Lovely illuminated limited edition, with its 50,000 rhyming couplets being one of the most voluminous epics of world literature
Hakim Abul-Qasim Mansur (Ferdowsi Tusi) - Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) - Tehran, Amir Kabir Publishers, 1961 - unpaginated (over 1050 pages) - decorated boards with leather back - folio, 38 x 30 x 7,5 cm. Weight 8.5 kg.
Published in 1961 by Amir Kabir Publishers, a major Persian publishing house active from 1949 to 1979. Soon after the Revolution of 1979, ʿAbd-al-Raḥim Jaʿfari, the founder of the publishing house, was arrested and imprisoned for eight months, and his property sequestrated.
Condition: The front hinge has come loose from the front cover panel which can be easily restored. All the pages are in as new condition.
¶ The Shahnameh, Book of Kings, is an epic composed by the Iranian poet Hakim Abul-Qasim Mansur (later known as Ferdowsi Tusi), and completed around 1010 AD. It's a long epic poem about the mythical (and sometimes historical) past of the Persian Empire, it is also apparently the longest epic to have been written by a single poet. It is the national epic of Iran and often considered one of the most important pieces of Persian literature as Ferdowsi deliberately refrained from using any words drawn from the Arabic language in an atempt to preserve the Persian language after the Arab conquest of Persia in the 7th century.
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