JACKSON, A. V. Williams. Persia Past and Present. A Book of Travel and Research. New York, Macmillan, 1906.
8vo. Original pictorial cloth, gilt; pp. xxxi, 471, large colour-printed folding map at rear, numerous plates mostly after photographs; inner hinges strengthened, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition of this important contribution of Western understanding of Persian history, architecture and the many layers of belief systems that shaped the civiliation by the American professor of Indo-Iranian languages at Columbia, who undertook many research trips. The main purpose of his first trip in 1903 was to meet Zoroastrians living in Iran and study their customs and religion. 'He scaled the cliff at Bīsitūn, Iran, to read and, for the first time (1903), to photograph the famed trilingual inscription of Darius I' (Encyclopedia Britannica, online)..