The definitive and now extremely scarce book on the Parsis (Zoroastrians of Persia) written by an insider. The first volume bears a long inscription with the signature of the author, addressed to Miss Beatrice Tolkien — the half-cousin of famous author JRR Tolkien — and was probably in her library.
Title: The Parsis in India: Being an Enlarged and Copiously Annotated, Up-to-Date English Edition of Mlle. Delphine Menant’s “Les Parsis” (2 volumes, complete)
Author: Delphine Menant (author), MM Murzban (author + translator)
Publisher: Published privately by the editor, MM Murzban in 1917.
Condition: Hardcover, red cloth. Spines faded. Bumping to ends of spine and corners. Firmly bound, good interior. Very slight water stain to first few pages of vol 1, not affecting text at all. Creasing to hinges on vol 2. Previously belonged to The Theosophical Society in England, London as indicated by bookplate on inner front board of both volumes, and call number written in gold on the spines. No other signs of library ownership. Long inscription by author on front blank, addressed to “Miss Beatrice Tolkien”, signed by him. With 55 half-tone photographs and illustrations. 445 pages in total, excluding extensive index. App 10″ by 6.5″. A very heavy set. Overseas shipping will cost extra.