The Life of a Mogul Princess. Jahanara Begam, Daughter of Sahjahan.
8vo. XIII, (1), 221, (1) pp., final blank. Publisher's giltstamped black cloth.
First edition of this historical novel by the Swedish oriental scholar Andrea Butenschön (1866-1947), who had studied Sanskrit in London and at the Sorbonne (where she was the first woman to be educated in this language): purportedly the translation of an autobiographical Persian manuscript written by Jahanara Begam, daughter of Shah Jahan. Inscribed by Sayajirao Gaekwad III (1863-1939), the reformist Maharaja of Baroda (a princely state in today's Gujarat), to Sultan Muhammed Shah, Aga Khan III (1877-1957), the 48th Imam of the Nizari Ismailis and a founder and the first president of the All-India Muslim League: "To H. H. The Aga Khan with kind regards of Sayaji Rao Gaekwar / Cannes 24-4-32".
Extremeties insignificantly bumped; occasional light foxing, otherwise fine.
Encyclopaedia Iranica XIV.4, p. 375.