PERSIAN

[ John Murray III, London publisher, asks Sir Henry Rawlinson to make cuneiform 'intelligible to the meanest capacity'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('John Murray') to the orientalist Sir Henry Rawlinson, regarding a proposed review in the Quarterly.

Author: 
John Murray III (1808–1892), London publisher [ Sir Henry Rawlinson [ Major-General Sir Henry Creswicke Rawlinson ] (1810-1895), Orientalist ]
Publication details: 
On letterhead of 50 Albermarle Street, W. [ London ]. 5 December [ no year, but with note suggesting written between 1866 and 1869 ].
£120.00

2pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, lightly aged and worn. For information on Rawlinson's work in this field, see Kevin J. Cathcart's paper 'The Earliest Contributions to the Decipherment of Sumerian and Akkadian' (2011). Murray writes that the editor of the Quarterly Review (either William Macpherson, before 1867, or William Smith) has written to him 'that he considers the Interpretation of the Cuneiform wording a proper subject for a paper in the Quarterly'.

[ Sir Gore Ouseley, orientalist. ] Autograph Note Signed ('Gore Ouseley') to 'Clarke'.

Author: 
Sir Gore Ouseley (1770-1844), diplomat and orientalist, British Ambassador to Persia
Publication details: 
41 Upper Brook Street. 21 June 1843.
£35.00

1p., 12mo. In fair condition, aged and worn, with cropped margins which have trimmed a tiny part of the bottom of the loop in the word 'Ouseley' in the signature. He asks for the pleasure of Clarke's company 'at Dinner on Friday the 7th of July at seven O Clock to meet our new President of the R. A. Society'.

League of Nations. Advisory Committee on Traffic in Opium and other Dangerous Drugs. Report to the Council on the work of the seventh session.

Author: 
Report to the Council of the League of Nations of the Advisory Committee on Traffic in Opium and other Dangerous Drugs, 1925.] [drug addiction]
Publication details: 
Geneva, August 24th to 31st, 1925. [Imp. Atar.]
£65.00

Folio, 19 pp. Stapled pamphlet. Fair, on aged paper, with slight creasing and foxing at foot (not affecting text). Pp.7-19 feature four 'Annexes': 'Statement with regard to annual reports received from governments members of the League and parties to the Opium Convention of 1921', 'Import Certificates System', 'Memorandum on information received with regard to illicit shipment of dangerous drugs' and 'Shipments of Persian opium known to have been shipped from the Port of Bushire during the period May 1st, 1924, to May 31st, 1925'. Ownership signature ('Cross') of S. T.

[ Iran; Persia; Jimmy Shields, Scottish communist, twice editor of the Daily Worker. ] Typed draft of third section ('Section III How to Improve The Tudeh Party') of paper on the situation in Persia (Iran) titled '"What is to be done?"'

Author: 
Jimmy Shields (1900-1949), Scottish communist, senior member of the Communist Party of Great Britain, twice editor of the Daily Worker [ Tudeh Party, Persia; Iran ]
Publication details: 
[ International Department of the Communist Party of Great Britain, London. ] With autograph note: '1st Draft, Oct., 1945. | 2nd [Draft], Nov., 1945.'
£180.00

[1] + 9pp., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and creased cartridge paper, with the ten leaves pinned together. Minor autograph emendations throughout. Paginated in manuscript 11-18, including 13A; and also including the first page of the whole paper, headed '"What is to be done?"'. The nine-page third section is titled 'Section III How to Improve The Tudeh Party', and carries the following autograph note at the head of the first page: 'N.B. SECS 1 & 2 ALREADY THERE'.

[Printed volume.] A Vocabulary, Persian, Arabic, and English; Containing such Words as have been adopted from the two former of those Languages, and incorporated into the Hindvi: [...] Being the Seventh Part of the New Hindvi Grammar and Dictionary.

Author: 
William Kirkpatrick (1754-1812), 'Captain in the Service of the Honourable the East-India Company, and Persian Secretary to the Commander in Chief in India' [William Thornton; Henry Harcourt]
Publication details: 
London: Printed by Joseph Cooper, Drury-Lane, 1785.
£420.00

The full title reads: 'A Vocabulary, Persian, Arabic, and English; Containing such Words as have been adopted from the two former of those Languages, and incorporated into the Hindvi: Together with some hundreds of compound verbs formed from Persian or Arabic nouns, and in universal use: Being the Seventh Part of the New Hindvi Grammar and Dictionary.

Autograph Letter Signed ('D Forbes') from the orientalist Duncan Forbes to J. D. R. Robinson of the Asiatic Society, concerning his translation of the 'Bagh-o-Bahar', and the mental state of 'Anderson'.

Author: 
Duncan Forbes (1798-1868), Scottish orientalist and linguist, translator of Mir Amman's Urdu 'Bagh-o-Bahar, or Tales of the Four Darweshes'
Publication details: 
No place; 'Wednesday' [no date].
£120.00

3 pp, 12mo. 41 lines. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper with a couple of closed tears. He is sending 'the trans. of the Baghobahan together with the Original', and trusts that Robinson will keep his promise 'and not detain it long'. Considers it fair that Robinson's friend 'should pay the carriage thereof from & to London'. 'The younger Stewart is to send me up a book of mine in about a week - the best way will be to send the Bagh along with it as it will be the same expence'. Suggest sending another book with 'the Bagh to Haileybury', rather than to Portman Square.

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