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Book Number 2070 
Author Sadi; John T. Platts, tr. 
Title The Gulistan; or, Rose Garden of Shaikh Mislihud-din Sadi of Shiraz Translated from a Revised Text, with Copious Notes, and A Life of the Poet. 
Date 1873. 
Publisher William H. Allen & Co. 
Place of Publication London 
Edition  
Volume Information  
Cover Contemporary full cloth with blind-stamped title on upper board within quadruple blind-stamped lines, spine in five compartments of blind-tooled bands, gilt lettering on two, edges speckled red, endpapers with advertisements.  
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Size 8vo 
Condition A very good copy. 
Provenance  
Pagination P. title, printer’s imprint, preface, 3-6, 7-356 
Reference Graesse VI:213. 
Translation Info  
Notes Sadi (1184–1291), the prominent Persian poet, studied in Baghdad. There he met Suhrawardi, the founder of the Ishraqi or "Illumination" School, whose original writings attempted a synthesis of Zoroastrian, Platonic, and Islamic ideas: interpreting Platonic ideas in terms of Zoroastrian angelology. The "Orient" of his "Oriental Theosophy" is the symbolic Orient, the East, and the dawn is the symbol of Spiritual Light and Knowledge. Sadi, having to flee Baghdad because of the Mongol threat, went on a long journey that took him to central Asia and India, then to Yemen and Ethiopia through Mecca. Sadi was captured by the Franks in Syria and worked as a slave labourer until he was ransomed. He proceeded to North Africa and Anatolia, before returning to his native Shiraz in 1256. His Bustan (Fruit Garden), an ethical-didactic text, was composed in mathnawi (rhyming couplets). Even more popular is his Gulistan (Rose Garden), written in rhyming prose. Sadi is also the author of many qasidas (long panegyrics) in Persian and Arabic, of mystic ghazal (love poems), and of satiric poetry. His tomb in Shiraz is a shrine. 
Price (US$) 475  
Short Description ; Book Asia Middle East Iran; Book Literature General 
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