New York: The Limited Editions Club [at the printing-office of the Yale University Press], 1937. Angelo, Valenti. Limited Edition. Hardcover. No. 231 of 1500 copies, sixteenmo size, 96 pp., signed by Valenti Angelo. Fine. Item #18041743
"The Kasidah of Haji Abdu el-Yezdi" was written by British explorer and orientalist Richard Francis Burton (1821-1890); in the original publication, Burton claimed to be the translator of the Arabic text, when actually the poem was originally written in English, by Burton himself. It is a long poem, a sort of spiritual odyssey, adapted in the style of classic Sufi masters, such as Oman Khayyam and Hafez (n. b., info from Wikipedia); Burton includes a note at the beginning of the book, with assertions such as "...that Happiness and Misery are equally divided and distributed in the world. . . .Self-cultivation, with due regard to others, [is] the sole and sufficient object of human life."
This edition by The Limited Editions Club was printed at the printing-office of the Yale University Press, and is designed and illuminated by Italian printmaker and illustrator Valenti Angelo (1897-1982), who creates exquisitely detailed borders and illustrations for this charming publication.
__DESCRIPTION: Full aubergine morocco, blind-stamped borders and illustrations on the front and back boards, gilt lettering and blind-stamped ornaments on the spine, double-folded pages, endpapers with blue geometric pattern, frontispiece illustration in blue, orange, and yellow with hand-illumination by Valenti Angelo, title page in blue, orange, and yellow with hand-illumination by Angelo, grey illustrative borders throughout, seven colour illustrations (including frontispiece) hand-illuminated in gold by Angelo throughout; Centaur type, Japanese Yamane paper, sixteenmo size (6.25" by 4.25"), pagination: 96 unnumbered pages, one of 1500 copies, this number 231, signed by Valenti Angelo on the colophon. Attractive ex-libris bookplate now detached, with some offsetting to the front paste-down endpaper. In a black paper chemise with gold lettering and ornaments on the spine and a matching slipcase. Lacks the glassine wrapper.
___CONDITION: A fine copy; the covers clean, the corners straight and unrubbed, the binding tight with solid hinges, the interior clean and bright, and free of prior owner markings; some slight sunning to the top and bottom edges, else fine. The chemise is fine also, clean overall, with sturdy hinges, straight corners without rubbing; some very minor rubbing to the edges of the spine. The slipcase is near fine, clean overall, strong and sturdy, with some rubbing to the corners of the spine and to the edges of the opening.
___CITATIONS: LEC Bibliography no. 92; Valenti Angelo Bibliography p. 57.
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