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'Abd al-Basit ibn Musá `Almawi / Sauvaire, H[enri]. Description de Damas. Traductions de l'Arabe. Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1895-1896. 8vo. 2 parts in 1 vol. (4), 318 pp. (4), 441, (1) pp. Modern red half morocco with giltstamped spine title; original blue printed wrappers bound within.

€ 1,500

First edition in book form ("Extrait du Journal Asiatique, 9. sér., v. 3-7, 1894-96"). The French scholar Henri Sauvaire (1849-96), a leading photographer and numismatic collector, served as a Consul in Damascus and Casablanca. He spent the last years of his life writing on Arab culture. In 1864 he embarked on translating into French the "Description of Damascus" by Abd al-Basit al-Amawi, who lived in Damascus in the mid-16th century (d. 1573/4). - Rare and well-preserved. - OCLC 23427282. {BN#28985} (more)

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Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi, Muwaffaq al-Din. Abdollatiphi Historiae aegypti compendium, arabice et latine. Oxford, J. Cooke, Hanwell & Parker, 1800. Small folio (226 x 268 mm). (18), (V)-XXXII, 321, (55) pp. Contemp. full calf with later rebacked giltstamped spine.

€ 4,500

Abd al-Latif's graphic and detailed "Account of Egypt" in the original Arabic, here edited with a Latin translation (based on that of Edward Pococke the younger) by Joseph White (1745-1814). The Baghdad-born Abd al-Latif (1162-1231), a celebrated physician, historian, Egyptologist and traveller, was one of the most voluminous writers of the Near East in his time. One of the earliest works on Egyptology, this crucial work contains detailed descriptions of ancient Egyptian monuments, as well as a vivid description of a famine caused, during the author's residence in Egypt, by the Nile failing to overflow its banks. On this occasion Al-Latif had opportunity to observe and examine a large number of corpses - one of the earliest examples of a postmortem autopsy. - The Arabic manuscript was discovered in 1665 by Edward Pococke and preserved at the Bodleian Library. Pococke published the Arabic manuscript in the 1680s, and his son translated the work into Latin, though he was only able to publish less than half of his work. In 1800, Joseph White published it (with his own additions) in this present edition, which was then translated into French by De Sacy in 1810. - Bookplate of the City of York Public Library on front pastedown; small stamp of the Yorkshire Philosophical Society on title page. A good, clean, and wide-margined copy. - GAL I, p. 632. Schnurrer 153. Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 3. Brunet I, 9. Graesse I, 3. NYPL Arabia coll. 18. OCLC 31486913. {BN#34035} (more)

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Abd el-Kader, Algerian freedom fighter (1807-1883). Autograph letter. Istanbul, 30. XI. 1851. 8vo. ½ p. on double leaf.

€ 2,800

A diplomatic missive in Arabic, to Alexandre Bellemare, interpreter to the Minister of Defence, informing him that he has arrived in Constantinople. - Includes a contemporary translation into French. {BN#31994} (more)

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Abercromby, John, British Army officer (1772-1817). Letter signed ("John Abercromby" and "JA"). "Tweed Pilot Boat, passage to Surat", 19. I. 1810. Folio. 11 ½ pp. on 6 ff.

€ 6,500

Important, rare document on early 18th century British interests in the Arabian Gulf region: a comprehensive letter to the British statesman Robert Dundas, 2nd Viscount Melville (1771-1851), who headed the India Board at the time, regarding political connections between Great Britain and local Indian princes, the problems provoked by perceived piracy in the Arabian Gulf, the necessity of diplomatic treaties with Persia, and, ultimately, the deplorable state of the army: "Within these four months, we have been engaged in a war with our old ally the King of Travancore. The Island of Rodrigues has been occupied by a force from Bombay; a considerable expedition has been employed against the pirates in the Persian Gulph since the month of October, and that service is still unfinished. Twenty thousand men at least are now in the field, under Colonel Close, acting against Mur-Kawn [...] It is notorious that the seeds of disaffection have long been sown in the Madras Army, and close observers have foreseen that an explosion sooner or later was inevitable. The want of subordination and attachment in the Indian Armies can alone be attributed to a radical defect in the whole of the military system, and nothing short of a complete reform can ensure for the future the loyalty of its officers [...]". - Abercromby became Commander-in-Chief of the Bombay Army in 1809. From there he led the forces that captured Mauritius in 1810, returning to Bombay in 1811. In 1813 he transferred to become Commander-in-Chief of the Madras Army and temporary Governor of Madras, with promotion to lieutenant-general. The Indian climate had broken his health, however, and he had to return to Britain at the end of 1813. - Some minor damage to edges; final page somewhat dust-soiled; marked twice with collector's stamp (a red "H" within a red heart). {BN#32500} (more)

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Abu al-Barakat 'Abdallah b. Ahmad b. Mahmud al-Nasafi. Kanz al-Daqa'iq fil-Furu'. No place, Wednesday 17 Rabi` I 882 AH [1477 AD]. Large 4to (176 x 262 mm). Arabic ms. on oriental paper. 325 ff., expertly written naskh script, possibly in more than one hand, black ink with rubrics, usually 6-8 lines to the page, considerable interlinear and marginal glossing. Full-leather Islamic binding with fore-edge flap; original blind tooled ornamentation (medallion).

€ 12,000

Manual on Islamic Law by Abu al-Barakat `Abdallah b. Ahmad b. Mahmud al-Nasafi (d. 710/1310), an important Hanafi legist and theologian. Born in Nasaf in Sogdian, he taught in the Madrasa al-Kutbiya al-Sultaniya in Kirman, came to Baghdad in 710 and died in Rabi` I 710 (August 1310), apparently on his return journey to Idjadj (in Khuzistan), where he was buried. The Kanz al-Daqa'iq is an important text on Hanafite law and formed the basis for a great number of commentaries, especially in the 9th/14th and 10th/15th centuries (EI² VII, p. 96; GAL II, pp. 250-53). Contains both the `Ibadat and the Mu`amalat. - Final 12 leaves (f. 313ff.) show edge damage with some loss of text. Copied by Khidr b. Shaykh `Ali (colophon in a chancery hand on f. 325v). - Cf. GAL S II, p. 265. {BN#30317} (more)

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Abu al-Barakat Hafiz al-din Abdallah b. Ahmad b. Mahmud al-Nasafi. Kanz al-daqua'iq fi'l-furu (Treasure of Niceties in the Branches [of Jurisprudence]). N. p., 818 AH [1416 AD] Small folio (28 x 18 cm). 110 ff., manuscript on sturdy laid paper, written area 17,5 x 11 cm, 14 lines to the page, naskh script, black ink, captions in red, extensive marginal and interlinear glosses throughout. later Islamic leather binding with flap, covers cockled.

€ 6,500

Early-15th-century manuscript of this famous manual on Islamic law by Abu al-Barakat `Abdallah b. Ahmad b. Mahmud al-Nasafi (d. 710/1310), an important Hanafi legist and theologian, born in Nasaf in Sogdian (today's Qarshi in southern Uzbekistan). He taught in the Madrasa al-Kutbiya al-Sultaniya in Kirman, came to Baghdad in 710 and died in Rabi` I 710 (August 1310), apparently upon his return journey to Idjadj (in Khuzistan), where he was buried. The book was originally an abridgment of his "al-Wâfi" and proved an excellent contribution to Islamic jurisprudence. "Kanz al-daqua'iq" remained one of the most reliable tracts on Hanafite law and was frequently consulted by fiqh scholars. It formed the basis of 27 commentaries (EI VII, p. 96; Brockelmann, GAL II, pp. 250-53). This mediaeval manuscript was calligraphed by Ahmad b. Amîr and is an extremely early specimen, written but a hundred years after the death of the author. - Upper margins browned; entries in Ottoman Turkish on the first leaf. - Cf. GAL S II, 265. {BN#31746} (more)

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Abu al-Fida Isma`il ibn `Ali. Vie de Mohammed. Texte arabe d'Abou'lféda, accompagnié d'une traduction française et de notes par A. Noël des Vergers. Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1837. 8vo. 2 parts in one volume. X, 160 pp. (4), 120 pp. Contemp. blindstamped calf, sparsely gilt.

€ 4,500

Only printed edition of this mediaeval biography of the Prophet, "Mukhtasar tarikh al-bashar". Abu'l-Fida, born in Damascus in 1273, was a historian, geographer, military leader, and sultan. The crater Abulfeda on the Moon is named after him. - Includes an annotated French translation by Adolphe Noël des Vergers (1805-67). Binding slightly chafed; lower joint repaired. Slight foxing near beginning and end with occasional browning. A very appealingly bound set. - GAL II, p. 56. Chauvin XI, 2. Gay 3614. Silvestre de Sacy 1489. Hoefer XXXVIII, 184. Brunet I, 18. Graesse I, 8. {BN#33428} (more)

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Abu al-Fida Isma`il ibn `Ali. Albulfedae tabula Syriae cum excerpto geographico ex Ibn Ol Wardii geographia et historia naturali. Arabice nunc primum edidit, latine vertit, notis explanavit Io. Bernhardus Koehler. Leipzig, Schönermarck, 1766. Large 4to. (34), 240 pp. Near-contemporary marbled grey boards with giltstamped red spine label.

€ 2,800

First separate edition of this important mediaeval geography of the Middle East, concentrating on Syria. Printed in Latin and Arabic parallel text; edited with an extensive commentary by the versatile oriental scholar J. B. Köhler (1742-1802). Abu'l-Fida, born in Damascus in 1273, was a historian, geographer, military leader, and sultan. The crater Abulfeda on the Moon is named after him. - Extremeties rubbed and bumped. Insignificant browning throughout; ink marginalia by a mid-19th-c. owner, probably the Hamburg theologian and educator Carl Bertheau (1806-86), whose bookplate is on the front pastedown. - GAL II, p. 57. Ebert 29. Hamberger/Meusel IV, 189. ADB XVI, 444. {BN#33244} (more)

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Abu Hamid Muhammad al-Ghazzali. Mishkat al-Anwar fi Lata'if al-Akhbar lil-Tahdid ila Sunan al-Sayyid al-Mukhtar. N. p., 15th century. 4to (25 x 16 cm). 127 ff. on Arabic manuscript paper, naskh script with ta'liq features, black ink with rubrics. Rebacked full-leather Oriental binding.

€ 6,500

The still unedited book in both Arabic and Turkish is a manual of ethical advice based on verses of the Koran and the sayings of the prophet. This work on Islamic ethics is divided into 48 chapters. On ff. 125v-127v the main text is followed by notes in Turkish and Arabic. It does not mention the name of the author, but was ascribed to Ghazzali in Hajji Khalifa (II col. 1693). The text differs from Ghazzali's mystical work "Mishkat al-anwar wa-misfat al-anwar" (GAL Suppl. I, 751, no. 34a); it is mentioned (with additional mss.) in GAL Suppl. I (cf. below) and is identical with Ms. Berlin 8745. - GAL S I, 751, no. 34c. {BN#31734} (more)

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(Abu Muhammad 'Abdallah ibn Qutaiba) - Petersson, Andreas. Expositio de quattuor primis Khalifis ad librum Ibn Kuteibae ascriptum, secundum codicem Lundensem […]. Lund, Berling, 1856. 8vo. (1), 29 pp. (Bound with) II: Yllander, Hermann Emanuel. De formis verbi finite in lingua hebrea commentatio […]. Ibid., 1863. (2), 38 pp. Contemp. marbled boards.

€ 850

Two mid-19th-century Swedish oriental dissertations: the first about a history of the Caliphate by Ibn Qutaiba, based on a manuscript in the Lund oriental library; the other, a linguistic study of Hebrew verb forms. - Extremeties rubbed. Foxed throughout; contemporary ownership to inside front cover. - OCLC 251635325. Cf. GAL S I, 187 (Leiden 1856). - II: OCLC 504107851. {BN#33076} (more)

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(Abu Rashid Sa'id b. Muhammad b. Sa'id al-Nisaburi) / Biram, Arthur. Kitabu 'l-masa'il fi'l-hilaf bejn al-Basrijjin wa 'l-Bagdadijjin. Al-kalam fi'l gawahir. Die atomistische Substanzenlehre aus dem Buch der Streitfragen zwischen Basrensern und Bagdadensern. Inaugural-Dissertation der hohen philosophischen Fakultät der Universität Leipzig zur Erlangung der Doktorwürde. Berlin, H. Itzkowski, 1902. 8vo. 82, (2), 89, (1) pp. Papered spine.

€ 850

Only edition of this study of Arabic atomism, tracing the dispute in mediaeval Arabic natural philosophy between the theologians of Basra and Baghdad. Includes the Arabic text. - GAL S I, 344. OCLC 4391682. {BN#31435} (more)

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Abu Shuja` al-Isfahani, Ahmad ibn al-Husayn. Précis de jurisprudence musulmane selon le rite Châfeite, par Abou Chodjâ'. Publication du texte arabe, avec traduction et annotations, par Dr. S. Keijzer. Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1859. 8vo. XXXII, (48), 117 pp. Contemp. half calf with giltstamped spine title.

€ 350

First publication of Abu-Chodja's work on Islamic law, one of the most important scriptures for the Shafi'i School. With a translation and annotations of the ethnologist Salomo Keizer, who is also known for his Dutch Quran translation. The French translation follows the Arabic text (with separate page count). - Evenly browned throughout. - GAL I, p. 492. Gay 3348. OCLC 11386640. {BN#32570} (more)

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Adam, Jean Victor Vincent. Le tournoi études de chevaux & de costumes [...]. Cahier [...]. Paris, Berlin, London & New York, Goupil & Co., [1852-1854]. 6 large beautifully hand-coloured lithographed plates on wove paper (48 x 62.5 cm) by J. B. Zwecker after drawings by Jean Victor Vincen Adam and printed by Lemercier, numbered 8, 9, 12, 14, 16 and 17. Stored loosely in original publisher's printed wrappers, with a lithographed illustration showing the start of a tournament.

€ 7,500

6 beautiful hand-coloured lithographed illustrations of mounted horses with their riders in traditional costumes, participating in tournaments in different settings. A separate instalment from an extremely rare print series by the French draughtsman Jean Victor Vincent Adam (1801-67), known for his illustrations of horses. No other copies of other issues or of the entire series of 24 plates could be located; only a few mentions in literature. - With the embossed publisher's stamp on each of the plates, a tear in the margins of a single plate, and the wrappers showing tears in the fold, otherwise in very good condition. - Adhémar, Inventaire du fonds français après 1800, vol. 1, p. 64 (instalment of 6 irregularly numbered plates). Mennessier de la Lance I, 6 (note, no number of plates specified). Meyer, Allg. Künstler-Lexikon I, p. 75, no. 64 (whole suite of 24 plates). Not in Bridson & White; Colas; Hiler; de Jager (forthcoming); KVK/WorldCat; Nissen, ZBI; Podeschi. {BN#32141} (more)

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Adam, Robert. The Religious World Displayed; or, A View of the Four Grand Systems of Religion, Judaism, Paganism, Christianity, and Mohammedism; and of the various existing denominations, sects and parties, in the Christian world. To which is subjoined, a view of deism and atheism. Edinburgh, James Ballantyne and Co., 1809. 8vo. 3 vols. Contemp. giltstamped calf with double giltstamped black spine labels; spines gilt; giltstamped borders to covers.

€ 1,000

First edition of this encompassing study by the Rev. Robert Adam (1770-1825), long a standard work on the world's religions. - A prettily bound set from the library of the British philosopher of religion, David Arthur Pailin (b. 1936), with his bookplate. - OCLC 1615651.Cf. Chauvin XII, 53 (later edition 1823). {BN#32070} (more)

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Adam, V[ictor]. L'hippodrome au coin du feu. Paris, A. de Vresse, [c. 1840]. Landscape folio (30 x 42 cm). 16 hand-coloured lithographed plates, all with captions and decorative borders (lacks title-page).

€ 6,000

A fine example of Adam's expertise in lithography. The plates depict a variety of unusual equestrian racing scenes including female chariot racing and monkeys riding horseback. Victor Adam (1801-67) was originally employed as painter for the Museum at Versailles. However, in the 1840s he decided to concentrate on the art of lithography, and this scarce album is typical of his work. - 10 plates show some spotting, mainly marginal; one plate with tear in margin (c. 1 cm, not affecting the plate). Paper on front pastedown wrinkled, bookseller's label, bound in original blue gilt decorated cloth. Overall an attractive copy. - Not in Schwerdt, Lipperheide or Colas. {BN#32108} (more)

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Adler, Jacob Georg Christian. Novi Testamenti versiones Syriacae simplex, Philoxeniana et Hierosolymitana. Copenhagen, Johann Friedrich Schultz f. Christian Gottlieb Proft, 1789. Large 4to. (8), 206, (4) pp. With 8 engraved plates. Contemp. full calf with giltstamped cover borders and giltstamped red label to gilt spine.

€ 1,800

Only edition. - The theologian J. G. Ch. Adler (1756-1834) had spent a long time in Rome and visited Europe's great libraries. During his scholarly journeys he had immersed himself in Greek and oriental manuscripts, studying especially the Syrian documents with a view to Biblical textual criticism. One of the scientific results of his labours is the present study: "notes regarding the manuscript Syriac translations so important for New Testament criticism" (cf. ADB). The plates show specimens from the Syrian manuscripts. - Evenly browned throughout with occasional insignificant staining. Appealingly bound. - Hamberger/Meusel I, 29. ADB I, 86. Silvestre de Sacy 704. Darlow/Moule 8975 (note.). OCLC 5987315. {BN#33429} (more)

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Ahmed Hassan, Hafiz. Pilgrimage to the Caaba and Charing Cross. London, W. H. Allen & Co., [1871]. 8vo. VIII, 174, 8, (2) pp. With mounted photoportrait frontispiece. Original elaborately giltstamped forest green cloth. All edges red.

€ 2,800

First and only edition; inscribed copy. The author worked in the service of the Nawab (sovereign) of Tonk, in Hindustan. A Muslim, the Nawab in January 1870 received permission to make the pilgrimage to Mecca. Ahmed Hassan accompanied him, and his account includes details of the crossing from Bombay to Jeddah, of the visits to Mecca and Medina, and of the continuation of his journey to England. The account is uncommon. - Occasional minute foxing to interior, otherwise a very fine copy in well-preserved original binding. Inscribed by the author on t. p.: "With the author's compliments". - OCLC 4384569. Not in Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula. {BN#30334} (more)

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Ahteri, Mustafa bin Semseddin. Ahter-i kebir. Arapçadan Türkçeye lügat. [Istanbul], Matbaa-i Elhac Muharrem, 1292 AH (1875 AD). Folio (239 x 320 mm). 2 parts in one vol. 394 pp. 383, (1) pp. Contemporary giltstamped brown full calf with fore-edge flap.

€ 450

Early Arabic-Turkish dictionary completed in 1545 in Kütahya, Turkey, and first published in Constantinople in 1826. - Binding rubbed, giltstamping largely oxydized; interior a little browned due to paper. A good copy. - OCLC 22445320. Not in Zaunmüller or Vater/Jülg. {BN#33618} (more)

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Al-Ahdab ar-Rammah, Nagm-ad-Din Aiyub. Al- Furusiya wa'l-manasib al-harbiya. Baghdad, Dairat as-Suun at-Taqafiya wa'n-Nasr, 1984. 4to. 182, (2) pp. With several facsimile illustrations. Publisher's illustrated wrappers.

€ 800

Late-13th-century Arabic treatise on "horsemanship and the strategems of war", edited by `Id Daif al-`Ibadi. "This treatise exists in two Paris Arabic manuscripts, BN ancien fonds 2825 (formerly 1128) and fonds Asselin 643. According to the introduction, the book contains "all that is necessary for the masters, men of war, gallants, and artificers, in fact of military operations, the different ways of using the lance, the mace, and the arrow: ways of mixing materials, constructing machines, communication of fire, etc., naval combats, and other things no less curious", all for the advancement of Islam. Pyrotechnics, however, play the most important role. The manuscript says: "The second part treats of machines of fire to be used for amusement or for a useful purpose, machines of fire required in war on land or sea, for the defence of fortresses, in sieges, when a place is to be set on fire, in saps when doors covered with iron are to be burnt, when pots are to be thrown by mangonels, pots with narrow necks, clubs, fire-lances, instruments for distillation, the proportions (recipes), smokes, flying fire or rockets, flowers (fireworks), lance-heads, cups, birds, and moons" (A. Rahman Zaky, "Gunpowder and Arab Firearms in the Middle Ages", in: Gladius, VI [1967], pp. 45-58, at p. 48). - In excellent condition. - Silsilat kutub at-turat 222. OCLC 318028765. {BN#31218} (more)

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(Albertus, Fr[iedrich] Gottl[ieb]). Die merkwürdige Lebensbeschreibung des unglücklich reisenden Uhrmachergesellen, welcher acht Jahre in der türkischen Sklaverey unter vielen Jammer und Elend zugebracht und endlich erlöst wurde. No place or printer, [c. 1806]. 8vo. (16) pp. Modern marbled wrappers.

€ 2,500

Extremely rare German slavery account by the Prussian clockmaker F. G. Albertus. Born in Potsdam in 1770, he visited Amsterdam in 1797, was press-ganged into joining an East India Company ship bound for Batavia, but fell into the hands of Tunisian pirates off the coast of Gibraltar. He details the horrors of his eight-year slavery in North Africa and mentions several of his fellow sufferers by name, including a Spanish Countess named Carolina who was captured at age 16 and was finally ransomed after nine years of slavery. Ultimately, Albertus is ransomed by a Dutch jeweller named Birkenthal and returns to Germany, physically broken but full of praise for the workings of God. - Trimmed rather closely (slight loss to text). Title page bears contemporary censorship stamp of the Delitzsch police. Of the utmost rarity: a single other copy is known (bound within sammelband A/31581:9 in the State and University Library of Hamburg). - OCLC 837821535 (SUB Hamburg). {BN#33869} (more)

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Albohazen Hall (Abul Hasan Ali ibn abi Rijal). Haly de iuditiis. Preclarissimus in juditiis astrorum Albohazen Haly filius Abenragel. Noviter impressus et fideliter emendatus etc. (Venice, Lucantonio de Giunta), 2. I. 1520. Folio (213 x 287 mm). 107 ff. (lacking final blank). Printed in double column. Title with large woodcut, woodcut diagram, decorative initials and printer's device to foot of final f. Modern blind-tooled calf with gilt spine.

€ 15,000

A rare and early edition of this elaborate system of astrology, edited by Bartholomäus Alten. Abul Hasan Ali ibn abi Rijal (Albohazen Hall), probably born in Cordoba, flourished in Tunis from c. 1020 to 1040. He wrote an elaborate system of astrology, the "Distinguished Book on Horoscopes from the Constellations". He enjoyed a great reputation and was celebrated as "Ptolemaeus Alter" and as "summus astrologus". His work was translated from Arabic into Castilian by Judah ben Moses, upon orders of King Alfonso X of Spain, and - in 1485 - from the Castilian into Latin, by Aegidius de Tebaldis and Petrus de Regio. - 1601 ownership to title page. Repairs to lower corner of title (just touching minor part of border) and A2 (loss of a few letters). Lower corner waterstained. Lower corners a little frayed, repair to inner margin of last few ff., some spotting. Not in auction records of the past three decades; only three complete copies in institutional libraries worldwide (BSB Munich, Württ. Landesbibliothek Stuttgart, UB Erlangen-Nürnberg); the copy in the Bibliothèque interuniversitaire de médecine Paris is incomplete (a mere 98 ff.). - Edit 16, CNCE 814. OCLC 311395050. Not in Adams. Not in BM-STC Italian. {BN#33096} (more)

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Albumasar (Abu Ma'shar al-Balkhi Ja'Far ibn Muhammad). Introductorium in astronomiam Albumasaris abalachi octo continens libros partiales. (Venice, Giacomo Penzio for Melchiorre Sessa, 5 Sept 1506). 4to (210 × 150 mm). 64 unnumbered ff. With woodcut illustration on title, woodcut initials, astrological figures in the text, printer's mark on final leaf verso; complete with final blank. 19th-c. vellum with red and black morocco labels and gilt centre tools to spine.

€ 25,000

An attractive edition of this key astrological work. Of all the Arabic writers on astrology, the most imposing is Ja'far ibn Muhammad Abû Ma'shar al-Balkhî (c. 787-886), known in the West as Albumasar. The most notable astrological work ascribed to him is the "Prediction of Changes of Years and Births". A manuscript in Cairo titled "Kitab Akham al-Qiranat wa'l Kawakib wa'l Buruj al-Ithnay 'Ashra" (Book of Indication of Conjunction and Corrections of Stars with some other Stars) is very probably the same work (cf. B. A. Rosenfeld and E. Ihsanoglu, Mathematicians, Astronomers and other Scholars of Islamic Civilisation and their Works [Istanbul, 2003], no. 88, p. 34). This 12th-century Latin translation by John of Seville of his "al-Madkhal al-kabir ilá 'ilm ahkam al-nujum" (Great Introduction to the Science of Astrology) was first published at Augsburg, 1489. - Upon Sessa's well-known device, the famous bibliophile Bishop of Ely, John Moore, remarked: "Whenever you see a book with a cat and a mouse in the frontispiece, seize upon it: for the chances are three to four that it will be found both curious and valuable" (Fumagalli, 486). - Small early inkstamp on title; ms. index to binder's blanks at end; some early marginalia and underlinings in two distinct hands. Bookplate of William Stirling-Maxwell (1818-78), the Scottish historical writer, statesman, horse breeder, and collector. Vellum insignificantly darkened with dust, the occasional trivial mark internally; overall an excellent copy. - Edit 16, CNCE 822. Adams A 567. Isaac 12913. Gaselee, Early printed books in Corpus Christi Cambridge, 166. Graesse I, 60. Heritage Library, Scientific Treasures, p. 30. {BN#32398} (more)

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Albuquerque, Afonso de. Commentarios do Grande Afonso Dalboquerque, Capitao geral que foi das Indias Orientaes, em tempo do moito poderoso Rey D. Manuel, o primeiro deste nome. Parte I (-III). Lisbon, na Regia Officina Typografica, 1774. 8vo. 3 vols. Contemp. brown calf with giltstamped green spine labels. Leading edges gilt; marbled endpapers. All edges sprinkled in red.

€ 4,500

Third edition, reprinted for the first time after the 1576 edition. Afonso d' Albuquerque (1453-1515), the Great, was one of the most striking personalities in the history of Portuguese discovery and colonialism and is the founder of the Portuguese Empire in the East Indies. Albuquerque advanced the three-fold Portuguese grand scheme of combating Islam and securing the trade of spices and the establishment of a vast Portuguese Asian empire. He was the first European to enter the Persian Gulf, led the first voyage by a European fleet into the Red Sea, and was also the first westerner to reach the coast of South-Eastern Arabia: "In 1506 Albuquerque was despatched from Lisbon on an expedition, intended to consolidate Portuguese supremacy in the Indian Ocean. His instructions were to monopolize trade with East India for Portugal, and to exclude both Venetians and Saracens from Indian waters [...] Attacks were made on the Arab ports at Malindi, Hoja, Lamu and Brava, before continuing to Socotra [...] Sailing from Socotra with six ships, Albuquerque coasted the Arabian peninsula, sacked Muscat and Sohar, and then launched an attack on Hormuz during the months of September and October 1507. In spite of the overwhelming forces assembled against him by the island's twelve-year-old ruler, Albuquerque mounted a successful siege, with the result that the ruler become a vassal of the Portuguese crown [...] The famous 'Commentaries' [...] were published by his son Alfonso [...], collected from his father's papers. The only documents actually originating from the father are in the form of letters" (Howgego I, 19-21). - A good, clean copy. - Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula 29. Howgego I, 21. Anselmo 222. King Manuel No. 155. BM-Portuguese Books 127. Innocencio I, 7, 36. Palha 4136. Cat. Gulbenkian, Portugal & Persia, 126. Henze I, 35ff. Brunet I, 144. Cf. Graesse I, 59 (4 vols). {BN#33535} (more)

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Alessandro, Giuseppe d', duca di Pescolanciano. Pietra paragone de' cavalieri, [...] divisa in cinque libri. Naples, Domenico-Antonio Parrino, 1711. Folio (332 x 218 mm). With engraved frontispiece, portrait of the author, and 140 engravings, all but one full-page.

€ 25,000

First edition of this rare Italian riding school, covering all aspects of horse breeding, training and care, lavishly illustrated with 140 engravings. A second, enlarged edition, also apparently rare, was published in 1723 under the title "Opera". The work is divided into five parts: the first, "Regole di cavalcare" with one plate; the second, "[...] ove si tratta del difficilissimo mestiere dell' imbrigliare"; the third, "[...] dell' istesso", with 95 illustrations of bits, etc.; the fourth, "Disegni de' circoli" with 10 diagrams and "Ritratti d'uomini illustri" with 27 portraits, about half of which show mounted figures; the fifth, "[...] intorno alla preservativa, conservatione, e medicina per cavalli" with 7 plates, also including other animals (such as a rhinoceros). - Errata leaf at beginning, contemporary vellum, manuscript lettering on spine, some leaves browned or spotted. No copy in auction records of the last decades. - Huth p. 28. Brunet I, 159. Graesse I, 68. {BN#32179} (more)

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[Alf laylah wa-laylah]. Machuel, L[ouis] (ed.). Les Voyages de Sindebad le Marin. Texte arabe extrait des Mille et une nuits. Algiers, Adolphe Jourdan, 1884. 8vo. 2 parts in 1 volume. (8), 119, (1) pp. (4), 158, (2) pp. Publisher's original printed auburn cloth with gilt spine.

€ 450

Second edition of the original Arabic text, revised and corrected; first published in 1874. "Chaque page entourée d'un double filet vermillon" (Chauvin). The text and vocabulary, lithographed throughout, are hand-drawn by E. Ducret, "Diplomé de première classe". A clean copy. - Chauvin VII, 3. NYPL Arabia Coll. 187. OCLC 4433368. {BN#33931} (more)

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[Algeria]. - Bou Kandoura, Mohammed. Letter signed. Alger, 18. XII. 1828. Large 4to. 2 pp. Together with a contemporary transcription into French.

€ 1,500

To the Crown prosecutor of Algeria, describing a case of child murder under Sharia law. {BN#31996} (more)

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[Algeria]. - El Mézari, Mohamed. Autograph letter signed (as Agha of Mostaganem). N. p., [1849/50]. 4to. 1 p. on double leaf.

€ 2,800

In Arabic, to General Viala Charon, French governor in Algeria. Includes contemporary French translation. {BN#32117} (more)

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[Algeria]. - El Mézari, Mohamed. Autograph letter signed (as Agha of Mostaganem). N. p., January 14, 1837. Together with a lithographic portrait (315:243 mm).

€ 3,500

In Arabic to King Louis-Philippe I, requesting recruitment of men and horses. Together with an autograph translation signed by Joseph-Marie Jouannin, the king's interpreter of Arabic (Paris, 14 Feb. 1837). {BN#31995} (more)

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Al-Hizb as-Suyu i al-Misri. Sittun aman min nidal al-suyuiyin al-misriyin. [Cairo, Al-Hizb as-Suyu i al-Misri], 1979. 116 pp. Original wrappers. 8vo.

€ 350

Treatise on the history of the Egyptian Communist party (Al-Hizb as-Suyu i al-Misri) and other communist organizations in Egypt from 1920 to 1979. As early as October 1920, but three years after the Bolshevist October Revolution, the Egyptian Socialist Party constituted itself as the true representative of the Egyptian working class. The following year, the Party sent Hosni al-Arabi to Moscow to negotiate a possible reception into the Communist International, and in 1922, the name of the party was officially changed to "Egyptian Communist Party". After several splits, re-formations, and dissolvements, the Party was newly founded in 1975 after Anwar as-Sadat lifted the ban on the movement. - Well-preserved. - OCLC 246522674. {BN#33334} (more)

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(Ali Albencufian) [i.e., Miguel de Luna]. Histoire veritable contenant la vie de Iacob Almançor Roy d'Arabie, qui conquist le Royaume d'Espagne sur le Roy Dom Roderic. Paris, Gervais Clousier, 1638. 8vo. 174 pp. With engr. title vignette. 19th-c. half calf with giltstamped title to panelled spine. Marbled endpapers.

€ 2,500

First French edition of the life of Almansor, the Arabic conqueror and ruler of Spain in the tenth century. Translated from "La Verdadera Historia del Rey Rodrigo" by Gilles de Rainssant. The author, the Moorish apologist Miguel de Luna, first published this historical work in two parts in 1592 and 1600. Although presented as a translation from an Arabic manuscript, it was almost certainly of his own composition. It is important as a sympathetic account of the Moorish conquest of Spain and offers numerous accounts of the humanity and cultivation of an Arabic prince. His pre-eminence in science and learning is dwelt upon, and there is an interesting account of the formation of his vast library: he is said to have offered twice the market value for any book he found wanting from his collections. This rare French edition marks an early and remarkable point in the emergent French interest in the Arab world. - Slight browning throughout. Bookplate of Eugène Vignat (1815-95), Mayor of Orléans and Député of Lorient. A good copy. Rare. - Goldsmith A 275. OCLC 771039115. Not in Barbier. Not in Brunet. {BN#32680} (more)

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Alisi, Antonio, art historian (1876-1954). Majoliche e Vetri Arabi. Cairo, 1916. Folio (330 x 250 mm). Autograph manuscript with 108 original watercolours. Contemp. blue cloth with gilt stamped label to title.

€ 7,500

The present manuscript, assembled during the author's visit to Egypt in 1916, documents Islamic ceramics of all kinds (vases, lamps, figurines, plates, glasses, etc.), mostly from archaeological excavations in Fostat near Cairo. Antonio Alisi was a renowed expert on Islamic art, director of the Capodistria Museum and later appointed head of the International Museum of Ceramics in Faenza. - Title and most watercolours signed by Alisi. Includes somes correspondence and manuscript material by the author. - Well preserved. {BN#32128} (more)

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Alken, Henry. [Steeplechase]. The First Steeple-Chase on Record (The Night Riders of Nacton). London, B. Brooks, 1839. 4 aquatints in contemp. hand colour, c. 265 x 270 mm each. Matted.

€ 3,500

Complete set of Alken's famous series, engraved by J. Harris. Scenes of a nocturnal steeplechase, supposedly performed in December 1803 by a group of young cavalry officers betting on their horses' merits: "Plate I. Ipswich, the Watering-Place behind the Barracks. Preparing to start"; "Plate II. The large field near Biles's Corner. Whoop! and away"; "Plate III. The last field near Nacton Heath. Accomplished Smashers"; "Plate IV. Nacton Church and Village. The finish - a good five still alive. Grand Chorus". - Slightly browned, but well preserved. "Splendid set" (Craven, Sporting Review, 1839, p. 312). - Siltzer 63. {BN#32126} (more)

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Alken, Henry. The beauties and defects in the figure of the horse. London, S. & J. Fuller, [1816]. 4to. Engraved title with circular vignette, 18 hand-coloured etched plates, uncut in original boards, worn at joints at extremities.

€ 3,500

First edition. - An uncut copy in original pictorial boards of the first book published under Alken's name. He mentions his "habit of riding young and violent horses with fox-hounds", and of having a mare which caused him "four or five falls a day upon an average, and all in consequence of her violent bucking leaps." Provenance: Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester (bookplate). - Schwerdt I, 12. Mennessier de la Lance 14. Huth 85. Mellon/Snelgrove 73. Tooley, Coloured Plates 20. {BN#32109} (more)

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Alken, Henry. [The Seven Ages of the Horse]. London, S. & J. Fuller, 1825. Landscape 4to (28.4 x 38.2 cm). 7 hand-coloured etched plates. Red half morocco by Riviere, marbled endpapers, gilt edges.

€ 6,500

An important work showing the progression of a race horse through successive stages of life, at one point pampered and adored, at another rejected and scorned. - Expert repairs to plate corners, light marginal finger-soiling, occasional browning, plates 2 and 4 with very minor marginal tears with two very small repairs to versos. - Dixon 80. Mellon/Snelgrove 62. Tooley, Coloured Plates 48. {BN#32111} (more)

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Alken, Henry. Qualified Horses and Unqualified Riders, or the reverse of Sporting Phrases taken from the work entitled Indispensable Accomplishments. London, S. & J. Fuller, 1815[-1819]. Landscape folio (25 x 34.4 cm). Engr. title page, 7 hand-coloured engraved plates by Alken, plate 5 with J. Whatman 1819 mark. Later red hard-grained half morocco, spine and upper cover lettered in gilt, rebacked preserving spine.

€ 8,000

First edition, early issue. The first of Alken's works to have a title page, "lacking from a great many copies" (Dixon). Signed Ben Tally Ho, the title good-humouredly explains that the plates are a reply to Robert Frankland's "Indispensable Accomplishments", a set of six Leicestershire hunting prints published in June 1811. Where Frankland blames the horse for any failures, Alken aims to show how a perfectly good horse can be handicapped by an "unqualified" or untrained rider. - Light browning to sky areas and plate margins. Provenance: Alfred N. Beadleston (bookplate). - Dixon 4 (two plates watermarked 1819). Mellon/Snelgrove 3. Schwerdt I, 20 (1813 watermark). Siltzer 69 & 74. Tooley, Coloured Plates 44. {BN#32110} (more)

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[Alken, Henry]. Going to Epsom Races. London, S. and J. Fuller, [c. 1820]. Hand-coloured aquatint strip panorama, raised in egg-white, in nine sections (56 x 4638 mm overall). Original giltstamped and illustrated green cloth, in like narrow cloth case.

€ 9,500

A fine example of this remarkable frieze of riders and carriages on the road from London to Epsom Race Course, with the race in progress. More than four and a half metres in length. In excellent condition and appealingly presented in the original cloth case (other specimens have been known to have been mounted on wooden cylinders). - Cf. Abbey Life 472. Mellon/Snelgrove p. 23. Siltzer p. 58. Gee Sporting Panoramas 1. OCLC 82202922. {BN#32380} (more)

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Al-Mutanabbi, Abul-Tajjib / Hammer[-Purgstall], Joseph von (transl.). Motenebbi, der größte arabische Dichter. Zum ersten Mahle ganz übersetzt. Vienna, Heubner, 1824. 8vo. LVI, (2), 427 pp. Contemp. half cloth with giltstamped spine title.

€ 850

First German edition of the highly influential poems of al-Mutanabbî (915-965). The famous poet of the Abbasidic era exerted a decisive influence on all subsequent poets in Arabic. - Ms. library shelfmark and stamp on title page (withdrawn). - Brunet III, 1924. Goedeke VII, 764, 68. Wurzbach VII, 276, 44. Cf. GAL I, p. 86f. (for Motenebbi). {BN#28040} (more)

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[Alphabetum Arabicum]. Alphabetum Arabicum una cum Oratione Dominicali, Salutatione Angelica et Symbolo Fidei. Rome, Sac. Congreg. de Propaganda Fide, 1797. 8vo. 15, (1) pp. With printer's device to title page. Modern half calf.

€ 1,500

Brief introduction to the Arabic language for Catholic missionaries, "an exact reproduction of the 1715 edition" (Smitskamp). Includes a table of the alphabet and the Lord's Prayer and Ave Maria in Arabic. "The best known products of the Propaganda Press, apart from its missals, grammars, and dictionaries, are the Alphabeta" (Smitskamp 193). This is, perhaps, litte surprise, for the missionaries sent forth to all parts of the globe by the Roman see through the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, founded by Pope Gregory XV in 1622 for the purpose of spreading the Catholic interpretation of the Gospel, depended on language study textbooks such as these. The production of such alphabets was taken up as early as 1630 and was not discontinued until the early years of the 18th century; in 1812 the Congregation's in-house printing office was dissolved. - A good copy with deckle edges intact. - Smitskamp 216. Cf. Streit XVII, p. 351, no. 6551. {BN#33431} (more)

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[Alphabetum Armenum]. Alphabetum Armenum. Cum Oratione Dominicali, Salutatione Angelica, initio Evangelii S. Iohannis et Cantico Poenitentiae. Rome, Sac. Congreg. de Propaganda Fide, 1784. 8vo. 32 pp. With woodcut printer's device to title page. Modern half calf.

€ 1,500

Brief introduction to the Armenian language for Catholic missionaries. "A reissue of the 1673 edition. The specimen includes a figurated woodcut alphabet and a cursive alphabet which does not seem to be cast but rather woodcut" (Smitskamp). Contains three Armenian alphabet tables as well as the Lord's Prayer, the Ave Maria, extracts from the Gospel of John, and an Act of Contrition in Armenian. - "The best known products of the Propaganda Press, apart from its missals, grammars, and dictionaries, are the Alphabeta" (Smitskamp 193). This is, perhaps, litte surprise, for the missionaries sent forth to all parts of the globe by the Roman see through the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, founded by Pope Gregory XV in 1622 for the purpose of spreading the Catholic interpretation of the Gospel, depended on language study textbooks such as these. The production of such alphabets was taken up as early as 1630 and was not discontinued until the early years of the 18th century; in 1812 the Congregation's in-house printing office was dissolved. - A good, nearly unbrowned copy. - Smitskamp 211. Graesse I, 85. {BN#33433} (more)

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[Alphabetum Armenum]. Alphabetum Armenum. Rome, Sac. Congreg. de Propaganda Fide, 1673. 8vo. 8 ff. With woodcut printer's device to title page. Modern boards.

€ 2,500

Brief introduction to the Armenian language for Catholic missionaries. "The types are those cut by Grandjon in 1579, and this is therefore a late specimen of that fount" (Smitskamp). Includes a table of the alphabet and the Lord's Prayer and Ave Maria in Armenian. "The best known products of the Propaganda Press, apart from its missals, grammars, and dictionaries, are the Alphabeta" (Smitskamp 193). This is, perhaps, litte surprise, for the missionaries sent forth to all parts of the globe by the Roman see through the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, founded by Pope Gregory XV in 1622 for the purpose of spreading the Catholic interpretation of the Gospel, depended on language study textbooks such as these. The production of such alphabets was taken up as early as 1630 and was not discontinued until the early years of the 18th century; in 1812 the Congregation's in-house printing office was dissolved. - Slightly browned throughout. - Smitskamp 200. Graesse I, 85. {BN#33432} (more)

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[Alphabetum Persicum]. Alphabetum Persicum cum Oratione Dominicali et Salutatione Angelica. Rome, Sac. Congreg. de Propaganda Fide, 1783. 8vo. 24 pp. With woodcut printer's device to title page. Modern red half calf with marbled covers.

€ 1,800

Brief introduction to the Persian language for Catholic missionaries in the Middle East, with a table of the alphabet and the Lord's Prayer in Persian. "The best known products of the Propaganda Press, apart from its missals, grammars, and dictionaries, are the Alphabeta" (Smitskamp 193). This is, perhaps, litte surprise, for the missionaries sent forth to all parts of the globe by the Roman see through the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, founded by Pope Gregory XV in 1622 for the purpose of spreading the Catholic interpretation of the Gospel, depended on language study textbooks such as these. The production of such alphabets was taken up as early as 1630 and was not discontinued until the early years of the 18th century; in 1812 the Congregation's in-house printing office was dissolved. - Slight waterstain to margins. Untrimmed copy. - Smitskamp 210. Graesse I, 85. Brill II, 2109. {BN#33434} (more)

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Al-Qabisi, Abu Al Saqr 'Abd Al-'Aziz Ibn 'Uthman Ibn 'Ali (Alchabitius). Libellus ysagogicus. Venice, Erhard Ratdolt, 16. I. 1482. 4to. 32 ff. Title page printed in red and black. With 2 woodcut diagrams and 8 tables in the text; white-vine initials in two sizes, lombardic initials (many coloured in red). Rubricated. Recent full vellum.

€ 45,000

Second edition of the author's principal work, originally published at Mantua in 1473. Al-Qabisi (also known as "Alchabitus" in the Latin tradition) flourished in Aleppo, Syria, in the middle of the 10th century. Although his education was primarily in geometry and astronomy, his principal surviving treatise, "Madkhal" (here in the Latin translation of Joanis Hispalensis prepared in 1144), is an introductory exposition of some of the fundamental principles of genethlialogy (the astrological science of casting nativities, or divination as to the destinies of newborns). The "Madkhal" in its Latin version was published many times in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. - Bookplate of joint collectors Rudolf Hugo Driessen (1873-1957) and Caroline E. F. Kleyn (1883-1933). Outer margin of first leaf slightly frayed; marginal annotation in red ink on its verso (slightly trimmed by binder's knife). Very rare; last sold at an international auction in 1996. - HC 616*. Goff A-362. GW 843. Essling 294. Sander 216. Sajó-Soltész 120. Walsh 1804. Oates 1747. Proctor 4382. BMC V 285, XII, 19. BSB-Ink A-232. Cf. Scientific Treasures, p. 31 (ed. 1512). {BN#32310} (more)

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Alquie, Francois-Savinien d'. Les mémoires du voyage de Monsieur le marquis de Ville au Levant, ou l'histoire curieuse du siège de Candie. Amsterdam, Boom, 1670-1671. 12mo. 3 parts in 1 vol. (10), 60, 153 (but: 453), 320 pp. Contemp. vellum.

€ 3,850

First complete French edition. The account of the siege of the fortress of Candia, Crete, based on the reports of Giovanni Battista Rostagno, secretary to Duke Charles Emmanuel II of Milan, was first published in Italian in 1668. The engraved title page depicts the siege of Candia. - Ownership of the Swedish nobleman Corfitz Christian count Beck-Friis (dated Stockholm, 1876); unobtrusive ownership stamp to title page. Last in the Ottoman collection of the Swiss industrialist Herry W. Schaefer (his ms. ownership to endpaper; dated Zuroch, 28 March 1992). - Atabey 17. Cioranescu 7075. Weber II, 347. Cf. Willems 1844. {BN#33435} (more)

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Al-Shidyaq, Ahmad Faris. Kitab al-Kanz al-muhtar fi kasf al-aradi wa-l-bihar ("The Select Treasures in the Discovery of Lands and Seas"). Malta, Church Missionary Society, 1836. 8vo. 130 pp. With 12 engr. plates (some with 3 images per plate), including views of Mecca and Medina. Contemp. half roan calf; marbled boards; gilt printed Arabic title on spine.

€ 6,500

Very rare first illustrated edition of this famous Arabic geography, here edited by one of the most prominent Arab intellectuals of his day, Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq. A famous and key title in the dissemination of printed Arabic through the Church Missionary Society of Malta. Al-Shidyaq sought to adapt a decidedly Eurocentric geography by James Mitchell (1822) to his Middle Eastern audience, and focuses to a larger part on the Ottoman world. Enjoying several editions and printings in Malta and Cairo, the "Kitab al-Kanz al-muhtar" became an important work in the history of Arabic intellectual and economic thought in the 19th century, giving a modern and well-informed view of world geography otherwise accessible only through European texts. After the 1833 Malta first printing the title was taken up by the Artillery School Press of Tura, Cairo who printed an improved edition by al-Tahtawi in 1834. Roper describes this 1836 printing, the first illustrated one, as "embellished with nicely engraved plates showing views of some of the cities mentioned [...] it incorporates most of the stylistic improvements of Tahtawi's edition [...] however it is clear that another hand has been at work [... The editor] is not named but it was almost certainly Faris al-Shidyaq, who had returned to Malta and re-entered the service of the CMS at the end of 1835" (Roper). - Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq (1804-87) was born in Lebanon to an Arab Maronite family. He converted to Protestantism around 1825, and the present work is one of several he produced for the Church Missionary Society in Malta. Al-Shidyaq was invited to Cambridge, England, in 1848, where he stayed for 7 years before moving to Paris for 2 years. In 1860 he converted to Islam, and spent much of his later life in Istanbul as the editor of an Arab language newspaper. In recent years, scholars seem to have taken a renewed interest in Ahmad Faris al-Shidyaq and his role in the "nahda", or Arab renaissance of the 19th century. Several biographies have been published recognizing his struggle to modernize the Arabic language and educational system, as well as his defence of Arabic culture and language against the Turkization movement across the 19th century Ottoman Empire. As such he is considered one of the founders of modern Arabic literature and journalism. - Hinges and extremities professionally repaired. Stamp of the Löwy Jewish Library (London) on title page. Slight foxing throughout due to paper; a pleasant copy of a very rare imprint: an important and influential teaching aid which made a significant contribution to the study of geography in the 19th century Arabic world. - Geoffrey Roper, "Arabic Printing in Malta 1825-1845: its history and its place in the development of print culture in the Arab Middle East" (Durham thesis, 1988), no. 70 & cf. pp. 151f. OCLC 257691397. {BN#33730} (more)

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Al-Tughrai, al-Husayn ibn Ali. Poema Tograi, ex versione latina Jacobii Golii, cum scholiis et notis. Curante Henrico van der Sloot. Franeker, Willem Coulon, 1769. 17, (1), 174 pp. Contemp. full calf binding. All edges red. 4to.

€ 2,500

Early scholarly edition, with Latin translation and notes. "The 'Lamiyat al-`Agam', a famous poem by at-Tograi'i [...]. It was first edited by Golius together with the Sentences of Ali in 1629. This is the first one accompanied by Arabic scholia, and also the first readily available edition containing Golius's translation: Anchersen's edition of 1707, which published this translation for the first time, was lost at sea except for six copies" (Smitskamp). - Some foxing and browning; glue-shading to endpapers. Old bookplate (alpha and omega with fish) on front pastedown; stamp of the Paris Jesuit Congregation on title page. Binding rubbed and bumped at extremeties; spine rather chipped. No copies recorded at auction within the last decades. - GAL I, S. 286. Smitskamp (PO) 318. Schnurrer 200. Graesse VI, 167. OCLC 16080863. {BN#32642} (more)

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Al-Tugrai, Hassan ibn ´Ali. Poema Tograi. Cum versione Latina Jacobi Golii hactenus inedita edidit M. Anchersen. Utrecht, Broedelet, 1707. Small 4to. (20), 46 pp. With engr. title vignette. Contemp. vellum.

€ 4,500

"Édition estimée, et dont les exemplaires sont peu communs, parce que (selon Vogt) ils ont presque tous été perdus en mer" (Brunet). The accounts regarding the precise number of copies salvaged from the wreck vary: Schnurrer mentions 5 or 6, Ehrencron-Müller states 50. In any case, the number of copies extant is very small and thus the book is extremely rare. It contains the poem "Lamiyat al-Agam" by al-Hasan Ibn-Ali at-Tugrai (c. 1061-1121) in the Arabic original with a Latin translation and copious commentary by the Danish theologian Matthias Anchersen (1682-1741). "A complaint over the unfortunate circumstances of his times and over his own lot" (cf. GAL). - Some browning and foxing due to paper. The author's personal copy, inscribed to his brother Ansgar on the front flyleaf. - Smitskamp 318. Schnurrer 199. Ehrencron-Müller I, 113. Brunet V, 875. Ebert 23020. Cf. GAL I, p. 247 (the 1717 ed.). {BN#33500} (more)

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Al-Tugrai, Hassan ibn ´Ali. Lamiato 'l Ajam. Carmen Tograi. Una cum versione Latina, & notis, opera E. Pocockii. Oxford, Henry Hall f. Richard Davis, 1661. 8vo. 2 parts in 1 vol. (22), 233, (89) pp. (4), 170, (2) pp. With full-page engraving. Modern vellum.

€ 4,500

The first Arabic-Latin edition of the great poem "Lamiyat al-´Agam" by Hassan ibn ´Ali al-Tugra'i (c. 1061-1121), and one of the first Arabic books ever printed in England: "a complaint over the unfortunate circumstances of his times and over his own lot" (cf. GAL). Contains not only the text with an extensive commentary, but also a complete index of the words appearing in the poem and the apparatus, as well as a second part, an Arabic prosody by Samuel Clarke entitled "Scientia metrica & rhythmica, seu Tractatus de prosodia Arabica" (also issued separately, but here forming part of the Tugrai edition). Edward Pococke (1604-91) was the first scholar of Arabic at Oxford; the Oxford oriental scholar Samuel Clarke (1624-69) also served his University as printer. - Variously browned due to paper. An untrimmed copy. - GAL I, S. 247. Lowndes 2692. Schnurrer 197. Brunet V, 875. Ebert 23019. {BN#33499} (more)

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American Stud Book. The American Stud Book, Containing Full Pedigrees of all Imported Thorough-Bred Stallions and Mares. With their Produce. Including Arabs, Barbs and Spanish Horses. Volumes 1-29. From the Earliest Record to 1983. New York, Sanders D. Bruce [and from 1896:] The Jockey Club, 1873-1984. 29 vols. bound in 38. Uniformly bound in half calf with brown cloth covers and giltstamped spine labels in two colors. Marbled endpapers. Later volumes (from 1964) in original cloth with gilt spine.

€ 12,000

The complete run of the stud book for thoroughbred horses in the United States. It was founded by Sanders Bruce, with assistance from his brother B. G. Bruce. In 1896, The Jockey Club bought out Bruce and assumed publication of the book, which it has continued to the present. - The American Stud Book includes all thoroughbreds foaled in the United States, Canada, and Puerto Rico. It also includes any thoroughbreds imported into those places from other countries, as long as those countries' thoroughbred stud books are approved by The Jockey Club. {BN#28998} (more)

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Amico da Gallipoli, Bernadino. Trattato delle piante & immagini de sacri edifizi di Terra Santa. Florence, Pietro Cecconcelli, (1619)-1620. Folio (205 x 295 mm). (8), 65, (1) pp. With engr. title page, large woodcut printer's device on reverse of final f., and 34 double-page-sized etchings by Jacques Callot, printed from 38 plates, with 46 numbered illustrations. Contemp. limp vellum with ms. title "Amico" to spine. All edges red.

€ 5,000

Second edition, the first to be illustrated by Callot. All etchings are in their first state, with typographical text on the reverse. Colophone dated "M.DC.XIX". The etchings are numbered 1-41 and 43-47. "Mariette parle de cette série dans ses 'Notes Manuscrites' (Paris, Cabinet des Estampes). Ces planches, dit-il, sont gravée d'une manière très ferme et le peu de figures qui s'y rencontrent sont des mieux qu'ait faites Callot" (Lieure). Includes a view and a plan of Jerusalem, views of buildings with many details and ground plans unsurpassed for centuries, according to Tobler. - A good copy with slight foxing to margins. Top spine end slightly bumped; modern endpapers. Loss of upper corner to p. 53 (fig. 41), remargined using the respective page of another copy without illustrations on verso (slight loss to etched border; some gluestaining). Several contemporary marginalia; ms. notes to endpapers; ms. index et the end. Bound first is a large, folding engraved map of the eastern Mediterranean with insets of Palestine and Jerusalem, engraved by Nicolas Sanson: "Iesu Christi Salvatoris Nostri et Apostolorum Petri, et Pauli Mansiones, Itinera, Peregrinationes &c. per Galilaeam, Samariam, Iudaeam; et per Aegyptum, Asiam, Europam" (from: Sanson, Geographia Sacra. Paris, Mariette, 1665). Ms. ownership "Mompre et Moucheron" on reverse. - STC 29. Cicognara 3932. Atabey 20. Blackmer 31. Kat. der Ornamentstichslg. Berlin 2782. Pollen I, 24. Fowler 19. Röhricht 837. Tobler 87. Laor 940 & 941. Plan 220-254. Meaume 4455-4489. Lieure 306-352. Sanson's map: Laor 697. Graesse I, 101. {BN#26642} (more)

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Ammon, [August] W[ilhelm]. Barhut (Anesi-Hengst.) Geschenk des Vice-Königs von Aegypten an den General-Consul Herrn von Wagner. Jetzt im Besitz Sr. Maj. des Königs von Preussen Friedrich Wilhelm IV. Berlin, L. Zöllner / Gebr. Rocca, [c. 1846]. 640 x 490 mm. Toned lithograph (the stallion "Barhut" before a oriental caravan background), blindstamped by the publisher.

€ 1,800

Fine lithographed portrait of the Arabian stallion "Barhut", a gift by Muhammad Ali Pasha, Viceroy of Egypt, to the Prussian Consul General v. Wagner, who in turn presented the horse to his King, Fredrick William IV. The Thuringian artist Wilhelm Ammon (1812-95, of no relation to the famous like-named Bavarian Court Studmaster), trained at Berlin, Munich, and Paris, was particularly famous for his horse paintings, many of which were in the collections of the Altenstein castle and stud. - Cf. Thieme/B. I, 416. {BN#32357} (more)

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