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Arabian Nights

The Library has a remarkable number of the editions and translations of the wonderful collection of Arabic stories known as The Thousand and One Nights. 

  • Together with the first translation to appear in a Western language (the translation by Antoine Galland into French [(Ex) 2263.2706.2]) the Library has two very early editions of English translations of the Arabian Nights, as well:

    1. London, 1706. (This may be the earliest English translation.) 
    2. London: Osborn and Longman, 1728-1730. Library has a complete set (12 volumes bound in 6).

    Overall, the collection is a substantial number of volumes. Refer to: James Holly Hanford, "Open Sesame: Notes on the Arabian Nights in English" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXVI, 1 (Autumn, 1964) pp. 48-56 [ full text].

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