1914 The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El Yezdi, A Lay of the Higher law
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Publishers' Original Binding, Scarce
The scarce 1914 edition of this work, first published in 1880.
An English language poem written by 'Hâjî Abdû El-Yezdî', a pseudonym of the true author, Sir Richard Francis Burton, a well-known British Arabist and explorer. In a note to the reader, Burton claims to be the translator of the poem, to which he gives the English title 'Lay of the Higher Law'. Burton's motive was bringing Sufist ideas to the Western World.
This edition features an engraved frontispiece of Burton, along with a facsimile title page to the first editiom.
With the armorial bookplate of Henry Courtney Brocklehurst to the front pastedown. Killed in Burma during the Second World War, he was the son of Sir Philip Lee Brocklehurst, the Antarctic explorer.
In the publisher's original paper covered boards. Discolouration to paper covering, with bumping to extremities and spine head and tail. Small closed tear to paper at front joint, not affecting binding. Armorial bookplate to front pastedown. Internally, generally firmly bound, though slightly strained to centre of text block. Pages bright and clean.
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