FERDOWSI. Episodes from the Shah Nameh; or Annals of the Persian Kings; by Ferdoosee. Translated into English Verse, with Notes and Authorities, a Verbal Index, Persian and English, and some Account of the Contents of the whole Poem by Stephen Weston. London, printed for the author, 1815.
Royal 8vo. Entirely uncut in the original printed boards; pp. [ii], 125, , engraved frontispiece with Persian text; light wear to head and tail of spine, occasional foxing; provenance: inscribed by the translator to Earl Compton on front fly-leaf, cut-out portion underneath, a few annotations in the author's hand, old pencil mark 'duplicate' inside front cover.
Very rare first English edition, presentation copy of these translations of passages from the national epic of Persia, written by the man who single-handedly saved the Persian language from being wiped out by Arabic at the beginning of the 11th century CE. The translator Stephen Weston, an antiquary, philologist and classical scholar, continued by hand a printed advertisement for a Shanameh being printed in Calcutta as follows: 'discontinued on account of … enormous expence, & wretched execution'. On the final page a few lines of printed annotations have been excised and one word corrected by hand.