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CHODZKO, Alexander.

Specimens of the Popular Poetry of Persia....

As Found in the Adventures and Improvisations of Kurroglou, the Bandit-Minstrel of Northern Persia and in the Songs of the People Inhabiting the Shores of the Caspian Sea.

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Published: London Oriental Translation Fund, 1842

Stock Code: 129954

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Notes

First edition. Chodzko was "Polish poet and diplomat, the first European scholar to work on Persian folklore" (Encyclopaedia Iranica). This book came after eleven years in the Russian diplomatic service in Persia, in which he spent much time gathering oral materials, particularly from Northern Persia. The largest part of the book is concerned with the poetry of Kurroglu "who rendered his name famous by plundering caravans on the great commercial road from Persia to Turkey... and still more so by his poetical improvisations" (p. 3). He also includes typical songs from different peoples of the region, including the Kurds, Turks, Ghilanis, Mazderanis and Rudbar Highlanders.
This copy come from the library of the bibliophile Marquess of Crewe, Robert Crewe-Milnes, who served as Secretary of State for India 1910-15.

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Description

Octavo (212 x 130 mm). Contemporary half straight-grained light-brown morocco binding, title gilt to spine in red morocco compartment, raised bands with gilt rules to spine, cloth sides with heraldic garb (wheatsheaf) in gilt to front board, blue endpapers.

Condition

Bookplate of Robert Crewe-Milnes, Marquess of Crewe. Binding very lightly rubbed, a little browning to text block. A very good copy.

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