Visions of the Jinn: Illustrators of the Arabian Nights by Robert IrwinVisions of the Jinn: Illustrators of the Arabian Nights by Robert Irwin

Visions of the Jinn: Illustrators of the Arabian Nights

byRobert Irwin

Hardcover | March 15, 2011

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In this richly-illustrated book, illustrations of various Western editions of The Arabian Nights from the eighteenth to the twentieth century are presented and analysed. Visions of the Jinn is simultaneously a closely-focused study of a special case in the history of book illustration, anaccount of the evolution of an important strand of visual fantasy and a presentation of a hitherto neglected area of Orientalism. Some of the artists - Dulac, Dore, Brangwyn - are famous. Many others, such as Coster or Letchford, are almost totally unknown. In the course of the book, thediscussion also reveals much about the visual discovery of the Near East in modern times. This volume will make an important contribution both to the history of book illustration and, more generally, to the history of the book. His analyses of the individual illustrators, mainly English but alsoFrench and German can be regarded as a contribution to art history.
Robert Irwin was formerly a lecturer in the Medieval History Department of the University of St Andrews. He has travelled extensively in the Arab lands. He is Fellow of the Royal Socierty of Literature, a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and a Fellow of the Royal Asiastic Society.
Title:Visions of the Jinn: Illustrators of the Arabian NightsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:240 pages, 12.8 × 9.84 × 0 inPublished:March 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0199590354

ISBN - 13:9780199590353


Table of Contents

1. In the Beginning was the Word2. Boxwood Jinn3. Photographing the Jinn4. Colouring the JinnBibliography