The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi: translated and annotated by his friend and pupil F. B.
Portland, Maine. Thomas B. Mosher, 1923.
8vo. xv, , 124pp, . With a portrait frontispiece. Title in red and black. Bound by Belgian binder Jules Karel Van West (1889-1968) in contemporary brown half-morocco, marbled boards, contrasting green morocco lettering pieces, T.E.G. Marbled endpapers. Later inked gift inscription to recto of front blank fly-leaf. Original publisher's paper lettering-pieces pasted to stubs at rear. A fine copy.
A finely bound American edition, produced by Mosher, of British Arabist and explorer Richard Francis Burton's (1821-1890) long poem, a pseudo- translation containing a distillation of Sufi thought. Composed in 1857, the work was not published until 1880, in a run likely consisting of no more than 200 copies. Though neglected upon release, The Kasidah became quite popular after Burton's death, going through many editions and long remaining in print.£ 250.00 Antiquates Ref: 23943