EROTICA NAFZAWI (UMAR IBN MUHAMMAD). Cheikh Nefzaoui. [The Perfumed Garden] Traduite de l'Arabe par M. le baron R***, capitaine d'etat major, LIMITED TO 35 COPIES, [Algiers, for Auguste Regnault], 1850 [but 1876, dated 22 February 1877 in Arabic on errata]

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Lot 18
EROTICA
NAFZAWI (UMAR IBN MUHAMMAD). Cheikh Nefzaoui. [The Perfumed Garden] Traduite de l'Arabe par M. le baron R***, capitaine d'etat major, LIMITED TO 35 COPIES, [Algiers, for Auguste Regnault], 1850 [but 1876, dated 22 February 1877 in Arabic on errata]

Sold for £ 10,687 (US$ 13,072) inc. premium
EROTICA
NAFZAWI (UMAR IBN MUHAMMAD). Cheikh Nefzaoui. [The Perfumed Garden] Traduite de l'Arabe par M. le baron R***, capitaine d'etat major, LIMITED TO 35 COPIES, this copy numbered "29" in ink, lithographed calligraphy throughout, blank frontispiece with distinctive watermark of a phallic butterfly in Arabic calligraphy, cipher on title printed in gilt, 14 lithographed plates printed on grey-blue paper (with tissue guards), numerous illustrations in the text, crushed orange morocco gilt by R. Petit (signed on upper dentelle), covers with 3-line fillet border, inner panel of 3-line fillet with convex corners, crescent moon and star symbol in each corner, spine tooled with withe crescent and star symbol in six compartments within raised bands, g.e., with metal catch lock, cloth-backed marbled chemise and slipcase (short split at 2 edges) [cf. Gay-Lemonnyer II, 696, erroneously calling for 15 plates], 4to (262 x 188mm.), [Algiers, for Auguste Regnault], 1850 [but 1876, dated 22 February 1877 in Arabic on errata]

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  • A FINE COPY OF THE VERY RARE FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST TRANSLATION FROM THE ARABIC of "The Perfumed Garden", the celebrated fifteenth-century manual of erotology, printed in an edition of 35 copies, with a suite of lithographs, in a fine French morocco binding. Auguste Regnault's translation formed the basis of subsequent translations into European languages, including that of Richard Burton into English in 1886.
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EROTICA NAFZAWI (UMAR IBN MUHAMMAD). Cheikh Nefzaoui. [The Perfumed Garden] Traduite de l'Arabe par M. le baron R***, capitaine d'etat major, LIMITED TO 35 COPIES, [Algiers, for Auguste Regnault], 1850 [but 1876, dated 22 February 1877 in Arabic on errata]
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