BURTON, Richard Francis. A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights' Entertainments, now entituled The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. [and:] Supplemental Nights. Benares: Printed by the Kamashastra Society. For Private Subscribers Only, 1885-1888. 16 volumes, 8° (253 x 158mm). Original black cloth gilt, covers with gilt banner and Arabic text [Vol. I-X], and original black cloth, spines and covers decorated and lettered in silver [Vol. XI-XVI], with the publisher's 'Memorandum' broadside loosely inserted, (spine lettering a little faded, 2 vols. chipped at foot of spine).
FIRST EDITION of the author's most financially successful book, with the name and date of the copyrighter on title-page versos, in the original binding and with the broadside 'Memorandum' that the work is intended 'only for those that wish to study the peculiarities of Moslem life... a book for men and students.' This invitation, couched as a warning, brought in a flood of orders and cash enough to make Burton comment: 'Now that I know the tastes of England, we need never be without money.' Penzer p. 114-116, Casada 74. Spink 73.
Albert LETCHFORD. A Series of Seventy Original Illustrations to 290tain Sir R.F. Burton's "Arabian Nights" and a Portrait. London: H.S. Nichols, 1897. 8° (262 x 171mm). 71 plates engraved from paintings, with captioned tissues. (A few lightly spotted). Original black cloth gilt, cover fully gilt-illustrated, top edges gilt. FIRST EDITION. Burton and the artist became friends in Trieste and over the years discussed a series of paintings for 'Arabian Nights.' Only one was completed before Burton's death, the remainder finished by 1897, published separately and in Nichols's edition that year. Penzer 325-328.
Stephen L. WOOD. One Hundred Illustrations to Captain Sir Richard Burton's Translation of The Arabian Nights from Original Paintings. London: Pickering and Chatto: n.d. (1900). 8° (251 x 163mm). No. 72 of an unspecified number of sets. List of plates and 100 numbered plates with captioned tissues. In a red cloth case with printed paper cover label, (covers a little worn or soiled). See Penzer p. 125. (18)