T his site is dedicated to the books
of the Arabian Nights, also known as the One Thousand Nights
and a Night, or Alf Layla wa-Layla in Arabic. The full
collection is comprised of literally hundreds of stories, many
contained within other stories, all dating back more than a thousand
years. It is one of the most valuable treasures of all literature.
Over the centuries, hundreds of editions have appeared, based on
many different translations and illustrated by some of the most famous
illustrators in history. This website is a guide and tribute to these
many, many books of the Arabian Nights.
The first section contains some background on the Nights:
where the stories came from, how they arrived in their current form,
their literary style and their current place in world literature. The
contains detailed information about the artists who have chosen to
illustrate the Nights over the last 300 years. This section is
illustrated with dozens of scans of their work. The translators section contains
information on the various persons who have translated the Nights
from their original Arabic to French, English and other languages. The
editions section contains
descriptions of many of the more notable editions that survive today.
Few works have been published in as many different editions over as
long of a period as the Nights. The resources section is a list of web
sites and books with more information about the Nights.
This site is under continuous construction as new material is
discovered and added. If you have comments, questions or answers,
please see the feedback
section of the resources page.