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    [Arabian Nights] Sir Richard Francis Burton, trans. & notes. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. Translated from the Arabic... London: H. S. Nichols, 1897. Krown & Spellman retail: $1150. The Illustrated "Library Edition." Large 8vo. 12 vols. Original publisher's 3/4 red morocco-backed cloth boards, gilt, some scuffing, some joints cracked or starting. Portrait & 70 plates after Albert Letchford. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    More Information: Originally Nichols and Smithers sent out a prospectus for this illustrated "Nights" under the name of the "Grolier Society." This binding was described as "three-quarter levant. Selected Syrian, large-grained, Angora goat skins, Sumac tanned, of the characteristic Damascus red..." An owner's stamp acquisition note in the front of these volumes states that "C. Gilbert Beetem, Esq. Procured (this set) from the New York Kamashastra Society 12/8/03...set $71.25." The original Kama Shastra Society was founded by Burton and Arbuthnot for the "printing of various Eastern works, chiefly of an erotic nature." The first publication of the "Nights" was under the egis of the "society". In consequence this is often called the "Kama Shastra Edition."  Penzer 117-124.

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