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This is a tough one to review... You see my boxed set just arrived and it looks so stunning in its box with the beautifully cloth bound books and meticulously printed spines that I am struggling to break the sealed shrink-wrapping and spoil its perfect pristine state. OK, here goes... just for you.
The whole pack is so tastefully done, you cannot fault it at all. They have used an exquisite shiny blue print on the slipcase as well as the front and back cover of each book. The first has Arabian horses with their riders, the second has sea creatures and the third has beautiful Arabesque buildings. All of these motifs relate to the story and the same pictures are used on the spine to differentiate each volume.
There are no illustrations in any of the volumes, it is purely text and it would be a much bigger set if illustrations were included. It has 2,784 pages across 3 volumes and weighs in at a hefty four and a half kilograms.
No doubt it is a classic tale and has a history of its own but if you do sit down and read it you can be assured that when you put it on the shelf it will look stunning and hopefully will retain its value as a collectible edition.
Reviewed by Tony Nash, Booktopia's CEO
Every night for three years the vengeful King Shahriyar sleeps with a different virgin, executing her next morning. To end this brutal pattern and to save her own life, the vizier's daughter, Shahrazad, begins to tell the king tales of adventure, love, riches and wonder - tales of mystical lands peopled with princes and hunchbacks, the Angel of Death and magical spirits, tales of the voyages of Sindbad, of Ali Baba's outwitting a band of forty thieves and of jinnis trapped in rings and in lamps.
One of the best known and most influential works of literature ever written, this is the first complete translation into English of The Arabian Nights from the Arabic since the 1880s. It also includes new translations from 18th century French of the so-called 'orphan stories', for which no original Arabic text remains. In a wonderful three-volume, luxury, limited edition boxset, this is a truly beautiful object.
About The Author
Malcolm Lyons, sometime Sir Thomas Adams's Professor of Arabic at the University of Cambridge and a life Fellow of Pembroke College, Cambridge, is a specialist in the field of classical Arabic literature.His published works include the biography Saladin, the Politics of the Holy War, The Arabian Epic, Identification and Identity in Classical Arabic Poetry and many articles on Arabic literature. Ursula Lyons, formerly an Affiliated Lecturer at the Faculty of Oriental Studies at Cambridge University and, since 1976, an Emeritus Fellow of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, specialises in modern Arabic literature. Robert Irwin is the author of For Lust of Knowing: The Orientalists and Their Enemies, The Middle East in the Middle Ages, The Arabian Nights: A Companion and numerous other specialised studies of Middle Eastern politics, art and mysticism. His novels include The Limits of Vision, The Arabian Nightmare, The Mysteries of Algiers and Satan Wants Me.
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Format: Boxed, Slipcased or Casebound
Number Of Pages: 960
Published: 31st March 2011
Publisher: Penguin Books, Limited
Dimensions (cm): 25.1 x 16.0 x 16.4
Weight (kg): 24.5