Sunday, May 27, 2018

Shelf Candy Saturday No. 250: The Arabian Nights, trans. by Sir Richard F. Burton

Welcome to Shelf Candy Saturday!

*Late Edition*
This is my weekly feature
showcasing beautiful covers!
It also provides information, 
if available, on their 
very talented creators!

Here's my choice for this week!

The Arabian Nights
(Trans. Sir Richard F. Burton)
Leatherbound Hardcover, 744  pages
Barnes & Noble Leatherbound Classic Collection
Barnes & Noble, Inc.
September 11, 2009
Children's Classics, Fantasy

My Thoughts About This Cover

Last week, I featured a more recent, and shorter, edition of this famous classic. That newer edition is also a cheaper one, as it only costs $10.00 + tax, whether at a physical Barnes & Noble store, or at their website. Furthermore, that cheaper edition is really a flexcover, not a leatherbound hardcover. I know, because I saw it when I happened to be browsing at good ol' B&N the other night. The post in which I discussed that edition can be found HERE.

Well, now I must confess to being torn between these two editions..... I do think though, that I would tend to prefer the one I'm featuring today. That's because of three factors. First there's the abstract, circular design on this cover, which reminds me very much of a mandala. I LOVE mandalas! In fact, I LOVE circles! There's something SO visually satisfying about these geometric shapes..... 

Secondly, I also love the particular shade of blue used in this design. It's a beautiful sky blue, and the way it's all over this cover is, again, very visually satisfying!

Thirdly, I ADORE all the intricate detail! It's plant-based, and, although obviously influenced by Arabic design, which I also LOVE, it does bear a very close resemblance to another of my absolute loves -- Celtic design!

Of course, the symmetry of the entire design is also very compelling! And then there's the font used for the title, too. It's SO very beautiful, and references Arabic calligraphy so very well....

Again, I now find myself torn between this cover and the one I featured last week......But I'm thinking that this one will probably be the winner! Lol.

As usual with some of these B&N Collectible covers, I have no idea who the genius designer is..... The Amazon preview was of no help here. I will have to buy this book in order to find out! (Ha! What an excuse to buy a book! Lol.)


What do you think of 
this week's cover?
Please leave a comment
and let me know!


  1. I love this cover. You hit all the reasons that it is so appealing in your commentary. When a piece of art mixes intricate complexity with symmetry it creates a very satisfying effect for me. I also agree that the blue shade is perfect.

    1. Hi, Brian!

      Yeah, this cover is absolutely AWESOME!!! I'm SO glad you agree!!

      I LOVE this quote from your comment: "When a piece of art mixes intricate complexity with symmetry it creates a very satisfying effect for me." Well stated, and so very true for me, as well!!

      I have already ordered this book on Ebay. I simply couldn't resist! Lol. Now I will find out just WHO designed this masterpiece!

      Thanks for the nice comment!! <3 :)

  2. I was just thinking before I read your post that this looks like a mandala! I think it's interesting because you can find mandala designs all over the world in lots of different cultures. I also can't say which cover I liked more, this one or the one from last week. They're both so gorgeous!

    1. Hi, Steph!

      Yeah, it SURE does!! And you're right -- there are mandala designs all over the world. I think it's a universally satisfying image.

      I do think that, having found this cover, I prefer it to the previous one I featured. But I do like that one, too. It's just that now I'm totally ENRAPTURED with this one!!

      Thanks for the nice comment!! HUGS!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)


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