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The adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan by James Morier

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The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan

by Morier, James [Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge]

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New York: Random House Inc. 1937,  404pp. Near fine except for dust jacket. Publisher's illustrated boards; green title label to spine. Upper edge green slightly faded nearing binding. Illustrated dust jacket with minor tears, otherwise bright and crisp. Illustrated half and title pages; full page color and further B / W line illustrations in text. Exceptionally bright and clean for age; beautifully illustrated. A classic of children's literature, re-imagined by the celebrated American illustrator Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge in collaboration with Random House. Baldridge spent a year in what is now Iran, studying the forms of Islamic art; he notes in the introduction that many of these elements influenced his illustrations for Morier's tale. Scarce in dust jacket, particularly in this condition. Included is double-tasseled burgundy cord bookmark.

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NY: Random House. Near Fine in Poor dust jacket. 1937.  Hard Cover. Publisher's full illustrated cloth. Illustrated with color plates and maps by Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge. The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan was first published in 1824. It is said to be based on the life of Abolhasan Khan Ilchi, who served as the Iranian Ambassador to England from about 1810 to 1813 and wrote Heyratnameh (The Book of Wonders) the account of his travels to England. James Morier (1782-1849) traveled with Ilchi to England and then accompanied him back to Iran. With his knowledge of Eastern life and manners he wrote several entertaining novels. The most popular of these was "The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan" (1824) and its sequel "The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan in England" (1828). These were followed by "Zohrab the Hostage" (1832) ; "Ayesha the Maid of Kars" (1834) ; and "The Mirza" (1841) , all full of brilliant description, character-painting, and delicate satire. The volume is in virtually perfect condition, unmarked, tight, square and clean. The unclipped dust jacket is chipped and some small tears, with some edge loss. NEAR FINE/POOR. . Color Illustrations. 4to 11" - 13" tall. 460 pp.  A classic of children's literature, re-imagined by the celebrated American illustrator Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge in collaboration with Random House. Baldridge spent a year in what is now Iran, studying the forms of Islamic art; he notes in the introduction that many of these elements influenced his illustrations for Morier's tale. Scarce in dust jacket, particularly in this condition.