‘The Book of Thousand Nights and One Night‘ or short ‘Arabian Nights‘ (1974) Folio Society limited edition in four volumes, bound in full red leather (morocco). This is the Powys Mathers translation from the French by Dr. J.C. Mardus. Arguably superior to the the 19th c. translation by Richard Burton which was infused with Victorian pre-conceptions. The Folio Society issued this edition is cloth variant, and the full red morocco binding as an unnumbered limited edition.
Condition: near fine. Some trivial wear to the leather, i.e. minor scuffs. Paper is clean. Volumes have probably never been read. There is a blind stamp of the previous owner. It is situated on the bottom right corner in volume 1, and on the prelims of the other volumes as shown. This is clearly less annoying than previous owner’s scribbles, or pasted bookplates. Usual shelf wear to the green cloth slipcase, and one side of the slipcase has ghosting from the book it was sitting next to over the decades. Please consult our images.
The set was limited to 500 unnumbered copies and was priced at GBP 38.50 in 1974 which, adjusted for inflation, corresponds to roughly GBP 430 in today’s value of the Pound Sterling. Our pricing takes into account the scarcity of the set. This is by far our personal favourite of all Folio Society productions. Simple, but classy design, and high-quality material used.
One of the absolute classics of world literature; hugely influential on Oriental and Western literature alike; published here as one of the most stunning editions ever seen.
Bound in full Chieftain goatskin; blocked in Gold with a special design; gilt tops and set caps; Cloth-covered slipcase. Printed on acid free paper (over 2,000 pages in total); each volume contains 13 charismatic full illustrations (vol. I and vol. III by Eric Fraser; vol. II and vol. IV by Frank Martin). The illustrations capture the Orient well and eroticism (the stories were written for adults and not for children as often seen in Western abbreviated editions).