Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    The Illustrated Libary Edition, with the Original Deluxe Suite of Plates

    Richard Burton [translator]. The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night -- Complete in Twelve Volumes. Translated from the Arabic by Captain Sir R. F. Burton, Reprinted from the Original Edition and Edited by Leonard C. Smithers. London: H. S. Nichols, 1897. The illustrated library edition. A complete set in twelve tall octavo volumes. With seventy-one illustrations by Albert Letchford. Frontispiece portrait of Burton in Volume I. Publisher's elaborately gilt-stamped black cloth. Top edges gilt. Minor shelf wear. A very nice set in near fine condition. [together with:] Albert Letchford. A Series of Seventy Original Illustrations to Captain Sir R. F. Burton's "Arabian Nights" and a Portrait of Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton. The Choice Edition de Luxe. London: H. S. Nichols, 1897. Folio. One of only 250 numbered sets, this copy unnumbered, indicating that it was likely a not-for-sale copy reserved for presentation. Images are 8 x 11 inches on sheets measuring 17.5 x 22.5 inches. Each illustration is accompanied by a printed title sheet containing a brief excerpt from the text that it illustrates. Also included is an index, a page describing the various printings, and a title page printed in red and black. All are laid into the publisher's printed cloth portfolio, now battered and quite worn. Sheets in generally fine condition. Sets were usually broken up for framing, and the plates are usually found with moderate to heavy foxing. This is a beautifully-preserved set, rarely found complete and even more rarely found in this condition.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    October, 2010
    14th-16th Thursday-Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 4
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 901

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Consign to the 2019 September 14 - 15 Americana & Political The David and Janice Frent Collection of Political & Presidential Americana 8 - Dallas.

    Learn about consigning with us

    The pre and post sales experience was wonderful and flawless. Heritage has the best in-house operation I have ever seen and their people are not only professional but fun to work with, especially Steve C.

    As for Heritage's online system… Yes the interface is more complex than what we are used to with SAN but what is behind that interface is amazing for sellers and buyers alike. It is real time and for a real serious auction buyer there is nothing better in the auction industry, bar none.
    Ron Cipolla,
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 September 13 Rare Books & Maps Signature Auction Books - Dallas
    2018 September 13 Rare Books & Maps Signature Auction Books - Dallas
    REALIZED $1,094,775