Dikru ál-ándalus; ta’lïfu s’arïf ál-’idrïs / Descripcion de España de Xerif Aledris.
8vo. XX, 234 pp. Contemporary sheepskin with gold-tooled spine, gold-tooled rules on the boards, red morocco spine label, marbled pastedowns and endpapers.
Rare first bilingual edition of "Dikru ál-ándalus; ta'lïfu s'arïf ál-'idrïs", written by Muhammad al-Idrisi (also known as Xerif Aledris, 1100-65), an Arab geographer and cartographer. This 12th century work is an extensive geographic treatise on Spain and Andalusia. Although not the first edition ever, this is the first bilingual edition in Spanish and Arabic. Due to his professional background, the Spanish orientalist and historian of the Al-Andalus period José Antonio Conde (1766-1820) came into contact with the writings of al-Sharif al-Adrisi and translated his description of Spain into Spanish. In this edition, the original Arabic text is printed in parallel to Conde's translation. Conde also extended the "Descripcion de España de Xerif Aledris" by more than 100 pages of annotations.
With an owner's ink inscription from 1866 on the first endleaf. Head and foot of the spine damaged, binding slightly worn, but still in good condition.
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