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Kitty Kulliyat Sheikh Saadi

Tehran, 1285 A.H. - 1869 A.D.
Handbuch der Orientalist by Ulrich Marzolph pp.31, 260, 276 - TBKM. 1283-85 / 1866-68; ff.209 (Shcheglova 1975; no 1146)
Tehran, 1285 A.H. - 1869 A.D.

A book of Persian Poetry by Saadi. Contemporary full black calf with simple blind double-ruled border; spine with two raised bands; contemporary blue pasted endpapers; all edges speckled. Dedication, unnumbered for 209 leaves, title. Two blind stamps in Russian / Cyrillic script is illegible. Complete with thirteen finely hand-coloured in-text lithographs within an inner frame, all based on the prolific calligrapher Ali Asghar Tafreshi's works completed only two years earlier in 1283 A.H. A fine example of this scarce work of Saadi in Teheran, illustrations and text are clean and crisp. Text is printed in Farsi on 209 leaves, and there are 24 lines to a page. Saadi's poetry is printed within black rules, while his prose is within ruled margins. The complete works of Saadi were published during the middle of the 19th century in Persia, during Nasiriddin Shah Qajar. Saadi (also known as Saadi of Shiraz) was one of the major Persian poets. He is not only famous in Persian-speaking countries but he has been quoted in Western sources also. He is recognised for the quality of his writings and the depth of his social and moral thoughts and is recognised as one of the greatest poets of the classical literary tradition. His best works included here are Bustan (The Orchard) and Glisten (The Rose Garden). Boston is entirely in verse and consists of stories aptly illustrating the standard virtues recommended to Muslims (justice, liberality, modesty, contentment) and reflections on the behaviour of dervishes and their ecstatic practices. Glisten is mainly in prose and contains stories and personal anecdotes.