BURTON, RICHARD The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. Privately printed by the Burton Club, circa 1900. Manuscript edition; number 49 of 99 copies, with original leaf of manuscript.
16 volume set, with text following from the Benares edition. Green leather boards (25 cm. tall), elaborately gilt-stamped, with Arabic script. With five raised bands to highly-ornamented spine. Some rubbing to joints. Top edges gilt and gilt turn-ins. Each volume illustrated with a double suite of frontispieces, after Albert Letchford; the second being colored. The title page for the first volume incorrectly identifies itself as the third.
While Penzer identifies a number of Burton Club publications, he does not mention this "Manuscript Edition," which boasts 99 copies with original manuscript leaves from Burton bound into the preliminaries of the first volume of each set. This particular set features what appears to be the opening leaf from a rather convoluted book review by Burton, of a French translation of Johannis de Capua's Latin translation of a Hebrew translation of the Panchatantra.