Tales of the East: Comprising The Most Popular Romances of Oriental Origin; And the Best Imitations by European Authors: With New Translations, and Additional Tales, Never Before Published.

Tales of the East: Comprising The Most Popular Romances of Oriental Origin; And the Best Imitations by European Authors: With New Translations, and Additional Tales, Never Before Published.
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Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne & Company. 1812. 8vo, 3 vols: 560; 776; 736pp. Rebound in quarter roan, pebbled cloth boards, gilt-stamped backstrips. Corners and backstrips worn, backstrip of Vol. 3 partially torn but present. A good copy, a bit browned internally. First edition. Henry Weber (1783-1818) was secretary to Sir Walter Scott and a respected literary scholar in his own right. Scott described him as “a man of very superior attainments, an excellent linguist and geographer, and a remarkable antiquary” (DNB). Unfortunately Weber was also known to be “afflicted with partial insanity” and his position with Scott came to an abrupt end after he presented the genial author with two loaded pistols one evening and challenged him to a duel. In Tales of the East (published two years before the incident) he compiled translations of The Arabian Nights and New Arabian Nights along with Turkish, Mogul, Chinese, and Persian romances. Lowndes 2862. (Item Id: 105421)

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