Publications by Individual Authors

A collection of introductory texts on the Bahá’í Faith, historical studies, and other works by individual authors.

Bahá’u’lláh and the New Era »

J. E. Esslemont

Originally published in 1923, this book by Dr. John E. Esslemont—an early British Bahá’í—has been translated into numerous languages and remains a key introductory text to the Bahá’í religion.

The Dawn-Breakers »


An account of the early history of the Bábí and Bahá’í Faiths penned in 1887-1888 by a prominent disciple of Bahá’u’lláh, poet and historian Nabíl-i-A‘zam. Approximately the first half of Nabíl’s original narrative was translated into English by Shoghi Effendi and published in 1932. Many of the photographs of the Bahá’í historical sites that illustrate the book were commissioned from an Australian photographer, Effie Baker, who travelled to Iran for the purpose.