[ART NOUVEAU BINDINGS] LANE, Edward William (translator). Frank BRANGWYN (illustrator). Thousand & One Nights; or, Arabian Nights Entertainments. London; Published by Gibbings & Company. .
Small 8vo.; 6 volumes; publisher's finely-ribbed pale green cloth strikingly blocked in darker green and black to spines and upper covers, to a striking Arts-and-Crafts design, with spines lettered in gilt, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; pp. xlvii +302; viii + [ii] + 307; viii + [ii] +256; viii + [ii ] + 256; viii + [ii] + 285; [x] + 287; viii + [ii] +270 (including index); with prelim leaves printed in red with Islamic script, decorative half-titles and titles throughout printed in red and black, photogravure or collotype frontispieces in monochrome after paintings by Brangwyn in each volume and a total of 26 plates after Brangwyn artwork printed in half-tones; a very pretty set with mild and uniform toning to spines; internally fresh and crisp throughout, with a calligraphed inscription in ink to the first volume, "Alan Ker Stout, Christmas 1890, from his Godfather J.M.B." and the pretty sepia etched bookplate of the recipient in each volume, to the pastedown.
Apparently the first edition thus based on the inscription, as the edition is undated; 3 sets located on Copac (Oxford; V. & A.; National Trust Libraries) are dated 1896 or 1897, as are additional sets found on OCLC. This is a delightful Victorian set of The Arabian Nights which includes an 18-page editor's introduction by Joseph Jacobs, appendices, notes and a further introduction on the history of the stories.