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title: The Arabian Nights: Their Best Known Tales


editors: Kate Douglas Wiggin & Nora A. Smith


illustrator: Maxfield Parrish


year: 1909


condition: A clean copy in excellent condition. Strong binding and spine. Clean, tear-free, and stainless pages. Minimal foxing near the front of the book. Slight wear of the edges of the back cover. Several pages throughout remain unopened and can be carefully cut upon request. 


publisher: Charles Scribner's Sons


pages: 339


dimensions: 9.5 inches x 7.25 inches x 1.25 inches


description: Hardcover, black book bound in cloth. Decorated in gilt text along the spine as well as a pasted illustration and text along the front cover. Features beautifully vibrant illustrations by Maxfield Parrish. 


synopsis: The stories of The Arabian Nights (and stories within stories, and stories within stories within stories) are famously told by the Princess Shahrazad, under the threat of death should the king lose interest in her tale. Collected over the centuries from India, Persia, and Arabia, and ranging from adventure fantasies, vivacious erotica, and animal fables, to pointed Sufi tales, these stories provided the daily entertainment of the medieval Islamic world at the height of its glory. No one knows exactly when a given story originated, and many circulated orally for centuries before being written down; but in the process of telling and retelling, they were modified to reflect the general life and customs of the Arab society that adapted them―a distinctive synthesis that marks the cultural and artistic history of Islam.

The Arabian Nights Illustrated by Maxfield Parrish (First Edition, 1909)

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