8°. IX, 317 pp., , 80 pp., contemporary blue cloth binding, gilt lettering on the spine, pink ribbon bookmark (slightly stained, but in general in a good used condition, binding slightly worn on the corners, spine with small tears along the edges, back lower corner of the binding chipped off).
This is an unusual edition of the Persian grammar by an English missionary, priest and linguist William St. Clair-Tisdall (1859-1928), an author on several works on the languages and Islam. The first part of the book is dedicated to the grammar, words and written exercises in Persian and Latin phonetic transcript. The images represent different hand-writings and a form of the Persian telegram. The second part with reverse collation contains reading lessons in Persian, taken from Sad Hikayat.
The first edition of this grammar was published in 1902 and was reprinted in partly revised editions in the following decades.
Our copy does not have an imprint, but the quality of the paper and printing, as well as the material of the headband and ribbon bookmark suggest that the book was published in the Middle East or maybe even in India. A bookseller’s label on the inner side of the front cover indicates, that this example was sold in Baghdad.