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Titre : THE TALES OF THE GENII: OR, THE DELIGHTFUL ...
Éditeur : Printed for J. Wilkie, in St. Paul's Church-Yard, London
Date d'édition : 1764
Reliure : Hardcover
Edition : 1st Edition
Small quarto, two volumes: pp. [i-iii] iv [v] vi-viii [ix] x-xxix [xxx: blank]  2-354; [i-ii]  2-406 [407-408: blank], fourteen inserted plates with engravings from drawings by A. Walker, eighteenth-century full calf, front, rear and spine panels ruled in gold, spine panels richly tooled in gold, black leather title pieces affixed to spine panels. First edition. A popular collection of pseudo-oriental tales which went through at least seven editions by 1800. "An idiosyncratic manifestation of the eighteenth-century mania for Oriental tales inspired by Galland's translation of THE ARABIAN NIGHTS (1704-1717). The author was allegedly 'formerly ambassador in India to the Great Mogul,' but was in fact a British clergyman who had never traveled abroad. The stories imitate the style of THE ARABIAN NIGHTS. The 'exotic' names of the characters are often anagrams of English names. Morell's one substantive innovation is his conclusion, in which an evil magician flies off to wreak havoc in England -- an interesting if accidental foreshadowing of the menace from the East so effectively employed by Bram Stoker in DRACULA." - Barron (ed), Fantasy Literature 1-55. Charles Dickens loved Ridley's stories as a child, making several allusions to them in later novels and Ridley's "The Adventures of Abudah the Merchant" inspired a key image in Coleridge's "Kubla Khan." Irwin, The Arabian Nights: A Companion, pp. 244; 267. Bleiler (1978), p.143. Reginald 12242. NCBEL II, 1001. Block, The English Novel 1740-1850, p. 198. Signature of Thomas Forster dated 1799 on front paste-down of each volume. Spine ends and corners worn, calf rubbed and scuffed, partial hairline cracks along outer joints, but hinges still holding firm, two small stains along gutter margin of title page of volume 1, final blank in volume 2 is missing, several light stains to first six text leaves of volume 2, a very good copy. (#153319). N° de réf. du libraire 153319
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