1894 The Kasidah (Couplets) of Haji Adbu Al-Yazdi
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Limited Edition, Rebound, Very Scarce
One of five unnumbered copies printed on Japanese vellum. A very scarce edition. Scarce in the 100 limitation, the Japanese vellum version as we have here is vanishingly scarce. Of course at one of five copies.
Long narrative poem by Sir Richard Burton published under pseudonym Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî. Translated and annotated by his friends and pupil "F. B".
In a note to the reader, Burton claimed to be the translator of the poem after the original rare Persian manuscript, which never existed.
A poem containing Sufi thought in the poetic idiom of that mystical tradition.
Text printed to recto as called for.
Sir Richard F. Burton was a British, well known British Arabist and explorer. His most successful achievements include a journey to Mecca in disguise when non-Muslims were forbidden access on a death penalty; a famous translation of The Arabian Night; and the publication of the Kama Sutra in English.
In the original publisher's duo cloth binding. Externally smart with shelf wear, bumped to head and tail of spine, front joint lightly cracked, boards holding firm. Worming mark affecting lower and outer margins of the last few leaves, not affecting any of the text. Internally, firmly bound. Pages bright and clean.
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