[Five pamphlets]. RamÚzi-i-Hasti [&] Jalwa-i-Káinát [&] Isrári-i-Qudrat [&] Nazzára-i-Alam [&] Qudrat-Iláhí.

Muhammad 'Abdur-Rahman Khan Xalyani ([c.1892].)


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Five lithographed pamphlets. Urdu text. Full-page astronomical illustration in fourth pamphlet (p.18). 8vo. Early 20th century green cloth over marbled boards, ms. label to front board (this slightly soiled). Original paper wrappers bound in (three of which are coloured). pp. 34; 20, [2]; 33, [1]; 44; [2], 24; [2]ms. contents; [1]ms. presentation.

The five short pamphlets concern the description of the creation, ancient and modern knowledge of the universe, natural philosophy, astronomy and philosophy. The manuscript contents state that "The subjects are treated in a simple style and with plain reasonings and examples".

Inscribed by the author to Colonel S. B. Miles (1838-1914). Miles was an extraordinary figure. His first appointment in Arabia was as Resident at Aden in 1867; he was later made Agent and Consul at Muscat before being promoted Consul General, first at Bagdad then at Zanzibar. He is best known for the remarkable work The Countries and Tribes of the Persian Gulf (1919), which was published posthumously by his widow from an extensive archive of notes, “many of which were jotted down on odd bits of paper as he [Miles] rode through the desert on his camel”. The book remains an authority on Omani history and provides a storehouse of knowledge for any reader interested in the Persian Gulf.

Stock Code: 223925

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