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A perfect copy of the original edition

Achille Prisse d'Avennes.

L'Art Arabe. Paris 1869-1877. 1 text vol. and 3 large folios with a total of 200 plates.

Very scarce first edition of this splendid, still unsurpassed standard work on Islamic art. Beautiful, complete set (the last copy on the market, sold at Sotheby’s, London, in 2008, lacked a plate). Text and plates uncommonly clean and in an excellent state of preservation throughout, in contrast to the known copies in libraries and in institutional possession. Due to the excellent condition of the present copy, the Taschen Verlag chose this as their model for their forthcoming luxury facsimile, the most sumptuous of a total of eight facsimile editions so far published. – Ibrahim-Hilmy II, 138-140.