Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Clouston. Stories from the Persian, Tamil, and Urdu

Today's free book is A Group of Eastern Romances and Stories from the Persian, Tamil, and Urdu edited by W. A. Clouston. For the table of contents, check at the bottom of this post below the image.

The book is available at Internet Archive, Hathi Trust, and Google Books.


INTRODUCTION 

HISTORY OF NASSAR  
Story of Shah Manssur
Story of Hatim Tai and the Benevolent Lady
   The Painter's Story
   The Washerman's Story
   The Blind Man's Story
The Benevolent Lady's Story
Story of Prince Kasharkasha
Continuation of the History of Nassar
Story of the Foolish Hermit
Story of the Treacherous Vazir
Story of the Unlucky Shoayb
Conclusion of the History of Nassar

HISTORY OF FARRUKHRUZ. 
Chapter I.
How three brothers set out on a trading journey — How the youngest is cruelly abandoned by his elder brethren — How he meets with royal favour
Chapter II.
The hero's quest of a throne of marvellous gems
Chapter III.
The hero goes in quest of four treasure-trees, and is married to the Queen of the Fairies
Chapter IV.
How the hero pretended to visit Paradise, and caused all his enemies to perish

THE KING AND HIS FOUR MINISTERS
Story of the Lost Camel
Story of the Hunter and His Faithful Dog
Story of the Brahman's Wife and the Mongoose
Story of the Faithless Wife and the Ungrateful Blind Man
Story of the Wonderful Mango Fruit
Story of the Poisoned Food
Story of the Brahman and the Rescued Snake

THE ROSE OF BAKAWALI. 
Proem
Chapter I.
The Astrologers' prediction at the birth of our hero — His Father is struck with blindness — His four Brothers set out in quest of the Rose of Bakawali, to restore their Father's sight — He secretly follows them — They fall into the toils of Dilbar, an artful courtesan, who fleeces them and makes them prisoners
Chapter II.
The Prince determines to rescue his Brethren — He takes service with a nobleman, and makes friends with Dilbar's confidante, by whose instructions he turns the tables on Dilbar, and wins all her wealth and her own person — He tells Dilbar of his design to obtain the Rose of Bakawali, and she warns him of the dangers he must encounter
— He relates the Story of the Brahman and the Lion — Dilbar exhorts our hero before his departure
Chapter III.
Showing how the Prince is helped in his quest by a friendly Demon — Marries Mahmuda, a beautiful girl — Reaches the Garden of Bakawali and plucks the Rose — Seeing the Fairy Bakawali asleep, falls in love with her — Returns with
Mahmuda and rejoins Dilbar, who liberates his Brethren, before the three set out for his own country — On the way he is deprived of the Rose by his Brethren, who return home, and by means of the Flower restore their Father's sight
Chapter IV.
Bakawali, on awaking, discovers that her Rose has been stolen, sets out in search of the thief disguised as a man, and takes service with the Prince's Father, the King of the East — The Fairies build a grand Palace for the Prince, like that of Bakawali — The King hears of the new Palace — Story of the Princess and the Demon who exchanged Sexes — The Prince's Father and Brethren, with Bakawali (disguised), visit him at his Palace, and he discloses himself
Chapter V.
Bakawali returns to her own country, and there writes a love-letter to the Prince, who sets out to visit her — The Mother of Bakawali discovers that her daughter is in love with a human being, tosses the Prince high up into the air, and imprisons Bakawali — The Prince falls into a river, emerges from it in safety, obtains several magical articles, is changed into a young woman, then into a foul-visaged Abyssinian, and finally regains his own form
Chapter VI.
The Prince comes to the Castle of a fierce Demon called Shah Pykar, where he finds Ruh-afza, cousin of Bakawali, a prisoner — He rescues her from the Demon and conveys her to her parents — He obtains Bakawali in Marriage and returns with his beauteous Fairy Bride to his own Palace
Chapter VII.
Bakawali goes to the Court of Indra, where she sings and dances — The Deity, enraged at her love for a human being, pronounces a curse upon her — The Prince goes to Ceylon, where he finds Bakawali confined in a Temple, the lower part of her body being turned into marble — Chitrawat, the
daughter of the Raja, falls in love with him,
and on his declining her overtures he is thrown into prison
Chapter VIII.
The Prince is married to Chitrawat, but, visiting Bakawali every night, his new bride complains to her Father of his indifference, and the Raja sends spies to dog his steps — The Temple is discovered and razed to the ground, and the Prince is in despair
Chapter IX.
Bakawali is re-born in the house of a Farmer — When she is of marriageable age the Prince and Chitrawat meet her and they all three proceed to his own country, where he is welcomed affectionately by Dilbar and Mahmuda — Bahram, the son of Zayn ul-Muluk's Vazir, falls in love with
Ruh-afza, the cousin of Bakawali
Chapter X.
Bahram is long love-sick, but by the help of two sympathising fairy damsels is finally united to the beautiful Ruh-afza, and all ends happily

PERSIAN STORIES. 
The Three Deceitful Women
   Trick of the Kazi's Wife
   Trick of the Bazar-Master's Wife
   Trick of the Kutwal's Wife
The Envious Vazir
The Blind Beggar
The Kazi of Ghazni and the Merchant's Wife
The Independent Man and his Travelling Companions
The King who learned a Trade
The Hidden Treasure
The Deaf Man and his Sick Friend
The Gardener and the Little Bird

APPENDIX. 

Hatim Tai and the Benevolent Lady
   Abstract of the Romance of Hatim Tai
   The Painter's Story
   The Washerman's Story
   The Blind Man's Story
Story of Prince Kasharkasha
Story of the Unlucky Shoayb
History of Farrukhruz
   The Ungrateful Brothers
   The Three Expeditions
   The Expedition to Paradise
The King and his Four Ministers

Bengali oral Version
Story of the Woman who knew the Language of Animals
Story of the King and his Faithful Horse
Story of the Wonderful Fruit

Kashmiri oral Version
Story of the Merchant and his Faithful Dog
Story of the Woman who knew the Language of Animals
Story of the King and his Falcon

Story of the Lost Camel
Story of the Hunter and his Faithful Dog
Story of the Brahman's Wife and the Mungus
Story of the Faithless Wife and the Ungrateful Blind Man
Story of the Wonderful Mango Fruit
Story of the Poisoned Food
Story of the Brahman and the Rescued Snake
The Rose of Bakawali
The Magical Flower
The Prince and Dilbar playing Backgammon
The Brahman and the Lion
The Princess and the Div who exchanged Sexes
The Prince obtains a Snake-Gem
The Prince conceals the Snake-Gem in his Thigh
Bakawali at Indra's Court
Bahram transformed into a Bird
Persian Stories
The Three Deceitful Women
The Kazi and the Merchant's Wife
The Hidden Treasure
The Deaf Man and his Sick Friend
The Gardener and the Little Bird

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