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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. 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.

EUR 4,500.00

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. {BN#28985}
¶ OCLC 23427282.

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More than 1000 volumes on horse breeding

A library on Arabian Horse Breeding. A library on Arabian horse breeding, including Stud... Books and General Reference. From the Le Vivier and Marcia Parkinson Collections, with Additions from the Library of Duke Maximilian in Bavaria. The largest collection of its kind in private hands. 250 works in more than 1,000 volumes. Mostly original or first editions. Published in Austin, Cairo, Chicago, Hildesheim, London, Marburg, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, Riga, Tehran, Warsaw and other places in the years 1746 to 2007.

EUR 380,000.00

Amassed over the last fifty years and covering four centuries of relevant material, the present collection spans all aspects of the history and development of the breeding of Arabian horses. It comprises within itself many books from the Le Vivier collection: fine press books of racing and thoroughbred literature produced by Eugene Connett's famous Derrydale press, as well as numerous important items from the library of Duke Maximilian in Bavaria (1808-88), himself a great enthusiast of Arabic horses. Including items of exceptional rarity, such as the rare, beautifully illustrated first German edition of Friedrich von Eisenberg’s famous riding school (1747), which lauds Arabian horses as "the finest produced by the Orient". Also, we here find the early Arabian Horse Registry of America Stud Books, and many items also bear presentation inscriptions from the authors (Carl Raswan, Gladys Brown Edwards, etc.). The common practice in such a specialized field, most of the publications here were issued for a very limited circulation in runs of 1,000 or fewer individually-numbered copies. - As a reference library for breeding the collection is unparalleled: almost any Arabian horse's forefathers will be found amongst the exhaustive stud books and breeding serials from the 18th to the 20th century, from Australia, Poland, Spain, Russia, the USA, etc., often with accompanying photographs. Perhaps the most famous reference work is the Raswan Index, of which only 380 copies were printed (and many destroyed by a flood). Raswan became an expert on the Arabian breed through his lengthy trips to the desert, where he lived with the Bedouins and learned their language and customs. Several scarce early 20th century works also testify to the Western fascination with the Bedouin and desert roots of the Arabian horse: Homer Davenport's 'My Quest of the Arabian Horse' (1909) and Raswan's 'The Black Tents of Arabia: My Life Amongst the Bedouins' (1935). - Alongside modern surveys of the key centres of horse-breeding in the Arab world, the early Western classics are also found here in their scarce first editions. French and German authors are also well-represented, including the text and first French translation of the 'Hilyat al-fursân wa-shi'âr ash-shuj'ân', an abridgement of Ibn Hudhail's horse treatise, prepared around 1400. Finally, the owner's collection of notable catalogues and magazines paints a fascinating composite picture of the evolution, and heyday, of Arabian horse-breeding in the Arab world, Poland, America, and the United Kingdom. - Also contained in this magnificent collection are the classic reference works on Arabian and Anglo-Arabian racehorses and their breeding. These standard works and encompassing sets of specialised thoroughbred literature include not only the indispensable guides to horse pedigrees, the Racing Calendar, General Stud Book, Spanish, American and Australian Stud Books, Bloodstock Breeders' Review, and Prior's Register of Thoroughbred Stallions, in near-complete runs stretching back as far as the 18th century, but also British and international horseracing history, and several volumes of exquisite coloured plates. - The size and comprehensiveness of the present collection cannot be overstated; it is safe to say that it represents the largest private collection of its kind which has come up for sale in recent decades. Many of the items found here can be located in just a handful of public institutions worldwide. Such items come into the market so rarely (and have recently, like the Raswan Index and the AHRA Stud Books, commanded prices of five figures) that it would be impossible to build a comparable collection item-by-item; the volumes here represent a lifetime of serious dedication to the task. Yet the value of such a collection lies not simply in its impressive number of important publications, but in the vast amount of practical knowledge contained within. As the introduction to one manual expresses it, "The horses shown and described form the foundation ancestry of a major number of breeding programs being propagated today. They appear in every area of endeavour. Yet pictures and facts are not easy to obtain. A knowledge of what has been and is, what proved successful and what endured, is pertinent to the maintenance of type and quality in the Arabian. Whatever your chosen bloodline this is a worthy study." - Illustrated catalogue available upon request. {BN#29118}

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The most important voyages from the 15th to the end of the 17th century, including the first edition of Balbi's travelogue to the Middle East in Folio

Aa, Pieter van der (ed.) / Gottfried, Johann Ludwig (falsely attributed to). De aanmerkenswaardigste en alomberoemde zee- en landreizen der... Portugeezen, Spanjaarden, Engelsen en allerhande natiën: zoo van Fransen, Italiaanen, Deenen, Hoogh- en Nederduitsen als van veele andere volkeren. Voornaamenlyk ondernomen tot ontdekking van de Oost- en Westindiën, midsgaders andere verafgelegene gewesten des aardryks. The Hague and Leiden, widow of Engelbrecht Boucquet and sons, Jan van der Deyster, and Boudewijn and Pieter van der Aa, 1727. The Hague and Leiden, widow of Engelbrecht Boucquet and sons, Jan van der Deyster, and Boudewijn and Pieter van der Aa, 1727. 8 vols. 1mo and folio. With 7 (of 8) engraved frontispieces (lacking that of volume 4), 4 engraved dedications, 117 engraved maps on 61 leaves, 7 engraved plates and 502 engravings in text. Further with 127 (of 128) title-pages (including a general title-page, a title-page to 7 (of 8) volumes, lacking that of volume 4, and 118 for the separate works). Volume 1-3 & 5-8: contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges; volume 4: modern calf.

EUR 65,000.00

Large paper copy of the so-called "folio-edition" (although here mostly printed as 1mo) of Van der Aa's voluminous collection of important voyages to the East and West Indies and other countries, undertaken by all European countries, other than the Dutch. Including voyages by Acosta, Balbi, Cabot, Cavendish, Chester, Columbus, Cortes, Coutinho, Da Cunha, Drake, Evesko, Frobisher, Gallonye, Da Gama, Garay, Garcia, Gilbert, Jenkinson, Harcourt, Herberer, Magallanes, Mildenhal and Cartwright, Mouette, Petelin and Andrasko, Raleigh, Saris, De Soto, etc. - The work is falsely attributed on the title-page to Johan Lodewijk Gottfried, by Van der Aa, most likely because he made good money publishing Gottfried's "Chronicle" in 1702. In reality Gottfried had nothing to do with the present work. The work was edited and co-published by Pieter van der Aa, known for his ambitious projects. Where other publishers were primarily concerned about the profits, Van der Aa wanted to publish outstanding books. For the present series of travels he either reused and revised older Dutch translations or had the original accounts translated for the first time into Dutch. In 1706 he already started publishing the translated voyages both in small (8vo) and large instalments (folio or 1mo), and a year later he published a 28-volume set of the 8vo editions. The folio editions were afterwards issued and divided in four large collections of two volumes each. The present issue, is a reissue of these four collections with their own independent tile-pages and frontispieces, and ads a new general title-page and list of subscribers. - While all sets seem to be described as "folio" the present set is printed mainly as 1mo, with some occasional quires in folio. And as the large editions of the two volume sets were available on normal paper (80 guilders) and on large paper (100 guilders; Hoftijzer, p. 43), it seems very likely the present set is one printed on large paper. All leaves are unwatermarked and the 1mo leaves are only slightly trimmed (measuring 396 x 238 mm with the tranchefiles often still visible) the folio leaves are trimmed more and don't have visible tranchefiles. The fourth volume is from a different set which is trimmed down much more, but also combines both 1mo and folio leaves. - Some occasional spots, a couple minor restorations and a few wormholes; a very good set, but with the fourth volume from a different and heavily trimmed set (though printed on the same large paper), in a modern binding and lacking the frontispiece and the title-page to the volume. The seven volumes with contemporary bindings slightly worn along the extremities and with some minor wear on the sides, but otherwise very good. {BN#45571}
¶ Cordier (Sinica) 1942f. Muller, America 1889. Sabin 3 (note). Tiele, Bibl. 10. For Van der Aa: P.G. Hoftijzer, Pieter van der Aa (1659-1733), Leids drukker en boekverkoper (1999).

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The Muslim festivity of Al-Ashura

Abbate, Washington. [Al-Asura]. Al-Achoura. Par Washington Abbate. (Croquis de l’auteur).... Cairo, Imprimerie Franco-Égyptienne, 1888. Cairo, Imprimerie Franco-Égyptienne, 1888. Folio (254 x 355 mm). 14 leaves (letterpress within lithographed illustrated borders). Loose in original wrapper covers with title printed in French and (in gilt letters) Arabic. Stored in custom-made green half morocco case.

EUR 3,500.00

Beautifully illustrated publication on the Muslim festivity of Al-Ashura. For Shia Muslims, Ashura, the tenth day of Muharram, the first month in the Islamic calendar, marks the climax of the Remembrance of Muharram and commemorates the death of Husayn ibn Ali, the grandson of the prophet Muhammad, at the Battle of Karbala. Illustrated by the author throughout; a fine, late production of the French press in Egypt. - Contemporary ownership stamp "A.T." to upper cover. Covers slightly stained, otherwise a very good copy. Rare. {BN#50077}
¶ OCLC 456737731.

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One of the earliest works on Egyptology

Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi, Muwaffaq al-Din. Abdollatiphi Historiae aegypti compendium, arabice et latine. Oxford, J. Cooke, Hanwell & Parker, 1800. 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.

EUR 4,500.00

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. {BN#34035}
¶ GAL I, 481. Schnurrer 177. Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 3. Brunet I, 9. Graesse I, 3. NYPL Arabia coll. 18. OCLC 31486913.

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Medieval Account of Egypt

Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi, Muwaffaq al-Din / Silvestre de Sacy, Antoine Isaac (ed. and transl.). [Kitab al-ifadah wa-al-i`tibar fi al-umur al-mushahadah wa-al-hawadith al-mu`ayanah... bi-ard Misr]. Relation de l'Egypte par Abd-Allatif, medecin arabe de Bagdad. Suivie de divers extraits d'écrivans orientaux, et d'un etat des provinces et des villages de l'Égypte dans le XIVe siècle. Paris, de l'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1810. Paris, de l'Imprimerie Imperiale, 1810. Large 4to (210 x 262 mm). XXIV, 752, (2) pp. With title vignette. Contemporary full calf gilt; spine repaired to style with original label. Marbled edges and endpapers.

EUR 7,500.00

First French edition of this account of Egypt, translated and annotated by the orientalist Silvestre de Sacy, who added other significant texts, such as "État des provinces et des villages de l'Égypte, dressé en l'année 1376, sous le règne du Sultan Melic-Alaschraf Schaban". Abd al-Latif (1162-1231), known as Ibn al-Labbad or Ibn Nukta, was a philosopher, physician, and historian. He was one of the most prolific Arab writers, but of the numerous works ascribed to him, mostly on medicine, only his graphic and detailed account of Egypt has survived. In his edition Silvestre de Sacy provides many valuable notes to this text, the first translation into French. Abd al-Latif was educated in Baghdad, turned to philosophy and the works of Ibn Sina, visited Mosul and then Damascus and the camp of Salah al-Din outside Akka, where he met Baha’ al-Din ibn Shadad and Imad al-Din al-Isfahani, the famous Arabic chroniclers of the Crusades. He went on to Cairo and travelled between there and Syria, especially Aleppo. His work was widely known in Europe and translated into Latin and German. Edward Pococke junior was responsible for a Latin version of part of the text, later issued with the Arabic by Thomas Hyde in a very scarce Oxford 1702 edition; the Latin version was continued by Joseph White in another bilingual edition (Tübingen 1789; Oxford 1800). A German version by S. F. Günther Wahl followed in 1790. The first Arabic edition did not appear until 1869 (Cairo, 1286 AH). - Contemporary ink ownership "John Ross" to half-title. The British physician and traveller Dr. John Ross was attached to the Baghdad Residency. He was fluent in Arabic and explored widely throughout Arabia; in 1834/35 he accompanied James Baillie Fraser on his expedition to to southern Babylonia. Old French ownership to title page stricken out; later Arabic ownership in blue pencil to dedication. Light fingerstaining to title-page; some gatherings printed on blue paper. A few professional repairs to a fine volume with appealing shelf-appearance. {BN#51280}
¶ Brunet I, 9. Gay, 1908. Zarkali 4, p. 61. Ellis, Arabic Books in the British Museum I, 48. Cf. Garrison 1768 (cites White's bi-lingual Arabic/Latin Oxford edition of 1806). Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 3. Sarton II, 2, p. 599.

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[Abdul Hamid (Abdülhamid) II, Sultan of the Ottoman Empire (1842-1918)]. Secretarial document with gilt tughra. No place, [1888]. No place, [1888]. Large folio (ca. 37 x 57 cm). 1 p.

EUR 3,500.00

Traces of folds; some slight paper flaws. Austrian revenue stamp (50 kreuzers), dated 1888, affixed to upper left corner. Calligraphic notes in Ottoman Turkish on reverse (ink somewhat oxydized). {BN#49418}

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Abidin, Ihsan. Pferdezucht und Pferderassen im osmanischen Reiche. Berlin, Verlag der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Züchtungskunde, 1918. Berlin, Verlag der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Züchtungskunde, 1918. 8vo. 31, (1) pp., with 47 pp. of black-and-white photo plates. Modern half cloth.

EUR 1,500.00

Rare treatise on the various breeds of Arabian horses in the Ottoman Empire, a translation of the author's "Osmanli atlari", published in Istanbul the previous year. "I have decided to reissue my book in German because, as far as I know, the German language does not possess of an extensive and detailed account of the several horse breeds of Turkey, in especial of the Arabian horse and its various sub-breeds and strains. I was also encouraged by the great interest that Turkey evinces quite generally throughout Germany, and the close economic connexions between these two allied countries which we are to expect after the end of the war may also bring about closer relations in the field of horse breeding [...]" (preface). The copious plate section shows numerous breeds of Arabian horses. - Occasional brownstaining with the odd contemporary German annotation in copying pencil, but well preserved altogether. A single copy outside Germany (Catholic University of Paris); none in America (only a microfilm of the Tübingen copy at Harvard). {BN#49573}
¶ Flugschrift der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Züchtungskunde 42. OCLC 72415601. Not in Boyd/Paul.

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Abidin, Ihsan (Akinci). Osmanli atlari. [Istanbul], Matbaa-i Amire, 1917. [Istanbul], Matbaa-i Amire, 1917. Large 8vo. Various pagings: (2), 12, (18) pp., 1 blank f., 5-20, (2), 45-58, 37,38, 61-80, 79-80, 21-40, 79-228, 5 pp. With 48 numbered leaves of photographic plates. Original printed cloth.

EUR 750.00

Only edition of this Ottoman Turkish book on horse breeding by Ihsan Abidin (1882-1945), published as volume 3 in the "Teksir ve islah-i hayvanat koleksiyonu" series of books on animal breeding. - Some brownstains; binding rubbed and bumped. Very rare; OCLC lists copies only in Harvard and the University of Chicago. {BN#49655}
¶ OCLC 40204344. Not in Boyd/P.

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15th century law manual

Abu al-Barakat 'Abdallah b. Ahmad b. Mahmud al-Nasafi. Kanz al-daqua'iq fi'l-furu (Treasure of Niceties in the... Branches [of Jurisprudence]). No place, Wednesday 17 Rabi` I 882 AH [1477 AD]. 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).

EUR 12,000.00

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 Muamalat. - 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). {BN#30317}
¶ Cf. GAL S II, 265.

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Islamic law, signed and dated by the calligrapher

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] 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.

EUR 14,000.00

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. {BN#31746}
¶ Cf. GAL S II, 265.

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Only printed edition of the Arabic text

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. Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1837. 8vo. 2 parts in one volume. X, 160 pp. (4), 120 pp. Contemp. blindstamped calf, sparsely gilt.

EUR 4,500.00

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. {BN#33428}
¶ GAL II, p. 56. Chauvin XI, 2. Gay 3614. Silvestre de Sacy 1489. Hoefer XXXVIII, 184. Brunet I, 18. Graesse I, 8.

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First critical edition

Abu al-Fida Isma`il ibn `Ali (Abulfeda). [Kitab taqwim al-buldan, talif `Imad al-Din Isma`il ibn... Nur al-Din `Ali ibn Jamal al-Din Mahmud ibn Muhammad ibn `Umar ibn Shahanshah ibn Ayyub Sahib al-Hamah]. Géographie d'Aboulféda. Texte arabe publié d'après les manuscrits de Paris et de Leyde aux frais de la Société Asiatique. Paris, (Société Asiatique) à l'Imprimierie Royale, 1837-1840. Paris, (Société Asiatique) à l'Imprimierie Royale, 1837-1840. Small folio. 2 vols. 224 pp. LXVII, (1), (4), (225)-539, (1) pp. Publisher's original blue printed wrappers.

EUR 3,000.00

The first critical edition of Abu'l-Fida's great tabular geography "Taqwim al-buldan", edited and introduced by Joseph Toussaint Reinaud and Mac Guckin de Slane, two of de Sacy's most eminent students, based on the Paris and Leyden manuscripts. An "édition autographiée d'après un manuscrit arabe de la Bibliothèque du Roi", comprising merely 32 leaves, had appeared in 1829 under the care of Hippolyte Jouy and Reinaud. - Abu'l-Fida, born in Damascus in 1273, was a historian, geographer and military leader. The crater Abulfeda on the Moon is named after him. - "Taqwim al-buldan takes the world as its subject. The author speaks of its various regions, of the equator and the seven 'climes', describing each in detail. He establishes their geographical positions and addresses conditions in each of them. He describes their sizes and their boundaries, and also mentions their seas and lakes and rivers and mountains" (The Arabic Books Printed in Europe). - Waterstaining and foxing throughout, more pronounced in the second volume. Wrappers stained and chipped with large flaws to spine. A wide-margined, untrimmed copy in the original blue wrappers as issued by the Société Asiatique (1re livraison - 2e et dernière livraison). {BN#49652}
¶ GAL II, 46, no. 2 (p. 56). Zenker 996. Fück 153, note 405. King Abdulaziz Public Library, The Arabic Books Printed in Europe (2004), no. 63. OCLC 64933399.

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Abu al-Fida Isma`il ibn `Ali (Abulfeda). 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. Leipzig, Schönermarck, 1766. Large 4to. (70), 240 pp. Near-contemporary marbled grey boards with giltstamped red spine label.

EUR 2,800.00

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. {BN#33244}
¶ GAL II, 46. Ebert 29. Hamberger/Meusel IV, 189. ADB XVI, 444.

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Important mediaeval geography of the Middle East: first separate printing

Abu al-Fida Isma`il ibn `Ali (Abulfeda). 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. Leipzig, Schönermarck, 1766. Large 4to. (70), 240 pp. Contemporary half calf with giltstamped spine label.

EUR 3,500.00

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. - Insignificant browning throughout as common; contemp. ownership (1840) to front pastedown. {BN#47800}
¶ GAL II, 46. Ebert 29. Hamberger/Meusel IV, 189. ADB XVI, 444.

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Liber Genethliacus of Abu Bakr al-Hasan, From the Same Press as Copernicus’s "De Revolutionibus"

Abu Bakr al-Hasan ibn al-Hasib al Harasi (Albubater). [Kitab al mughni fi 'l-mawalid, latine]. Liber genethliacus,... sive De nativitatibus, non solum ingenti rerum scitu dignarum copia, verum etiam iucundissimo illarum ordine conspicuus. Nuremberg, Johann Petreius, 1540. Nuremberg, Johann Petreius, 1540. 4to. (148) pp. With a small floral vignette on the title-page and two woodcut initials. 18th century full vellum with gilt title label on spine.

EUR 9,500.00

First edition under this title, and the definitive edition of the Renaissance. Al-Hasan is "often quoted in astrological works of the Christian middle ages under the name Albubather. He flourished about the middle of the third century A.H., for Ahmad b. Abi Tahir Taifur (died 280 = 893) mentions him in his Kitab Baghdad as a contemporary" (Suter). Notable is the scholar-printer responsible for the work: Johannes Petraeus was soon to cement his historical reputation by printing Copernicus's "De Revolutionibus" (1543). In the present work, Petraeus offers his own justification for printing the work of Al-Hasan alongside such luminaries, for "true majestic Astronomy is on a higher level than the things intelligible to students. However this should not dissuade them from its handmaiden, Astrology, as its fruits and rewards are adjudged to be pure, and itself offering many advantages" (preface to the reader). Astronomy was properly regarded as being essential for deriving accurate figures needed for the sciences of Astrology and Prognostication; a heavily annotated copy of this edition of Al-Hasan is known from Tycho Brahe’s library (cf. Prandtl, Die Bibliothek des Tycho Brahe), and Robert Westman has argued that Copernicus not only embraced astrology but sought to defend it in his "De Revolutionibus" ("Copernicus and the Astrologers", Dibner Library Lecture, 2013). - The important 9th century astrologer and physician Abu Bakr al-Hasan is best known for this work on casting nativities, or divination as to the destinies of newborns, which was "translated by Salio of Padua in or around 1218. The work is extant in a least seven manuscripts and four early printed editions from 1492 to 1540. A treatise in 206 chapters on nativities (birth horoscopes) providing answers to a wide number of questions pertaining to the twelve houses" (The Warburg Institute, Bibliotheca Astrologica Latina). The questions range from correct aspects of insemination and conception to the effects of delayed birth; the effects of the moon and planets on the pregnancy; the feeding of the newborn; and even whether the birth will take place "modestly" or "immodestly". According to Al-Hasan, if Mars and Mercury align, the newborn will unfortunately be a liar; he also gives guidelines for how to determine whether the offspring will be pious; whether s/he will be a "hypocrite"; intelligent; gifted with a keen memory; foolish; faithful; generous; greedy; jealous; beautiful; argumentative; a fornicator; a thief; a sodomist (chapters 37 & 38); and prone to chastity or prone to sins against nature. - OCLC shows one copy in US libraries, at Brown. - Minor dampstaining to blank margin of a handful of leaves, more pronounced on fol. b4, otherwise only very light browning. Contemporary annotation to fol. h1r, a few modern pencil underlinings and marginal marks. 20th century bookplate of the Italian writer Enrico Gaetani to pastedown. {BN#49046}
¶ VD 16, A 59. Zinner 1732. Houzeau/Lancaster II, 3941. Lalande p. 60. Sarton I.603. Aboussouan 6. Rosenthal 3352. Graesse I, 60. Suter, H., "al-Hasan", in: First Encyclopaedia of Islam III, p. 274f. Carmody, Arabic Astronomical and Astrological Sciences in Latin Translation (Berkeley, 1956), pp. 136f., no. 1. Sezgin, Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums VII, p. 123, no. 1.3. Cf. GAL S I, 394.

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HRH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan visits Pakistan

[Abu Dhabi - State Visits to Pakistan]. Photograph archive and album: "Visit to Lahore of... His Highness Sheikh Zaid bin Sultan Alnahayyani the ruler of AbuDhabi (16th to 28th November, 1967). Pakistan, 1967 and 1970. Pakistan, 1967 and 1970. An archive of 183 photographs: 133 loose b/w photos (ca. 30 x 25 cm), 30 smaller photos (ca. 5 x 6 cm) numbered and mounted together on a single sheet of paper, and 20 photos in the album. Original black half morocco, with green cloth sides with title and emblem of Pakistan's United Bank Limited on upper board. Includes numerous rolls of original medium format negatives.

EUR 125,000.00

A trove of unpublished photographs depicting two official visits to Pakistan by HH Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan. The earlier one, in 1967, is documented by a separate photo album containing images of the visit to Lahore, the second largest city of Pakistan, between 16 and 28 November 1967. (Almost 20 years later, in 1986, Sheikh Zayed would donate a hospital to the city, now the "Shaikh Zayed Medical Complex", which is one of the premier medical institutions in the country.) The album opens with a picture of HH Sheikh Zayed arriving in his car; later pictures show him being honoured and presented with an album very similar to the present one, and in the company of officials representing Pakistan's UBL bank (United Bank Limited). - The 30 small photographs show an audience with Sheikh Zayed as well as a banquet in his honour, attended by various Pakistani dignitaries including Agha Hasan Abedi (1922-95), the illustrious founder of UBL. These photos, apparently clipped from a set of medium format contact prints, are mounted on a sheet of coated black photographic paper. - The largest set in size and number shows the state visit that took place on 20-22 January 1970 at the invitation of President Yahya Khan (1917-80). It provides extensive documentation of how the large Abu Dhabi delegation is formally received by Yahya Khan, who served as president of Pakistan between March 1969 and December 1971. Many show HH Sheikh Zayed shaking hands with and speaking to President Yahya; others show the airport reception, formal dinners, speeches, but also informal conversations, members of the delegation handling falcons, and numerous high-ranking Abu Dhabi retainers. Among the persons depicted is again Agha Hasan Abedi, but there are also several pictures of Butti Bin Bishr, secretary to Sheikh Zayed, and of Ahmed Bin Khalifa Al Suwaidi, the first Minister of Foreign Affairs of the UAE and the Personal Representative of Sheikh Zayed. - President Yahya Khan had been "one of the very first international leaders to reach out to Sheikh Zayed after the UAE had been founded and had, prior to this, in July 1970, been instrumental in creating an agreement to provide technical assistance to the then Trucial States. With the December 1971 union agreement approaching, Pakistan was quick to forge even closer ties, and Khan had been one of the first foreign leaders to offer his congratulations and reiterate his country's support when the UAE was born. Full diplomatic ties were then quickly established, and Pakistan became one of the first to extend recognition to the new country [...] All his life Sheikh Zayed had held a personal affinity for Pakistan. He had hunted there extensively, came to know the people, its culture and lands, and enjoyed close ties with leaders" (Wilson). - Binding of the album slightly rubbed. Some of the loose photographs slightly scuffed along the edges, occasional nicks or slight tears, but on the whole in excellent state of preservation. The majority of the photographs are entirely unmarked, save for the odd Arabic inscription or stamp on the reverse. A fine, unpublished set, entirely unknown and without counterparts in the UAEhistory, Keystone or Hulton/Getty press photo archives. From the estate of Azhar Abbas Hashmi (1940-2016), Pakistani financial manager and eminent literary patron with close ties to Karachi University. Long with UBL, Hashmi would serve as the bank's vice-president before founding several important cultural organisations and becoming known as a man of letters in his own right. It was because of Hashmi’s close connections to the Gulf states that Abu Dhabi provided funds to build the Karachi University’s faculty of Islamic studies, along with Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre and Jamiya Masjid Ibrahi. {BN#49666}
¶ Cf. Graeme H. Wilson: Zayed - Man Who Built a Nation (Dubai 2013), pp. 111f.

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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. Berlin, H. Itzkowski, 1902. 8vo. 82, (2), 89, (1) pp. Papered spine.

EUR 850.00

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. {BN#31435}
¶ GAL S I, 344. OCLC 4391682.

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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. Leiden, E. J. Brill, 1859. 8vo. XXXII, (48), 117 pp. Contemp. half calf with giltstamped spine title.

EUR 350.00

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. {BN#32570}
¶ GAL I, p. 492. Gay 3348. OCLC 11386640.

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A sixteenth century dervish residing in Constantinople

Abu-'l-Ma`ani al-Bagdadi, Muhammad / Hammer-Purgstall, Joseph von. Juwelenschnüre Abul-Maani's (des Vaters der Bedeutungen) das ist... Bruchstücke eines unbekannten persischen Dichters. Vienna, (van Ghelen'sche Erben für) Anton Doll, 1822. Vienna, (van Ghelen'sche Erben für) Anton Doll, 1822. 8vo. XIX, (1), 196 pp. Contemp. calf with giltstamped cover borders, gilt spine, gilt cover dedication; leading edges gilt; all edges gilt.

EUR 2,800.00

First edition, second impression with corrected title page. Hammer's German translation of verses by a 16th-century dervish residing in Constantinople. - From the library of the Swedish diplomat Ulf Torsten Undén (1877-1962) with his ownership "U. T. Undén" signed twice to endpapers. {BN#45373}
¶ Goedeke VII, 763, 60. Wurzbach VII, 276, 42. WG² 28. Hayn/Gotendorf III, 498. OCLC 41405611.

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