1859 Rare Book Set - The Thousand & One Nights, ARABIAN NIGHTS by Edward William Lane.
Title: The Thousand and One Nights Commonly Called in England the Arabian Nights' Entertainments. Complete 3 volume set.
Publisher: London, John Murray, 1859. Complete three volumes set.
Language: Text in English.
Size: 9 " X 6.5 ".
Pages: xxx-555, xii-578, xii-703 pages.
Binding: Attractive and very good original gilt-decorated green full-cloth binding, finely bound with the beautifully gilt-decorated front cover (hinges fine, overall slightly scuffed and worn - as shown) under a protective removable mylar cover. A beautiful set!
Content: Very good content (bright, tight, and clean, some light foxing or staining - as shown).
Illustrations: Complete with many hundred (600) engravings on wood from original designs by William Harvey.
The books: Rare and attractive Murray's edition of The ARABIAN NIGHTS (including Ali Baba, The story of Aladdin, and Sindbad the sailor) in a very lovely original binding! A handsome set!
The translator: Edward William Lane (17 September 1801 – 10 August 1876) was a British orientalist, translator and lexicographer. He is known for his Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians and the Arabic-English Lexicon, as well as his translations of One Thousand and One Nights and Selections from the Kur-án.
The illustrator: William Harvey (13 July 1796 – 13 January 1866) was a British wood-engraver and illustrator.
Born at Newcastle upon Tyne, Harvey was the son of a bath-keeper. At the age of 14, he was apprenticed to Thomas Bewick, and became one of his favorite pupils. Bewick describes him as one "who both as an engraver & designer, stands preeminent" at his day (Memoir, p. 200). He engraved many woodblocks for Bewick's Aesop's Fables (1818).
His masterpieces are his illustrations to Northcote's Fables (1823–33) and E. W. Lane's The Arabian Nights' Entertainments (1838–40).
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