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Legends of the House of the Cretan Woman [Paperback]

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Item description for Legends of the House of the Cretan Woman by Sheikh Sulaiman Al-Kretli, R. G. John Gayer-Anderson Pasha, Abd Al-Aziz Abdu & Theo Gayer-Anderson...

The House of the Cretan Woman, Bait al-Kretliya, is a sixteenth-century merchant's house that stands adjacent to the ninth-century mosque of Ibn Tulun, in one of the oldest quarters of Cairo. Both the house and the mosque are the subjects of the popular myths gathered in this magical book. In the 1930s the house served as the home of Gayer-Anderson Pasha, an English doctor and art collector, who furnished it with his collections and left it to the Egyptian government in 1945, and it was Gayer-Anderson who collected and translated the stories that are the subject of this book from Sheikh Sulaiman, the last head of the Kretli family and guardian of the saint's tomb that flanks the house. He also commissioned a local artisan to create a series of illustrations on copper plates, one to depict each of the fourteen legends, and published the stories with the drawings, along with his own introductory description of the house, in a small edition in England in 1951 that is now long out of print. For this new edition of this classic book, the author's grandson, Theo Gayer-Anderson, an illustrator and a specialist in restoration and conservation, has enhanced and added color to the original monochrome drawings to reanimate the world of benevolent serpents, magical wells, sultans and serving girls, djinns and saints that surrounds the house and the mosque.

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Studio: American University in Cairo Press
Pages   96
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 8.75" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.15 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Feb 1, 2001
Publisher   American University in Cairo Press
ISBN  9774246012  
ISBN13  9789774246012  

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Interesting  Sep 13, 2007
I have been to Cairo numerous times, but I have never visited the Gayer-Anderson museum. Nevertheless, I bought this book because I like myths and stories and I enjoyed reading it. One should not expect stories like those found in "A thousand and one nights", but the book offers some myths around the building that are easy to read and some are really good (like the tale of the girl who was chased by the jinn of the well). I recommend it.

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