The Perfumed Garden

The Perfumed Garden

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By (author) Umar ibn Muohammad Nafzaawai, By (author) Sir Richard Francis Burton

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  • Publisher: Inner Traditions Bear and Company
  • Format: Paperback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 224mm x 236mm x 5mm | 408g
  • Publication date: 14 January 2000
  • Publication City/Country: Rocester
  • ISBN 10: 0892814438
  • ISBN 13: 9780892814435
  • Edition: 1
  • Edition statement: Original ed.
  • Illustrations note: colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 306,734

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"The Perfumed Garden - for the Repose of the Mind" is a classic work of Arab erotica offering a uniquely entertaining collection of tales, frank and sound advice on sexual relations, and a poetic style of great literary merit. This is a book which delights in the humorous possibilities of sexual expression, and treats these in an urbane style reminiscent of Chaucer and Boccaccio. Also included in the first illustrated edition is a remarkable collection--previously unpublished--of early Mughal and other rare erotic paintings. Reproductions of exquisite tilework and friezes offer a rare glimpse of the Arabian palaces and harems that provide much of the inspiration for the original text. Over 50 full-color illustrations.

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Sir Richard F. Burton (1821-1890) was one of the greatest traveler-explorers of history, whose life has recently been chronicled both in biography (Captain Sir Richard Burton) and film (Mountains of the Moon).

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"The Park Street Press edition is the first illustrated reproduction of Burton's original translation. Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it. The Victorians did, even if they claimed they didn't. You won't be disappointed."