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    [Sir Richard F. Burton, translator]. The Perfumed Garden of the Sheik Nefzaoui. Or, The Arab Art of Love. XVIth Century. Translated from the French Version of the Arabian MS. Cosmopoli: For Private Circulation Only, 1886. Pirated edition (from the second edition). Printed in purple and red ink. Full vellum, now rebacked. Vellum a bit soiled and spotted, some light intermittent foxing to the sheets, and a few soiled spots. Bookplate. Very good.

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    [Sir Richard F. Burton, Translator]. The Perfumed Garden of the Sheik Nefzaoui. Or, The Arab Art of Love. XVIth Century. Translated from the French Version of the Arabian MS. Cosmopoli: For Private Circulation Only, 1886. Pirated edition (from the second edition). Octavo. Xv, 256 pages. Title page printed in purple and red ink, text printed in purple with head- and tail-pieces and decorative initials in red. Full vellum, now rebacked with later vellum preserving the original backstrip and boards. Beveled board edges. Top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Vellum a bit soiled and spotted, some light intermittent foxing to the sheets, and a few soiled spots. Previous owner's bookplate on front pastedown endpaper. Altogether a very good, attractive copy.

    Penzer, in his annotated Bibliography, notes that the first edition was issued in parts and is extremely rare. The second edition was published for the Kama Shastra Society and this pirated edition was likely made in Paris or Brussels by an unscrupulous firm (a bookseller, no doubt).



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