This is the Henry G. Bohn 1857 publication of The Tales of the Genii: or, The Delightful Lessons of Horam The Son of Asmar (420 pages), by Sir Charles Morell (pseudonym of James Ridley), recovered by Cecil & Larkins. Domestic: Flat-rate of $7.00 to anywhere within the contiguous U.S.International: Foreign shipping rates are determined by destination.Location: This item ships from Connecticut
This was the property of the Rev. J. Tuttle Smith, with his bookplate to the front inside cover. There is a blank label to the back inside cover. There are no other attachments.
The elegant cover (4.75" x 7.125"), full leather with a triple gilt frame to the boards, a slightly cocked spine with extensive gilt decoration, 5 raised bands, gilt title in a red background, is in very good overall condition, with light edge wear and surface scuffs, but no notable stains. The bottom of the spine is chipped, with a small piece missing (see photo). The attachment to the inside is secure.
The stamp of the bindery Cecil & Larkins is at the top of an otherwise blank front end page. The page edges, marbled all around, are clean & unfaded, with no stains or tears. The like-marbled inside cover spreads are unfaded & without tears, but with the mentioned labels.
This edition has 12 full page steel engravings and 36 in-page wood engravings. none of which show any fade. The steel engravings have ghosted many adjacent pages, and have created light stains to their borders and to the adjacent pages. The pages are otherwise clean, with few other stains, none of which are significant.
All the text is unfaded. The only tear is a short one, about an inch, to the text area of page 215 (photo above), with no lost material. There are no creases.
This is an exceptional copy in very good overall condition.
The Tales of the Genii: or, The Delightful Lessons of Horam The Son of Asmar
James Kenneth Ridley (1736–1765) English author, educated at University College, Oxford. He is mainly remembered for Tales of the Genii, a set of stories based on those of the Arabian Nights. First published in two volumes in 1764, it was issued under the pen name “Sir Charles Morell“, supposed British Ambassador at Bombay.
Ridley’s Tales were products of his imagination. He alleged they were composed by an imam named Horam and translated from a Persian manuscript. Orientalism was a popular genre in the 18th century. The Tales were a success, going seven editions by 1861.
This is the 1857 edition, beautifully rebound by Cecil & Larkins.
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