Hassan

James Elroy Flecker
Illustrated by Peter Bucknell
Introduced by Basil Dean

Once almost lost to obscurity, this forgotten gem of a play is gorgeously illustrated by Peter Bucknell and bound in art silk.

A play in prose and poetry, Hassan tells of a humble confectioner who saves the Caliph, Haroun Al Raschid, from an assassination attempt by the King of the Beggars. Hassan is promoted to the Court, but success does not bring happiness: he falls victim to the wiles of the wanton Yasmin and witnesses harsh reprisals among the Caliph’s enemies. Finally, sickened by these cruelties and corruptions, he sets off on a pilgrimage along the Golden Road to Samarkand.

‘A sheer delight from beginning to end’
  1. New York Times

Though it evokes the world of The Arabian Nights, Hassan was written just before the First World War, by a young English poet. Like Edward Fitzgerald’s RubáiyátHassan is full of the seductive and heady imagery of the fabled East: nightingales and cypresses, wine and roses, dust and scimitars. With its tragedy and heartbreak, it echoes Flecker’s own life. Hassan was his last work, and he did not live to see its first successful performance in 1923: he died of tuberculosis in a sanatorium in Davos, Switzerland, in 1915.

Bound in art silk

Set in Monotype Centaur with folios and main headings in a second colour

108 pages 

Frontispiece and 5 colour illustrations

Coloured page tops

Plain slipcase

10˝ × 7½˝

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