Teheran: Central Council of the Celebration of the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great, 1971. First edition. Hardcover. Elephant Folios.
Vol. 1 (15 1/4 x 11 1/4"). Facsimile. Original blue quarter leather over decorative boards in color with gilt lettering on spine in decorative color dustjacket, gilt lettering and crest on cover. Decorative inside covers printed in lithography with gilt overprint. Printed on ochre glossy paper. Title page with gilt crest and Persian script. Text in Persian. Dustjacket with medium chips along edges and head and tail of spine, small closed tear near spine of front cover. Binding with small chip, respectively light bump at top foredges. Interior in near fine condition.
Vol. 2 (18 x 14"). Original blue cloth with blind-stamped decor and ruling on cover, gilt lettering on spine, in original dustjacket, white lettering on spine. Blue endpapers. Title page with brown crest. The commentary volume includes thirty-four mounted full page illustrations with gilt overprint. Text in English, French and German. Dustjacket with some chipping, closed tears and creasing along top and bottom edges, rubbed. Binding with light discoloration along top edge, lightly rubbed. Interior in near fine condition.
The Florence Shâhnâmeh is the oldest surviving manuscript of the Shâhnâmeh by Firdawsï. It dates from 614 A.H. (1217 CE), 200 years after the completion of the unillustrated epic poem in 1010 CE.
Our Bâysonghori Manuscript of the Shâhnâmeh was completed in 833 A.H.. (1430 CE), and is preserved in the Imperial Library, Teheran. The manuscript was written and illustrated some 200 years after the oldest surviving manuscript, being mainly the poetical retelling of what Firdawsï, his contemporaries and his predecessors regarded as the account of Iran's ancient history. Firdawsï started to write the Shâhnâmeh in 977 and completed it in 1010 CE.
This Iranian national epic composed by the Iranian poet Hakim-Abul Mansur (later known as Ferdowsi/Firdawsï) the Shâhnâmeh, also known as the The Book of Kings, is considered to be the most important Persian manuscript and one of the jewels of Persian art narrating the history of the ancient kings of Iran from their mythical beginnings up to the Arab conquest in 651 CE. It is one of the most voluminous epics of world literature containing 50,000 rhyming couplets.
One of the translations of the concluding verse of Ferdowsi's Shâhnâmeh:
I've reached the end of this great history
And all the land will talk of me:
I shall not die, these seeds I've sown will save
My name and reputation from the grave,
And men of sense and wisdom will proclaim
When I have gone, my praises and my fame.
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah of Iran, had the Bâysonghori Manuscript of the Shâhnâmeh published in commemoration of the Celebration of the 2500th anniversary of the founding of the Persian Empire by Cyrus the Great and printed at the Twenty-Fifth Sharivar Printing House by the Offset Press, Inc., Teheran. The complete manuscript was never publicly offered for sale. It was given to members of the court and friends of the family. g- to near fine. Item #48350
Abul-Qâsem Ferdowsi Tusi; Firdawsï; Ferdowsi; Hakim-Abul Mansur; Hakim Abul-Qasim Mansur.