Lot 393: Jonathan Scott's translation of the Arabian Nights

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Lot 393: Author: Scott, Jonathan. Title: The Arabian Nights Entertainments, Carefully Revised and Occasionally Corrected from the Arabic. To Which is Added, a Selection of New Tales. Place Published: London. Publisher: Longman, Hurst, et al. Date Published: 1811. Description: Six volumes. Engraved frontispiece in each volume. (8vo) 21x13. 5 cm (8 ¼x5 ¼") later half calf and marbled boards. First Edition of this translation. Following a distinguished career in India, including a period as Warren Hastings' private Persian translator, Jonathan Scott (1753-1829) returned to England and the life of an orientalist scholar. His revision and translation of Antoine Galland's French Arabian Nights "constituted the first literary translation of the Arabian Nights, providing a critical introduction and copious annotation of the Muslim religion and customs." (DNB) Intended for a general readership it proved extremely popular and remains a very readable edition of such tales as The Story of Sinbad and The Story of Alla Ad Deen or the Wonderful Lamp. Bindings worn, labels lacking; some foxing and staining within, title page of Vol. 6 torn; good. PBA Galleries' Sale 563: Fine Literature with the Wayne Martin Collection of Jack London Thursday, 25th June 2015 Estimate: $150-250
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