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1885 Richard Burton ARABIAN NIGHTS Leather Antique Illustrated Rare Set BASSORAH
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In excellent condition with light pulling to the top edges of the spines and a hint of spotting to

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Jan 14, 2014
US $2,500.00
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Portland, Oregon, United States

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Seller Notes: In excellent condition with light pulling to the top edges of the spines and a hint of spotting to some of the spines as well, as shown in the photos provided.
Binding: Fine Binding Origin: English
Subject: Children's Year Printed: 1886
Special Attributes: Illustrated, Signed

Thank you very much for looking.  Here is a beautifully bound original 17 volume set of the Arabian Nights (10 volumes comprise the Arabian Nights with 7 Supplemental Volumes being included).  They were published by the Richard Burton Society as one of its limited edition offerings and this is set #203 of 1,000.  Bound in 3/4 full Morocco with high quality tan leather, 5 raised bands on the spine, gilt on the top edges and beautifully illustrated.  Volume 5 has some light rubbing to the leather, as shown in the photographs- otherwise these are in extremely nice condition with a hint of fading to the spines and some very light spotting to the leather, which we imagine could be alleviated with professional restoration.


This is a beautiful set and one of the best and most attractive bindings we have ever seen from the Richard Burton Society.  The set is undated however from the bindings and quality of the set we believe it to have been published soon after it was first published in 1885 and to be one of the early sets published by the Richard Burton Society.  We see reference to Bassorah editions for sale which were bound in cloth with paper labels on the spine; as you can see, this is a higher quality binding and a very fine set of a momentous collection of tales- Burton's greatest work.  There are marbled endpapers, over 100 illustrations, and beautiful, high quality tooling on the spines.


I find no stressed or broken hinges, no internal markings whatsoever, and no significant flaws.  There is minor rubbing to some of the corners, as shown in the many photographs below.  I would grade the set as Near Fine, keeping in mind the light spotting to the spines and the light rubbing to Volume 5.  Feel free to ask us any questions you have and please look closely at the photographs provided below.  


Domestic sipping is included in the buy it now price- the books will be fully insured and ship well packaged and entirely protected.  International shipping will be approximately $300 to ship these fully insured.  Please contact us for a quote to ship this set internationally and we will be happy to provide specifics for your country of residence.  Please ask us any questions you have and we will be happy to answer them.  Thank you for looking and we hope this finds you well.



We are an independently owned and run bookstore located in Portland, OR which has been in operation for almost 30 years.  We have over 25,000 books in stock and specialize in rare and antiquarian books, with our favorite genres being the social sciences (history, art, sociology, the classics) and the classics.  We also deal in rare/vintage magazines and ephemera.  We opened our doors in 1981 in Portland and have been selling online for approximately 7 years, 5 of which here on eBay where we normally sell very rare/strange items or large lots.  We have completed many sales of items priced up to $10,000, so we can be trusted to provide what we are offering and to do so competently, professionally and honestly.  We are happy to answer any questions you have about our listings and attempt to provide as much information and as many photos of the items listed as possible.  Thanks for looking and we hope to do business with you in the future.


We use the traditional grading system for books and magazines.  The grades are Fine, Near Fine (NF) + or -, Very Good (VG) + or -, Good (G) + or -, Fair and Poor.  I can't think of anything that we will be listing here which will be worse than Very Good or Good.  For magazines, the grades will be Near Mint+(which will be our best grade as we don't use Mint for used or collectible magazines because any circulated magazine will have some damage, no matter how imperceptible) or -, Excellent+ or -, Very Good+ or -, Good or Poor.

-Fine or Near Mint+:  Little to no wear, with at most one or two minor flaws.
-Near Fine or Excellent:  Light wear, described in the listing, may contain a small marking in the book by a former owner.  Possibly a bumped corner or a mark.  Magazine will show a little wear, probably appears to have been read. 
-Very Good (both categories):  A little more wear, maybe some creasing or soiling on a magazine; definitely read.  Book showing some light marks on the covers, maybe a bumped corner or two.  Both should be clean inside unless noted.
-Good:  Significant wear, with some soiling and probably some light rips or tears.  Books are significantly worn, soiled and sunned.  Very well read.


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