Vathek / William Beckford ; translated with an introduction by Herbert B. Grimsditch ; illustrated with lithographs by Edward Bawden
- Beckford, William, 1760-1844
- Uniform Title:
- Vathek. English
- London : Folio Society, 1958.
- Physical Description:
- 128 pages, 8 unnumbered leaves of plates : color illustrations ; 22 cm
- Additional Creators:
- Grimsditch, Herbert B. (Herbert Borthwick), 1898-, Bawden, Edward, 1903-1989, and Folio Society (London, England)
- "The novel chronicles the fall from power of the Caliph Vathek (a fictionalised version of the historical Al-Wathiq), who renounces Islam and engages with his mother, Carathis, in a series of licentious and deplorable activities designed to gain him supernatural powers. At the end of the novel, instead of attaining these powers, Vathek descends into a hell ruled by the demon Eblis where he is doomed to wander endlessly and speechlessly"--Wikipedia.
- Vathek was first published in English (without Beckford's name) as An Arabian Tale, in a translation by Samuel Henley, London, 1786. The original French text was first published at Lausanne, 1787; revised edition, Paris, 1787; revised edition, London, 1815. This translation was originally published in a limited edition by the Nonesuch Press in 1929.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Rare Books copy: Gift of Lyman Tower Sargent; 2014.
View MARC record | catkey: 14990476