The Arabian Nights Entertainments

Arabian Nights or One Thousand and One Nights is a collection of hundreds of Middle Eastern folk tales compiled in Arabic during the Islamic Golden Age. Popular stories associated with The Nights include “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves,” “The Seven Voyages of Sinbad the Sailor,” and “Aladdin’s Wonderful Lamp,” shown here. These tales, however, were not part of the original Arabic versions and were added later by European translators. This particular collection was selected by Andrew Lang, a well-known Scottish folklore collector best known for his colored fairy books.