Salaman and Absal.Dushanbe, Tajikistan, Irfon Publishers, 1977 Stock Code: 110797
NotesFirst edition thus. An attractive facsimile of an illuminated manuscript copy dated 1521 is accompanied by a complete Russian translation and commentary in Persian and English. Salaman and Absal is one part of Persian Jami's Haft Awrang, a cycle of seven poems in mathnavi (couplet) form considered one of the foundational texts of Persian literature. "Salaman and Absal was dedicated to Sultan Ya'qub Aq Qoyunlu; the year of its composition is usually given as 1480. Based on an allegorical tale first alluded to in Avicenna's al-Isharat wa'l-tanbihat and narrated in full in Nasir al-Din Tusi's commentary, it tells the story of the misguided carnal love of the Greek prince Salaman for his nurse Absal The work gained some renown outside Persia thanks to the English version by Edward FitzGerald, the famous translator of Omar Khayyam" (Encyclopaedia Iranica). This copy is from the library of noted Iranian bibliophile Cyrus Ghani, with his ownership inscription dated London, 6 July 1981 to the half-title.
Folio. Original cream cloth, gilt-lettered spine, covers decoratively gilt-stamped in the Islamic style, marbled endpapers. With the dust jacket.
100 pages of manuscript facsimile, in colour.
An excellent copy in the dust jacket with a little light edgewear.
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