Ex Libris
Ex Libris is a Latin phrase, meaning literally, “from the books”. It is often used to indicate ownership of a book, as in from the books of... or from the library of... . The motive of an Ex Libris often alludes to the name, profession, place of origin or heraldic weapon of its owner. My Ex Libris, which is depicted here to the left, has been made by the Swedish artist A.K. Westin. Persian history and mythology have left their mark on this Ex Libris in the shape of the Iranian national symbol, the lion and the sun, and the mountain Damavand, which peak is described as the middle of the world in ancient Persian literature. The threes, the flowers and the bird symbolizes my interest in classical Persian literature, where the garden with all its beauty and magnificence, is a central theme.

 

Ex Libris is naturally connected to interest in books. My book collecting is basically aimed at rare, antiquarian books within the field of Iranian Studies. My collection includes work on ancient Near Eastern history, classical Persian litterature, Iranian religions and mythology, especially Zoroastrianism.

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Sa'di (1200-talet)