The Guardian newspaper website published a fascinating article recently on the history of the illustrated versions of The One Thousand and One Nights. It delves into the history of the West's relationship with the tales, how the illustrations have been instrumental in their popularity and how the pictures reflect the Occident's changing view of the Near East.
I will be blogging a bit more about the Nights in future, as it's been the inspiration for a recently completed project.
You can read the article here.
Some of my favorite images are below.