The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night by AnonymousSeller Rating:. Condition: Good. This edition often referred to as Calcutta II is one of the four corpuses that collected the original scattered Arabic texts, printed in Calcutta at the Baptist Mission Press, is described as now, for the first time, published complete in the original Arabic, from an Egyptian manuscript brought to India by the late Major Turner Macan, editor of the Shah-Nameh. MacNaghten, the editor of the work, was described by Emily Eden as clever and pleasant, speaks Persian rather more fluently than English; Arabic better than Persian; but, for familiar conversation, rather prefers Sanscrit , but is perhaps better remembered for his role in the loss of Kabul in , where he was killed, and the subsequent disastrous British retreat to Jalalabad. Considered the least corrupt and most comprehensive text of the Arabian Nights and is also the basis for many popular translations including the popular English editions by John Payne and Richard F.
THE THOUSAND NIGHTS AND ONE NIGHT
The Thousand Nights and One Night
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Burton's translation was one of two unabridged and unexpurgated English translations done in the s; the first was by John Payne , under the title The Book of the Thousand Nights and One Night —, nine volumes. Burton's ten volume version was published almost immediately afterward with a slightly different title. This, along with the fact that Burton closely advised Payne and partially based his books on Payne's, led later to charges of plagiarism. Burton's original ten volumes were followed by a further six entitled The Supplemental Nights to the Thousand Nights and a Night — Burton's 16 volumes, while boasting many prominent admirers, have been criticised for their "archaic language and extravagant idiom" and "obsessive focus on sexuality"; they have even been called an "eccentric ego-trip" and a "highly personal reworking of the text". Burton — an accomplished geographer , explorer, orientalist , ethnologist , diplomat, polylinguist and author — was best known in his lifetime for travelling in disguise to Mecca and for journeying with John Hanning Speke as the first European to visit the Great Lakes of Africa in search of the source of the Nile — One of the great Arabists of his day, he had long wanted to publish an unexpurgated version of the Arabian Nights stories.