A good set of the "Nights" in German

[Alf layla wa-layla - German]. Tausend und Eine Nacht. Arabische Erzählungen.

Vienna, A. Dorfmeister, 1854.

Small 8vo. 6 vols., uniformly bound in contemporary brown half cloth with giltstamped spine titles.


Still early printing of this revised edition of Habicht's German translation, based on a complete French translation prepared by Antoine Galland (1646-1715) and expanded by Gauttier. The manuscript which Galland had bought in 1701 is the oldest Arabic text extant (dating from 1450 or later). The German editor 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).

Slight browning. Volumes 1 and 2 have old colour vignettes applied to the half-titles; pencil ownership of Marianne Alschech to second volume, otherwise fine.


Hayn/Gotendorf V, 276. Chauvin IV, 249 (note). Cf. Fück 157.

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