GULISTAN OR ROSE GARDEN OF SA'DI, Faithfully Translated into English: Burton Richard

GULISTAN OR ROSE GARDEN OF SA'DI, Faithfully Translated into English

Burton Richard

Published by Benares Printed by the Kama Shastra Society for Private Subscribers Only 1888, 1888
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First Edition, printed for private subscribers only. 8vo, bound in publisher’ s original full stiff vellum with gilt ruled and lettered spine, the covers bevelled and with blind ruled borders. viii, 282 pp. An excellent copy, fine and very well preserved with some light and of course, expected mellowing to the white vellum. RARE FIRST EDITION OF THIS IMPORTANT BURTON ITEM, and according to Penzer (p. 177), the distinction between the first and second issue of the book is only the presence of the date on the spine. As a possible indication of this book's scarcity, Penzer quotes 17 sale room prices for Burton's KAMA SUTRA, 10 for the ANANGA RANGA, 26 for the PERFUMED GARDEN, but only three for the GULISTAN. The Persian poet Sa’di wrote "The Rose Garden" in 1258. It has readership throughout Asia and Africa, and has been translated into Latin, English, French, German, and Dutch. The Kama Shastra Society wished to introduce the first complete and unexpurgated translation into English, and succeeded in issuing a work of elegance and simplicity. The text includes chapters on the morals of Dervishes, the advantages of Silence, on love and old age, and on rules of conduct in life. An important edition of this Persian Classic. Bookseller Inventory # 26853

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Publisher: Benares Printed by the Kama Shastra Society for Private Subscribers Only 1888

Publication Date: 1888

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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