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Persia at sea

Hasan, Hadi A History of Persian navigation. With a foreword by Sir Muhammad Iqbal. London Methuen & Co 1928
First edition. 4to (27 x 21.5 cm), pp.xiv, 176, 12 plates, 2 in colour. One of 250 copies printed on handmade paper. A fine copy in publisher's blue cloth, gilt, with dust-jacket. Partly unopened. Limitation number cancelled by the author, with his signature and presentation inscription to F. Muller.

An early work by the talented Indian Persianist Hadi Hasan (1894-1963), whose mother was Persian. Educated in India and Britain, he was a passionate student of Persian literature and a supporter of the Indian freedom movement. This book provides an expansive history of Persian seafaring, calling on a wide range of sources, beautifully printed with attractive illustrations ranging from ancient coins to manuscript miniatures, and offers a firm rebuttal of the assertions against Persian navigation made by historians such as Sir John Malcolm and R. H. Major.