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Rare Books

Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Acting Associate University Librarian for Rare Books and Special Collections

Together with the first translation to appear in a Western language (the translation by Antoine Galland into French [(Ex) 2263.2706.2]) the Library has two very early editions of English translations of the Arabian Nights, as well:

1. London, 1706. (This may be the earliest English translation.) 
2. London: Osborn and Longman, 1728-1730. Library has a complete set (12 volumes bound in 6).

Overall, the collection is a substantial number of volumes. Refer to: James Holly Hanford, "Open Sesame: Notes on the Arabian Nights in English" in the Princeton University Library Chronicle XXVI, 1 (Autumn, 1964) pp. 48-56 [ full text].