The Thousand and One Nights and Orientalism in the Dutch Republic, 1700-1800
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The Thousand and One Nights and Orientalism in the Dutch Republic, 1700-1800
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Antoine Galland, Ghisbert Cuper and Gilbert de Flines
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€ 34,95
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9789462988798
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Hardback
Number of pages
176
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English
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17 x 24 cm
Discipline
Asian Studies
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Table of Contents Preface Introduction Chapter 1 The Thousand and one nights and literary Orientalism in Europe Chapter 2 Dutch Orientalism before 1700 Chapter 3 Antoine Galland and Ghisbert Cuper Chapter 4 The early editions of the Nights Chapter 5 Gilbert de Flines Chapter 6 Later editions in the eighteenth century Chapter 7 Dutch Orientalism in the eighteenth century Conclusion Appendix 1 Bibliographic survey of Dutch editions, 1705-1807 Appendix 2 The David Coster engravings Appendix 3 Text samples of the Dutch Nights Appendix 4 French and Dutch quotations Illustration credits Bibliography Index Colophon
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"In their richly illustrated, beautifully written, and highly informative book Richard van Leeuwen, lecturer in Islamic studies at the University of Amsterdam, and Arnoud Vrolijk, the curator of Oriental manuscripts and rare books at the Leiden University Library, have tackled the Dutch fortunes of Antoine Galland’s French translation of the Thousand and One Nights." - Alastair Hamilton, The Warburg Institute, BMGN Low Countries Historical Review, Volume 135 (2020)

Richard van Leeuwen, Arnoud Vrolijk

The Thousand and One Nights and Orientalism in the Dutch Republic, 1700-1800

Antoine Galland, Ghisbert Cuper and Gilbert de Flines

Antoine Galland’s French translation of the Thousand and One Nights appeared in 1704. One year later a pirate edition was printed in The Hague, followed by many others. Galland entertained a lively correspondence on the subject with the Dutch intellectual and statesman Gisbert Cuper (1644-1716). Dutch orientalists privately owned editions of the *Nights* and discreetly collected manuscripts of Arabic fairy tales. In 1719 the Nights were first retranslated into Dutch by the wealthy Amsterdam silk merchant and financier Gilbert de Flines (Amsterdam 1690-London 1739). The Thousand and One Nights and Orientalism in the Dutch Republic, 1700-1800: Antoine Galland, Ghisbert Cuper and Gilbert de Flines explores not only the trail of the French and Dutch editions from the eighteenth century Dutch Republic and the role of the printers and illustrators, but also the mixed sentiments of embarrassment and appreciation, and the overall literary impact of the Nights on a Protestant nation in a century when French cultural influence ruled supreme.
Authors

Richard van Leeuwen

Richard van Leeuwen teaches at the University of Amsterdam. He has published extensively on the Thousand and One Nights and his translation of the work directly from the Arabic is widely regarded as the authoritative Dutch translation.

Arnoud Vrolijk

Arnoud Vrolijk is Curator of Oriental Manuscripts and Rare Books at Leiden University. He has published several books on the history of Arabic scholarship in the Netherlands.