Inscribed to the Aga Khan

Butenschön, Andrea. The Life of a Mogul Princess. Jahanara Begam, Daughter of Sahjahan.

London, George Routledge & Sons, 1931.

8vo. XIII, (1), 221, (1) pp., final blank. Publisher's giltstamped black cloth.

 3,500.00

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.

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