Aladdin and his wonderful lamp

[Alf layla wa-layla - French]. Des contes des mille nuits et une nuit. Histoire d’Aladdin et de la lampe magique. Selon le texte de J. C. Mardrus.

Beijing, Presses du Pei-Tang for Georges Crès, Paris, 1914.

Large 8vo (190 x 288 mm). 2 vols. (3), 87 ff. With Arabic headings and calligraphy. Original Chinese block-stitched bindings loose within original green silk folding case with bone claps.


Sumptuously produced Franco-Chinese limited edition of the famous story of Aladdin and his wonderful lamp, one of the most popular tales associated with the "Arabian Nights" despite not being part of the original text: an "orphan tale" like "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves", it was added by Antoine Galland without an authentic Arabic textual source, based on a folk tale that the French translator heard from the Syrian Maronite storyteller Hanna Diyab. The present text is taken from the edition of Joseph Charles Mardrus (1868-1949), which appeared in 1898-1904.

Numbered 433, this is one of the 570 copies printed on "vergé pelure". Published as part of the famous "Collection Coréenne" by the poet Victor Segalen.

Silk case slightly discoloured, otherwise in perfect condition.


OCLC 70268548.

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