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Author PAYNE, John.
Title The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night: Together with Tales from the Arabic. Now first completely done into English prose and verse, from the original Arabic. In nine volumes [Complete]. Together With Tales from the Arabic of the Breslau and Calcutta (1814-18) in three volumes (complete).
Stock Code 1857
Dates 1882
Published London: Villon Society
Description Nine volumes (complete) published by private subscription - each bound in vellum. Limited to 500 copies (this #222). Each volume holds the bookplate of William Morris (in fact this was a bookplate created by his executors to demonstrate provenance on the dispersal of his collection). There are also pencil annotations from Tregasis to volume 1. Over the top of this has been laid the bookplate of Henry Andrade Harben. Together with the three volumes (complete) of Tales from the Arabic of the Breslau and Calcutta. (These three do not have the Morris labels). For private subscription but no limitation. [Total 12 Volumes]/
Provenance William Morris (1849-1910) was a textile designer, poet, Anarcho-Socialist (albeit a wealthy one) novelist and artist. Closely Associated with the Arts & Crafts movement. In April 1879 Morris moved the family home, renting an 18th-century mansion on Hammersmith's Upper Mall in West London. Owned by the novelist George MacDonald, Morris would name it Kelmscott House and re-decorate it according to his own taste. In the House's grounds he set up a workshop, focusing on the production of hand-knotted carpets. Excited that both of his homes were along the course of the River Thames, in August 1880 he and his family took a boat trip along the river from Kelmscott House to Kelmscott Manor. Henry Andrade Harben (1849-1910) was a businessman, barrister and politician. Mayor of Paddington & Member of London County Council. He was also the author of “A Dictionary of London” (published posthumously in 1917).
Note on the death of William Morris, his executors sold his collection to Richard Bennett, of Pendleton near Manchester. Bennett selected 31 manuscripts and 239 printed books from the Morris collection and put the rest up for auction at Sotheby’s in December 1898.. This work was sold to Richard Bennett, who sold it, via Sotheby’s (1898, lot 13) (part; sold to Tregaskis for £10 15s.)
Condition Overall the books are in condition appropriate for their age. The vellum bindings have worn, and the gilt decorations to the spines are barely legible (those to the boards are better). There has been some splitting to the head and tail of the spines - now restored. Internally clean and tidy - the association bookplates the only significant marks. A nice copy of an important set with a very desirable provenance! The three books of the Tales of the Arabic are clean and tidy, with the spines darkened, and a small hole in one spine.
Price £2500.00

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