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The Sháh Námeh of the Persian Poet Firdausí.
London: Printed for the Oriental Translation Fund of Great Britain and Ireland,, 1832. Translated and abridged in Prose and Verse, with Notes and Illustrations by James Atkinson. Large octavo (242 x 150 mm). Modern green library buckram, spine lettered in gilt, red sprinkled edges, cloth inner hinges. Presentation leaf printed in purple. From the collection of British Arabist and colonial officer Samuel Barrett Miles (1838-1914), deposited at Bath Municipal Reference Library, with associated mounted slips and manuscript shelf-marks as usual. Presentation leaf and title page foxed, very light sporadic spotting. First edition in English of Atkinson's early abridgement of the Shahnama, one of the first books to be Oriental Translation Fund. The only previous versions of Firdawsi's epic available to English-speakers had been Joseph Champion's 1785 translation, of which only one volume was published, and Atkinson's 1814 edition of the story of Rostam and Sohrab. Like Champion, Atkinson starts with the story of Kayumart, and concludes with the death of Sikandar, or Alexander the Great. He employs a slightly disjointed variety of forms for his renderings into verse, but his prose renderings are "eloquent and vivid … [and] his notes and annotations are informative and include comparisons with Homer" (Ency. Iran.) This copy belonged to subscriber Philip Yorke, 3rd Earl of Hardwicke (1757-1834).
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