Tehran: Islamic Revolution Publications and Educational Organization, 1976. Facsimile edition. Hardcover. Folio (15 1/2 x 10"). Original brown paper-covered boards with gilt decor on covers, gilt illustrated spine with gilt lettering on red leather label. Decorative endpapers. Publisher's device covered with label of "Islamic Revolution Publications." Printed and bound by the Offset Press, Inc., Tehran. A monthly paper published under the management of Mohammad Hasan Khan Etemad-Saltaneh, Minister of Press and Translation Department. Sharaf Nos. 1-87, 1882–1891, with portraits by Abu Torab Ghaffari and Mirza Musa, calligraphy by Mohammad Reza Kalhor, and Sherafat Nos. 1-66, 1896–1903, with portraits by Mehdi Mosavverolmolk.
Mohammad Hasan Khan graduated as a historian and geographer from Dar al-Funun University of Technology, the first modern university and institution of higher learning in Iran. To depict the famous Iranian and foreign notables, politicians and artists of the time for the magazine he hired famous calligraphers, painters and photographers to complete the biographies and portraits published in the magazine. Contains some 150 facsimile portraits of Qajar, Chinese, Egyptian, and European Nobility and Royalty and illustrations of historical palaces and important monuments. The realistic style of painting presented in the magazines revolutionized the art and painting during the time when photography was on the rise in Iran. Text in Farsi with English title page. Binding with some light wear along edges and joints with very light fraying at head and tail of spine. Publisher's device on plastic label in brown glued to endpapers. Very good condition. Item #47829