The Scented Garden of Abdullah the Satirist of Shiraz
I have a very old copy of this book which i think may be one of the original 1910 private prints , it is also signed. can anyone give me some info on this book?!
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Well, I hope you are right because then you can call yourself a very lucky man with a lot of money, once you have sold it. But: It might be useful to provide some pics because there has been one edition printed on rather old looking paper and with a facsimiled inscription and signature.
think it may well be that one your talking about, could be printed by irwin?
Teitan Press printed the 1991 facsimile- it's quarter-red cloth bound with off-white boards and has an arabic inscription across the cover. There was also a 1910 reprint by Morton Press that was bound in red buckram- this one obviously doesn't have Martin P. Starr's introduction that you'll find in the Teitan edition. The originals are like hen's teeth after customs got their hands on them- as Lutz said, good luck!
Crow's Bone Books.
The one I talked about was another one. I don't know anything about it, have it bought on ebay years ago. No publisher or anything on it, if I remember correctly. I will scan it tomorrow and put it in the Bibliography, although I have to leave most of the fields blank then...
I also have a facsimile with no publishing date or publisher. Bound in faux red leather with Bagh I Muattar in gold on the top board, brownish paper, silk bookmark, facsimile inscripition. I've owned it for about 20 years. The redflame desk reference lists:
Privately published, London, 1910
Morton Press, England, PB [Ray Sherwin], circa 1980
The Equinox Vol.V:4, SOTO pg. 231 HB, 1981
The Teitan Press, Inc., Chicago HB, May 1, 1991
and I don't think it is any of these.
This sounds like mine although mine is not bound in faux leather, but is a paperback. Take a look:
Yes, the contents are the same, just the binding differs - mine must be the de luxe/ ltd edn issue. I think I'd place it as a late 70s/ early 80s publication.
Hello Lutz et al. Have been a member for some time but not posted up to now. The copies that are being discussed here sound very much like the Morton Press editions produced from Ray Sherwin's photocopies of Crowley's copy of the Bagh I Muattar held at the Warburg. There was a trade issue and a deluxe version. Both issues were on brownish paper with a silk bookmark. The trade issue had a brownish stiff paper cover and the deluxe was a hardback, bound in red leatherette. Both issues had the same problem of the pages just being glued and not sewn, so the pages fall out very easily- unfortunately. Got my copies from Occultique in Northampton in the very early eighties.
I guess you are right. I found a Nicholas Culpeper flyer which offers the book. On the same page are ads for the bound "New Equinox Volume III" and for the 2nd edition of "The book of results". Since Volume III of "The New Equinox" appeared in 1979 as well as the 1st edition of "The book of results", it is very likely that the Bagh-I-Muattar from Morton Press was published in 1980, maybe 1981. Or so I think.
The Morton Press it must be then, the fact that it has only the original publishing details confused me. I suppose this makes it a true facsimile though, if that's not a contradiction in terms. You guys mention two dealers (Nick Culpeper and Occultique) that I bought from when I first started collecting 20 odd years ago. A third was Barry Bender, Golden Dawn Books, Manchester who I lost contact with. Anyone know if he is still around?