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PERSIA-ANCIENT & MODERN

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John Piggot, F.S.A., F.G.S., F.R.G.S.

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" L'HISTOIRE N'EST QUE LE TABLEAU DES CRIMES ET DES MALHEURS.

VOLTAIRE, L'Ingénu, ch. X.

HENRY S. KING & Co.
65 CORNHILL, AND 12 PATERNOSTER Row, LONDON

1874

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The recent visit of the Shah, coupled with the concession to Baron Reuter, has caused public attention to be directed to Persia. Its position in relation to our Indian Empire and Russia makes it additionally essential for intelligent persons to understand clearly its history, resources, features, and political importance.

In the great dearth of general historical and descriptive works on the country, this volume has been compiled to meet-however imperfectly—the demand for information respecting the land of the Shah. Books of Persian travels there are in plenty, from that of Chardin to those of Mounsey and Brittlebank; but most of these are difficult to obtain. Sir John Malcolm's valuable History terminates in 1814, and no work of that character has since been published.

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