The Arabian Nights.

FORSTER Edward translator (1802)


Available to view at our Curzon Street shop.

Five Volumes. Large Paper Copy. 4to (265 x 210mm)., with 24 engraved plates after Robert Smirke, captions printed on the tissue guards (plates and guards a little foxed). Contemporary straight-grained red morocco, covers with a gilt Greek key border enclosing a narrow blind tooled border, spine tooled and lettered in gilt, gilt edges, buff endpapers, green ribbon markers (some very minor rubbing but otherwise very clean and bright).  

London: for William Miller...W. Bulmer,

Forster's translation of The Arabian Nights is taken from the French of Antoine Galland and accompanied by 24 illustrations by Robert Smirke R.A. which were subsequently exhibited at the British Institution in 1806.

Provenance: Frances Mary Richardson Currer (1785-1861), of Eshton Hall, Yorkshire, bookplate on the recto of the front flyleaf. Currer possessed a very fine library with Dibdin declaring her "head of all female book collectors in Europe." 

This very fine set appears in both of the printed catalogues of Currer's library. C.J. Stewart noted in his catalogue of the library that: "The books individually are in the finest condition, and not a few of them in the richest and most tasteful bindings".

Stock Code: 224411

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