Mir Khvand, Muhammad ibn Khavandshah / Wilken, Friedrich (ed.). Mohammedi filii Chondschahi vulgo Mirchondi Historia Gasnevidarum persice.

Berlin, Duncker & Humblot, 1832.

Small folio (230 x 286 mm). XVI, 280, (2) pp. Contemporary boards with printed spine label.


First edition of the History of the Ghasnevids by the Persian historian Mir Khwand (ca. 1434-98), part of the author's famous "Rawzat al-Safa". Persian text followed by a Latin translation by Friedrich Wilken, professor at Heidelberg. The Turkoman dynasty of the Ghasnevids ruled in Afghanistan and northern India between 975 and 1186 CE, when they were conquered by the Persian Ghurids.

Fairly strong foxing throughout; some buckling to lower spine-end. Untrimmed, wide-margined copy from the collection of the Protestant bishop of Bavaria, Friedrich Veit (1861-1948), with his ownership stamp to the front flyleaf. Old stamps of the Strasbourg National and University Library (deaccessioned as a duplicate). Rare; no other copy in auction records.

Zenker I, 877. Schwab 387. Strout 206. OCLC 6906577.