Arabian Nights

(The). First made known in Europe by Antoine Galland, a French Oriental scholar, who translated them and called them The Thousand and One Nights (from the number of nights occupied in their recital). They are of Indian, Persian, Egyptian, and Arabian origin. Common English translations—

4 vols. 12mo, 1792, by R. Heron, published in Edinburgh and London. 3 vols. 12mo, 1794, by Mr. Beloe, London.

3 vols. 12mo, 1798, by Richard Gough, enlarged. Paris edition.

5 vols. 8vo, 1802, by Rev. Edward Foster.

5 vols. 8vo, 1830, by Edw. Wm. Lane.

The Tales of the Genii
, by Sir Charles Morell (i.e. Rev. James Ridley), are excellent imitations.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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