18 November 2014
Le livre de volupté. (Bah Nameh). Traduit du Turc par Abdul-Haqq Effendi. Erzeroum [Brussels]: Qizmich-Aga [Gay and Doucé], n.d. [1880.]
Octavo (192 x 120 mm). 10 (of 12) hand-coloured engraved plates. (Occasional scattered spotting.) Contemporary red half roan, spine titled directly in gilt, top edge gilt, deckle fore-edges (corners rubbed, front cover scuffed). Provenance: Milton Luros (his sale, Parke-Bernet Galleries, 27 April 1971, lot 139).
FIRST EDITION OF THIS RARE ORIENTALIST FANTASY, purportedly based on an Arabic manuscript translated into Turkish in 1877. Number 178 of an unspecified edition, of perhaps 350 copies. WorldCat locates copies only at the British Library and at the Bibliothèque nationale de France; AE and ABPC record only this copy at auction. Dutel 473; Gay-Lemonnyer II, 908; Pia Enfer, 755.
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