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The History of Timur-Bec Known by the Name of Tamerlain the Great Emperor of the Moguls and Tartars

By Sharaf ad-Din Ali Yadzi; Cherefeddin Ali; Petis de la Croix

1723

J Darby et al : London

8" by 5"

[12], v-xxxi, 542pp

 

 

 

DETAILS

The first English translation of this biography regarding the great Turco-Mongol conqueror, Timur. The work has been translated from the French edition by Francois Petis de la Croix who used Sharaf ad-Din Ali Yazdi's original work as his source.

First thus, the first English translation. A very scarce work. This is volume I only. Illustrated, with two folding map plates. ESTC no. T90090. The text of this work has been translated from the historical biography 'Zafarnama' by fifteenth century Persian historian, Sharaf ad-Din Ali Yazdi. The biography was commissioned by Ibrahim Sultan, Timur's grandson. To this day it remains as being one of the best-known sources of Timur's life. For the completion of this work Yazdi used Nizam ad-Din Shami's biography of the same name as a source. This translation has been taken from Francois Petis De la Croix French adaptation of 1722. De la Croix was a French orientalist, taking after his father who was an Arabic interpreter of the French court. His translation of Sharaf ad-Din Ali Yazdi's biographical work is his best known. The subject of this work, Timur, was the founder of he Timurid Empire in Persia and Central Asia. He was the first ruler in the Timurid dynasty. With the bookplate of the Marquess of Lothian to the front pastedown. Most likely this book belonged to William Kerr, the second or third marquess. A very scarce translation of this biography.

CONDITION

In a full calf binding. Externally, generally smart. Light rubbing to the extremities and to the head and tail of spine. Patches of heavy rubbing to the spine. Small crack to the head of the rear joint. Prior owner's bookplate to the front pastedown, belonging to the Marquess of Lothian as it holds that crest. It is likely that this bookplate belonged to the second or third marquess of Lothian, William Kerr.

Overall Condition: Very Good

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