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    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.

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