1934 · London
A private, subscribers-only Golden Cockerel printing: Translated from the Arabic by Franz Toussaint, and from thence into English by Christopher Sandford, these => ca. 130 10th-century poems "discovered in Timbuctoo in the archives of the ancient University of Sankore" bear such titles as "The Naked Dancer," "Breasts, Eyes and Tresses," "Desire and Pleasure," and "The Queen of Love." Each of the eight sections opens with a delicately sinuous, copper-engraved headpiece by Gertrude Hermes. This is => numbered copy 207 of 275 printed.
Chanticleer 100. Publisher's quarter vellum and blue cloth–covered sides, spine with gilt-stamped title and vellum edged in gilt; binding slightly sprung, edges and extremities rubbed, cloth gently sunned at edges. Top edge gilt. A scattered handful of faint spots of foxing, pages otherwise clean. => A remarkable and beautiful collection of verses. (Inventory #: 37190)