First Edition. Limited Edition, numbered 313 of 1,000 numbered sets. Seventeen volumes. “A plain and literal translation of the Arabian Nights Entertainments.” Includes ten volumes of the Arabian Nights and 7 Volumes of the Supplemental Nights. Black and white frontispiece illustrations and illustrations throughout, by French and English artists including Lethford, Lalauze, and others. Richard F. Burton was an English writer, translator, explorer, poet, soldier, spy, linguist, and diplomat, known for his travels and explorations within Asia and Africa and his extraordinary knowledge of languages and cultures. This version was one of the earliest unabridged translations of the popular Arabian Nights stories and is the most popular, considered “the most complete version of texts relating to the Arabian nights available in English,” though it has also been criticized for its "archaic language and extravagant idiom" and "obsessive focus on sexuality." Tall octavos, original light gray cloth with printed paper spine labels, gilt top edge, original endpapers. All volumes are Very Good, some foxing to spines and spine labels of some volumes, some pages roughly opened.