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Pahlavi, Mohammed Reza Shah; Farah Pahlavi
Mission for My Country
London: Hutchinson of London, 1961. First British Edition. First British edition, first printing. Signed in English by the last Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Shah Pahlavi and his wife Farah Pahlavi. Signed on portrait frontis and title page, respectively. Bound in publisher's brick-red cloth with spine blocked in turquoise and lettered in gilt. Near Fine. Hinge at portrait frontis slightly exposed, and stain to textblock edge appearing to be excess binder's glue. In a Very Good dust jacket with rubbing and edge wear, several long tears heavily repaired with tape on the blindside, and small damp affect to rear panel. Mohammed Reza Pahlavi ruled Iran from 1941 until he was overthrown in the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Because he was the last Shah (or King) of Iran, he is often simply known as the Shah. While the Shah's reign was marked by a military and industrial modernization and great economic, social and political advancements such as women suffrage, it was also plagued by corruption and violent suppression of political dissidents and a myriad of internal and external issues. Facing execution, the Pahlavi's went into exile in Egypt. Farah was the Shah's third and final wife, yet the first to produce a male heir. After doing so, she was free to pursue charitable (non-political) interests, and founded Iran's first American-style university, which enabled more women to attend. She continued her charity work after the Shah's death, mostly in Washington D.C and Paris. Near Fine / Very Good. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; In Dust Jacket]
Bookseller: Burnside Rare Books [United States]

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