Hafiz; Gertrude Lowthian Bell,
POEMS FROM THE DIVAN OF HAFIZ
London, William Heinemann, 1897. First edition. 8vo. 151,(1)pp. Green buckram, spine
Publisher's Presentation Copy, so embossed on the half-title and a few following pages.
Binding lightly darkened with age at spine and along top; light wear to edges; some
offset on the front endpapers from a laid-in article, else this is a very good copy and
better than normally seen. Protected in a custom made morocco backed clamshell case,
gilt spine title.
With the bookplate of photographer P. H. Hood. The bookplate depicts nudes pursuing
various arts. It is signed Emery Walker Ph. Sc.
Hafiz, or Hafez, was a 14th century Persian poet, a master of the likes of Omar
Khayyam. He used wine as a concept to describe the intoxicating oneness with the
divine. Gertrude Bell has rendered his poetry into sublime English. "Lady, thou hast my
heart within thy hand..."
This is Bell's second book, with her extensive
introduction covering over one third of the text, and
notes following the poetry. Less than 20 years later
she was in Baghdad, as T. E. Lawrence was in Cairo,
both working for Britain to resolve the Arab War.
THE ITINERARY OF ARCHBISHOP BALDWIN
A. D. MCLXXXVIII,
London, Printed for William Miller, 1806. First edition in English. Large
4to. 2 vols. (12),cxcii,220,(4);(6),440,(4)pp. Indices. Complete with 59
engraved plates (including a hand-colored folding map) and a second large,
hand-colored folding map at rear of Vol. II. Old calf over marbled boards
(rubbed), tips worn. Spines in 6 compartments with raised bands; gilt. A
few of the plates are foxed. A very attractive wide-margined copy. Lowndes
says that the editor's annotations and notes are particularly valuable
Lowndes, p. 896.