The Hidden Words


Edité par Baha?I Publishing Committee c. 1925, New York, 1925
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Full dark orange morocco. Cover has gilt text, rules, cornerpieces and a highly ornate centerpiece of the ?Greatest Name?, placed within a circular gilt band of complex geometric shapes, which is placed within a band of dark calf. Gilt text, rules and stars on margins of the verso of covers. Spine in six compartments of raised bands. Gilt text on 2 and 3. Gilt stars on 1, 4, 5, and 6. Top edge gilt. Hand painted pasted and free endpapers. , Text in English. The Hidden Words (Kalimát-i-Maknúnih?) is a book written in Baghdad around 1857 by Bahá'u'lláh, the founder of the Bahá'í Faith. This work is written partly in Arabic and partly in Persian.The Hidden Words is written in the form of a collection of short utterances, 71 in Arabic and 82 in Persian, in which Bahá'u'lláh has taken the basic essence of certain spiritual truths and written them in brief form. Bahá'ís are advised by `Abdu'l-Bahá, the son of Bahá'u'lláh to read them every day and every night and to implement its latent wisdom into their daily lives. He also said that The Hidden Words is "a treasury of divine mysteries" and that when one ponders its contents, "the doors of the mysteries will open."There is a Shi'a Muslim tradition called "Mushaf of Fatimah", which speaks of Fatimah upon the passing of her father, Muhammad. The angel Gabriel appeared to her and consoled her by telling her things that she wrote in a book. The book, if ever physical, did not survive, and was seen to be something that the Mahdi would reveal in the last days.Bahá'ís believe that ?The Hidden Words? was revealed by Bahá'u'lláh in fulfillment of this tradition. Indeed Bahá'u'lláh originally named the book ?The Book of Fatimah.? This aspect of fulfillment corresponds with the Bahá'í beliefs that end times prophesies of all the world's religions are to be interpreted mystically and metaphorically.This book was bound by the famous John F. Grabau (1878-1948), a bookbinder at the Roycroft Shop (1902 ? 1905) who studied under Louis Kinder. In 1905 he opened his own bindery in Buffalo, The Derome Bindery; a tribute to the 18th century binder Nicolas Denis Derome. , Size : 12mo (153x98mm). , Illustrated with a photograph of the son of Baha?u?llah, Abdu?l-Baha, pasted on the blank page before the title page. , There is a bookplate on the free endpaper with the name ?Frances Larkin Esty.? A magnificent example of this work, there are no others like it. N° de réf. du libraire B5367

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Titre : The Hidden Words

Éditeur : Baha?I Publishing Committee c. 1925, New York

Date d'édition : 1925

Reliure : Hardcover

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Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books are specialist dealers in 15th to 19th century Prints, Maps and Books. The gallery is able to offer one of the largest selections of Prints and Maps available in North America. The business was founded in 1982 and has supplied Prints, Maps and Books to many private and public art collectors. It strives to present a friendly and helpful atmosphere to both expert and amateur collectors. The shop has grown considerably since its humble beginnings to an internationally respected firm. We exhibit at major map & book fairs in North America and Europe and are happy to organize presentations of materials for corporations, interior designers and individuals. We are always interested in purchasing collections or individual items of quality. Catalogues and lists are issued periodically and we would be delighted to have details of customers’ specific interests, so we can contact them when examples come into stock.

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