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The Perfumed Garden

by Nafzawi, Trans. By Richard Francis Burton

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Ben Trumble, Whole Earth Review
...the first illustrated reproduction of Burton's original translation. Buy it. Read it. Enjoy it....You won't be disappointed.




"An explicit, but also consummately witty and graceful celebration of erotica."

Ben Trumble, Whole Earth Review


"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."

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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 Also included in the first illustrated edition is a remarkable collection--previously unpublished--of early Mughal and other rare erotic paintings.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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