8vo (26 cm, 10.25"). 3 vols. I: xxxii, 618, [2] pp.; illus. II: xii, 643, [1] pp.; illus. III: xii, 763, [1] pp.; illus.

Edward William Lane’s translation of this classic work — the most accurate English version to that date — illustrated with => "many hundred" delightful in-text wood engravings from designs by William Harvey. An Egyptologist and noted scholar of Arabic language and literature, Lane made use of the Egyptian manuscripts, becoming => the first English translator to work from a primary source. He chose to bowdlerize portions of the tales he found “objectionable,” but added extensive anthropological and cultural annotations as well as explanations of many of his choices in translation and transliteration.
        The work was originally published in monthly serialized form from 1830 to 1840, printed for Charles Knight by Whitehead & Co., who also printed the first volume of the book-form edition in 1839; that run of the first volume having sold out by the time the third was ready, the publisher found a new printer to reprint it, and the present set comprises the Clowes (second) printing of vols. I and III with the Whitehead (first) of vol. II, all in the publisher's matching red cloth.
        Provenance: From the library of American collector Albert A. Howard, small booklabels ("AHA") at rear.

NSTC 2L3671 (for first ed.). Publisher's red cloth, spines with gilt-stamped title and vignette, covers with blind-stamped vignette; cocked yet solid, with hinges/extremities rubbed and cloth (especially of spines) having uneven discolorations from sunning or other exposures. Endpapers and next adjacent leaves with variably light discoloration to gutter areas from binding process; text blocks otherwise gently age-toned but with very little foxing, this mostly confined to first and last few leaves of vol. I. Two facing pages in vol. III with traces of small spot of adhesion from organic matter; occasionally, elsewhere, another sort of spot. => A well-used set of this landmark work described and priced accordingly, yet a respectable set; here in an early (partial-first!) appearance in the original bindings.  (41416)   Please RESHELVE This.

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