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Le Livre de Mille Nuits et une Nuit

Carre, Léon & Racim Mohammed. Mardrus, Dr. J.-c. (Trans.)

Paris. L'Edition d'Art Henri Piazza. 1926
A very fine copy - in original wrappers as issued - with an additional suite of the plates in black.

From the edition limited to 2,500 numbered copies, with this one of 250 copies on japon Impérial with an additional suite of the plates in black.

Mardrus' edition of the Arabian Nights is noted for its extensive calligraphic decoration in the Islamic manner, executed by Racim Mohammed, as well as for the fidelity of his translation.
pp. 199; 181; 269; 251; 264; 269; 293; 295; 239; 227; 201; 243. 12 vols. 4to. (312 x 240 mm). Each vol. with decorative half-title and title by Racim Mohammed in Islamic illuminated style and twelve hors-texte colour plates by Léon Carré (vol. IX with ten plates, vol. XII with 14), each plate on paper with printed decorative pattern and gilt border, tales with elaborate Islamic illuminated titles, bismillah head-pieces and 12-line initials, each 'Night' with decorative head-piece in differing colours and 6-line initials, text with Islamic printed borders in differing colours, index with list of plates, justification and achevé d'imprimer to each vol. Original publisher's purple printed wrappers for each vol., title to front covers and spines with elaborate decoration in the Islamic manner in gilt and turquoise, suites loose in separate paper board portfolios, slipcase for each vol. with gilt decoration.