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Aldine Arabian Nights Entertainments Series

The exact origin of the Tales, which appear in the Arabic as "The Thousand and One Nights," is unknown. The Caliph Haroon al Rusheed, who, figures in so lifelike a manner in many of the stories, was a contemporary of the Emperor Charlemagne, and there is internal evidence that the collection was made in the Arabic language about the end of the tenth century. They undoubtedly convey a picturesque impression of the manners, sentiments, and customs of Eastern Mediaeval Life.

1 - The Arabian Nights Entertainments, vol 1 - from the text of Dr. Jonathan Scott
1 - The Arabian Nights Entertainments - from the text of Dr. Jonathan Scott
2 - The Arabian Nights Entertainments, vol 2 - from the text of Dr. Jonathan Scott
3 - The Arabian Nights Entertainments, vol 3 - from the text of Dr. Jonathan Scott
4 - The Arabian Nights Entertainments, vol 4 - from the text of Dr. Jonathan Scott

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