Tbilisi: N.p., 1934-1935. 87 pp., XII ills. 17,5x13 cm. In original illustrated wrappers. Very good, some pages uncut. A couple of spots on the covers, tear of the first page (not affecting the text).
First and only edition. One of 1050 copies. In Georgian and Russian. Very rare.
This is a catalogue for the exhibition which was held in September 1934 to celebrate Ferdowsi’s 1000th birth anniversary. Ferdowsi is a key figure in the Persian literature whose outstanding poem ‘Shahnameh’ (i.e. The Book of Kings) is praised as the national epic of Greater Iran. ‘Shahnameh’ has taken the deep roots in Georgian literature, art and folklore. In the Middle Ages, this masterpiece had no translation to the languages of any not-Muslim nations, but Georgia as the Caucasian country became an exception. The history of Georgian translations shows a large number of translations and adaptations of the poem. The manuscripts were illuminated and up to 1934, the paleographers found overall 200 miniatures.
In that year Georgia held the scientific meetings and readings dedicated to the poet. The exhibition was organized at the State Museum of Georgia by historians Pavle Ingorokva (1893-1990) and Aleksandre Baramidze (1902-1994). This catalogue was created by them as well. There were overall 220 exhibits, among them the Persian manuscript of ‘Shahnameh’ and the Georgian translations and the works based on the poem, the editions of Iranian classics, the literature presenting the mutual influence between two cultures, the Persian paintings and miniatures, their book covers and the Georgian miniatures. The catalogue also contains 12 photographs of manuscripts and its illumination.
No paper copies located in the Worldcat.