Masnavi-i ma'navi-i Mawlavi.
Large 8vo (180 x 258 mm). 2, 9-665 pp. (misnumbered), successive pages numbered 6606-6612 and 6615-6620). Lithographed Persian text, 25 lines in four columns to the page. Contemporary red half calf over papered boards.
Bombay-printed lithographed edition of the Masnavi ("The Spiritual Couplets"), the great poem by the Persian theologian and mystic Rumi (1207-73). One of the most influential works of Sufism, the work has been hailed as "the Persian Quran" and the greatest mystical poem in world literature.
Paper brittle and browned throughout with chips and occasional tears. First and last leaves damaged with reinforcements (especially the latter, with extensive tears and loss); lacks 3 leaves after the first and another near the end. Library stamp of Nasser Engheta.