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  • A Descriptive Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the Third Collection of the Asiatic Society, Kolkata
    A Descriptive Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the Third Collection of the Asiatic Society, Kolkata

    The present catalogue contains the descriptions of 498 manuscripts, numbered serially from 1 to 498. The cataloguer has rightly classified the manuscripts under the ten broad subjects as fixed by Ivanow. The same oriental system of transliteration followed by Ivanow is maintained in the present catalogue. But full diacritical marks are used only in the titles of the works. The specifications of each manuscript, such as the number of its folios, its size, its script, paper used, its condition etc...

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    Folio Society: The Arabian Nights
    Folio Society: The Arabian Nights

    An illustrated edition of The Arabian Nights - a magnificent collection of ancient tales told in Persia, Arabia, India and Asia. This edition uses the Mardrus/Mathers translation and contains nine of the most famous of the 'Tales from the One Thousand and One Nights'. The stories were originally told by the sultana Scheherezade to her murderous husband, hoping to keep him amused and herself alive. Here are some of fiction's most famous characters – Ala al-Din (Aladdin), Ali Baba and Sindbad – in...

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  • The Folio Society Diary 2008
    The Folio Society Diary 2008

    Published in London by Folio Society. 2007. First Thus. Fine Hardback. No inscriptions or bookplates. Page to a view opposite selected classical pictures from Folio Society publications. Unused.

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  • Folio Society: Epic of Gilgamesh
    Folio Society: Epic of Gilgamesh

    The Epic of Gilgamesh is the world’s earliest known work of narrative poetry, dating from around 2000 BC. This edition, translated by Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian at the University of London, is the most complete general edition available. Bold and dramatic illustrations by Francis Mosley bring the story to life. One of the most powerful epics ever written, it tells of the great Babylonian king Gilgamesh- part god and part man- who lives alone until the gods create the wild man Enkidu...

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  • Tanglewood Tales ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne ~ Edmund Dulac ~ The Folio Society ~ 2002
    Tanglewood Tales ~ Nathaniel Hawthorne ~ Edmund Dulac ~ The Folio Society ~ 2002

    A large 19th Century Welsh Family Bible, published by William Mackenzie of 22 Paternoster Row, London, also of Bristol and Swansea, in 1873. Typical of such as would have been occupied pride of place, { and have been read daily }, in every respectable home in Wales during the reign of Queen Victoria, but now, sadly, rapidly disappearing from view in today's more secular society. With text in Welsh of course, this example from Llangefni on the Isle of Anglesey, formerly in the family of Robert and...

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  • Folio Society: The History of the Church
    Folio Society: The History of the Church

    The History of the Church by Eusebius is the only surviving record of the Christian Church during its pivotal first three centuries. Dr Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, introduces this Folio edition. Sometimes termed the ‘Christian Herodotus’, Eusebius of Caesarea (c. 260–339) was the foremost historian of the ancient Christian world. Eusebius drew on many contemporary accounts that might otherwise have been lost. The founding text of Christian history, his account is a forerunner of works...

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  • Folio Society: Just So Stories
    Folio Society: Just So Stories

    A Folio edition of the classic children's book Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling, illustrated with Kipling's own drawings. Originally told as bedtime stories for Kipling's daughter Josephine, Just So Stories remains a classic of children's literature; simply and beautifully written, with a believable vision of the wonder and dangers of the natural world. The Elephant's Child wrestles with a crocodile on the banks of the 'great grey-green, greasy Limpopo river'; Stickly-Prickly hedgehog and Slow...

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  • Folio Society: The Midnight Folk
    Folio Society: The Midnight Folk

    The Midnight Folk by John Masefield is a feast of imaginative story-telling for children and adults alike. The enchanting tale is brought to life with this beautifully illustrated Folio Society edition, ideal as a gift for Illustration enthusiasts, fable lovers and grown-up kids alike. AboutThe Midnight Folk The story is a classical tale of pirates and witches, lost treasure and talking animals. Although it was published in 1927, it evokes an older world: houses are lit by oil lamps, and travel...

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  • Folio Society: The Campaigns of Alexander
    Folio Society: The Campaigns of Alexander

    Alexander the Great was a king of Macedon, a state in northern ancient Greece. Written in the 2nd century AD by Arrian, this account of Alexander's conquests is a classic of ancient military history. It chronicles Alexander's remarkable achievement in conquering most of the known ancient world. For this edition The Folio Society uses the acclaimed translation by Aubrey de Sélincourt, along with an essay by historian J. R. Hamilton which discusses Arrian’s sources and approach. The book is illustrated...

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  • Folio Society: London Characters & Crooks
    Folio Society: London Characters & Crooks

    London Characters and Crooks by Henry Mayhew remains one of the greatest works of documentary history written about Victorian London and an influence on many writers, most notably Dickens. By day, the author Henry Mayhew was the co-founder and editor of Punch, an amusing gentleman and a Victorian clubman. By night, he frequented the pubs and alleys of London, talking to ordinary working people: chimney-sweeps and rat-catchers, cabbies and dancing-girls, but also the pimps and prostitutes, beggars...

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  • Folio Society: Dickens' London
    Folio Society: Dickens' London

    This selection of celebrated essays by Charles Dickens conjures up an unrivaled, eyewitness account of the 19th-century capital. From the high- class world of Whitehall to working- class conviviality and blighted slums, it is a fascinating account of the capital and a must-have for literature lovers. With a total of 26 essays, including 'Greenwich Fair', 'Early Coaches', 'Private Theatres', 'A Parliamentary Sketch', 'Gin-Shops' and 'Scotland Yard', this collection, with original illustrations by...

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  • Folio Society Notebook: First Love
    Folio Society Notebook: First Love

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  • Folio Society Notebook: Myths and Legends of Russia
    Folio Society Notebook: Myths and Legends of Russia

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  • Folio Society: Aeneid
    Folio Society: Aeneid

    A masterpiece if world literature in a collector's edition. Each copy is numbered by hand on a special limitation page. The Aenid is an epic poem from ancient Rome that was written by the poet Virgil over 2,000 years ago. T. S. Eliot considered the Aeneid to be the most important single work in Western literature: the supreme literary achievement of the most influential culture in European history and the standard by which all subsequent works were to be judged. The greatest European writers have...

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  • Folio Society: Beowulf
    Folio Society: Beowulf

    A beautifully crafted book of the greatest Old English poem. This imposing fine edition is quarter-bound in leather with rich shot-burgundy cloth blocked in gold. More gold glimmers on the spine and on the top- edge gilding, a rich finish to recall the importance of gold in the poem. The most famous and beautiful of all surviving Old English poems tells of the heroic deeds of Beowulf, a warrior and leader of the Geats, who travels to the land of the Danes to fight the monster Grendel and his lake...

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  • Folio Society: Breakfast at Tiffany's
    Folio Society: Breakfast at Tiffany's

    The famous novella Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote in a special collector's edition. This edition features striking artwork by Canadian artist Karen Klassen, whose background is in fashion illustration. The character Holly is at the centre of each of her images, including her dramatic binding design, depicting Holly on top of the Manhattan skyline. In his introduction, American novelist and critic Jay McInerney points out the similarities between this book and another that Capote admired...

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  • Folio Society: Edward Lear's Complete Nonsense
    Folio Society: Edward Lear's Complete Nonsense

    Introduced by Quentin Blake, this is a collection of Edward Lear's finest work of 'nonsense', featuring Lear’s original illustrations. Shy in the company of adults, artist Edward Lear began writing limericks to amuse the children of his patron, the Earl of Derby. It was for them that 'The Owl and the Pussycat', 'The Jumblies', 'The Pobble Who Had No Toes' and so many other immortal characters were invented. Travelling extensively in Europe and Asia, he wrote letters full of puns, absurd rhymes...

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  • Folio Society: Empires of the Ancient Near East
    Folio Society: Empires of the Ancient Near East

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  • Folio Society: Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales
    Folio Society: Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales

    'The Little Mermaid', 'The Emperor's New Clothes', 'The Snow Queen','The Ugly Duckling'...tales such as these have captivated adults and children alike for centuries and inspired many films and artwork. This fabolous collection of Hans Christian Andersen's 17 most famous tales is a delightful read. The original illustrations by William Heath Robinson capture all the magic of the text making this the perfect way to enjoy this master storyteller. Few writers can claim to have contributed to the world...

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  • Folio Society: Nineveh and Babylon
    Folio Society: Nineveh and Babylon

    Nineveh and Babylon by Austen Henry Layard is an account of one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 19th century. In 1842, the cosmopolitan scholar Austen Henry Layard was on his way to become a barrister in Sri Lanka when he changed his mind and turned back. He was determined to investigate a site in present-day Iraq which he correctly believed to be the Assyrian citadel of Nineveh. It was among the greatest archaeological discoveries of the 19th century. This is Layard’s account...

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  • Folio Society: Perrault's Fairy Tales
    Folio Society: Perrault's Fairy Tales

    This illustrated collector's edition features Perrault's most enduringly popular fairy tales, from 'Cinderella' to 'The Sleeping Beauty', illustrated by the great Edmund Dulac. When Charles Perrault, a civil servant in Paris in the 17th century, heard his son's nurse recounting old French folk stories, he decided to write his own versions, thereby creating a new genre - the literary fairy tale. His legacy includes some of the most enduringly popular fairy tales - 'Cinderella', 'The Sleeping Beauty...

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  • Folio Society: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    Folio Society: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight is a masterpiece of medieval literature. This is a stunning version from The Folio Society, London-based publishers of fine books. Hailed by writers from J. R. R. Tolkien to Seamus Heaney, it is a supernatural adventure and a tale of courage, loyalty and human imperfection. This acclaimed new translation by award-winning poet Simon Armitage brings the beauty and robust vitality of the medieval original to life. The story goes: the New Year has just been rung in when...

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  • Folio Society: The Celts
    Folio Society: The Celts

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  • Folio Society: The Classical World
    Folio Society: The Classical World

    A hardbound collector's edition of The Classical World by Robin Lane Fox, which offers a complete history of ancient Greece and Rome. Astoundingly broad and ambitious in scope, this brilliant history begins with Homer and ends with Hadrian. This edition by London publishers The Folio Society features a new introduction by the author. Robin Lane Fox combines concise accounts of events such as the Persian Wars and the war with Hannibal with thematic chapters that explore subjects such as ‘The Peace...

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  • Folio Society: The Complete Greek Tragedies
    Folio Society: The Complete Greek Tragedies

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  • Folio Society: The Fables of Aesop
    Folio Society: The Fables of Aesop

    This is truly a book to treasure. 300 of Aesop's stories are adorned with numerous rich illustrations by Edward J. Detmold. Tradition has it that Aesop was a freed Phrygian slave living in the 6th century BC, making these 300 fables, the world's oldest, and perhaps best-known, collection of stories. Originally passed on through word of mouth, there are over 300 fables, many of which have become phrases to us - 'The Hare and the Tortoise', 'The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing' for example. According to...

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  • Folio Society: The Great Gatsby
    Folio Society: The Great Gatsby

    A clothbound, illustrated edition of The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. On its first publication in 1925, The Great Gatsby was largely dismissed as a light satire on the Jazz Age. Today, it is acknowledged as arguably the greatest American novel of the 20th century, Fitzgerald’s simple story of lost love has captivated readers, film-makers and fellow writers for generations. Michael Dirda, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, has written a new introduction for this...

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  • Folio Society: The History of the Kings of Britain
    Folio Society: The History of the Kings of Britain

    The History of the Kings of Britain is a thrilling narrative of heroic kings and monsters, dramatic sea-scapes and dark forests, of battles, blood and prophecies. Above all, however, as its name suggests, it is a highly influential work of history to rival Bede or Livy. Beautiful illustrations adorn the text and Richard Barber's introduction gives a clear understanding as to the books historical significance. Written by Geoffrey of Monmouth in 1136, it is a pseudo-historical account of British History...

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  • Folio Society: The Hobbit
    Folio Society: The Hobbit

    A special collector's edition of The Hobbit - the classic children's story by J. R. R. Tolkien. For more than half a century readers have journeyed alongside Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit, and his nephew Frodo in The Lord of the Rings. Bilbo Baggins is a reasonably typical hobbit: fond of sleeping, eating, drinking, parties and presents. However, it is his destiny to travel to the dwarflands in the east, to help slay the dragon Smaug. His quest takes him through enchanted forests, spiders' lairs...

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  • Folio Society: The Rise of Rome
    Folio Society: The Rise of Rome

    The most complete history of one of the world’s great empires, The Rise of Rome has influenced thinkers from Machiavelli to the Founding Fathers of the United States. It comprises five surviving books and two partial volumes from Polybius’ Histories - an ambitious and originally vast work that explained how Rome conquered all the known regions of the civilised world. A leading politician, Polybius was born in Arcadia, Greece, in 200 BC and died around 117 BC. As the historian and broadcaster...

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  • Folio Society: The Secret Garden
    Folio Society: The Secret Garden

    A clothbound, illustrated edition of the infamous children's tale The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnet. The story takes place in Misselthwaite Manor which holds two mysteries: a strange unhappy crying in the night and a walled garden with a door locked and forgotten for ten years. On the day a robin shows Mary where the key lies buried, the magic begins. The author, Frances Hodgson Burnett, remembered such a garden from her own childhood and turned it fifty years later into one of the most...

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  • Folio Society: The Tomb of Tutankhamun
    Folio Society: The Tomb of Tutankhamun

    A clothbound, two-volume edition of the classic archaeology title about ancient Egypt: The Tomb of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter. Howard Carter was an archaeologist working in the subject's golden age, the 1920s, when he discovered a key ancient Egyptian artefact: a tiny tomb belonging to Tutankhamun, King of Egypt (1336-1327 BC). This is his original first-hand testimony with the original photographs by Harry Burton. Analysis of Tutankhamun's mummy suggests that he was around seventeen years...

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  • Folio Society: The Travels of Ibn Battutah
    Folio Society: The Travels of Ibn Battutah

    The travel writing epic written by the Moroccan traveller Ibn Battutah in the 14th century; a fascinating portrait of what Arabia, India, China and North Africa was like 700 years ago. In 1325, a young Moroccan law student set out from his home in Tangier to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. Having completed the hajj, Ibn Battutah continued onwards for an astonishing 75,000 miles on foot, by camel, mule, horse, junk and raft – the longest-ever journey accomplished by an individual traveller until the...

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  • Folio Society: The Wind in the Willows
    Folio Society: The Wind in the Willows

    Discover a beautiful Folio edition of the children's classic. Charles van Sandwyk's wonderful illustrations breathe new life into the much- loved heroes of Kenneth Grahame's classic, evoking the magical, and sometimes dangerous, world of the Wild Wood. A pleasure to own. About The Wind in the Willows The Wind in the Willows is about many things – the changing seasons, the beauty and fragility of nature, the thrill of the open road, and the creeping tide of suburbia – but it is the glorious adventures...

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  • Folio Society Notebook: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
    Folio Society Notebook: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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