The Tales of the Genii, or, the Delightful Lessons of Horam the Son of Asmar. Sir Charles Morell, pseud. of James Ridley.

The Tales of the Genii, or, the Delightful Lessons of Horam the Son of Asmar

London: Printed for James Wallis, 1805. Originally published in 1764, and despite stating it was translated from the Persian, this was an original work modeled on the Arabian Nights," the tales were actually written by James Ridley. DNB. Twelve plates drawn by W.M. [William Marshall] Craig, who was per the NPG was drawing master to Princess Charlotte of Wales, miniature painter to the Duke and Duchess of York, and painter in watercolours to Queen Charlotte.

A further fib, the book states it was by Sir Charles Morell, "formerly ambassador from the British settlements in India to the Great Mogul." However, Currey indicates that Ridley was "in fact a British clergyman who had never traveled abroad."

Rather influential in its time, DNB indicates "Dickens later referred to the collection in Martin Chuzzlewit (1844), and included a particularly telling allusion to its narrative at a climactic moment in Great Expectations."

Welford 2065 indicates the 1805 edition is the "best edition"

2 vols. 8vo. [11], xliv, 368, [2]; [9], 432, [4]. Illustrated with 14 engraved plates some with tissue-guards.
Contemporary full calf, later rebacked, with boards worn and some scuffing at edges, previous owner's armorial bookplates on front paste-downs. Very good. Item #145

Price: $100.00