A fine set of the "Nights" in German

[Kitab alf laylah wa-laylah - German]. Tausend und Eine Nacht. Arabische Erzählungen. Zum erstenmal aus einer Tunesischen Handschrift ergänzt und vollständig übersetzt von Max. Habicht, F. H. van der Hagen und Karl Schall.

Breslau, Josef Max, 1825.

Small 8vo. 15 vols., uniformly bound in near-contemporary half calf with gilt spine and red spine labels.


First printing of this German edition, based on a complete translation prepared by Antoine Galland (1646-1715). The so-called "Galland ms." which he had bought in 1701 is the oldest Arabic text extant (dating from 1450 or later). Maximilian Habicht (1775-1839) lived in Paris for a decade as a member of the Prussian delegation. He knew vernacular Arabic well and separately published an edition of the Arabic text of the "Nights" (cf. Fück).

Slightly browned; bookplates of the Viennese collector Rudolf Jelinek on pastedowns; collector's stamps to titles.

Chauvin IV, 248. Hayn/Gotendorf V, 276. Cf. Fück 157.

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