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First Edition, Thus. Original cloth decorated in full color with matching Dust Jacket. 4to; 10.25 inches tall,  404 pages; Illustrated with full-page color plates and in-text line drawings ----- The painting on the cover was reproduced in four-color offset, printed on Bancroft buckram. All the illustrations were also reproduced in off-set and created by Cyrus LeRoy Baldridge. ----- The humor and insight into oriental life displayed in this oriental 'Gil Blas' immediately seized the popular fancy. The book went into several editions; and Morier acquired a high reputation as a novelist" (DNB). ----- -------- James Justinian Morier was a renowned British diplomat and author who entered the diplomatic service. First visiting Iran in 1808 as secretary to Sir Harford Jones-Brydges, Morier had an extensive career in the country, and wrote several travel works of his experiences that were widely popular. ----- This picaresque romance of Persian life was written after Morier retired from his diplomatic career in Iran. Drawing heavily on Morier's personal knowledge of Persia and its people that he had acquired on the British embassy staff at Tehran. The novel extensively influenced English ideas of Persia, and its Persian translation even led to the development of the modern Persian novel of social criticism. ----- Renowned American illustrator Cyrus LeRoy spent a year in what is now Iran, studying the forms of Islamic art; he notes in the introduction that many of these elements influenced his illustrations for Morier's tale. ----- --------- Bindings are tight and square. Text clean, light even toning with darkening to endpages. Minimal shelf handling wear. The Dust Jacket with price intact has age-toned with a closed tear lower front corner, top rear at spine and loss lower spine and lower rear corner.