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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 1,500.00

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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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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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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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, p. 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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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. Leipzig, Schönermarck, 1766. Large 4to. (34), 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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Only printed edition

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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(Abu Muhammad 'Abdallah ibn Qutaiba) - Petersson, Andreas. Expositio de quattuor primis Khalifis ad librum Ibn... Kuteibae ascriptum, secundum codicem Lundensem […]. Lund, Berling, 1856. 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.

EUR 850.00

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. {BN#33076}
¶ OCLC 251635325. Cf. GAL S I, 187 (Leiden 1856). - II: OCLC 504107851.

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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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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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History of the Islamic Almoravid and Almohad dynasties in Spain and north Africa

Abu-Mohammed Assaleh el Abdel-Halim and José de Santo Antonio Moura (translator). Historia dos soberanos mohametanos das primeiras quatro dynastias... [...] annotada por Fr. Jozé de Santo Antonio Moura. Lisbon, Academia real, 1828. Lisbon, Academia real, 1828. 4to. [4], 454, [4] pp. Innocencio IV, 241. Contemporary motted sheepskin, gold-tooled spine, marbled endpapers.

EUR 1,250.00

First edition of the Portuguese translation of an Arabic historical work written by Abu-Mohammed Assaleh el Abdel-Halim. The work deals with the Almoravid and Almohad dynasties who ruled the southern part of Spain and the north-western part of Africa from the 11th up to the 13th century. Abu-Mohammed Assaleh mainly focusses on Morocco, Fes and Mauritania. Little is known about the author except that he lived in Granada, Spain, in the year 726 (1325/1326). The text was translated by the Franciscan Antonio Moura (1770-1840), probably from the original manuscript, and is perhaps the only translation of the original Arabic text, since no other translations could be found. - Browned throughout, with a few marginal waterstains and some occiasional small spots. Binding worn along the extremities. A good copy. {BN#45999}
¶ Innocencio IV, 241.

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Abulcasis (Albucasis, Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi). De Chirurgia. Arabice et latine. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1778. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1778. Folio (260 x 307 mm). XXIX, (1), 642 pp. With numerous woodcut illustrations in the text. Modern full calf with giltstamped red spine label.

EUR 18,000.00

Editio princeps: "the first edition in Arabic, and the first modern edition of the text" (Garrison/M.). The volume comprises the surgical section of Albucasis's "Tasrif li-man 'ajiza 'an al-ta'lif", a medical encyclopedia in 30 treatises. This section has been termed the "first rational, complete and illustrated treatise on surgery and surgical instruments. During the Middle Ages it was the leading textbook on surgery until superseded by Saliceto" (ibid.). Includes a wealth of woodcut illustrations of surgical instruments, including a forceps for extracting a dead fetus - a device of his own invention, still in use in modified form. - Abu al-Qasim, hailed as the "father of modern surgery", specialized in curing disease by cauterization. He designed several devices used during surgery, for purposes such as inspection of the interior of the urethra, applying and removing foreign bodies from the throat, inspection of the ear, etc. In his "Al-Tasrif" he described how to ligature blood vessels almost 600 years before Ambroise Paré. Al-Qasim was also the first to describe a surgical procedure for ligating the temporal artery for migraine, also almost 600 years before Pare recorded that he had ligated his own temporal artery for headache that conforms to current descriptions of migraine. His use of catgut for internal stitching is still practised in modern surgery (catgut apparently being the only natural substance capable of being absorbed by the body). - Very slight browning and brownstaining (more pronounced in first and final leaves); contemp. notes on the author, excerpted from reference, on first blank. Lower and outer edges untrimmed; a large-paper copy. {BN#46763}
¶ Schnurrer 398. Wellcome II, 5. Garrison/M. 5550. M. H. Fikri, Treasures from the Arab Scientific Legacy in Europe, no. 4. DSB XIV, 585 ("important edition").

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Six extremely rare hand-coloured lithographs of mounted horses, with their riders in traditional costumes

Adam, Jean Victor Vincent. Le tournoi études de chevaux & de costumes [...]. Cahier [...]. Paris, Berlin, London & New York, Goupil & Co., [1852-1854]. 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.

EUR 7,500.00

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. {BN#32141}
¶ 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.

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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. Edinburgh, James Ballantyne and Co., 1809. 8vo. 3 vols. Contemp. giltstamped calf with double giltstamped black spine labels; spines gilt; giltstamped borders to covers.

EUR 1,000.00

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. {BN#32070}
¶ OCLC 1615651. Cf. Chauvin XII, 53 (later edition 1823).

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Horse Racing

Adam, V[ictor]. L'hippodrome au coin du feu. Paris, A. de Vresse, [c. 1840]. 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).

EUR 6,000.00

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. {BN#32108}
¶ Not in Schwerdt, Lipperheide or Colas.

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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. 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.

EUR 1,800.00

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. {BN#33429}
¶ Hamberger/Meusel I, 29. ADB I, 86. Silvestre de Sacy 704. Darlow/Moule 8975 (note.). OCLC 5987315.

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Aga Khan, Andrée Joséphine, wife of Aga Khan III (1898–1976). Autograph quotation signed. [Antibes], 22. I. 1930. [Antibes], 22. I. 1930. Large 4to. 1 p.

EUR 1,500.00

La santé est le seul et unique principe de vie pour le corps humain: pour un peuple c'est l'union avec l'accord et non la guerre qui le fera vivre [...]. - Mounted on cardboard. {BN#31953}

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Agius, H[oratio]. Collection of photographs. Malta. Malta (and Gibraltar), [1870s]. Malta (and Gibraltar), [1870s]. 15 albumen prints, various sizes (from 102 x 20 cms to 20 x 15 cms). Boards gilt on 3 sides (535 x 355 mm).

EUR 300.00

A set of large photographs, mainly by the Malta-based photographer Horatio Agius (1840-1910), showing the sights of Malta, including several panoramic views (one more than a metre in length), views of La Valletta, Marsamuscetto Curtain, Strada Forni, Fort Ricasoli and Fort St. Angelo, etc., but also five views of Gibraltar. Mostly captioned in English on the backing boards, with a pencil key to some panoramas provided on overlaid paper. - Dampstained, soiled and faded; some edge flaws to boards. {BN#46791}

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Let us now praise Imperial armaments

Agricola, Georg. Oratio de bello adversus Turcam suscipiendo, ad Ferdinandum... Ungariae Boemiaeq[ue] regem, & Principes Germaniae. Basel, J. E. Froben, 1538. Basel, J. E. Froben, 1538. 4to. 36 pp. With woodcut printer's device on title page, repeated on reverse of final leaf. Early 19th century marbled boards.

EUR 6,500.00

First Latin translation of Agricolas "Oration, Anred und Vermanung Herrn Ferdinandum zu Ungern" (Nuremberg, Peypus, 1531), an anti-Ottoman pamphlet of the Turkish wars in Hungary which began with the siege of Vienna in 1529 and lasted well into the 1550s. "A quite unneccessary, broadly garrulous oration, probably never delivered as a speech but disseminated in print only. Agricola gives a long-winded account of the Turks' cruelties, and of Germany's great power since ancient Roman times, and warns that Germany is now threatened by the Turkish forces which had besieged Vienna 'with guns' the previous summer. Hungary must be given every assistance etc." (Kertbeny, p. 89). "No writer has so praised the superiority of the Imperial armaments over the apparently weak Turkish weaponry as did Agricola (1490-1555), the father of mineralogy. In particular, he stressed the vastly superior arms of the German mercenaries who fought with sturdy spears, protected by solid helmets, while the Turks had but flimsy pikes, 'like little knives'. Victory over so poorly equipped an enemy, he promises, is therefore nothing less than certain. Agricola even seems convinced that a general insurrection of all the peoples subjugated by the Turks is imminent. His oration was written a few months after the siege of Vienna, which may explain his excessive optimism" (Göllner I, p. 208). - Some browning and waterstaining throughout (more pronounced in title page). Rare; only three copies in libraries via VD 16 (BSB Munich; Staatsbibliothek Preußischer Kulturbesitz Berlin; Austrian National Library). {BN#45786}
¶ VD 16, A 924. Adams A 340. BM-STC German 8. Göllner I, 617. Apponyi 268. Ballagi 450. Hubay 165. Cf. Kertbeny 412 (German ed.).

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