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Book Title: An Arabian tale, from an unpublished manuscript: with notes critical and explanatory.|
The author of the book: William Beckford
Edition: Gale ECCO, Print Editions
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Date of issue: May 29th 2010
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This edition is reproduced directly from scanned microfilms of the one released in 1786 by a company called J. Johnson. Illegible words appear at times due to the occasional poor quality of the scans. The point here was to "recreate the works as they first appeared," not to improve upon them. In other words, this is how this early 19th century Gothic novel appeared back in the days when it was still novel.
This was the first English translation of the French original. While the original was released with proper authorship attribution, this translation was released anonymously to increase the mystery and hence the sales.
This edition contain Henley's notes in their entirety while other editions usually abridge them. Because the notes are not written solely in English but also contains quotes from Ancient Greek, Latin, and Arabic, they can be a challenging read.
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Read information about the authorWilliam Thomas Beckford was an English novelist, a profligate and consummately knowledgeable art collector and patron of works of decorative art, a critic, travel writer and sometime politician, reputed at one stage in his life to be the richest commoner in England. His parents were William Beckford and Maria Hamilton, daughter of the Hon. George Hamilton. He was Member of Parliament for Wells from 1784 to 1790, for Hindon from 1790 to 1795 and 1806 to 1820.
He is remembered as the author of the Gothic novel Vathek (1786), the builder of the remarkable lost Fonthill Abbey and Lansdown Tower ("Beckford's Tower"), Bath, and especially for his art collection.