CLOUSTON, William Alexander. A Group of Eastern Romances and Stories from the Persian, Tamil, and Urdu. Privately printed [in Glasgow by William Hodge & Co.] 1889.
8vo. Contemporary University of Glasgow polished calf prize binding, awarded to Robert Barr for Hebrew studies, lettered and ornamented in gilt, marbled endpapers and edges; pp. xl, 586; hinges strengthened, light rubbing to extremities, internally very good; 1920s orientalist bookplate Melba Peters on front fly-leaf.
One of 300 copies printed of the sole edition. Clouston, born into an old Norse family from Orkney was a folklorist and journalist who contributed to Richard Burton's Supplemental Arabian Nights. The Persian tales are the History of Nassar, filling the first 144 pages of the volume. The History of Farrukhruz begins in Kashmir, but is basically Persian. Persian literature had permeated the entire Sub-Continent's story telling tradition.