Malcolm, John. The History of Persia. From the Most Early Period to the Present Time.

London, James Moyes for John Murray and Longman & Co., 1815.

Small folio. 2 vols. XII, (2), 644 pp. With folding engr. map and 11 plates. VII, (1), 715, (1) pp. With 11 plates. Contemporary full calf with giltstamped spine label.


First edition of this "ouvrage importante" (Brunet), based on Malcolm's (1769-1833) three diplomatic visits to Persia. While the history it provides extends back to the earliest kings known at the time, the most valuable contribution made by this book is its detailed description of the contemporary Qajar dynasty from its outset. Complete with 24 copper engravings on 23 plates including the large folding map of Persia as well as several portraits and views. Occasional foxing to margins; contemporary ownership to title page. Bindings a little rubbed, with slight weakening to hinges. A good, wide-margined copy.

Howgego II, M7. Ghani 236-239. Wilson 134. Brunet III, 1333. Graesse IV, 350. Schwab 360. Sotheby's, Hopkirk sale, 963. Sotheby's, Burrell sale, 496. OCLC 19941897.

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