A History of Persian Navigation.
4to (210 x 268 mm). XIV, 176 pp. With 2 colour-printed plates (one bound as a frontispiece) and 9 plates in monotone. Publisher's original blue cloth with gilt title to spine, upper cover stamped in gilt and blind. Top edge gilt. Original dust-jacket.
A history of Persian navigation and trade from the earliest times to the sixteenth century. First edition, on hand made paper, one of 250 numbered copies signed by the author (this is number 246). With a preface by Muhammad Iqbal.
The Indian scholar Hadi Hasan (1894-1963), a native of Hyderabad, was educated at Cambridge in geology, botany, and chemistry. "On his return to India he played an active role in the freedom movement against British rule and was praised for his work for independence by Mahatma Gandhi" (Encyclopedia Iranica). He subsequently completed a Ph.D. in Persian at the University of London before being "appointed professor and head of the Department of Persian at Aligarh Muslim University, a position he held until 1958" (ibid.).
Title-page with collection drystamp; withdrawn from the Mariners’ Museum Library in Newport News, Virginia, with their stamp to the dedication leaf. Dustjacket worn and a little chipped; in all an excellent copy.
Wilson 88. Encyclopedia Iranica XI, 436f. OCLC 4517880.