Galland’s Mille et une nuit part 3

In a previous Galland post, the contents of Volumes 1 & 2 were provided.  Here are the contents of Volumes 3 & 4.  The first four volumes of Galland were published in 1704 and were the first published occurrence of the Arabian Nights in Europe.  As it happens, the manuscripts that Galland was translating were and remain the oldest and most extensive.  Fragments exist in earlier manuscripts, like the 9th piece of paper that contains the beginning of the Shahrazad frame story.

With volume 3, Galland decided to deviate from translating the 14th century Syrian manuscripts in his possession.  The tales of Sindbad the Sailor, prior to Galland, had their own manuscript tradition and were not considered to be part of the Alf Layla wa-Layla, the Thousand and One Nights.  This is the begining of the creation of The Arabian Nights’ Entertainment, separate from the Alf Layla wa-Layla.  Almost from the day they were published, the European Arabian Nights began accumulating other material.  Some of that material was from other Arabian or Persian sources.  Later in Galland’s edition, completely new stories will be included.  These stories are now some of the most well known of the Arabian Nights tales.

The non-Sindbad stories of volume 3 are the only ones contained in the Syrian manuscript.

Volume 3: (nights 69-110)

Histoire de Sindbad le Marin
(The Story of Sindbad the Sailor)

Premier voyage de Sindbad le marin
(The First Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor)

Deuxieme  voyage de Sindbad le marin
(The Second Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor)

Troisième voyage de Sindbad le marin
(The Third Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor)

Quatrième voyage de Sindbad le marin
(The Fourth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor)

Cinquième voyage de Sindbad le marin
(The Fifth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor)

Sixième voyage de Sindbad le marin
(The Sixth Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor)

Septième et dernier voyage de Sindbad le marin
(The Seventh and Last Voyage of Sindbad the Sailor)

Les Trois Pommes
(The Three Apples)

Histoire de la dame massacree et du jeune homme son mari
(The Story of the Lady that was Murdered and of the Young Man her Husband)

Histoire de Noureddin Ali, et de Bedreddin Hassan
(The Story of Noureddin Ali, and Bedreddin Hassan)

Volume 4: (nights 111-165)

Histoire de Noureddin Ali, et de Bedreddin Hassan, cont.
(The Story of Noureddin Ali, and Bedreddin Hassan)

Histoire du petit Bossu
(The Story of the Little Hunch-Back)

Histoire que raconta le Marchand chretien
(The Story told by the Christian Merchant)

Histoire racontée par le pourvoyeur du sultan de Casgar
(The Story told by the Sultan of Casgar’s Purveyor)

Histoire recontee par le Medecine juif
(The Story of the Jewish Physician)

Histoire que raconta le Tailleur
(The Story told by the Tailor)

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2 Responses to Galland’s Mille et une nuit part 3

  1. Jay Kylie says:

    Hello
    I am composing a brief table to succinctly indicate the primary source material for each of the 12 Volumes of Mille et un Nuits (part of a university assignment).
    Could you please tell me where you are accessing the contents of the Mille et one Nuits volumes? I can’t find any contents list on line (except your posts concerning the first four volumes).
    Galland (supposedly) received a manuscript of the tale of Alâ al-Dîn, which would have appeared somewhere in volume 9-12 with the orphan tales, however I’m not sure which volume to record the manuscript against.
    Could you perhaps tell me which volume Alâ al-Dîn appears in?
    Thank you kindly
    Jay Kylie

    • wollamshram says:

      Hi,
      My source for the contents of Galland is:
      Galland, A. Les Mille et Une Nuit Contes Arabes. Aleide: J. De Wetstein & Fils, 1768. 12 volumes. I have no reason to beleave that the TOC of this set is any different than what was originally published. I have looked at an earlier volume, from 1730, and the TOC is the same.
      The story of Ala al-Din, or Histoire d’Aladdin, ou de la Lampe marveilleuse, begins in volume 9 and ends in volume 10. Have a look at Marzolph’s The Arabian Nights Encyclopedia, 2004, Vol. 1. p. 82-85 for a summary of the publishing history of Aladdin. Victor Chauvin’s Bibliographie des Ouvrages Arabes,1901, vol 5, pp 55-67 also provides plenty of publishing information on Aladdin.

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