The Arabian Nights

Illustrated by Edward J. Detmold

This edition contains nine of the most famous of the 'Tales from the One Thousand and One Nights', originally told by Scheherezade to her murderous husband - to keep herself alive she would always stop at a moment of cliff-hanging excitement.

Published price: US$ 75.95


The Arabian Nights

'The man who seemed to he the captain presently pushed forward, load on shoulder, through thorns and thickets, till he came up to a certain spot, where he uttered these strange words: "Open, Sesame!"'
- From Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves

In the tantalising, exuberant and endlessly inventive tales that make up The Arabian Nights, the magical art of storytelling has never been more powerfully demonstrated. Here are some of fiction's most famous characters – Ala al-Din (Aladdin), Ali Baba and Sindbad – in a marvellous world of all-powerful sultans and seductive princesses, incredible jewels and fabulous beasts. Fairy tales, fables, erotica, riddles, bawdy comedy, mystical encounters; The Arabian Nights draws the reader into a labyrinth of stories, which, like Russian dolls, contain ever more stories.

This is a world where anything is possible – young women are changed into dogs, young men turned half to stone, the earth opens and swallows the unwary, spells and potions make dreams come true or bring disaster, and demons and fairies appear from nowhere to determine an individual's destiny by capricious whim.

Production Details

The Arabian Nights book
  • Bound in full cloth.
  • 12 colour plates and numerous black and white illustrations by Edward J. Detmold.
  • 250 pages.
  • Book size: 10" x 7 ½".


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Review by anon on 11th Jul 2014

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 3/5

"This is perhaps the Folio book I'm least satisfied with.Don't get me wrong,the stories are great and entertaining,but I expected more for the price... It is lovely,but in hindsight,I would have spent..." [read more]

Review by blue.dingo on 19th Apr 2014

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"This copy of The Arabian Nights was perhaps the Folio edition I was most eager to acquire. I love the gold on white and cloth binding, as well as the larger size. The paper is very weighty and thick, ..." [read more]

Review by Dimitris Kouts on 19th Aug 2013

Text: Illustrations: Binding: Rating: 5/5

"I received Arabian nights today, amongst 5 more FS books and I am extremely satisfied. As a person that works with books (binder) I have to say that I find this a superb edition in every aspect. The h..." [read more]

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