The Gulistan; or Rose Garden
of Sheikh Muslihu'd-Din Sâdi of Shiraz.Hertford: Stephen Austin, 1852 Stock Code: 145799
First edition of the first English translation of The Rose Garden, a collection by Sa'di of Shiraz (c.1210-c.1291). It is "probably the single most influential work of prose in the Persian tradition. The school-boy lisps out his first lessons in it; the man of learning quotes it; and a vast number of its expressions have become proverbial" (Encyclopaedia Iranica).
Edward Eastwick, an orientalist and diplomat who worked in Persia and India, had produced a critical edition of the text in 1850 and this is his translation of that text. The Orientalist Garcin de Tassy praised Eastwick as a "truly indefatigable savant" and "the enlightened care and attention of the publisher," while The Examiner enthused that "Professor Eastwick's excellent translation of the Gulistan is a delightful substitute for the old Books of Beauty, the very thing for a boudoir and very fit for any study also" (The Athenaeum).
This copy has appealing provenance, from the library of Robert J. Hayhurst, heir to a chain of Lancashire dispensing chemists, and discriminating collector of British naval history and 18th-century literature in contemporary bindings.
Octavo (223 x 140 mm). Contemporary prize binding of green calf, spine lettered in gilt, compartments tooled in gilt, University of Edinburgh coat of arms stamped in gilt to front cover, gilt edge-roll, marbled edges.
Chromolithograph frontispiece by M. & N. Hanhart, and three similar full-page decorative pages with text. Ornate red borders around text, and several decorative red devices throughout.
Annotation in Greek to second blank. Minor scuffing to covers, extremities a little rubbed, spotting to final few leaves. An attractively bound copy.
The Athenaeum, 9 September 1854, p. 1100.
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