A Manuscript Translation of the Arabian Nights in the Beckford Papers

A Manuscript Translation of the Arabian Nights in the Beckford Papers A MANUSCRIPT TRANSLATION OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS IN THE BECKFORD PAPERS The Bodleian Library possesses a MS edition of the Arabian Nights (Bodl. Orient. 550-7) which has often been shortly dismissed by writers on the Arabian Nights. Zotenberg describes it in rather dubious terms: Le manuscrit qui, successivement, avait appartenu a Wortley-Montague, a White et a Jonathan Scott, et dont ce dernier a fait connaitre le contenu dans les Oriental Collections de Sir W. Ouseley (n. 2 Tome II, p. 25 et suivi) est conserv6 aujourd'hui a la Bibliotheque Bodleianne d'Oxford. Compose primitivement de huit volumes, dont le troisieme s'est perdu, et 6crit parait-il... en 1177 et 1178 de 1'hegire, cet exemplaire des Mille et une Nuits occupe une place a part, par la nature de ses contes et leur distribution. Son origine est incertaine et la raison de cet arran- gement particulier nous 6chappe.1 The most detailed modern study of the Arabian Nights automatically follows Zotenberg's judgement, calling it "... a ms. of uncertain origin, the so-called Wortley-Montague manuscript." 2 Nikita Elisseef confuses it with another MS of the Arabian Nights in Christ Church, Oxford, which is described in the last two pages (53-4) of the MS http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Arabic Literature Brill

A Manuscript Translation of the Arabian Nights in the Beckford Papers

Journal of Arabic Literature, Volume 7 (1): 7 – Jan 1, 1976

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Brill
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© 1976 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0085-2376
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1570-064X
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10.1163/157006476X00022
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A MANUSCRIPT TRANSLATION OF THE ARABIAN NIGHTS IN THE BECKFORD PAPERS The Bodleian Library possesses a MS edition of the Arabian Nights (Bodl. Orient. 550-7) which has often been shortly dismissed by writers on the Arabian Nights. Zotenberg describes it in rather dubious terms: Le manuscrit qui, successivement, avait appartenu a Wortley-Montague, a White et a Jonathan Scott, et dont ce dernier a fait connaitre le contenu dans les Oriental Collections de Sir W. Ouseley (n. 2 Tome II, p. 25 et suivi) est conserv6 aujourd'hui a la Bibliotheque Bodleianne d'Oxford. Compose primitivement de huit volumes, dont le troisieme s'est perdu, et 6crit parait-il... en 1177 et 1178 de 1'hegire, cet exemplaire des Mille et une Nuits occupe une place a part, par la nature de ses contes et leur distribution. Son origine est incertaine et la raison de cet arran- gement particulier nous 6chappe.1 The most detailed modern study of the Arabian Nights automatically follows Zotenberg's judgement, calling it "... a ms. of uncertain origin, the so-called Wortley-Montague manuscript." 2 Nikita Elisseef confuses it with another MS of the Arabian Nights in Christ Church, Oxford, which is described in the last two pages (53-4) of the MS

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Published: Jan 1, 1976

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