A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights’ Entertainments, now entitled The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. With Introduction Explanatory Notes on the Manners and Customs of Moslem Men and a Terminal Essay upon the History of The Nights - with - Supplemental Nights to the book of the Thousand Nights and a Night. With Notes Anthropological and Explanatory - Richard Burton 1903 - Printed by the Burton Club for Private Subscribers Only - Illustrated Benares Edition limited to 1, 000 sets A finely bound and complete seventeen volume set of Burton’s controversial translations which could only be printed privately due to the strict Victorian laws on obscene material. The first of the ‘Burton Club’ editions, profusely illustrated with 114 full page plates on vellum with tissue guards, of which 70 were by Albert Letchford.

‘...But when it was midnight Shahrázád awoke and signalled to her sister Dunyázád who sat up and said, "Allah upon thee, O my sister, recite to us some new story, delightsome and delectable wherewith to while away the waking hours of our latter night." "With joy and goodly gree," answered Shahrázád, "if this pious and auspicious King permit me." "Tell on," quoth the King who chanced to be sleepless and restless and therefore was pleased with the prospect of hearing her story.’
  Penzler in his bibliography of Burton, attempted to identify the selection of Fench, German, and English artists whose 114 plates illustrate this set, and cautiously noted that 70 were by Albert Letchford, 17 by Adolphe Lalauze, 10 by John Dixon Batten, 7 by Gavarni (Sulpice Guillaume Chevalier), and the remainder by Emile Wattier, Fernand Cormon, Arthur Garfield Learned, Jean Leon Gerome, A. W. Bouguereau, G. R. C. Boulanger, Francesco Beda, Edouard de Beaumont, and Lord Leighton.

Reference: Penzer,
An Annotated Bibliography of Sir Richard Francis Burton 131.

Seventeen octavo volumes (binding size 24.8 x 17 cm). Volumes I-X pp. [4] xxvii [1] 362 [4]; [12] 343 [3]; [4] viii 356 [2]; [2] ix [1] 308 [2]; [4] xi [1] 406 [4]; [4] viii 303 [3]; [4] viii 382 [4]; [12] 359 [3]; [4] viii 359 [3]; [12] 532 [2]. Supplemental Nights Volumes I-VII pp. [2] xi [1] 370 [4]; [2] ix [1] 392 [2]; [4] xiii [3] 304 [4]; [4] 307-661 [3]; [4] xv [1] 381 [5]; [2] xvii [1] 515 [3]; [2] viii, xiii (
The Translator’s Foreword’) 500 [2]. Many of the volumes are partially unopened.
  Elegantly bound by Bayntun of Bath in contemporary half red morocco over red cloth, spines in six compartments with five raised bands, two compartments lettered and ruled in gilt, others decoratively stamped in gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed, marbled endpapers.   Condition: Fine and partially unopened, in fine bindings, with the exception of a small area of wear to front board of volume IV.   Ref: 109327   Price: HK$ 38,000