Tehran: Farhang sara (Yassavoli) Publications, 1995.
Limited edition of 1000 copies. English text by Karim Emami. With 18 full-colour original illustrations by Master Majid Mehregan, Reza Bidabadi, Abdollah Hajivand and Sahameh Ebn-Nasir. Calligraphy by Seyed Mohammad Ehsa'i. Compiled by Bahman Parsa. Introduction in Farsi and English by Jamal Al Ahmad.
Beshnow aznei chun hekdyat mikonad
Hearken to this Reed forlorn,
Breathing, even since 'twas torn
From its rushy bed, a strain,
Of impassioned love and pain.
The opening lines from the Prelude to Book One of "Mathnavi", as rendered into English by the famous Rumi scholar Reynold A. Nicolson. The reed flute is used as a symbol throughout the allegorical poems, signifying 'the soul emptied of self and filled with divine spirit."
Folio, bound in cloth-backed boards with original (mildly edgeworn) dustwrapper, 44 pages, 18 tipped in colour plates and 4 tipped in black & white plates, a near fine copy.
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