From Constantinople to the Home of Omar Khayyam. Travels in Transcaucasia and Northern Persia for historic and literary research.
New York: Macmillan, 1911. Thick 8vo, xxxiii, 316pp. With a color frontispiece and over 200 illustrations, and a folding map at the back. Original olive cloth lettered in gilt, frontispiece repeated on the front cover, a fine copy. First edition of this important text. A.V. Williams Jackson was born in New York City on February 9, 1862. He graduated from Columbia University in 1883. He was a fellow in letters there from 1883 to 1886, and an instructor in Anglo-Saxon and the Iranian languages from 1887 to 1890. After study at the University of Halle from 1887 to 1889 he became an adjunct professor of English language and literature. In 1895, he was appointed public lecturer and also appointed to the newly founded professorship of Indo-Iranian languages at Columbia University, where he remained until 1935. He was well known as a lecturer on English literature and the Orient. In 1901, during a visit to India and Ceylon, he received special attention from the Parsees, who presented to Columbia a valuable collection of Zoroastrian manuscripts in recognition of the instruction there given by him in their ancient texts. In 1903 he made a second journey to the Orient, this time visiting Iran. He also visited Central Asia sometime before 1918. Jackson's grammar of Avestan, the language used in the Zoroastrian scriptures, is still considered to be the seminal work on the topic. (Wikipedia).
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