Easton Press, The Complete Arabian Nights 17 Vol. Complete Matching Set (Very Fine)

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The Complete Arabian Nights - Uncut and Uncensored.
A beautiful set that will make a great addition to any library.

This is the original 17 volume translation by Sir Richard Francis Burton

The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night - 17 Volume Complete Matching Set
. Published by Easton Press - All volumes new and sealed. This leather bound heirloom collection is a luxurious matching set and heavily illustrated. Included in this set are all the exciting tales, with which Shahrazad entranced King Shahryar over 1,001 nights, to prevent him from beheading her. This is a magnificent collection in its original form.


Very Fine. The condition is of the highest quality. Each volume comes with unattached blank bookplate for your own personalization. No attached bookplates or indication of any removed. No bumped corners. Each volume is a wonderful bright clean copy.

Each book in the collection includes the classic Easton Press qualities:

* Premium Leather
* Silk Moire Endleaves
* Distinctive Cover Design
* Hubbed Spine, Accented in Real 22KT Gold
* Satin Ribbon Page Marker
* Gilded Page Edges
* Long-lasting, High Quality Acid-neutral Paper
* Smyth-sewn Pages for Strength and Durability
* Beautiful Illustrations

One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of stories collected over many centuries by various authors, translators and scholars in various countries across the Middle East and South Asia. These collections of tales trace their roots back to ancient Arabia and Yemen, ancient Indian literature and Persian literature (especially the Sassanid era's Pahlavi work Hazār Afsān Persian: هزار افسان, lit. Thousand Tales), ancient Egyptian literature and Mesopotamian mythology, ancient Syria and Asia Minor, and medieval Arabic folk stories from the Caliphate era. Though the oldest Arabic manuscript dates from the fourteenth century, scholarship generally dates the collection's genesis to somewhere between AD 800�900.

What is common throughout all the editions of The Nights is the initial frame story of the ruler Shahryar (from Persian: شهريار generally meaning king or sovereign) and his wife Scheherazade (from Persian: شهرزاده generally meaning townswoman) and the framing device incorporated throughout the tales themselves. The stories proceed from this original tale; some are framed within other tales, while others begin and end of their own accord. Some editions contain only a few hundred nights, while others include 1001 or more "nights."

The collection, or at least certain stories drawn from it (or purporting to be drawn from it) became widely known in the West during the nineteenth century, after it was translated � first into French and then English and other European languages. At this time it acquired the English name The Arabian Nights' Entertainment or simply Arabian Nights.

The best known stories from The Nights include "Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp," "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves," and "The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor." Ironically these particular stories, while they are most probably genuine Middle Eastern folk tales, were not part of the "Nights" in its Arabic versions, but were interpolated into the collection by its early European translators.

"The Sultan Pardons Scheherazade", by Arthur Boyd Houghton (1836�1875)

"The Sultan Pardons Scheherazade", by Arthur Boyd Houghton (1836�1875)

A page from Kelileh va Demneh dated 1429, from Herat, a Persian translation of the Panchatantra � depicts the manipulative jackal-vizier, Dimna trying to lead his lion-king into war.

A page from Kelileh va Demneh dated 1429, from Herat, a Persian translation of the Panchatantra � depicts the manipulative jackal-vizier, Dimna trying to lead his lion-king into war.

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