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PERSIAN ILLUSTRATED LITHOGRAPHED BOOKS: قهرمان قاتل [Quahraman-e Qatel also Kahreman-i Katil also Kahraman Katil [Turkish / Ottoman version] / The Killer Hero]



Large 8°, 64 pp. lithographed text with illustrations, original card paper boards, made of papier mâché and covered with white paper, later spine, bookseller’s stamp in the margin of the first text page (binding rubbed and scuffed, but overall in a good condition, old annotation in French mounted on the inner side of the front board).


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An illustrated Persian lithographed book Kahreman-i katil was a popular epic of a hero, who accompanied with his loyal sword fights dragons and bad spirits, befriends various animals and wins a lady’s heart. The story was exceedingly popular in India and Persia, and found its way into the Ottoman and Turkish history. In Georgian it is known as Qaramaniani.

The imprint names the publisher as master Karbalai Mohammad Hossein, either born in the Iraqi city of Kabala either named after his pilgrimage to this place, known as a holy city for Shia Muslims.

We could not find any other examples of the book nor any records of the title in the literature available to us. Ulrich Marzolph (in : Narrative Illustration in Persian Lithographed Books, 2001) does not list this book. Mohammad Hosein Karbalai (Kerbalai) is only mentioned as a publisher of Sa’di in 1283-85 (1886-68 AD).

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