SYKES, Ella Constance. The Story-Book of the Shah or Legends of Old Persia. London, John MacQueen, 1901.
8vo. Original green pictorial cloth; pp. vi, , 222, , illustrations by Claude Cooper and decorations by Ethel R. Sykes, from Persian sources; cloth a little marked, occasional light spotting internally, school prize bookplate inside front cover.
First edition, scarce. Ella Sykes was an indefatigable travelling lady and writer and became a founding member of the Royal Central Asian Society in 1905. 'Following her father's death in 1893 her brother Percy Molesworth Sykes invited her in October 1894 to accompany him to Persia, where he was being sent to establish consulates in the districts of Kerman and Baluchistan. She spent two years with him on his travels in the interior of Persia, and was the first European woman to visit these parts. After travelling along the Persian Gulf, visiting all the major coastal settlements on the way, they returned to Tehran before journeying home in February 1897' (ODNB). 'I have endeavoured to make such characters as Jamshed, Rustem, Sohrab, and others, interesting to English readers, and have given local colour to my book' (preface).