Hammer-Purgstall, [Joseph von, ed.]. Mahmud Schebisteri's Rosenflor des Geheimnisses. Persisch und Deutsch.

Pest & Leipzig, Hartleben, 1838.

4to. VI, 32 pp. With 2 lithogr. plates and 28 ff. of Arabic letterpress with lithogr. borders, toned in various colours. Modern boards with the original wrappers bound within.


First edition.

Without any doubt Hammer’s finest work in imitation of an oriental manuscript: the Persian text of the famous Sufi manual ‘Golshan-e Râz’ is printed in seven four-leaf quires of varying colours, each framed by a lithographed sequence of interlaced flowers and animals (pheasants, deer, antilopes, panthers, jackals). The German translation, the unsophisticated typography of which provides a striking contrast to the luxurious Persian text, is illustrated by two plates of topographical interest. The binding preserves the original blue paper wrappers with a large emblematic lithograph of a shell hidden among a bouquet of roses, drawn by Pauline von Koudelka-Schmerling.

Occasional slight foxing. Untrimmed.


Goedeke VII, 767, 100. Rabenlechner I, 122. Cf. Brunet III, 34 (Vienna, 1838 ed.).

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