BURTON, RICHARD F. 1821-1890.  The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, with Introduction, Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay Upon the History of The Nights. London: Grolier Society, [1897].

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BURTON, RICHARD F. 1821-1890.
The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, with Introduction, Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay Upon the History of The Nights. London: Grolier Society, [1897].

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BURTON, RICHARD F. 1821-1890.
The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, with Introduction, Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay Upon the History of The Nights. London: Grolier Society, [1897]. 12 volumes. 8vo. Half-titles, titles printed in red, black and gold, 21 etched plates by Alphonse Lalauze, 71 photogravure plates after paintings by Albert Letchford, all in 3 states (India paper mounted; Imperial Japanese vellum; Van Gelder Holland paper), printed tissue guards. Full white vellum by Zaehnsdorf, sides with elaborately gilt-tooled red morocco panels, red morocco onlays on spines, gilt dentelles, patterned endpapers, edges gilt. Some joints tender and starting at corners, light soiling to covers.

LIMITED EDITION, number 14 of 20 of the Library Edition de Grande Luxe. The most expensive and elaborate issue of the Edition de Luxe, issued at cost of 120 guineas, originally with a mahogany box and additional folio of prints (lacking here). Burton's translation is "distinguished by his retention of the sexual content of the original Arabic versions, while his extensive footnotes drew on a lifetime of travel and research" (ODNB).
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BURTON, RICHARD F. 1821-1890.  The Book of a Thousand Nights and a Night, with Introduction, Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay Upon the History of The Nights. London: Grolier Society, [1897].
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