SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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[The Shahnameh]

19th Century?
6 + 2
19th Century?

Quarto. A book of Persian poetry after 'The Shamnameh' (Book of Kings) by Abu 'l- Qasim Ferdowsi Tusi (c. 940 - 1020) who was a Persian poet and author who composed the world's longest epic poem by a single poet. He is widely considered as the most influential figure in Persian literature, and one of the greatest in the history of literature. He was called "the Lord of the Word" and "the Savior of the Persian Language". The Shahnameh tells mostly the mythical and historic past of the Persian Empire from the creation of the world until the Islamic conquest of Persia in the 7th century. Lacquered boards with identical decorative floral and border designs back and front. Rebound in maroon coloured leather, (cracked) oval illustration to both front and rear pastedown, marbled front and rear endpapers. Some minor water staining and foxing throughout. With Persian manuscript text, printed on glossy paper, some additional manuscript text, each leaf size: 245 x 170 mm; each panel size: 190 x 123 mm. Masnavi Ma'anavi by Rumi Molana in Farsi. 1021 Hijra.