Lot 8: Jonathan Scott's translation of the Arabian Nights 1811
6th April 2017
Heading: (Arabian Nights). 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, Rees, et al. Date Published: 1811. Description: Six volumes. Engraved frontispiece in each volume. (8vo) 18.5x11.5 cm (7 1/4 x4 1/2 ") early full calf, bordered in gilt and blind, spines gilt, all edges marbled. 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. Condition: Spines faded, front joint split on first volume, extremities rubbed, Volume one with old damp stain to covers and a few leaves at front and rear, early ownership markings; some foxing; very good.
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