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LANE'S ARABIAN NIGHTS.
A New Translation from the Arabic, with Copious Notes, by EDWARD WILLIAM LANE. Illustrated by many Hundred Engravings on Wood, from Original Designs by WILLIAM Harvey.
The present Edition is an exact reproduction of that edited by my father, with my great-uncle's final corrections, and the necessity for the present issue shows that an existence of nearly half a century has not yet wearied the public of the standard translation of the Thousand and One Nights.' The secret of Mr. Lane's success is to be found partly in the instinctive sympathy for the spirit of the East, which enabled him faithfully to reproduce the characteristic tone of the original, and partly in the rich store of illustrations of Oriental life and thought contained in his Dotes. In the various cheap versions based upon Galland's French paraphrase, the Eastern tone and local colour are wholly wanting, and the peculiarities of life and manners, which contrast so markedly with those of the West, are left unnoted and unexplained. Such versions may serve in an inadequate degree to make the 'Arabian Nights ’ known to those who care only for the bare stories ; but educated readers, who are capable of something more than the mere enjoyment of the romance, and desire to understand the character and habits of the actors and the spectators, find in Mr. Lane's translation, and in his only, a complete satisfaction of their want. It is not merely a scholar's edition, though no Oriental student can afford to be without it; beyond this narrow circle, it has ever appealed to the wide audience that cares to know the iamous books of the world in their most perfect and faithful reflection.
The actual moment is an opportune one for the reappearance of the work, 29 Egypt is just now holding a foremost place in the eyes of the world, and it is of Egypt that the Thousand and One Nights' have most to tell. Indian or Persian as many of the tales are in their origin, their setting is almost purely Egyptian, and though the place may be nominally Baghdad or India, or even farthest China, it is in mediæval Cairo, in the days of the Memlooks, that the scene of the Arabian Nigbts' is really laid. The people described are not Hindooz or Chinese, but Arabs and Egyptians as they lived and moved in the fifteenth century, when some of the beautiful mosques and tombs, that still make Cairo the delight of artists, were being built, and the devastating hand of the Ottoman Turk had not yet been laid on the land of the Pharaohs. For a minute picture of chvilised Arabian life as it was in the middle ages, the 'Thousand and One Nights' have no rival, and it is Mr. Lane's appreciation of this picture, and the wealth of illustration lavished upon it in his notes, that render his edition the most complete commentary that we possess on Muslim life and manners, religion and literature, and make it an indispensable supplement to his famous ' Account of the Manners and Customs of the Modern Egyptians. The poetry of Eastern life is rapidly fading away, under the effacing touch of European civilisation ; the characteristic society in which an Haroon-Er-Rasheed, an Aboo-New'as, a Kafoor, a Saladin, or a Kaït-Bey moved and jested and conquered, is fast becoming matter of history rather than of experience, a field for the antiquarian, instead of the traveller ; and it is well that we can reconstruct it in the pages of the Thousand and One Nights,' whose compiler saw it when it was still almost in its prime; and in the Modern Egyptians,' wbose author knew it when it still preserved the romantic character which has charmed and fascinated readers of every age and condition. The Day of Tell-el-Kebeer, 1882.
STANLEY LANK-POOLE. Messrs. Chatto & Windus have just issued a reprint, in three handsome volumes, plentifully illustrated, of the masterly translation of the Arabian Nights," by the great Arabic Scholar, Edwari William Lane, which, for all who desire a faithful reproduction of the original, bas superseded the translations which have been made at various epochs from Galland's French Version.'
TIMES. A handsome new reprint of Lane's standard edition of that great storehouse of imaginative invention, " The Thousand and One Nights,” is published in three volumes by Messrs, Chatto and Windus...... The substantial valne of Mr. Lane's authoritative translation and notes to the student who is not disposed to be content with the old loose versions which came to us through the French of M. Galland, coupled with the intrinsic and undying interest of the stories, afford ground for congratulation over the appearance of this reprint. The volumes comprise all the engravings, several hundreds in number, from the original designs of Mr. Harvey.' DAILY NEWS.
* There has reached us a reprint of Lane's Translation of the “ Arabian Nights," as edited by his nephew, Mr. E. S. Poole, and first published in this form in 1859. It has the original woodcuts from drawings by Harvey, and a preface by the inheritor of the family traditions, Mr. Stanley Lane.Poole. It is published by Messrs. Chatto & Vindus, in three volumes, at a very low price. This standard work needs no recommendation now.' ACADEMY.
*Messrs. Chatto & Windus have just made a very apropos publication, in the shape of a reproduction of the edition of Lane's “ Arabian Nights' Entertainments," issued in 1859. The late Edward Lane's version of the “ Thousand and One Nights" was originally printed in 1841; it was, howerer, not until 1859 that that magnificent monument of industry and learning assumed its final and most perfect form--the form in which it has now been reproduced ; enriched by the latest corrections of Mr. Lane himself, and really illustrated, in the best sense of that very ill. ased term, by several hundred woodcuts from the pencil of William Harvey. In reprinting the sumptuous and valuable edition, the publishers have prefixed to the first of the three handsome volumes a proface by Mr. Stanley Lane-Poole, the grand-nephew of the translator, in the course of which the writer indicates very happily the superiority of his grand-uncle's version to those which are generally current.' NOTTINGHAM GUARDIAN,
• Wbatever changes of fashion there may be, the “ Arabian Nights” holds its place as the best collection of tories in the world. The new and handsome edition of the late Edward William Lane's well-known translation
rm the Arabic needs no commendation. Its learning, accuracy, and fidelity to the original place it facile princeps among the various versions of these favourite tales. Its place is in the library of the scholar, and there the new edition of this fine work will be warmly welcomed.'
STANDARD. * The more important is a reprint of Mr. Lane's well-known translation, edited by Mr. E. S. Poole and published by Messrs. Chatto & Windus, who deserve the thanks of the public for producing a standard work at a
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[Immediately. Messrs. Chatto and Windus have in the press a work on Arabian society in the Middle Ages and to-day, by the late E. W. Lane, the author of the Modern Egyptians” and the Arabic Lexicon. It is an arrangement of all the more important notes appended to Jr. Lane's translation of the “ Thousand and One Nights." Scholars, as well as ordinary readers, have often expressed a wish that the notes could be obtained in a separate and convenient form ; and, to meet this wish and render the notes more widely serviceable, Mr. Stanley Lane-Poole has arranged them in a series of chapters, which will form the most complete picture existing in any European language of the manners, beliefs and superstitions, social habits, and literature of the Mohammedans as they were in the days of the Mamluks, and as they are still to a great extent in Cairo and Damascus and Baghdad. The book will be a sort of Moslem encyclopaedia.'-ACADEMY.
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