BABA

[ James Morier, author of 'Hajji Baba of Ispahan'. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('Morier') to 'Captn. Roberts', inviting him to dinner with 'Parkes'.

Author: 
James Morier [ James Justinian Morier ] (1780-1849), author of 'The Adventures of Hajji Baba of Ispahan' [ Daniel Roberts (1789-1869), Royal Navy officer, member of Pisan Circle of Byron and Shelley ]
Publication details: 
No date and place, only 'Thursday', but annotated 'Castellamare | 1830'.
£45.00

1p., 16mo. Bifolium. In fair condition, on aged and lightly-creased paper. Anotated in pencil 'From Mr. Morier' and 'Castellamare | 1830'. Addressed to 'Dear Roberts'. Begins: 'If you are a good fellow do come and dine with us today at 3. I know it is short notice, but our table holds only a certain number.' Also asks him to join a party to visit Pompeii the following Friday, which also includes 'Parkes who dines here'.

[Offprint.] Further Notes on "Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves".

Author: 
Duncan B. MacDonald [Duncan Black MacDonald (1863-1943), American orientalist] [The Royal Asiatic Society, London]
Publication details: 
From the Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society, January, 1913. [Stephen Austin and Sons, Ltd., Printers, Hertford.]
£56.00

13pp., 8vo, paginated 41-53. Stapled, in brown printed wraps. On aged and worn paper, with rusted staples. Largely unopened. A learned exposition, with quotations in the original, beginning: 'It is now possible for me to supplement my Arabic text of Ali Baba by printing in full the only other original version so far known. I shall add some further information which I have gathered on the identity of the scribe of the Bodleian MS. and various notes on the text of that version.' No copy in the British Library, and a total of six copies on OCLC WorldCat and COPAC.

Autograph Signature ('A. R. P. S. D.') of Anand Rao Powar, Maharajah of Dhar [Anand Rao III Pawar, Raja of Dhar State], on a secretarial letter requesting a photograph.

Author: 
Raja Krishnaji Rao II Pawar ["Baba Sahib"] (1844-1898), Raja of Dhar State, 1857-1858 and 1860-1898
Publication details: 
On monogrammed letterhead. Dhar, 19 February 1884.
£65.00

2pp., 12mo. On leaf of speckled paper, with monogrammed letterhead in red. The letter reads 'My dear Friend, | Your letter off the 12th Instant was duly to hand this morning & I thank you for it. | The photograph you mentioned in your letter is not received & I believe it has not been enclosed inn the letter trhough oversight. | Kindly send the picture & oblige, | With best wishes, | Your sincere Friend | [signature] A. R. P. S. D. | Anand Roa Powar [sic] | Maharajah of Dhar'.

Autograph Letter Signed from Lt-Col. Charles William Henry Sealy ('CWHS') to fellow-orientalist Sir Harry Charles Luke (as Lt-Commander H. C. Lukach), containing a family tree of the family of James Morier, author of 'Hajji Baba'.

Author: 
Lt-Col. Charles William Henry Sealy, Resident Head of the British Somaliland Protectorate, 1893-1896, and orientalist [James Morier; Sir Harry Charles Luke (1884-1969) [Lt-Commander H. C. Lukach]]
Autograph Letter Signed from Lt-Col. Charles William Henry Sealy
Publication details: 
25 July 1916; on his letterhead of 6 Priory Grove, The Boltons, London.
£125.00
Autograph Letter Signed from Lt-Col. Charles William Henry Sealy

12mo, 2 pp. Letter on one leaf and Morier family tree on another. Clear and complete. Seventeen-line letter and detailed family tree. Very good, on lightly-aged paper. With original envelope, with stamp and postmark, addressed by Sealy to 'Lieut-Commander H. C. Lukach RNVR | Chief Secretary's Office | TROODOS | Cyprus'. After a brief reference to the 'Morier stuff', most of the letter relates stamp collecting ('Salonikas' and 'Long Island overprinted on Turkish').

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