From the book's Foreword:
It is a curious proven fact that because the demise of the overdue lamented Aladdin, not anything turns out to were heard of his outstanding Lamp. Mr. Arthur Collins and different scholars of old lore were capable, after sufferer study, to reconstruct for us the fellow Aladdin in his behavior as he lived and to put sooner than our eyes a loyal photo of his instances. Alike in literature and at the level the Lamp performs an all-important half; and this makes all of it the weirder that its next heritage must have been so totally misplaced.
I myself incline to the idea that Aladdin allowed the key of his talisman to die with him, and that his widow disposed of an item whose presence in her husband's choice of articles of "bigotry and advantage " she had constantly resented, for what it's going to fetch. Its culture as soon as damaged, we can't consider that an outdated battered lamp touching on one element of its floor a half-effaced inscription in forgotten characters may allure a lot awareness as an objet d'art. actually, it'd be with out price or
interest other than to a pupil discovered adequate to interpret the inscription aforesaid that could be rendered in our tongue " Rub Lightly."
All this, even though, is mere conjecture. it's in keeping with my wisdom, unintentionally received, lamp of this description shaped a part of a task lot of " varied curios " bought through the govt. in an effort to next reissue within the kind of buttons for infantrymen' tunics. This truth, taken along with the weird occasions i'm approximately to narrate, does lend a definite colour to the idea which I help; yet of strong facts i will in fact supply not anything.
Some of Alf Higgins' adventures have formerly seemed within the Passing express. The Editor of that paper, by way of the curiosity he confirmed in Alf, has incurred the grave accountability of encouraging me to jot down this booklet approximately him.
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