BOOK OF THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND A NIGHT: A Plain and Literal Translation of The Arabian Nights' Entertainments...With Introduction Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay upon the History of the Nights

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(London: Privately printed for the Burton Club, [n.d.]), LIMITED PRIVATELY PRINTED BURTON CLUB EDITION. A very handsomely printed edition, which includes the great profusion of illustrated full page plates executed by Letchford and others for the first and early illustrated editions. Richard Burton was one of the foremost linguists of his time, an explorer, poet, translator, ethnologist, and archaeologist, among other things. 'The Thousand Nights and a Night' is probably the most famous of all his many works. This translation reflected his encyclopedic knowledge of Arabic language, sexual practices and life: "it reveals a profound acquaintance with the vocabulary and customs of the Muslims, with their classical idiom," [Ency Britt] as well as colloquialisms, philosophy, modes of thought and intimate details. In contrast to Victorian mores, Burton was driven to explore what would now be called by literary critics the uncanny/Unheimliche or the unresolvable tensions of human beings. Accordingly, he recorded details of daily life and practices that were considered vulgar at the time. Burton's intellectual influence is far-reaching. His amazing grasp of languages and culture anticipates the globalism of the future. His geographical discoveries not only make him an interesting historical figure but also allowed for future exploration. The detail with which he wrote and his willingness to examine intimate aspects of daily life were precursors to modern ethnography. And his understanding and willingness to immerse himself in cultures that are still little understood by those in Western nation-states is. 17 volumes, including the "Supplemental Nights". Limited Illustrated edition of 1000 copies hand-numbered, issued by the Burton Club, for private circulation among its members. Profusely illustrated with fine plates from the original decorations created by Letchford and others reproduced from earlier illustrated editions, titlepage to each volume printed in red and black on Japan vellum. Tall 8vo, publisher's original sage green ribbed cloth covered boards, the spines with printed paper labels. A nice set, the text-blocks fine, the bindings with some light age mellowing or occasional evidence of respectful use, typical mellowing to the paper labels from exposure over time. Generally a pleasing and well preserved set of this classic work.

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