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"One of the classic autobiographies of world literature" by the first Mughal emperor Babur

BABUR, Zahir al-Din Muhammad; Charles WADDINGTON (John LEYDEN and William ERSKINE, translators).
Memoirs of Zehir-Ed-Din Muhammed Baber, emperor of Hindustan, written by himself, in the Jaghatai Turki, .... With notes and a geographical and historical introduction: together with a map of the countries between the Oxus and Jaxartes and a memoir regarding its construction.
London, Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown and Green; printed in Edinburgh by James Ballantyne and Co., 1826. Large 4to. With 1 large folding map of the countries of Ferghana & Bokhara. Contemporary brown paper over boards, printed paper spine label, stored in a custom-made black cloth case with the title in gold lettering on a black leather spine label. VIII, LXX, 432, [2 blank], [1], [1 blank] pp.
€ 4,500
First edition of the first English translation of Mughal emperor Bâbur's renowned autobiography, the Bâbor-nâma. Originally written in the Chagatai language near the end of the emperor's life (before 1530), the first translation - into Persian - was completed in 1589, during the reign of Bâbur's grandson emperor Akbar (1542-1605, reigned from 1556 until his death). It was first translated into English at the beginning of the 19th century by two Scottish scholars: Indologist John Leyden (1775-1811) and orientalist and historian William Erskine (1773-1852). The present first edition of the first English translation contains a map of Bâbur's birth region and the first two principalities he ruled: Ferghana and Bokhara (present-day Uzbekistan). This map was drawn by Charles Waddington (1796-1858), a major-general in the Bombay Engineers of the British East India Company.
The memoirs are widely praised by modern scholars, including British orientalist Stanley Lane-Poole: "his Memoirs are no rough soldier's chronicle of marches and countermarches ... they contain the personal impressions and acute reflections of a cultivated man of the world, well read in Eastern literature, a close and curious observer, quick in perception, a discerning judge of persons, and a devoted lover of nature; one, moreover, who was well able to express his thoughts and observations in clear and vigorous language...." (`lsne-Poole, pp.12-13).
Bâbur (Persian for tiger), also known by his original name Zahîr al-Dîn Muhammad (1483-1530), was the founder of the Mughal Empire in the Indian subcontinent and also the Mughal dynasty, that ruled most of northern India from the early 16th to the mid-18th century.
The spine has been professionally restored, the binding shows some signs of wear, mainly around the corners. Most of the bolts unopened. Some foxing throughout, mainly in the first and last few leaves. For the author: "Bâbor, Ẓahîr-al-Dîn Moḥammad" in: Encyclopaedia Iranica vol. 3, fasc. 3, pp. 320-323 (https://iranicaonline.org/articles/babor-zahir-al-din); "Bâbur" in: Encyclopaedia Britannica (https://www.britannica.com/biography/Babur); Lane-Poole, Stanley, Babar (1899) (https://archive.org/details/babar035008mbp/mode/2up).
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