New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 1899. Re-Issue. Hardcover. Revised edition. Octavo, original green cloth stamped in darker green and gold on spine and front panel. 249 pp, delicate engraved frontispiece plate with tissue guard. Tiny bumps, hint of tanning to spine panel. Neat contemporary bookplate on front paste-down. A fine, fresh copy. Fine. Item #5436
¶ Fantasy. A humorous oriental romance and allegory written in the style of the Arabian Nights. Like its model, it includes a number of stories within the story, along with poetic asides. Shibli Bagarag, a Persian barber, and Noorna, an enchantress, are given the quest of shaving the tyrant Shagpat, who by the power of his magical hair holds his city in thrall. Along the way Shibli acquires a magic sword and meets a series of exotic creatures, including a talking hawk and several genies. Its importance in the history of fantasy literature was recognized by its reissuing in the Ballantine Adult Fantasy series in July, 1970.
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