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WESTON, Stephen.

Evraq-i Perishan [Title in Persian]. Moral Aphorisms in Arabic, and a Persian Commentary in Verse,

translated from the originals. With specimens of Persian poetry. Likewise additions to the author's conformity of the Arabic and Persian with the English language.

London: by S. Rousseau, 1805 Stock Code: 110194
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First and only edition of this commercially very scarce work translated from a 16th-century manuscript and once identified as a formative influence on the oriental yearnings of the young Lord Byron, a thesis which has since proved controversial as no explicit reference to the text has yet been identified in Byron's writings (Cochran, ed., Byron and Orientalism, p. 71). Stephen Weston was a noted antiquarian and classical scholar. The final section of the text is an addendum to his Specimen of the Conformity of the European languages, particularly the English, with the Oriental languages, especially the Persian, published in 1802. He also wrote a partial translation of the Shah Nameh and compiled an anthology of Persian distiches.

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Octavo (227 x 141 mm). Untrimmed in original pink paper boards with title printed in black to covers, rebacked and recornered late c.19th in dark purple roan with new yellow surface-paper endpapers, rolled bands gilt to spine forming compartments, second and third gilt-lettered direct.


Bookplate of Harold Blundell to front pastedown. Front joint skilfully restored, superficial cracking to roan along spine, extremities worn, staining to front cover, rear cover rubbed, foxing to title-page and earlier leaves, scattered light spotting otherwise. A good copy only.


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