The History of Persia,
from the most early period to the present time: containing an account of the religion, government, usages, and character of the inhabitants of that kingdom. London John Murray 1815
First edition Two volumes, folio, pp. xxii, [i, errata], [i, directions for plates], 644; with 1 folding map and 11 plates; vii, [i, blank], 715, [1, errata]; with 11 plates. A very good set bound in full contemporary calf, raised bands, spines decorated gilt in compartments. Hinges cracked. Ownership bookplates of E.P. Shirley, author of The Sherley Brothers, on front pastedowns, some minor foxing at the end of each volume.
Ghani, p. 236
Sir John Malcolm, 1769-1833, served on several diplomatic missions to Persia and was highly regarded by the Shah, who awarded him the newly created Order of the Lion and Sun of Persia. His insight and fluency meant that 'the [History of Persia] was particularly valuable for contextualizing events surrounding his own time in Persia, and served as the standard western work for about a century' (DNB).