BURTON, RICHARD FRANCIS, SIR. 1821-1890.
The Kasidah of Haji Abdu El-Yezdi: [A Lay of the Higher Law]. London: Privately Printed [but Bernard Quaritch], .
4to. iv, 34 pp. Original printed yellow wrappers, custom red cloth chemise, brown levant slipcase lettered in gilt. Wrappers partially detached, spine somewhat darkened, minor crease to one corner of upper wrapper, overall a clean, attractive copy, slipcase with shelfwear.
FIRST EDITION, FIRST ISSUE of this distillation of Sufi thought generally considered to be written by, rather than translated by, Burton. Penzer speculates that the entire first edition, first and second issues, did not exceed 200 copies. Penzer pp 97-8.
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