Old books

Yesterday I visited Ostad Lotfi. Once the meeting was over, I thought I should use the chance and take a walk around the University of Tehran. The book shops around the university are known for their access to rare books. Compared to some years ago, the area has changed drastically. There are so many people on the streets that you can barely walk straight. The streets around the Enqelab Square reminded me of India. A lot of the old book shops are gone and have been replaced with newer shops specialising in modern books or illegal copies of CDs.

But I was lucky enough to find several antiquarians, where you can find anything your heart desires. One of the shops specialises in magazines and books on Iranian studies. I spotted some books that caught my attention. I got the 5 volumes of the Āhang magazine, which was published 18 years ago. I also found volume five of Lotfi’s کتاب سال شیدا. I considered myself very lucky, but what I found later, was beyond my imagination: The 20 volumes of The Ancient Iranian Cultural Society Bulletin, a manuscript of the Mihr Yašt, and few other interesting books. The funny thing is that I purchased these books for a price of $30.