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Persian Islamic traveller from India candidly relates the virtues and vices of Europeans and Asians

1. ABU TALIB, Mirza (Charles STEWART, translator and editor). The travels of Mirza Abu Taleb

Khan, in Asia, Africa, and Europe, during the years 1799, 1800, 1801, 1802, and 1803.

London, Longman, Hurst, Rees & Orme (printed in Broxbourn by Richard Watts), 1810. 2 volumes. 8 o . With

an engraved and aquatint portrait of the author, painted by James Northcote and engraved by William Bond.

Contemporary tan calf, gold-tooled spine. € 3.500

First edition, in English translation, of an extraordinary account of

the four-and-a-half-year voyage of Mirza Abu Tòalib Khan (1752-

1806), a Persian-speaking Shi’ite Muslim from Lucknow in north

central India who had worked for the British East India Company.

Most remarkable is his astute, detailed and extremely candid social

and moral critique of the cultures in the regions he visits, and

his anthropological comparison of the various cultures with each

other and with his own culture. He refers to opium smoking in

Constantinople and India, coffee shops and tobacco smoking in

Bagdad, “a fiery spirit, called whisky” in Ireland, and much more.

He ranges widely over government, legal and financial systems,

Napoleon’s rise and many other topics. His frequent accounts and

analysis of relations between men and women in various lands are

especially interesting.

Most quires foxed, but otherwise in good condition, with only an

occasional marginal chip, one quire slightly loose, and the title-page

in volume 1 with faint offsetting from the frontispiece. Binding

slightly rubbed, and worn at the hinges, but also good. A fascinating

first-hand record of a Muslim traveller’s views of European and

Asian culture and society ca. 1800.

British critic XXXVI (1811), pp. 545-277; Cox II, p. 108; cf. Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 374.

Comprehensive 12th-century Arabic treatise on agriculture

2. ABU ZAKARIYA ibn al-AW WA M. Libro de agricultura. ... Tomo I[-II].


BROECK, Victor van den. Catecismo de agricultura.

VILLE, Georges. Abonos químicos conferencias agrícolas.

Seville, Biblioteca Científico Literaria; Madrid, Victoriano Suarez (colophon: printed by Salvador Acuña y

Comp., Seville), 1878. 2 volumes. Imperial 16 o . Later turquoise sheepskin. € 1.750

Second Spanish edition of a classic 12th-century Arabic treatise on agriculture,

known in Arabic as Kitab al-filaha and first published in a parallel Arabic and

Spanish edition by the Imprenta Real in Madrid in 1802. Most of the book

deals with agriculture, including fruits, vegetables, grains (including rice),

legumes and cotton, with discussions of soils, the benefits of letting fields lie

fallow, crop rotation, fertilizers, irrigation, pruning, grafting, ploughing, making

preserves, and plant diseases. The last few chapters discuss animal husbandry,

including horses and animal diseases. It was the most comprehensive Arabic

treatise on the subject, incorporating large parts of the most important earlier

works on the subject, most notably the work of Ibn Wafid. Zakariya also made

use of classical Greek sources.

Each volume with the bookplate of Pedro Jorba Valls. Slightly browned

and with two or three leaves with minor marginal defects, but still in good

condition. Bindings very good. A comprehensive practical guide to agriculture,

originally written in Arabic ca. 1185.

REBUIN (4 copies); cf. Schnurrer 425 (1802 ed.).

Pope Clement XI’s copies of three important works concerning the Armenian language

3. AGOP, Joannes (Yovhannès KONSTANDNOWPOLSECÍ). Puritas Haygica seu grammatica


Rome, Sacrae Congretationis de Propaganda Fide, 1675.


(2) AGOP, Joannes. Grammatica Latina Armenice’ explicata: ...

Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1675.

(3) AGOP, Joannes. Puritas lingue Armenicae ...

Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1674. 3 works in 1 volume. 4 o . Contemporary sheepskin parchment. € 24.000

The first and only editions of three complementary manuals concerning

the Armenian language and grammar, in matching format

and layout, all three by the Armenian priest Johannes Agop (1635-

1691) in Venice, born in Istanbul. They were printed and published

by the Propaganda Fide in Rome, established in 1623 to promote

the Catholic religion, primarily outside Europe. The Propaganda

Fide established its own printing office in 1626 and stocked it

with a wide variety of non-Latin printing types, many newly cut

for them. Like many of their publications, the present ones were

intended in part for missionaries working in the Ottoman Empire,

the Caucasas and Iran, but also in part for Christians who lived in

these regions. For that reason Agop wrote not only an Armenian

grammar with the instructive text in Latin (ad 1), but also a Latin

grammar with the instructive text in Armenian (ad 2) and a work

entirely in Armenian on the “purity” of the Armenian language (ad

3). These linguistic publications by Agop still are important for the

history of the Armenian language, being among the few on the

subject published in the 17th century.

With the armorial stamp of Cardinal Albani (1649-1721), from 1700

Pope Clement XI, on the title-page. A few quires toward the end

of the Puritas linguae Armenicae are browned, but otherwise a

very good copy, with only an occasional small marginal tear or very

minor foxing. Three important and complementary sources for the

Armenian language, formerly owned by Pope Clement XI.

Salmaslian 89; www.armenology.net 1296 (& 19), 1298, 1295.

Beautiful illustrated edition of Aladdin

4. [ALADDIN]. Aladdin ou la lampe merveilleuse.

Paris, Hachette & Cie., [ca. 1870]. 8 o . With 1 double-page and

5 full-page chromolithographed plates. Original chromolithographed



Beautifully illustrated edition of the Middle Eastern folk tale

Aladdin, one of the best known tales from the Arabian nights,

though actually an 18th-century addition. It was published

by the celebrated French publisher of children’s books and

populare literature of the 19th century, Hachette & Cie, in the

series Magasin des petits enfants.

With contemporary owner’s inscription at the head of the

front wrapper. Spine tattered and with several leaves loose;

foxed. Rather used copy of a beautiful children’s books.

Not in Gumuchian.

14th-century Arabic geography, printed in Arabic from a Leiden University manuscript

5. AL-FIDA, Abu (Friedrich Theodor RINCK, ed.). Abulfedae tabulae quaedam geographicae et alia

eiusdem argumenti specimina e codd. Biblioth. Leidensis …

Leipzig, widow and heirs of Moritz Georg Weidmann (printed by J. G. I. Breitkopf ), 1791. 8 o . Set in Arabic type

with incidental roman, italic and Greek. Early 19th-century half calf. Rebacked in matching style. € 4.500

Extensive excerpts, in the original Arabic,

from the great Arabic geography of the

world written by Abu al-Fida (1273-1331),

here based on a manuscript at Leiden

University Library. The present excerpts

include Christian and Islamic Spain,

Mediterranean and Atlantic islands, India

(both Gujarat and the Barbary Coast),

the East Indies, Middle East (Iraq) and

Near East (especially Persia/Iran and

the regions between the Caspian Sea

and China). This was the most complete

Arabic edition published at this date.

With two 19th-century armorial bookplates.

Slightly browned, with the titlepage

slightly soiled and wrinkled, and with

a worm trail in 4 leaves, but still in good

condition. An important Arabic edition of

al-Fida’s geography.

Schnurrer 164; for Rinck: ADB XXVIII, pp. 625-626.

First English edition of the greatest classic of Arabic literature, an entertaining satire

6. AL-HARIRI, al Qasim ibn Ali (Leonard CHAPPELOW, editor). Six assemblies; or, Ingenious

conversations of learned men among the Arabians,... together with... proverbial sayings among the Arabians,...

Cambridge, J. Archdeacon for T. & J. Merrill [etc], 1767. 8 o . Tanned half goatskin() (ca. 1800). € 3.500

First and only edition of the first English translation of part of the

Maqamat (literally “Oratorical address”) by al-Hariri (1054-1122), which

added “extra linguistic and literary sophistication” (Classe) to the fictional

narrative form invented by al-Hamadhani (969-1008). Each of the six

stories is followed by notes, longer than the stories themselves, providing

the reader unversed in the Arabic language and Mediaeval Islamic culture

with a great deal of information about the context of the stories, the

language, etc. The story, tells of the narrator al-Harith as he travels in

Arabia. In each place he visits he comes across the same eloquent con artist

Abu Zayd (Abuzeid), who charms and dupes all around him, including

the narrator. The book provides an entertaining and educational satire of

Mediaeval Islamic society and has remained popular to the present day.

With a couple contemporary marginal notes in ink. With some browning

(slight except in the margins of the first 2 leaves). Otherwise in very good

condition, with only a small marginal tear in one leaf. Binding also very

good. First English edition of an Arabic classic still underappreciated in the


Classe, Encyclopedia of literary translation into English, pp. 912-913; ESTC T121565; Schnurrer, p. 226.

Poetry attributed to one of Muhammad’s first disciples

7. ALI ibn Abi Talib (Gerardus KUYPERS, ed.).

Carmina. Arabice et Latine.

Leiden, Johannes Hasebroek, Bernhardus Jongelijn, 1745.

8 o . Set in roman, italic and Arabic with incidental Greek,

Hebrew and Syriac. Modern half calf, blind rolls and gold

fillets (Period Binders, Bath). € 3.950

First and only edition of Gerardus Kuypers’s annotated

Arabic and Latin text of a book of religious poetry traditionally

attributed to Ali ibn Abi Talib (ca. 600-661), the

first man to convert to Muhammad’s new religion of Islam

and ruler of the Caliphate from 656 to his death. A 28-page

appendix provides an Arabic-Latin glossary. Kuypers (1722-

1798) studied theology at Leiden University under the orientalist

Albert Schultens and emphasized the importance

of Arabic studies in his 1743 thesis. The present scholarly

edition of an important book of Islamic poetry was his first

publication after his thesis.

With a browned water stain at the foot of the last few

leaves and some mostly marginal browning in the titlepage,

otherwise in very good condition. Binding very good.

Extensively annotated Arabic and Latin edition of poetry by

one of the earliest Islamic leaders.

Brinkelmann, Gesch. arabischen Literatur, supp. I (1937), pp. 73-75; Schnurrer

201; STCN (4 copies).

Arabian astrology, printed in 1482:

the art of foretelling the destinies of newborns

8. AL-QABISI, Abu Al Saqr ‘Abd Al-’Aziz Ibn

‘Uthman Ibn ‘Ali (ALCHABITIUS). Libellus


Venice, Erhard Ratdolt, 16 Jan. 1482. 4 o . With 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 15th and 16th centuries.

With 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.

BMC V 285, XII, 19; BSB-Ink A-232; Essling 294; Goff A-362. GW 843; HC 616*; Proctor 4382; Sajó-Soltész 120; Sander 216; Walsh 1804; cf. Scientific

Treasures, p. 31 (ed. 1512).

German edition of the earliest detailed account of Ethiopia, with woodcut illustrations

9. Á LVA R EZ , Francisco. General Chronica, das ist: Warhaffte eigentliche und kurtze Beschreibung, vieler

namhaffter, und zum theil biß daher unbekannter Landtschafften, ...

Including: OROSIUS, Paulus. Chronica, das ist: Warhaffte ... Beschreibung, deß Umbkreiß und Gelegenheit

der gantzen Welt ...

[ORTELIUS, Abraham]. Cosmographia, das ist: Warhaffte ... Beschreibung, deß gantzen Erdbodems ...

Frankfurt am Main, (colophon, vols. 2 & 3: printed by Johann Schmidt for Sigmund Feyerabend), 1581. 3 volumes

bound as 1. 2 o . With 3 title-pages, 18 woodcut illustrations (plus 15 repeats) in vol. 1, mostly half-page. Contemporary

blind-tooled leather over wooden boards, red edges, and a pair of brass fastenings (1 clasp and anchor plate lacking),

the catchplate on a leather strap and the catchplates and clasp with engraved decoration. € 25.000

Second German edition in the present form, extensively illustrated, of “the first detailed description of Ethiopia”

[Abyssinia] (Howgego), based largely on his voyages in the years 1515-1527, which included a six-year stay in

Ethiopia. Álvarez (ca. 1485-1536/41), a Portuguese Franciscan missionary, travelled to Ethiopia as chaplain on the

voyage of Rui de Lima. He gives us the earliest detailed account of Ethiopia to be based in part on first-hand

knowledge and therefore provides our most important primary source for the history, culture and topography

of Ethiopia before it was invaded by Islamic troops under Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi of Somalia in 1529.

Ethiopia at this time had large Christian and Islamic communities and the woodcut illustrations show court

scenes of Ottoman and Christian rulers, siege and battle scenes and ships.

The second work is a German translation of Historiae adversus Paganos, a history of the world written by

Paulus Orosius (ca. 375-418/23) of Galaecia. Orosius had travelled along the entire Mediterranean coast of Africa,

visiting Alexandria in Egypt, so his accounts of those regions carry special authority.

The third work is largely a translation of the text of Abraham Ortelius’s world atlas, Theatrum orbis terrarum,

first published in Latin in 1570 and expanded over the years. The three works were clearly intended for publication

together, but each has its own title-page.

With an early owner’s name cut out of the title-page, another struck through and replaced by a 1703 gift inscription,

and a woodcut armorial bookplate on the pastedown. With an excision in the title-page to remove an owner’s name

the margins of the title-page somewhat tattered, an occasional browned sheet and some small worm holes and

marginal waterstains, but further in good condition. An essential source for 16th-century Ethiopia.

USTC 659146 (7 copies); VD16, A2067 (8 copies); cf. Adams 852 (German ed. of 1573/74); Gay, Bibl. de Afrique et Arabe 2603 (other eds.); Howgego A76

(German eds. of 1566 and 1576).

A classic on Portuguese India

10. ANDRADA, Jacinto Freire de. Vida de D. Joaõ[!] de Castro,

quarto viso-rey da India . . . Nova ediçaõ emendada, e acrescentada

com a vida do autor.

Madrid, Officina Regia, 1802. Small 8 o (14.8 x 10 cm). With engraved

frontispiece portrait of João De Castro, engraved title-page, 3 engraved

plates (1 folding). Contemporary sprinkled sheepskin, gold-tooled

spine. € 1.250

Rare first and perhaps only Madrid edition, printed by the Spanish

Royal Printing Office, of a classic on Portuguese India and one of the

most important historical works in Portuguese, first published in Lisbon

in 1651. It describes the life and works of João de Castro, Governor and

then Viceroy of Portuguese India from 1545 to his death in 1548. He

fought at Tangiers and was offered a knighthood by the Holy Roman

Emperor Charles V, travelled through India and to Suez, the coasts of

the Arabian peninsula and back to India, where he defeated the Islamic

Sultan of Gujarat. He proved an extremely good leader in India and

Ceylon, defeated the King of Cambodia, invaded Ceylon and captured

Broach and Malacca. WorldCat and rebuin record only one copy of the

present edition, at the Universitat Rovira i Virgili in Tarragona.

With 3 plates browned (but not the engraved title-page or folding plate), 2 small marginal wormholes (1 occasionally

touching a letter of the text), but otherwise in very good condition. The binding slightly chafed and the

back board with some wormholes.

Manuel bibl. Portuguez, p. 26; REBUIN (1 copy).

The sea route to Mecca

11. ANDRADA, Jacinto Freire de. The life of Dom John de Castro, the fourth Vice-Roy of India.

London, Herringman, 1664. 2 o (20.2 x 29 cm). With engraved portrait frontispiece. Half calf. € 8.500

First English edition of what is considered

one of the classics of Portuguese literature

(cf. Brunet). Includes an account of the

battles at Ormuz between the Turks and the

Arabs. Dom João de Castro (1500-48) was a

naval officer and later Viceroy of Portuguese

India. In 1538 he embarked on his first voyage

to India, arriving at Goa and immediately

proceeding to the defence of Diu. Castro was

responsible for the overthrow of Mahmud,

King of Gujarat whose interests threatened

Portuguese control of the Goan coast. His

voyages frequently took him to the coasts of

Arabia, and his present biography contains

many details about the Peninsula, especially

about Aden and the sea route to Mecca.

Castro died in Goa in 1548 and was initially

buried there, but his remains were later

exhumed and transferred to Portugal.

With the bookplate of Emilio Monteiro on front pastedown. - Extremities rubbed and bumped, otherwise

in excellent condition. Provenance: 19th century engr. bookplate of D. K[imand] (“Sine Phoebo Lux”) on

pastedown; 20th c. bookplates of Emilio Monteiro on flyleaf.

Graesse I, 118; cf. Atabey 462 (1651 Portuguese ed.); Brunet I, 263.

The Ottoman state and its officials in contemporary portraits, coloured by hand

12. ARIF PACHA, Muchir. Les Anciens Costumes de l’Empire Ottoman, depuis l’origine de la monarchie

jusqu’a la reforme du Sultan Mahmoud ... Tome 1er [all published].

Paris, Lemercier, 1863. 2 o (54.8 x 40 cm). With lithographic portrait of Arif Pacha, drawn on stone by M. Julien,

printed on India paper, with caption and imprint lithographed directly on the leaf, 16 tinted lithographic plates

after Arif Pacha (image size 24.5 x 34 cm), coloured and finished by hand. Modern cloth. € 35.000

A valuable and beautifully-illustrated survey of the costumes worn at the court of the Ottoman Empire. It

portrays 80 forms of costume worn by Ottoman functionaries and was published in two issues, the present with

the text in French and another with the text in Turkish. Although each plate is labelled “Tome 1er”, no further

volume was published in either language. It was available either with with tinted plates (40 Francs), or (as here)

with the plates printed in colour and finished by hand (80 Francs).

Arif Pacha fought against the Greeks at Athens and at Euboea (1826-1828), and in Syria against Mehmet Ali.

In the course of his career carried out missions for the Sultan, who appointed him governor of the province of

Silistria in 1861.

Light marginal soiling, a few closed tears, corner of portrait torn off, otherwise in good condition. A complete

copy of the rare coloured issue.

Atabey 30; Blackmer 43; Colas 148; Lipperheide 1440m.

Album with 106 albumen prints

of Egypt ca. 1870

13. ARNOUX, Hippolyte and perhaps

Hippolyte DÉLIÉ, Henri BÉCHARD and


Voyage en Orient. Egypte.

[Cairo, ca. 1875]. Oblong (50 x 32 cm) album

with 106 photographs of Egypt (albumen prints),

2 signed in the negative by Hippolyte Arnoux

and others probably by Hippolyte Délié, Henri

Béchard and perhaps Wilhelm Hammerschmidt.

Various sizes: 1-4 (10.5 x 15 cm), 5-53 (25 x 18

cm), 54-101 (9 x 6 cm), 102-106 (24.5 x 18 cm).

Each with manuscript caption in French.

Contemporary half morocco, gold- and blindtooled

spine. € 28.000

An album of photographs of Egypt, showing numerous ancient Egyptian antiquities, several mosques, city views,

arabesque and other architectural decoration, interiors, 5 views of the newly opened Suez Canal and 45 smaller

portraits showing men and women in local costumes, dancers, snake charmers, merchants, tradesmen, clerics, etc.

The views of the Suez canal were clearly taken soon after it opened in 1869 and two are signed in the plate by

Hippolyte Arnoux (active in Egypt ca. 1860-ca. 1890). The others could be a few years earlier or later but appear

to come from close to the same time. Some are very similar, though not identical, to signed prints by Wilhelm

Hammerschmidt in 1863 and Henri Béchard in 1877. They are in any case among the earliest detailed photographs

of Egypt, providing a valuable record of much that has been lost or corrupted since that time.

The album may have been made for Fernand d’Albis (1848-1927), a Swiss cavalry officer in the 1870s. In very

good condition. The binding of the album shows some scuff marks around the extremities but is still good. An

extensive album of original photographs of Egypt.

Astronomical manuscript in Arabic, illustrated throughout

14. AT-T USI, Nasir al-Din. Tahrir Al Majisti (commentary to the Almagest).

[Turkestan, 875 AH (1467 AD)]. 4 o . Arabic manuscript (23.2 x 16.4 cm, text panel 19.2 x 11 cm). Single column,

30 lines per page. Text in black naskh script, with some words and illustrations in red ink. Blind-stamped old

morocco. € 38.000

Illustrated with many diagrams and tables in red and black ink, depicting astronomical theorems (the arc between

Equator and Eclipse; lunar phases; the construction of solar eclipses; the planets’ eccentricity; the regressions of Mars

and Mercury; the distance between Sun and Earth etc.). Nasir al-Din al-Tusi wrote several philosophical and scientific

treatises dealing with mathematics, natural history and astronomy. His works were

so critically relevant that most probably Copernicus perused them extensively in the

development of his famous heliocentric theories. In the 10th century, Al-Nayziri and

al-Tabani wrote the first commentary of the Almagest, but the most important commentary

was to be the one composed by al-Tusi in 1247. In his treatise, al-Tusi dealt

with the most important astronomical problems and pointed out the main mistakes

rooted in the Greek tradition. He especially criticized Ptolemy’s theories on latitude,

and he suggested a theorem capable of adjusting them. Moreover, in his work we can

find new theories about annular solar eclipses and the famous “Tusi couple”, explaining

the latitudinal movement of planets. Also, the book contains new trigonometrical

techniques for computing solar tables.

Several leaves near the end have repairs to the blank margins; some repaired holes

near the beginning (occasionally touching text). Spine repaired; slight waterstaining;

on the whole a fine manuscript of this rare and crucial work of science.

Cf. GAL S I, p. 930.

Important history of ancient astronomy, with chapters on

Egyptian, Chaldean and Persian astronomy

15. BA ILLY, Jean-Sylvain. Histoire de l’astronomie ancienne,

depuis son origine jusqu’a l’établissement de l’École d’Alexandrie.

Paris, Debure brothers, 1775. 4 o . With 3 numbered folding engraved

plates. Beautifully bound in contemporary gold-tooled red morocco,

each board with coat of arms of Simon-Pierre Merard de Saint-Just

in the centre, marbled endpapers. In modern slipcase covered with

marbled paper. € 25.000

First edition of a history of astronomy from prehistoric times to the

Alexandrian school in the third century bc, by Jean-Sylvain Bailly. It

covers not only European and biblical sources but also the cosmographical

concepts of Chinese, Egyptian, Persian and Chaldean astronomers.

Some of the surviving artefacts that provided a basis for his studies are

illustrated in the plates, which are designed to fold out so that one can

view them while paging through the text.

This copy was originally owned by and bound for Bailly’s most

important contemporary biographer, his friend Simon-Pierre Mérard

de Saint-Just, who published Eloge historique de Jean-Sylvain Bailly

(1794). His arms appear on the binding. In very good condition, with only a few minor spots. The binding also

very good, only slightly worn around the corners and hinges. An important work on ancient astronomy, beautifully

bound for the author’s biographer.

DSB I, pp. 400-402; Houzeau & Lancaster 22; Smith, “Jean-Sylvain Bailly; astronomer, mystic, revolutionary”, in: Transactions of the American

Philosophical Society, n.s. 44 (1954), pp. 427-538.

100 stereographic views of Egypt in original box, with the text volume and a stereoscope viewer

16. [BAKER, Charles H.]. Egypt through the stereoscope.

[New York and London. Underwood & Underwood, 1905]. 100 stereographic views, loose in original publisher’s

book-shaped cloth box (19.5 x 16 x 10 cm).


(2) BREASTED, James Henry. Egypt through the stereoscope[.] A journey through the land of the

Pharaohs. New York and London, Underwood & Underwood, 1905. 8 o . Original publisher’s brown cloth, with

booklet “Maps and plans accompanying Egypt through the stereoscope” in original publisher’s wrappers and

loosely inserted in pocket on back board.

(3) [Original stereoscope viewer]. [New York and London], Underwood & Underwood, 1901. € 4.500

A fine set of 100 stereographic views of Egypt, together with an original stereoscope viewer and the guide book by the

eminent Egyptologist James Henry Breasted (1865-1935). The American company Underwood & Underwood, led by

the brothers Bert and Elmer, began producing stereographs in 1882 and by 1901 the company was America’s leading

manufacturer of stereographs. Around 1900 the brothers introduced a new market strategy, a system of “stay-at-home

travel”, consisting of boxed sets of 100 stereographs accompanied

by a text book, illustrated with detailed folding maps. The

text opens with an introduction, followed by a survey of Egypt’s

history and extensive explanatory text of the 100 views. The

views show cities, monuments, mosques, tombs, palaces as well

as scenes from modern Egyptian daily life.

The views in very good condition, the box with some light

wear. The wrapper of the booklet present but damaged and

detached, otherwise in very good condition.

Cf. Abt, American Egyptologist: The life of James Henry Breasted (Chicago,

2011), pp. 83 ff.; Evans, “In the sandals of Pharaoh: James Henry Breasted

and the stereoscope, occasional paper” (http://mcclungmuseum.utk.edu/


Dictionary of Persian and Arabic for English East India Company merchants in India

17. BARRETTO, Joseph junior. A dictionary of the Persian and Arabic languages.

Calcutta, Samuel Greenway (India Gazette Press), 1804-1806. 2 volumes. 8 o . Set in roman, italic and Arabic type.

Modern mottled calf. € 8.750

First and only edition of a rare and very extensive dictionary of Persian

and Arabic, giving definitions in English: a remarkably early example

of printing in these languages in Calcutta and one of the earliest

books printed anywhere in one of the best early Arabic types in the

nastaliq style, favoured for Persian.

Each entry in the dictionary begins with the Arabic word in nashk

or Persian word in nastaliq, followed by a transliteration in italic and

the definition in English, set in roman type. The Mughal Empire

promoted Persian as the language of culture in India in the 16th

century and it remained until officially replaced by English in 1832.

Many Islamic and Armenian Christian merchants in the international

trading centres of India and the East Indies also used Persian

as a lingua franca. The present dictionary includes Arabic words not

for communication in Arabic but because they were often used as

loan words in Persian, so the Persian and Arabic words appear in a

single alphabetical series.

With a small hole in 1 leaf, a few small restorations in the preliminaries,

and small and mostly marginal tears in about 5 leaves.

Otherwise in good condition, with an occasional even smaller hole

and, minor browning along the edges of some leaves. A pioneering

dictionary for English merchants (mostly from the East India

Company) trading with Persian-speakers.

COPAC (7 copies); Jürg Vater, Litteratur der Grammatiken (1847), p. 25; WorldCat (4

copies); not in Schnurrer.

One of the earliest European descriptions of Arabia (1480 edition),

bound with a 1477 edition of Rolevinck’s world chronicle

18. BARTHOLOMAEUS ANGLICUS. De proprietatib[us] rerum.

[Lyon], (colophon: Nicolaus Philippi, Marcus Reinhart, 29 July 1480). 2 o . With spaces with guide letters left for

initials (a few manuscript initials added in red). One page with spaces left for geometric figures, filled in in manuscript.

Rubricated throughout, running heads and other headings underlined in red. Extensive contemporary

and later manuscript annotations and contents page. Lacking the final blank.

With: (2) ROLEWINCK, Werner. Fasciculus te[m]por[um].

(Colophon: Speyer, Peter Drach, 24 November 1477). With 8 woodcut illustrations (plus 5 repeats) in the text,

and numerous diagrams. 2 works in 1 volume. Blind-tooled half pigskin over quarter-sawn wooden boards (dated

1578 and with owner’s initials slv), engraved brass fastenings. € 35.000

Ad 1: first dated edition (the second or third overall) of Bartholomaeus Anglicus’s medieval encyclopedia,

known in English as On the order of things, one of the earliest European descriptions of Arabia, written ca.

1245. In book xv each of the 173 alphabetically arranged paragraphs is devoted to a different region. The 26-line

paragraph on what we still call the Arabian peninsula begins on the first page of the chapter, opening with

the words, “Arabia Asie est provintia sacra et thurifera nu[n]cupata …”, a highly important document for the

cultural heritage of the region and an early record of European knowledge of it (both ca. 1245 and ca. 1480).

Ad 2: the fifth edition, published only three years after the first of 1474, of Rolewinck’s popular world chronicle

from the Biblical creation to the death of Frederick of Bavaria and in the present edition including even the

deaths of Galeazzo Sforza of Milan on 26 December 1476 and Charles the Bold on 6 January 1477.

With a 17th-century() owner’s inscription on the back paste-down. Both works with extensive contemporary

and later manuscript annotations. With water stains throughout, marginal restorations, some marginal tears, a

large dark stain on one page of the Anglicus, and its last leaf worn. In spite of these occasional blemishes, most

of the leaves remain in good condition. Some of the marginal manuscript annotations have been shaved. The

binding has both brass catchplates, but lacks one clasp and anchor plate. Its tooling is somewhat worn, but

remains clear. A 1480 edition of a mediaeval encyclopaedia and a 1477 edition of a chronical, the former with one

of the earliest European descriptions of Arabia.

Ad 1: Goff B132; Hain-Copinger 2500; Polain 498; Pitts, Le livre des regions (2006); ad 2: Goff R257; Hain 6921; Polain 3368.

A classic description of Islam

19. BAUDIER, Michel. Histoire generale de la religion des

Turcs. Avec la naissance, la vie, & la mort, de leur prophete

Mahomet; et les actions des quatre premiers caliphes qui l’ont suivy.

Paris, Jean Guignard, 1632. 8 o . With the controversial half-page

engraved portrait of Muhammad. 17th-century() slightly overlapping

vellum, later endpapers. € 2.750

Second edition of “the most complete treatment of Islam up to its

time in France” (Atabey). Written by Micheal Baudier (ca. 1589-

1645), historiographer to the Court of France. The book is presented

as a history of the religion of the Turks, who controlled, at that

time, a large part of the Islamic world, and gives a detailed description

of Islam and its prophet Muhammad.

Bottom of title-page restored, covering a fraction of a millimeter of

the date in the imprint, and a small corner torn off, another corner

torn from leaf K3, just touching the text. Further some thumbing,

several wormholes and a few water stains. Still a good copy of a

classic description of Islam.

WorldCat (9 copies); cf. Atabey 73-74 (1625 & 1641 eds.); not in Blackmer.

Detailed and personal German soldier’s account of a

nine-year voyage on a VOC ship to the East Indies,

India, Persia and Ceylon, 1641-1650

20. BEHR, Johann von der. Diarium, oder Tage-

Buch über dasjenige, so sich Zeit einer neun-järigen

Reise zu Wasser und Lande, meistentheils in Dienst

der Vereinigten Geoctroyrten Niederländischen Ost-

Indianischen Compagnie, besonders in denselbigen

Ländern täglich begeben und zugetragen.

Jena, Urban Spaltholtz, 1668 [engraved title-page:

1669]. 4 o . With engraved frontispiece portrait of the

author, engraved title-page and 14 engraved plates (1

folding) with views from the voyage (topography, ships,

people, plants, animals). Mottled vellum (ca. 1700), with

the gold-tooled crowned script initials e.f.v.d. of Ernst

Friedrich van Döring (1659-1726) of Schloss Börln in

Saxony. € 16.500

First (and only early) edition of a diary of a nine-year

voyage to the East Indies, the Malabar coast in India,

Persia and Ceylon, made as a soldier in a merchant ship

under the command of the Dutch East India Company

(voc) in the years 1641 to 1650. It gives detailed information

about the ships, captains and others, providing

an intimate account of life onboard a voc ship as well as the peoples in the exotic lands visited, describing food,

drink (including rice wine), tobacco, flora and fauna. The illustrations include a folding view of Batavia (now Jakarta,

Indonesia), views of Goa, Isle St Helena and other sites, a cinnamon tree, flying fish, numerous ships and much more.

They set off on 21 January 1644 and continued from Batavia under Johan Maetsuycker to Goa, then to Ceylon and

Persia and back to the Netherlands in 1650. While some information appears to have been taken from published

sources, much of the information is clearly an eye-witness account. Bound for Ernst Friedrich von Döring.

Somewhat browned, but otherwise in very good condition and with good margins. The outside corner of 1 leaf is

torn off with no loss of text. The front hinge is cracked and there is minor damage to the spine, but the binding is

also good. A fascinating account, with many personal details, of a soldier’s nine-year voyage with the VOC to the

East Indies, India, Persia and Ceylon.

Cat. KITLV, p.474; Cat. NHSM I, p. 174; Van Gelder, Het Oost-Indisch avontuur, p. 289; Landwehr, VOC, 309; VD17, 3:307812K.

Bellarmino’s Arabic catechism with the rare Arabic instructions for confession and communion

21. BELLARMINO, Roberto. Dichiarazione piú copiosa della dottrina

Cristiana ...

Rome, [Propaganda Fide], 1770.

With: (2) BORGIA, Stefano. Irsad li-ajl al-i’tiraf wa-tanawul al-qurban, …

[= Instructions for confession and communion]

[Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1776]. Both works are set entirely in Arabic type. 2

works in 1 volume. 8 o (18 x 12 cm). Grey laid paper wrappers (ca. 1823). € 5.500

Ad 1: Third Arabic edition of the complete text of Bellarmino’s immensely

popular catechism. The catechism was translated into Arabic for the use of

Catholic missionaries.

Ad 2: Rare first and only edition of Stefano Borgia’s Arabic instructions for

confession and communion. Borgia (1731-1804) was appointed secretary of

the Propaganda Fide in 1770, the year they published the third Arabic edition

of Bellarmino’s catechism. He added the present instructions, apparently

intending them to be bound with the catechism.

With two library stamps. Title-page slightly dirty, wrappers slightly damaged, otherwise in very good condition

and wholly untrimmed. A major product of the Propaganda Fide’s efforts to convert Arabic-speaking people in

the 18th century, including the rare instructions for confession and communion.

Ad 1: De Backer & Sommervogel V, col. 1190; WorldCat (5 copies); Schnurrer 303; ad 2: De Backer & Sommervogel V, col. 1190 note; KVK & WorldCat (4

copies); Schnurrer 303 note.

Urdu Gospel of St Luke and Acts of the Apostles, printed at Calcutta in Arabic type

22. [BIBLE - LUKE & ACTS - URDU]. The Gospel of Luke and the Acts of

the Apostles in Hindustání.

Calcutta (Kolkata), The Bible Translation Society, American and Foreign Bible

Society, 1850. 12 o . With the title in Hindustani (Urdu) and English, and the text

in Urdu only. The pages procede from right to left like a normal book in Arabic

type. Set in 2 sizes of Arabic type with the English title in roman capitals.

Contemporary dark brown cloth. € 750

Rare Gospel of St Luke and Acts of the Apostles in the Hindustani (Urdu)

language, in the Arabic script, printed by and for the Protestant Bible and missionary

societies for free distribution in southern India. While India probably

had more than 100,000 Urdu speakers at this date, few could read, so the book

was published in an edition of 1500 copies (the edition size, with the year 1849,

is printed at the foot of the first page of the main text: it was probably printed

toward the end of 1849 for distribution in 1850, the year in the imprint).

With a bookplate and an embossed stamp on the title-page and last two text

leaves. Very slightly browned, but in very good condition. The binding cloth is

cracked at the hinge and the backstrip damaged and secured with tape, but the

binding is otherwise good. A rare Urdu missionary Bible text, in Arabic type.

Wesleyan Missionary notices, VIII (London, 1850), p. 199 (this edition); WorldCat (2 copies).

One of the first complete French-Arabic dictionaries

23. BOCTHOR, Ellious and A.-P. CAUSSIN DE PERCEVAL. Dictionnaire Français-Arabe.

Paris, Firmin Didot, 1828-1829. 2 volumnes. Large 4 o . Near-contemporary sprinkled gold-tooled tanned

sheepskin. € 8.500

First edition, edited by Caussin de Percival, of one of the first

complete French-Arabic dictionaries. This dictionary of Egyptian

Arabic was compiled by the Coptic Egyptian Ellious Bocthor, a

native speaker, and extended with material collected by Caussin

de Perceval during the latter’s travels in Syria.

Bocthor (1784-1821) travelled to France after serving as an interpreter

in the Army of the Orient led by Napoleon Bonaparte.

A highly talented linguist, Bocthor became professor of Vulgar

Arabic at the École des Langues Orientales in Paris. As a native

speaker he attacked the then common practice of teaching

Arabic as a “dead language” (Coller). His early death disrupted

the publication of the grand dictionary he had been working on

for 15 years. Luckily, the manuscript was bought by the marquis

of Clermont-Tonnere, who ordered Bocthor’s successor at the

École, Caussin de Perceval (1795-1871), to complete the dictionary.

Some foxing throughout, otherwise an excellent copy. From the

library of the Ducs de Luynes at the Château de Dampierre.

Coller, Arab France, pp. 99-120; Fück 151; Vater & Jülg 457; cf. Gay 384 (1864 third ed.).

Madagascar and its opportunities for trade and colonization,

detailing the trade with India, Persia and other countries along the Arabian Sea

24. BOOTHBY, Richard. A breife discovery or description of the most famous island of Madagascar or St.

Laurence in Asia neare unto East-India.

London, Printed by E[dward]. G[riffin]. for John Hardesty, 1646. Small 4 o (20 x 15.5 cm). Gold-tooled tanned

sheepskin (ca. 1850). Rebacked, with original backstrip laid-down. € 35.000

First separately published edition of

Boothby’s description of Madagascar

and its opportunities for trade and colonization,

detailing the trade with India,

Persia (including Ormuz, captured in

1622 by a joint Anglo-Persian force)

and other countries along the Arabian

Sea and touching on a large variety of

subjects including Saint Augustine’s

harbour, culture of the natives, opportunities

for plantations, natural resources,

pearl fishery and trading practices of

the English, Portuguese, Spanish and


The British merchant Richard Boothby

had reinvested his capital in the East

India Company around 1615, after

which he sailed to India where he was jailed as a result of a dispute with company officials. Upon his release he

returned to London by way of Madagascar, which inspired his enthusiasm so much that he wrote the present

book advising the East India Company’s rivals to take advantage of it as the ideal location for a European


With the bookplate Crosby Gaige (1882-1949). Several chapters are heavily annotated in English in an early

hand. These give information about a voyage or voyages and would reward further study. With the gutter margin

of the title-page and all margins of the last leaf restored but otherwise in good condition, with a small tear in the

fore-edge margin of the title-page and a couple minor spots. Rebacked, but binding otherwise good.

BMC III, p. 943; Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 3204 (note); ESTC R200937; cf. G. Campbell, David Griffiths and the missionary “History of

Madagascar” (2012), p. 416.

Arabic geometrical ornaments

25. BOURGOIN, Jules. Les élements de L’art Arabe: le trait des


Paris, Didot, 1879. 4 o . With 190 numbered lithographed plates (some

with red patterns) of geometrical patterns, and 10 numbered chromolithographed

plates (some with gold) a.o. with a door decorated in Arabic

style, decorative woodwork, mosaics, an elaborately decorated ceiling.

Loose in contemporary green slipcase with green marbled boards, spine

with title lettered in gold, green ties. € 4.500

First edition of this important art historical work with detailed geometrical

plates on Arabic Art by Jules Bourgoin (1838-1908), architect and

lecturer in the history and theory of ornaments at L’ École de Beaux Arts

at Paris. The works opens with a preface, followed by a description of

the plates and the main part: the detailed plates of intricate geometrical

patterns common in Arabic art.

Some minor browning. Fine, partly unopened copy of this important

work on ornaments in Arabic art.

Eyewitness account of a 16th century diplomatic mission to the Ottoman court, illustrated

with 28 original watercolours

26. BRAECKLE, Jacques de. Memoires du voiage

de Constantinople de Jacques de Bracle seigneur de

Bassecourt. Manuscrit du XVIe siècle.

[ca 1570]. 4 o (210 x 135 mm). French manuscript on

paper. 90 ll. Flemish Bastarda in black ink, 26 lines.

Bound with 16 strictly contemporary specimens of

Turkish marbled paper, a series of 28 watercolours,

heightened in gilt and two extensive, early 19th century

manuscript additions (complete transcript of the the

travelogue and a biography of the author). Slightly later

vellum with manuscript title. € 300.000

A unique, fascinating and unpublished manuscript

containing the account of a diplomatic journey to the

Ottoman Empire in 1570. Braeckle (1540-71), a Flemish

physician, “assisted Charles Rym Baron de Bellem,

Ambassador of Maximilian II in Constantinople, probably

as a secretary. He wrote an account of his journey, which

contains interesting details about the places he visited, the

manners and customs of the inhabitants, incidents, etc.”

(Aug. Vander Meersch, in: Belgian National Biography II,

903). Leaving Prague on 13 March 1570, the mission passed

through Vienna and then Hungary and Czechoslovakia

before entering Ottoman territory, visiting the mosques

and caravanserais of Sokollu Mehmed Pasha (c. 1505-79),

Grand Vizier of Sultan Selim II (1524-74) who ruled the

Turks at the time of Rym’s and Braeckle’s journey. Their

stay in Constantinople lasted from 31 May to 12 August

1570, permitting the author to describe several monuments

and works of art. The manuscript is accompanied by a

beautiful set of 28 original watercolours highlighted with

gold, showing Turkish people in traditional costumes.

These were probably meant to illustrate the diplomatic

mission of Charles Rym, described in the present manuscript.

The illustrations include the caravanserai of

the ambassadors to Constantinople, Sultan Selim II,

the Mufti, costumes of Ottoman dignitaries and the

military, a Persian, a Moor of Barbary, a lady in burqa, a

Bulgarian, a giraffe, etc.

Only three manuscript copies of the present travelogue

are recorded, mostly restricted to family use:

two copies are in the National Archives of Belgium

in Brussels (Fonds 692 Lalang, 8f., cf. Yerasimos); a

third copy is bound in a miscellany and kept at the

communal Archives of Ghent.

Stéphane Yerasimos, Les Voyageurs dans l’Empire Ottoman (XIVe-XVIe

siècles), Ankara, 1991, pp. 286-187; not in Blackmer or Atabey.

The first printed travel report of the Middle East

27. BREYDENBACH, Bernhard von. Peregrinatio in terram sanctam.

Mainz, Erhard Reuwich, 11 Feb. 1486. 2 o (230 x 332 mm). 134 (out of 148) unnumbered ll. Rubricated throughout,

red lombardic initials. With woodcut frontispiece (trimmed and mounted on later paper) in contemporary hand

colouring, two printed coloured initials, 3 (out of 7) folding views (one coloured, two supplied from other copies),

5 (out of 7) half-page coloured woodcuts, and several woodcut alphabet tables in the text. Contemporary brown

calf. In custom cloth clam shell box. € 45.000

Contemporary hand-coloured Editio princeps of

the first illustrated travel report ever, considered

the first authentic western source for the Near and

Middle East, as the illustrations were prepared

from actual observation of the lands and people

described. Breydenbach travelled to the Holy

Land in 1483/84 with a large company including

the Utrecht artist Erhard Reuwich, who drew

the maps and views from his observations on the

journey and then printed the text and illustrations

at his own house. The present first edition gave

many Europeans their first view of Midle and

Near Eastern people, costumes, animals, architecture,

religion, cultures and languages.

Lacking four of the folding maps and views, as

well as the woodcut of Bedouin costume and the

Arabic script specimens. Binding somewhat rubbed and scuffed; some browning and waterstaining to edges;

several edge tears. Several contemporary marginalia and owner’s inscriptions.

HC 3956. Goff B-1189. GW 5075. BMC I, 43 (IB. 331).

Rare set of beautiful views of a journey to India, by way of Egypt and Arabia,

including views of Aden, a group of Arabs and Suez

28. BROUGHTON, Frances and William Alfred DELAMOTTE. Views of the overland journey to

India from original sketches.

London, Charles Chabot, [1847/48]. 12 tinted lithographed plates on unwatermared wove paper (28 x 38),

including a title-page and 11 views. All lithographs printed from a zinc plate by William Alfred Delamotte

after drawings by Frances Broughton. Original publisher’s lithographed wrappers. Kept in modern brown cloth

portfolio. € 9.800

A very rare set of beautiful views of an overland journey

from England to India, by way of Egypt and Arabia.

Including a view of the entrance to the natural harbour of

Aden, showing its mountains, two armed Arabs, a building

complex, and a steamer and two smaller ships on the water,

a caravan through the desert, awaited by a group of Arabs,

and the harbour of Suez.

“[I]n the early years of the nineteenth century he

[Delamotte] was one of a group of pioneering younger

British artists that included Constable and Turner, who

sketched landscape in the open in oils” (odnb). He was

active as the drawing-master at the Royal Military College.

A few minor spots and slightly browned along the edges,

otherwise in very good condition.

Abbey, Travel 522; WorldCat (3 copies); for Delamotte: Luke Herrmann,

“Delamotte , William (1775-1863)”, in ODNB (online ed.).

Italian scientist on the geography of the world

29. BRUNETTI, Francesco Saverio. Trattenimenti scientifici su la sfera,

geografia istorica, meteore, ed astronomia.

Rome, Bernabò and Lazzarini, 1754. With several woodcut illustrations in the text

(including an armillary sphere), and an extra added folding engraved frontispiece.


(2) BRUNETTI, Francesco Saverio. Trattenimenti scientifici su l’indrografia,

nautica, blasone, statica, meccanica, architectura, pirotecnia, e suono.

Roma, Bernabò and Lazzarini, 1755. With several woodcut illustrations in the text,

and an extra added frontispiece (facsimile of an engraving).

(3) BRUNETTI, Francesco Saverio. Macchina semplicissima per cui l’acqua da

se stessa salice ad una data altezza.

Rome, Bernabò and Lazzarini, 1747. With folding engraved plate as frontispiece. 3

works (the first in 2 parts) in 1 volume. 4 o . Contemporary sheepskin parchment. € 4.500

Three little-known scientific works by Francesco Saverio Brunetti, an Italian polymath and chaplain. The first

work, divided into two parts, opens with a dialogue devoted to armillary spheres, followed by extensive chapters

on the geography of the world, covering respectively Europe, Asia, Africa and America, concluded by a short

dialogue on hydrography. The part on Asia includes chapters on the history and culture of the Ottoman Empire,

Persia, Syria and Arabia. The second work, dedicated to the Irish-born Princess Cecilia Mahony (1741-1789), is

divided into four dialogues, discussing navigation, (hydro)statics, architecture and fireworks. The third works

describes a pulley for lifting water, apparently invented by the author.

With bookplate of Royal Meteorological Society and deaccession ticket on paste-down. One leaf torn off,

without loss of text, otherwise in very good condition.

Ad 1: Houzeau & Lancaster 9680; Riccardi I A- col 195; WorldCat (4 copies); not in Zinner; ad 2: Riccardi I A-col. 194; ad 3: WorldCat (6 copies); ad 1-3

not in Honeyman; Horblit; Wheeler Gift; for the author: Poggendorff I, col. 319.

Very rare description of the Ottoman empire

30. BURCHARD, Wilhelm. Wilhelm Burchards

eines in die 19 Jahr von Türcken gefangen gewesenen

Sachsen auffs neu eröffnete Türckey ... Mit vielen

Figuren zum andern mahl herraus gegeben.

Magdeburg, Johann Daniel Müller, 1691. 4 o . With

large folding woodcut plate, 3 double-page-sized

folding woodcut plates, and 21 woodcuts in the text

(some full-page). Later boards. € 18.000

Second edition of this very rare description of the

Ottoman empire, its state organization, institutions,

religion, customs, estates, the city of Constantinople,

etc. Includes a list of Ottoman rulers at the end. The author reports from his own experience “how the Turk

treats captured Christians”. The large folding plate (19 x 116 cm) shows a magnificent procession to the sacrificial

ceremony; the smaller ones depict the layout of a settlement, pyramids as burial sites, as well as parts of

Constantinople. The text woodcuts show the Prophet Muhammad, the city of Mecca, Turkish priests, teachers,

pilgrims, dignitaries, warriors, horsemen, and various types of buildings. The illustration of Emperor Justinian is

probably modelled after a 16th century image. - The 1688 first edition was published with an engraved frontispiece

but otherwise agrees entirely with the present second one, which is basically a re-issue of the first with only the title

page exchanged. As always, the first gathering contains only three leaves: a blank fourth leaf was probably removed

by the publisher (rendering erroneous the collation provided by VD 17, citing 32 ff).

Title-page trimmed, shaving four lines amd mounted on a blank leaf. Final leaf remargined (slight loss of text);

some browning and brownstaining throughout. Only two copies in America (Yale, Harvard). From the Ottoman

collection of the Swiss industrialist Herry W. Schaefer. No copy recorded at auction in the last decades.

OCLC 257781269; VD 17, 23:647842Y.

782 Arabic proverbs collected before 1817, with explanatory notes

31. BURCKHARDT, Johann Ludwig. Arabic proverbs, or the manners and customs of the modern

Egyptians, illustrated from their proverbial sayings current at Cairo, translated and explained ...

London, John Murray (colophon: printed by C. Roworth), 1830. Large 4 o (28 x 22 cm). With a large folding

engraved map of the Sinai, the Holy Land and parts of Egypt and Syria, showing Burckhardt’s travels, and a few

small woodcut illustrations in the text. Set in roman and italic type with the proverbs also in the original Arabic.

Mid-19th-century half tan calf, spine with gold-tooled bands. € 8.000

First edition of a ground-breaking trove of 782 Arabic proverbs,

published here in the original Arabic with English translations and

(sometimes extensive) explanations of their meaning. Burckhardt

took some from a collection assembled by the Egyptian scholar

Shered ad-Din Ibn Assad, adding others “as he heard them quoted

in general society or in the bázár ... Several Scriptural sayings and

maxims of ancient sages will be found here naturalized among

Arabs; as well as some Proverbs which have generally been supposed

of European origin” (preface). This makes the present publication

an essential primary source for Islamic, Egyptian and Arabic oral

history, preserving popular proverbs collected before 1817.

The Swiss explorer, orientalist and archaeologist Burckhardt (1784-

1817) travelled through Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Nubia and the Arabian

Peninsula, and rediscovered the ancient city of Petra. Disguised as

an Arab, he crossed the Red Sea to Jeddah under the name “Sheikh

Ibrahim”, passed an examination in Muslim law and participated in a

pilgrimage to Mecca and Medina.

With bookplate. Endpapers browned, slightly affecting the title-page,

last page and folding map, but otherwise in very good condition.

Binding somewhat worn and scuffed, but structurally sound.

An expert Arabist’s annotated collection of Arabic sayings, giving insights into Arabic culture.

Gay, Bibliogr. Afrique et Arabe 1963; Howgego, 1800-1850, B76.

Beautifully illustrated expeditions searching for ancient Egyptian antiquities

32. CAILLIAUD, Frédéric and Bernardino DROVETTI. Voyage a l’Oasis de Thèbes et dans les déserts

situés a l’orient et a l’occident de la Thébaïde, fait pendant les années 1815, 1816, 1817 et 1818.

Paris, Royal press, 1821. With 24 numbered engraved plates, including 2 engraved maps (1 folding), 1 plate

coloured by hand and 1 double-page.

With: (2) CAILLIAUD, Frédéric and Bernardino DROVETTI. Voyage a l’Oasis de Syouah … pendant

leurs voyages dans cette oasis, en 1819 et en 1820.

Paris, Rignoux, 1823. With 20 numbered plates (1 engraved map and 19 lithographed plates). 2 works in 1 volume.

2 o . Contemporary green goatskin morocco, richly gold-tooled spine. € 19.500

Ad 1: first edition of the account of Cailliaud’s travels in the Oasis of Thebes and his expedition to locate the

ancient emerald mines of the Red Sea coast. Together with an account of Drovetti’s discovery of the Oasis of

Dakel. The plates include a map of the Eastern Desert (“Déserts fréquentés par les Arabes A’babdeh”) and plans

and beautiful views of antiquities discovered.

Ad 2: after Cailliaud returned to Paris in 1819 he went back to Egypt on an official mission to continue the exploration

of Egypt and its monuments in areas where Napoleon’s scholars had been unable to penetrate. He set out

on a journey to the oasis of Siwa, where he studied the temple of Umm al-Ibeida. Afterwards he joined up with

Drovetti, who was part of the Hasan Bey expedition, a military expedition to get control over the inhabitants of

Siwa. The plates include a map of the Siwa Desert and plans and beautiful views of antiquities discovered.

The journals and notes of Cailliaud and Drovetti were edited and published by Edme-François Jomard.

Some foxing, but otherwise in very good condition. Binding also very good.

Howgego, 1800-1850, C1; ad 1: Blackmer 268; cf. Gay 1967 (1822 ed.); Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 113 (1822 ed.); not in Atabey; ad 2: Gay 2515; Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 113.

no. 32

First edition to include the classic commentaries by the author’s friend

33. CAMÕES, Luis de. Os Lusiadas . . . Commentados pelo licenciado Manoel Correa, examinador synodal

do Arcebispado de Lisboa, . . .

Lisbon, Pedro Crasbeeck, 1613. 4 o . Title-page with woodcut coat of arms of Portugal, further with large woodcut

arms of the dedicatee Rodrigo da Cunha. With the verse main text in the left column set in italic type and the

prose commentary in roman. Contemporary vellum. € 25.000

The great epic poem of Portuguese exploration, in the original

Portuguese, a monument of Portuguese literature that gave a

Homeric aura to Renaissance voyages of discovery and colonial

conquests, here in the first edition to include the extensive prose

commentaries by the author’s close friend Manuel Correia

(or Correa) de Montenegro, who died before publication. In

mythology Lusus, a son or companion of Bacchus, is said to

have founded Lusitania, approximately corresponding to the

modern kingdom of Portugal, so the Portuguese heroes of the

epic are called Luciadas. “The ‘Lusiads’, as a synthesis of national

sentiment and literary development, stands unchallenged as

the epic of the Portuguese nation, and it celebrates more than

anything else the voyage of Da Gama and the intrepid bravery of

the Portuguese on land and sea” (Lach).

With some quires browned and with 1 small worm hole running

through the second half, but otherwise in good condition. Binding

with a 1×2 cm hole in the vellum covering the spine and slightly

wrinkled and dirty, but also good. The most important edition for

the study of Portugal’s greatest epic.

Adamson, Memoirs of the life and writings of Luis de Camoens II, pp. 296-299; Porbase

821.134.3-13”15” (http://purl.pt/21863).

First English-language edition of a great epic poem devoted to

Portuguese voyages and conquests

34. CAMÕES, Luis de. The Lusiad, or Portugals historicall


London, Humphrey Moseley [printed by Thomas Newcombe], 1655.

2 o (28×18.5×2 cm). With an engraved frontispiece portrait of the

author, engraved full-length portraits of Vasco de Gama and Prince

Henry the Navigator. Early 20th-century gold-tooled red morocco

by George Bayntun (1873-1940) in Bath. € 28.000

First English-language edition of the great epic poem of Portuguese

exploration, a monument of Portuguese literature that gave a Homeric

aura to Renaissance voyages of discovery and colonial conquests. In

mythology Lusus, a son or companion of Bacchus, is said to have

founded Lusitania, approximately corresponding to the modern

kingdom of Portugal, so the Portuguese heroes of the epic are called

Luciads. “The ‘Lusiads’, as a synthesis of national sentiment and literary

development, stands unchallenged as the epic of the Portuguese nation,

and it celebrates more than anything else the voyage of Da Gama and

the intrepid bravery of the Portuguese on land and sea” (Lach).

It gives a fine description not only of Portuguese exploits in the

East, but also of the flora and fauna of Asia and India, the ethnographic

details of the peoples there, and the geography of the

region, informed by Camões’s own experiences as well as his familiarity

with Ptolemy and Barros.

Slightly browned and with some mostly marginal tears repaired,

otherwise in good condition. The binding has a minor surface crack at the head of the joint of the front

board and an occasional tiny scuff mark at the extremities but is otherwise in fine condition. An epic poem

forming a classic of Portuguese literature and of the literature of overseas expansion and the exploration of

Asia, by an author with years of experience in Portuguese Asia.

Alden & Landis 655/30; ESTC R18836; Howgego I, C27; Lach II.2, pp.149-60; Penrose, pp.72- 73, 289-90; Streeter 41.

The most extensive Arabic catechism, with more than 1800 pages

35. [CATECHISM - ARABIC - ROMAN RITE]. Catechismus

Romanus: ex decreto Concilii Tridentini iussu S. Pii V editus.

[Rome], Propaganda Fide, 1786 [= 1787]-1787. 2 volumes. 8 o . With an Arabic titlepage

on the second page of each volume. Set in 2 sizes of nashk Arabic type,

with some preliminary pages set in roman and italic type. Early 19th-century half

sheepskin parchment. € 4.500

First unabridged Arabic edition of the catechism translated from the Latin

version authorized by the Council of Trent and the most extensive Arabic

catechism ever published, comprising 1827 pages plus preliminaries. It follows

the Roman Catholic rite and was printed and published by the Propaganda Fide

in Rome. It is based on the Latin text authorized by the Council of Trent under

Pope Pius V, first published in Latin in 1566. While some small Arabic catechisms

of a few dozen pages had been printed as early as 1580, only a few more

extensive ones had appeared. The present edition is probably the most extensive

Arabic work that the Propaganda Fide ever published.

With 19th-century library stamps. With occasional minor and mostly marginal

foxing and an occasional quire slightly browned, but otherwise in very good condition, with only an occasional tiny

hole or small marginal chip. Only slightly trimmed. The most ambitious Arabic catechism produced to this date.

Schnurrer 308; WorldCat (2 copies); not in Smitskamp, Philologia orientalis.

First edition of an influential Arabic grammar

36. CAUSSIN DE PERCEVAL, Armand-Pierre.

Grammaire Arabe-vulgaire, suivie de dialogues, lettres, actes

etc, a l’usage des élèves de l’Ecole Royale et Speciale, des

Langues Orientales Vivantes, ...

Paris, Dondey-Dupré père & fils, 1824. 4 o . With 8 letterpress

tables (4 folding). Near contemporary sprinkled gold-tooled

tanned sheepskin. € 14.000

First edition of an influential grammar of modern Arabic.

The grammar is followed by appendices containing a story

in the form of 20 dialogues, translated from Turkish into

Arabic, and several letters and legal documents. The preface

notes that it is the first book to be set in the new Arabic

types cut by Molé, meaning Joseph Molé (1775-1841), known

as Molé le jeune, under the direction of the orientalist Louis-

Mathieu Langlès (1763-1824).

The grammar, influenced by Silvestre de Sacy’s Arabic

studies, went through numerous editions and was used by

students of the Paris School of Living Oriental Languages.

Later editions, though, lacked the appendices.

From the library of the Ducs de Luynes at Dampierre Castle. With the edge of one folding table slightly

tattered and some minor spotting, but still in very good condition. Binding chafed and spine damaged at the

head, but still in good condition. An important Arabic grammar, inaugurating a new Arabic type.

Cf. Rückert, [Review], in: Allgemeine Literatur Zeitung (February 1828), no. 50/51, cols. 401-413.

Spectacular atlas of hieroglyphs

37. CHAMPOLLION, Jean François.

Monuments de l’Egypte et de la Nubie.

Paris, Firmin Didot Freres, 1835–1845. 4

volumes. 2 o (71.5 x 55.5 cm). Half-titles in

volumes 2-4. Chromolithographic additional

title and 502 lithographic plates (of c. 512; 4 of

the missing plates known in other copies, and

the other four listed in the table of contents

but possibly not issued) of which 26 handcoloured,

19 chromolithographs, and one

folding. Modern calf-backed boards. € 95.000

First edition of Champollion’s spectacular

atlas of hieroglyphs. A tall copy with deckle

edges, comprising more plates than both the

Blackmer and Brunet copies. Champollion had succeeded in deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs using museum

collections, and planned the journey that produced the present book in order to confirm his findings in situ

with a broader range of source material. He travelled along the Nile from Alexandria to Aswan, gathering and

reproducing hieroglyphic material along the way - much of which had not been published before, as is the case

with most of the material from the Nubian temples. Because of a complex publication history, bibliographies do

not agree on the number of plates in a complete set, but De Ricci describes “un exemplaire bien complet” which

includes 507 plates (located at the University of Paris Art and Archaeology Library).

Minor wear to boards. Some spotting to interior, some leaves browned, a few marginal tears, of which a very few

with old repairs, occasional small marginal dampstain. Small shelf mark (‘8066’/’8069’) in the foot of the plate

list in each volume.

Blackmer 309 (499 plates only, though possibly less); Brunet I, 1780 (calling for 500 plates); De Ricci 71; Graesse II, 116.

Allegorical() merchant voyages and trade with the Ottoman Empire, Persia, Egypt, Arabia, etc.

38. CIGNANO, Ludovico. Quieta solitudine di varii ragionamenti, discorsi, et concetti, ove si narra quattro

navigationi …

Bologna, Alessandro Benacci, 1587. Small 4 o (21×15 cm). With a woodcut coat of arms on the title-page. Goatskin

morocco (ca. 1870/80), richly gold-tooled spine and turn-ins, signed in foot of front turn-in by the Paris bookbinders

“darlaud frères”, gold fillets on sides and board edges. € 45.000

Rare first and only edition of Italian literary musings concerning merchant voyages, including information

about commerce with the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Syria, Arabia, Persia, India and China, with references to

Mecca, Constantinople, Cairo and other cities. There are seven numbered chapters (each called a “Spatio”). One

discusses a voyage to the East Indies and many refer to real places, but some of the other destinations, as well as

the names of some of the people and ships, seem to be allegorical. Chapter one argues for the benefits of travel

abroad in general. Chapter 2, discusses the voyage of two ships to the East Indies and mentions many real places

along the way and beyond. Chapter 3 concerns

the ship Pistri. Chapter 4 describes a voyage to

“Tana” by “Mandrilio” (a baboon), “Quintilius”

(the unfortunate Roman general) and “Fausto”

(Doctor Faustus). Chapter 5 concerns the

voyage of the ship Castorea and mentioning

Mecca and Arabic and Persian merchants.

Chapter 6 offers advice in the form of ten rules

“che gli furno date da Medici”. Chapter 7 names

ten (fictitious) academic doctors and (satirically)

presents the “elegantissime conclusioni

con loro dottrina”.

Washed by the 19th-century binder but book

and binding in very good condition. A charmingly

bound copy of a rare and curious work on

the Near and Far East.

USTC 822630 (citing Edit 16); not in Atabey; Blackmer;

Howgego (neither real nor “invented and apocryphal”); Mortimer.

1500-page Turkish dictionary that helped make Leipzig Europe’s leading centre of oriental studies

39. CLODIUS, Johann Christian. Compendiosum lexicon Latino-Turcico-Germanicum … accessit triplex

index, ac Grammatica Turcica, ...

Leipzig, Wolfgang Deer (printed by Andreas Zeidler), 1730. 8 o . With an engraved frontispiece showing 6

turbaned figures in the interior of an Ottoman library. Modern half calf, gold-tooled spine. € 2.500

First and only edition of Clodius’s Latin, Turkish and German dictionary, issued

together with the first and only edition of his Turkish grammar. These were

the most extensive reference works for the study of the Turkish language that

had been published at the time and were to remain standard works for decades.

Clodius became professor of Arabic at Leipzig University and his work was the

“Beginn einer äußerst fruchtbaren Phase der Orientalistik in Leipzig” (Liebrenz).

The main body of the dictionary is arranged alphabetically by the Latin words, set

in roman type. Each is followed by the Turkish in Arabic type, a transliteration

of the Turkish in italic, the German in fraktur, and sometimes further information

in Latin. The three very extensive indexes are arranged alphabetically by the

Turkish words in Arabic type, the transliterations of the Turkish and the German.

With the errata misbound. With some browned patches, primarily in 1 sheet and

the edges of the first and last leaves, but otherwise in good condition.

B. Liebrenz, “Früher Druck mit arabischen Typen in Leipzig …”, in: G. Roper, ed., Historical aspects of

printing and publishing in languages of the Middle East (2013), pp. 17-49, at pp. 27, 31-32, 47-48.

Eulogy of João De Castro, Viceroy of Portuguese India, who travelled the coasts of the Arabian peninsula

40. [COELHO, Simão Torresão and João Pinto

RIBEIRO]. Elogio do muy valeroso, e de raras virtudes dom

Ioão de Castro illustrissimo governador, & visorrey da India.

Lisbon, Domingos Lopes Rosa, 1642. Small 4 o (20 x 14.5

cm). With a large woodcut of a sailing ship on title-page.

Contemporary limp parchment, double gilt fillets on sides, gilt

edges. € 15.000

Rare first (and only separately published) edition, in

Portuguese, of Coelho’s eulogy of João de Castro (1500-1548),

governor and then viceroy of Portuguese India from 1545 to

his death. He travelled through India and to Suez, along the

coasts of the Arabian peninsula and defeated the Islamic

Sultan of Gujarat. He proved an extremely good leader in

India and Ceylon, defeated the King of Cambodia, invaded

Ceylon and captured Broach and Malacca. He shares with

Vasco da Gama the honour of being the only colonial leaders

memorialized with a statue in India.

Each paragraph of the eulogy, written by the poet and jurist

Simão Torresão Coelho (died 1642), is followed by extensive

commentaries by João Pinto Ribeiro (1590-1649), the principal

agent of the Portuguese rebellion against Spain, celebrating the

history of Portugal and Portugal’s newly proclaimed sovereignty.

With early owner’s inscription on title-page. Small glue stain

on the spine of the book block, occasionally visible on the

inner margins. The sewing between the flyleaf and the book

block a bit loose, showing a minor gap. Very good copy.

KVK/WorldCat (7 copies); Barbosa Machado II, p. 724; for Ribeiro: Danvers, The

Portuguese in India II, p. 271.

Islamic rule in Spain (756-1492)

41. CONDÉ, José Antonio. History of the dominion of the Arabs in Spain.

Translated from the Spanish ..., by Mrs. Jonathan Forster.

London, Henry G. Bohn (printed by Wilson & Ogilvy), 1854-1855. 3 volumes.

Small 8 o . With a stipple-engraved frontispiece. Near contemporary half tan calf,

gold-tooled spines. € 850

First English edition of a very detailed history of the Islamic presence on the

Iberian peninsula. After several introductory chapters giving background information

about Islam and the Caliphate in general, it gives a detailed account of

the Islamic state in its various guises in what is now southern Spain and Portugal

(al-Andalus) from Abd al-Rahman I’s conquest of Córdoba in 756 to Castile’s

annexation of Granada under Ferdinand and Isabella in 1492. During part of this

period it was the Caliphate of Córdoba, an important centre of Islamic culture.

Condé (1765-1820), director of the library in the royal palace El Escorial and then

of the Royal Library in Madrid, had access to a wealth of material now difficult to

find, and his work was highly regarded when it appeared, providing many readers with a more detailed account

of the subject than they could find elsewhere and helping to shape the historical view of Islamic Spain.

With armorial bookplates. With minor foxing in the frontispiece and faint waterstains along its edges, not affecting

the image, but still in very good condition. The bindings are slightly worn at the extremities and the marbled sides

are rubbed, but they are still good. A nearly 1500-page account of Islamic Spain, in its first English edition.

Dictionary of the literature of the Iberian peninsula, I, pp. 428-429.

First French edition of a classic history of the Portuguese empire

42. CONESTAGGIO, Girolamo Franchi. l’Union du Royaume de

Portugal a la couronne de Castille. Contenant les dernieres guerres des

Portugais contre les Maures d’Afrique, la fin de la Maison de Portugal,

& changement de son Empire.

Besançon, Nicolas de Moingesse, 1596. 8 o . With woodcut coat of arms of

Besancon on the title-page and the woodcut coat of arms of the translator

Thomas Nardin. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. € 7.500

First edition of the French translation by Thomas Nardin of an extensive

history of the Portuguese empire. The preliminaries include the dedication,

note to the reader, a chronological annotated list of the rulers of

Portugal. Laudatory poems follow, about the death of King Sebastion

and succession of King Philip, and about the present translation and its

translator. The main text gives the history chronologically from beginnings

to the 1580s, including information about Portuguese relations

with the Moors in Africa. An alphabetical table of contents, the imprimateur

of the city of Besançon and a list of errata conclude the book.

With 1 quire somewhat browned, a corner torn of the last printed leaf,

affecting 2 letters of a heading, and a few water stains and marginal restorations,

but still in good condition. Binding somewhat soiled. A classic

history of Portugal in its first French edition.

Cioranesco 16480; cf. Adams C2502-2503 (Italian eds.).

First edition of a ground-breaking work on navigation

43. CORTÉS, Martin. Breve compendio de la sphera y de la arte de navegar, con nuevos instrumentos y

reglas, exemplificado con muy subtiles demonstraciones: ...

[Colophon:] Seville, Anton Alvarez, 27 May 1551. Small 2 o (29 x 20.5). With the title-page with the woodcut coat

of arms of Charles V in a woodcut architectural border and 2 woodcuts on the back, and 31 woodcut illustrations

in text (many half-page), including 3 maps; 4 lacking the volvelles. 17th-century() sheepskin parchment. Kept in

a modern brown morocco clamshell box. € 280.000

First edition, in the original Spanish, of an early ground-breaking

work on navigation, illustrated with astronomical woodcuts,

depictions of navigational instruments and three maps. An

English translation appeared in 1561 as The arte of navigation and

soon became the standard work on navigation and the backbone

of sailing instruction for many of the world’s naval powers until

the 19th century. Before the rise of the Iberian nautical sciences,

with Cortés (1532-1589), as the most important contributor,

mariners used navigational instruments such as the kamal and

the quadrant, the former developed by Arabic explorers of the 9th

century and the latter pioneered by Arabic astronomers following

an concept noted by Ptolemy.

The book is divided into three parts: an initial section on the

cosmos, the size of the earth, and geographical climates; a second

on the courses of the sun and moon, the seasons, tides and

weather; and the last a practical manual on navigation and the

construction of navigational instruments.

In the preface Cortés tells us about the miracles of early navigation

including someone intriguingly referred to as “Agno”, who

sailed from Cadiz, Spain, to Arabia and about a story by Cornelus

Nepos about a messenger from Arabia, who came flying to King

Latinos. In the second section Cortés refers several times to Arabic astronomical observations and the Islamic

calendar. Spread through the work Cortes also mentions other scientific observations from the various parts of

the Islamic World, including Egypt and Persia.

With bookplate and a few contemporary manuscript annotations in the margins, one partly trimmed off after

rebinding in the 17th() century. Four of the woodcuts should have contained volvelles, but were apparently never

present. One leaf cut short (shaving the running head), lower right corner of the title-page restored, some minor

thumbing, two small tears in the margins and the first and last leaves with some minor spots. Still a good copy.

Binding very good, but with some thongs broken at the hinges.

Crone Library 49; PMM 76; Sabin 16966 (“of great rarity”); Waters, The art of navigation, pp. 75-77.

Seminal work on Islamic architecture in Egypt

44. CRESWELL, Sir Keppel Archibald Cameron. The Muslim architecture of Egypt.

Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1952-1959. Royal 2 o . With 251 plates and numerous

text illustrations. Publisher’s original green cloth. € 18.000

First edition, printed in 550 copies only. Principal work of the great architectural

historian of Muslim Egypt. Beginning where his Early Muslim

Architecture left off, this monumental two-volume set traces the history of

Egyptian Islamic architecture from the dynasty of the Ikhshids and Fatimids

(939-1171) to that of the Ayyubids and early Bahrite Mamluks (1171-1326).

Creswell had begun his work in 1920 with a generous grant of King Fuad I;

the present publication is dedicated to Fuad’s son, Farouk I. - The publisher’s

voucher copies: numbers 4 and 2 of 550 copies printed, removed from Printer’s

Library of Oxford’s famous Clarendon Press.

In perfect condition. Rare, the last complete copy sold in 1999 (Sotheby’s, Oct

14, lot 185).

OCLC 1105072.

The first overland journey from Spain to the East Indies, by way of Iran

45. CUBERO SEBASTIAN, Pedro. Breve relacion, de la peregrinacion que ha hecho de la mayor parte

del mundo.

Madrid, Juan Garcia Infançon, 1680. Small 4 o (20 x 14.5 cm). With the title-page in a border built up from

cast fleurons, woodcut coat of arms of the dedicatee Charles II of Spain, and some woodcut initials and tailpieces.

Gold-tooled morocco, by the leading Barcelona binder Emilio Brugalla (1901-1987), with the arms of the

Spanish bibliophile Isidoro Fernandez (1878-1963) stamped in gold on front and back. € 18.000

First edition of an interesting and detailed account of the first overland journey

from Spain to the East Indies (1671-1680) by the Spanish missionary Pedro

Cubero Sebastian. After spending time in Italy where he was appointed as a

missionary to Asia and the East Indies, Cubero travelled by way of Istanbul and

Moscow, to Iran, visiting Isfahan (“Hispaham”) and Bandar Abbas, after which

he finally arrived in India. After crossing to Malacca he was thrown in into

prison by the Dutch and later banished from the city. He then proceeded to the

Philippine Islands and then, by way of Mexico, back to Europe.

“By circumnavigating the globe in his travels, he was recognized in his own time

to be another Magellan, Drake, or Cavendish” (Noonan).

With bookplates on pastedown and contemporary ownerships inscription on

title-page. Some occasional foxing and a small restoration, replacing the outer

lower corner of the title-page in a subtle facsimile. With very narrow margins,

occasionally just shaving the headlines and quire signatures. Otherwise in very

good condition.

Howgego, to 1800, C225; Palau 65756; Sabin 17819; for the author: Noonan, The road to Jerusalem: pilgrimage and

travel in the age of discovery (2007), p. 104.

Beautifully coloured composite atlas


[Amsterdam, Theodorus and Cornelis III Danckerts, ca. 1706 (dated maps 1694-1706)]. Imperial 2 o (53.5 × 33.5

cm). Composite atlas, with an engraved title-page, 43 double-page engraved maps and 4 double-page engraved

tables, all beautifully coloured in a consistent and balanced manner by a contemporary hand, probably in the

workshop of the publisher. With maps by Johannes, Justus, Theodorus and Cornelis III Danckerts, Carel and

Abraham Allard, Nicolaas Visscher I & II, Frederik de Wit, Pieter Mortier, Caspar Specht and even Alexis-

Hubert Jaillot in Paris. Modern maroon sheepskin. € 48.500

A splendid composite atlas in a beautiful and well-balanced colouring,

probably from a single professional workshop, including the work of

Johannes Danckerts, Justus Danckerts, Theodorus Danckerts, Cornelis

Danckerts, Carel Allard, Abraham Allard, Nicolaas Visscher I & II,

Frederik de Wit, Pieter Mortier, Caspar Specht) and even a map of

North America by Alexis-Hubert Jaillot in Paris.

The makeup of the atlas resembles that of one published by

Theodorus and Cornelis III Danckerts sometime between 1703 and

1713 (Koeman, Dan 4). Not only do 13 of the present 20 Danckerts

maps and plates appear in that atlas, but it also apparently begins

with the same allegorical title-page, drawn by Gerard van Houten

and engraved by Petrus Schenk I and ends with the same plate of

flags. Both include Cornelis Danckerts’s Nieuw Aerdsch Pleyn, a

world map in an equidistant polar projection. Although nearly half

the maps in the present atlas are by the Danckerts family, several of

the most recent maps in the atlas are by Pieter Mortier, but given the

strong French flavour of his atlases, the present does not seem to fit

into his oeuvre.

With the title-page somewhat tattered and with a restoration affecting the end of the banderole, but generally in

good condition, with occasional minor tears and folds. A composite atlas apparently assembled and coloured by

an Amsterdam map publisher ca. 1706.

A complete list of the maps is available on request.

Cf. Koeman, Dan 4.

English summaries and partial translations of Portuguese documents

on the East Indies and other Eastern regions

47. DANVERS, Frederick Charles. Report to the Secretary of State for India in Council on the Portuguese

records relating to the East Indies, contained in the Archivo da Torre do Tombo, and the public libraries at

Lisbon and Evora, ...

London, W.H. Allen & Co., Limited (colophon: printed by Eyre & Spottiswood), 1892. 8 o . With a folding

lithographic map of Arabia, India, Southeast Asia and the East Indies. Contemporary blue half cloth, with the

boards covered with original publisher’s grey wrappers. € 1.500

A detailed English-language account of historical documents on the Portuguese in the Arabian

peninsula, India, Ceylon, the East Indies and the Far East from 1498 to 1798, summarizing

and extensively quoting (in English translation) the documents from Portuguese archives.

Sections i-iv cover Portuguese India in general, 1498-1798, while the remaining sections cover

specific regions: The Red Sea and Persian Gulf (v), Ceylon (vi), Malacca (vii) and China and

Japan (viii). Danvers’s Portuguese was weak and he had difficulty with the early handwriting,

noting in the introduction to the present work that he frequently required the assistance of “Mr.

Henriques, a most experienced linguist”. C.R. Boxer criticized Danvers’s Report for lapses, but

it contains so much information not otherwise readily available that he nevertheless frequently

turned to it. Since it was an official government report, moreover, many in and outside the

colonial government made decisions and decided policies based on Danvers’s information.

In very good condition. The binding is slightly worn. A wealth of information about the

Portuguese in the East Indies and elsewhere, from Portuguese archives.

D’Anville’s cartographic study of Egypt, with excellent maps

48. D’ANV ILLE, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon. Mémoires sur l’Égypte ancienne et moderne, suivis d’une

description du Golfe Arabique ou de la Mer Rouge.

Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1766. 4 o . With 6 engraved maps (5 folding) and 1 engraved plan. Contemporary

mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges. € 5.500

First and only edition of an excellent

cartographic study of Egypt, illustrated

with remarkably accurate maps and plans.

They show ancient Egypt, Alexandria,

Memphis region, Lower Egypt with the

Sinai Peninsula, Upper Egypt, and the Red

Sea with part of present-day Saudi Arabia

(including Mecca and Medina) and Yemen.

Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d’Anville (1697-

1782) was certainly one the most acclaimed

cartographers of 18th-century France and

“contributed greatly to the renaissance of

geography and cartography ...” (dsb). The

accuracy of his maps of Egypt was confirmed

during Napoleon’s campaign in 1799.

Contemporary owner’s inscription on

endpaper struck through. Some light

browning, otherwise in very good condition.

Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 32; Ibrahim-Hilmy, p. 85;

for the author: DSB I, pp. 175-176.

Major source of information on the Muslim world in the 17th century

49. DAPPER, Olfert. Naukeurige beschryving van Asie: behelsende de gewesten van Mesopotamie,

Babylonie, Assyrie, Anatolie, of Klein Asie: beneffens eene volkome beschrijving van gantsch gelukkigh, woest,

en petreesch of steenigh Arabie. Vertoont in een bondigh ontwerp van ‘s lands benamingen, bepalingen, . . .

inzonderheit die van d’oude Arabieren, Mahomet en Mahometanen.

Amsterdam, Jacob van Meurs,

1680. 2 o . With engraved frontispiece,

3 double-page maps

(of Basra and surroundings,

Anatolia and the Arabian

Peninsula), 12 double-page or

folding views (partly drawn

by Charles Vasteau). Near

contemporary blind-stamped

vellum. € 9.500

First edition of Olfert

Dapper’s important description

of the Middle East.

The first part is devoted to

Mesopotamia or Algizira,

Babylonia, Assyria and

Anatolia, while the second is

entirely devoted to Arabia.

The work is especially

important for the original

and new information on Islam, Arabic science, astronomy, philosophy and historiography. The fine plates and

illustrations include views of Mount Sinai, Bagdad, Basra, Nineveh, Abydos, Smyrna, Aden, Muscat and Mocha.

The second part includes a description of coffee: “In Arabia Felix alone, and in no other place of the whole

world, there grows a seed or corn or bean shrub which the Arabs call ‘Bon’ or ‘Ban’, of which they prepare a drink

by cooking it in water over the fire . . .” (part 2, pp. 61-62).

Bookseller’s ticket on pastedown. Slightly browned throughout. Joints cracked at the head. In very good


Atabey 322; Hünersdorff, Coffee, p. 386; Slot, B.J. The Arabs of the Gulf, p. 412; Tiele, Bibl. 300.

A complete set of De Bry’s Voyages uniformly bound in contemporary vellum,

including the first Latin edition of Balbi’s account of the Gulf coast

50. DE BRY, Johann Theodor. Petits Voyages. Pars I-XII.

Including: BALBI, Gasparo. Navigationis ex Alepo ad regnum Pegui usque, novem continuis annis ...

absolutae descriptio.

Frankfurt, Erasmus Kempffer, 1601–1628. 12 parts in 4 volumes. 2 o (22 × 31.7 cm). With 10 engraved title-pages,

252 engraved illustrations, 3 engraved views, 17 engraved maps, and 3 armorial engravings. Bound at the end are 5

extra maps and views (including

a world map and a view of

Jerusalem) from Marino Sanuto’s

1611 Liber secretorum fidelium

crucis. Slightly later Spanish limp

vellum with manuscript spinetitle,

with ties. € 150.000

All 12 parts of Théodore de Bry’s

Petits Voyages, the greatest single

collection of material on early

voyages to the East Indies and

considered unique in its extraordinary

wealth of cartographical and

visual material on Africa, India, and

South Asia. Notably, book seven

includes Gasparo Balbi’s groundbreaking

account of the Middle

East, first published in 1590 as

Viaggio dell’ Indie Orientali, a mere

16 years before this present issue,

making this the second appearance in print altogether and the first Latin translation. Balbi, a Venetian jewel merchant,

travelled extensively in the Arabian Peninsula in search of precious stones. From Venice he sailed for Aleppo, proceeding

to Bir and from there overland to Baghdad, descending the Tigris to Basra, where he embarked for India. While

in the Persian Gulf, he studied the pearl industry, noting that the best pearls were to be found at Bahrain and Julfar.

He refers to islands in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi (including Sir Bani Yas and Das) and to several coastal settlements

that were to become permanently established, such as Dubai and Ras al Khaima. Balbi was the first to record the

place names along the coast of modern Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman. Practically “none of the names of

places on the coast between Qatar and Ras al Khaima occur in other sources before the end of the eighteenth century”

(Slot). Rather browned throughout, with occasional slight edge defects; two title-pages are repaired. Wants a total

of 11 plates, as well as the appendix on the Congo in vol. II and the Notice to the Reader in vol. IV. Balbi’s section is

complete and well-preserved, with only two minor censorship marks.

The only comparable copy in recent trade history is the Macclesfield set in contemporary gilt calfskin, auctioned off

at Sotheby’s in 2007 and currently offered by a U.S. dealer consortium for $150,000: that copy, however, is incomplete,

wanting the final volumes XI and XII - the latter of which is “so rare that even Church lacked much of the text”.

Brunet I, 1334; Church 206, 207, 208, 211, 212, 214, 217, 219, 221-225; cf. Howgego, to 1800, B7; Al Abed & Hellyer, United Arab Emirates: A New

Perspective (London, 2001); Slot, The Arabs of the Gulf (Leidschendam, 1993); King, Delmephialmas and Sircorcor, “Gasparo Balbi, Dalmâ, Julfâr and a

problem of transliteration”, in: Arabian archeology and epigraphy 17 (2006), pp. 248-252; Carter, A. Sea of Pearls, p. 79.

With Napoleon in Egypt

51. DENON, Dominique Vivant. Viaggio nel Basso ed Alto d’Egitto.

Florence, Giuseppe Tofani, 1808. 2 volumes. 2 o . 70 sepia aquatints & 80

further plates & charts. Old style half mottled calf. € 9.500

Denon was attached to the Napoleonic forces during the invasion of

Egypt. His resulting work was a tremendous success, as it was among

the first to show in detail the extraordinary monumental richness in the

land of the Pharaohs. This is the only edition to have some of the plates

aquatinted. In many respects the illustrations done in this way, which

tend to be the topographical views, are more successful than the equivalent

line engravings in the original and subsequent French editions.

Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 174.

Detailed account of a journey from Suez to Ta’if to meet the Sharif of Mecca

52. DIDIER, Charles. Ein Aufenthalt bei dem Groß-Scherif von Mekka.

Leipzig, Bernhard Schlicke, 1862. Small 8 o (17.5 × 12 cm). Set in fraktur types with the title and headings in

textura types. Later boards covered with marbled paper. € 2.500

First and only German edition of Didier’s colourful account of his journey

from Suez to Ta’if to meet the Sharif of Mecca, Abd al-Mutalib ibn Ghalib

(ca. 1794-1862 or later), first published in French in 1857 as Séjour chez le

Grand-Chérif de la Mekke. Didier (1805-1864) met Sir Richard Burton in

Cairo months after his famous 1853 visit to Mecca, and briefly travelled with

him (Burton mentions him in his own account of his pilgrimages to Mecca

and Medina). He departed on his the present voyage from Suez in 1854,

travelling through the Sinai to the Red Sea and Jeddah on the way to Ta’if.

At this time the region was largely under Ottoman control and in 1856 they

ousted Abd al-Mutalib, who had the support of the Bedouins, and returned

his predecessor and rival Muhammed bin Adb al-Muin ibn Aun to power.

Didier gives detailed accounts of the ruling families and the events of the

period, and his book served as a basis for Karl May’s German adventure story

for children, In Mekka (1923).

Foxed throughout, but otherwise in good condition. An account of travels on

the Arabian peninsula that inspired adventure stories.

WorldCat (5 copies); cf. Blackmer 484 note (French ed.).

40 years of correspondence between two leading orientalists

in Russia, often concerning Georgian matters

53. DORN, Bernard. [21 autograph letters, signed, to Marie-

Félicité Brosset].

Saint Petersburg, ca. 1840-1879. 8 o (letters, mostly 21 × 13.5 cm) and

folio (list of publications). Letters in French with an occasional

(Persian) word in Arabic script, written in black ink on paper, some

with the address on the outside and one with Dorn’s (Persian) red

wax seal in Arabic script.

With: (2) [Manuscript chronological numbered list of 34 publications

by Dorn, 1843-1865].

[Saint Petersburg, ca. 1865]. € 7.500

Signed autograph letters written over nearly 40 years by the German-born orientalist in Saint Petersburg,

Bernard Dorn (1805-1881) to (or in one case for) his Paris-born colleague Marie-Félicité Brosset (1802-1880),

mostly while Brosset was at the Hermitage Museum and Dorn at the Asiatic Museum, both in Saint Petersburg.

The letters revolve around their mutual professional interest in oriental languages, particularly in Georgia

(Tiflis is explicitly mentioned), and in numismatics. Dorn and Brosset were nearly the same age, came to Saint

Petersburg at nearly the same time, and the present letters show that they also developed a close personal friendship,

sometimes referring to their families.

Some letters with embossed stamps. Some of the letters were sealed and therefore have small tears where Brosset

broke the seals, but all are in good or very good condition. In 3 letters the ink has bled through a bit.

280 extraordinary prints of Islamic-Spanish architecture

54. [DORREGARAY, José Gil (editor)]. Monumentos arquitectónicos de España.

Madrid, Calcografía Nacional, 1859[-1886]. 89 instalments. Imperial 1 o (74.5 × 60 cm). With 280 lithographed and

engraved plates, including 58 chromolithographs, 12 tinted lithographs and several printed in a single colour. Text

in Spanish and French in parallel columns, with decorated chromolithographed initials. Each instalment in its

original publisher’s palladian blue paper wrappers. € 45.000

First edition, in its 89 original instalments, of a

monumental series giving an overview of classic

Spanish architecture, heavily influenced by Spain’s

Islamic past. Besides the accompanying text in

Spanish and French, each part contains 2 to 4 very

large plates giving views, plans and details of the

architectural monuments and their artistic decorations

and ornaments, all of great artistic quality. The

monuments include: the Mosque of Cristo de la

Luz, the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, the

Mosque of Tornerías, the Complutense University

of Madrid, the Alhambra Complex, the Santiago

Archpriestal Church in Villena, etc. Even the architectural

styles of the “Christian” buildings like cathedrals

and churches, are heavily influenced by Islamic architecture.

This symbiosis of Christian and Islamic architecture

is known as the Mudéjar style.

With embossed library stamp on plates. The text and

plates with some foxing, but otherwise good. Most of

the wrappers are separated along the spine and have

some small tears along the edges, but are also still good.

A magnificent display of Spanish-Islamic architecture.

Calcografía Nacional: Cat. General II (2004), pp. 578-613, nos. 4774-5038;

Cat. lib. Clarence H. Clark (1888), pp. 1038-1046; Palau 179936.

Duhamel enthusiastically praises report (on Syrian earthquake) by the French consul in Tripoli

55. DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. [Autograph letter, signed, to Gabriel de Choiseul, Duc

de Praslin].

[Paris], 21 June [1762]. 4 o . In French, in brown ink on laid paper.

With: [François-Hubert DROUAIS]. [Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau].

[Paris], [ca. 1760]. 2 o . Engraved portrait of Duhamel on laid paper. € 5.000

Autograph letter, signed, from the French scientist Henri-Louis

Duhamel du Monceau (1700-1782) to the French minister of foreign

affairs, Gabriel de Choiseul (1718-1785), Duc de Praslin. Choiseul

had sent Duhamel a memoire by Claude-Jules Cousinery (1718-

1785), French consul in Syrian (now Lebanese) Tripoli, and asked his

opinion of it. Duhamel thanks him for the “excellent memoire de M

Couzineri”, says it is the best he has seen on the subject and notes

Cousinery’s “sages reflections”. He continues “La justesse d’esprit la

bontée du coeur le zele du bon citoyen se montrent partout.” It even

helped distract Duhamel from his “terrible siatique” (terrible sciatica).

The letter says nothing about the memoire’s content, but an early

manuscript note on the back adds the year 1762 to the date and and

indicates that it belongs under the subject Levant and Barbary. The

Histoire de l’Académie Royale des Sciences for the year 1760, published

in 1766, pp. 23-24, gives a summary of Cousinery’s report on the great

Syrian earthquake of 30 October 1759 sent to Duhamel: “nous l’apprenons

d’une relation que M. Cousinery (Chacelier du Consulat de

Tripoly de Syrie) a envoyée à M. du Hamel”.

With an early manuscript note on the back of the letter. Formerly folded horizontally and vertically for posting.

In very good condition. The portrait is trimmed down to the border, but is also in very good condition.

A rare and elaborately illustrated tribute to the

British Raj, with 24 photographic portraits,

17 chromolithographed coats-of-arms

and 51 photographic views

56. EASTWICK, Edward Backhouse. The Kaisarnámah

i Hind, or Lay of the Empress, a poem, in nine cantos with

appendices containing the histories of the princes of India,

dedicated by gracious permission to her Majesty the Queen

Empress of India.

London, printed for private circulation only (printed by

Maclure & Macdonald), 1877-1882. 2 volumes. 1 o (49 × 37 cm).

With 2 lithographed title-pages, 2 lithographed frontispiece

portraits, of Queen Victoria and Albert Edward, Prince of

Wales, and 24 photographic portraits, 17 chromolithographed

coats-of-arms, 51 photographic views, 1 lithographed view,

2 maps and 4 genealogical tables (3 double-page). With the

portraits and the text of the cantos in elaborate and finely

illuminated chromolithographed borders (with gold); the

other text leaves in red borders. With the extensive Persian

and Hindi texts lithographed from calligraphic models.

Contemporary gold-tooled green morocco, each board with

large gold-tooled centre-piece representing the star of India,

with in the centre the monogram “vri” (“Victoria Regina

Imperatrix”), gilt edges (signed at the foot of the front turn-in

by Morley, Oxford). € 75.000

A sumptuous and extremely rare tribute to the British

Raj and a detailed history of the princely families

in India by the distinguished orientalist Edward

Backhouse Eastwick (1814-1883), prompted by the

proclamation of Queen Victoria as Empress of India

in 1876. The first volume contains three cantos, with

a translation into Persian verse by Amir Jan, followed

by a history of the Nizáms of the Dakan; the second

volume contains cantos IV and V with a translation

into Hindi verse by Kaviraja Syamala Dasa of Udaipur,

followed by a history of the Rájpúts.

The work is beautifully decorated, and illustrated with

fine photographic views of palaces, tombs, gates, etc.,

including the mausoleum of the Emperor Humayún,

the tomb of Nizámu’d-dín, the caves of Ajanta, the

Palace of Nizám, the Hall of the 66 pillars and the

Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. It further

includes photographic portraits and finely chromolithographed

coats-of-arms of several members of the

English and Indian aristocracy.

Some smudges and spotting, the frontispiece portraits

pulled loose from the title-page, but still attached to the

endleaves. The bindings show some wear, the first volume

with some stains and scratches and one headband nearly

detached. Overall in very good condition.

Blumhardt, A supplementary catalogue of Hindi books in the library of the

British Museum, col. 80; WorldCat (7 copies); for Eastwick: Loloi, “Eastwick,

Edward Backhouse (1814-1883)”, in: Encyclopedia Irancia (online ed.).

Verse descriptions of Palestine and Jerusalem, with woodcut illustrations

57. EGER, Johann(es). Itinerarium, das ist, Reisebüchlein. Darinnen begriffen werden die Reisen der

H. Jungfrawen Marien, Josephs, und sonderlich unsers Herrn Jesu Christi, ... Item Bericht von der Stadt

Hierusalem, ...

(Colophon: printed in Eißleben, Saxony, [by Jacob Gaubisch]), 1604.

Small 8 o (15 × 10 cm). With 9 woodcut illustrations in the text (about

3.5 × 5 cm). Recased in a stiff vellum wrapper made from a bifolium

out of a 16th-century liturgical manuscript, with flaps folded over the

fore-edge. € 6.500

Rare first edition of a German verse account of the travels of Mary,

Joseph and especially Jesus, including descriptions of Palestine and

Jerusalem, with 9 woodcut illustrations. Eger (1534-1613), originally

from Bischofswerder (now Biskupiec, Poland), was a minister of the

Lutheran church in Colmnitz, Saxony.

With a 7-line German inscription in a gothic hand facing the

title-page, a 1977 owner’s inscription on pastedown, and a modern

newspaper clipping pasted in at the end. Somewhat browned and

with a small tear repaired, slightly affecting a shoulder note, but

otherwise in good condition, with only a few marginal chips. Binding

somewhat worn and with restorations. Rare religious work in verse,

with descriptions of Palestine and Jerusalem.

VD 17, 3:310664U (2 copies); WorldCat (4 copies).

First comprehensive description of ancient and modern Egypt

58. [EGYPT]. Description de l’Egypte, ou recueil des observations et des recherches, qui ont été faites en

égypte pendant l’expédition de l’armée française.

Paris, C. L. F. Panckoucke, 1820-1829. 24 text volumes bound as 26 (8 o ) and 11 atlas volumes (2 o , 74 × 57 cm).

With coloured frontispiece and 842 (of 899) engraved plates and maps, many double-page and folded, each with

drystamp showing title and publisher with the figure of a sphinx in relief. Contemporary gold-tooled red half

morocco, gold-tooled spine title. Stored in a custom-made intarsia cabinet built around 1900 by a Sorrentine

cabinet maker, decorated with Egyptian motifs based on those shown in table no. 82 of vol. 1.


Second edition of this monumental work (the

first was published from 1809 onwards): the

first comprehensive description of ancient and

modern Egypt. Commissioned by Napoleon

during his Egyptian campaign between 1798 and

1801, this encompassing historical, archaeological,

art-historical, and natural-historical account

of the country was realised through the efforts

of the Cairo Institut d’Egypte. More than 150

scholars and scientists and some 2000 artists,

designers and engravers were involved in its

preparation. The publication’s success was such

that work on the second edition (known as the

“Pancoucke edition) began before the first was

even completed. The text was expanded into a

greater number of volumes which were printed in

a smaller format; new pulls were taken from the

plates, and these were bound with many of the

large-format plates folded into the new, reduced


The fine cabinet is based on a similar example built

for the first edition (designed by Jomard and made

by C. Morel). Such custom bookshelves were not

uncommon additions to the monumental set: In

the last quarter-century, Sotheby’s alone sold three

mixed-edition sets with various cabinets.

Owner’s entry of count Girolamo Giusso at the Vico

Equense castello on title-page. Some browning and

slight edge damage, bindings with some small professionally


Blackmer 526; Gay 1999; Brunet II, 617; Graesse II, 366; cf. Monglond

VIII, 268-343 (for the first ed.); Nissen, BBI 2234; Nissen, ZBI 4608;

Heritage Library, Islamic Treasures, s. v. “Art” (illustration).

First edition of the Pentateuch in Arabic

no. 58

59. ERPENIUS, Thomas (editor). Turat Musa al-Nabi alayhi al-salam id est Pentateuchus Mosis Arabicè.

Leiden, Thomas Erpenius for Johannes Maire, 1622. 4 o . With the title in a woodcut architectural frame. 18th-century

sprinkled calf, gold-tooled spine. € 16.500

“First printing of the Pentateuch in Arabic

characters” (Smitskamp). Edited by Thomas

Erpenius and printed with his influential nashk

Arabic types, cut under his direction by Arent

Corsz. Hogenacker in Leiden. It gives the text

of a 13th-century translation of the Pentateuch

in the Maghreb dialect (spoken in Mauritania).

Erpenius was one of the most distinguished orientalists

and by far the best Arabist of his day.

He published an influential Arabic grammar

and several excellent critical editions. His own

private printing office, equipped with Hebrew,

Arabic, Syriac, Ethiopic and Turkish type,

produced its first works as early as 1615.

From the library of the noted Swedish orientalist,

translator and librarian Carl Aurivilius (1717-

1786) with his manuscript bookplate on the

paste-down. Further with 2 other 18th-centry

owners’ inscriptions and modern library stamps.

A few leaves with a faint waterstain a the foot,

some spotting. The binding chafed, the head

of the spine slightly damaged and the edges of

the endleaves browned. Otherwise in very good

condition and with generous margins.

Breugelmans 1622-2; Darlow & Moule 1645; Smitskamp,

Philologia orientalis 86; STCN (7 copies).

10 watercolours of falcons

60. [FALCONRY]. [Collection of ten original watercolours

showing various falcons].

[Scandinavia, ca. 1840]. Various sizes, ca. 14 × 22 cm to ca. 20 ×

25 cm. Mounted. € 15.000

Ten fine pen-and-ink drawings of different falcons in various

poses, all captioned and vividly watercoloured by a mid-19thcentury

artist. Includes the Saker Falcon, Iceland Falcon,

Greenland Falcon, Merlin, Lanner Falcon, Norway Falcon etc.

Well preserved.

“One of the first and most spectacular archaeological

discoveries in Nubia”

61. FERLINI, Giuseppe. Relation historique des fouilles opérées dans la Nubie.

Rome, Salviucci, 1838. 4 o . With a wood-engraved vignette on the title-page showing 2 archaeologists in the

field, a folding engraved plate showing 22 numbered figures, and 3 wood-engraved tailpieces showing artefacts.

Original publisher’s buff paper wrappers. € 1.750

First French edition of Giuseppe Ferlini’s illustrated account of his discovery of the undisturbed tomb in what

we now know was the pyramid of Amanishakheto, Kandrake (Queen) of the Nubian kingdom of Kush (reigned

ca. 10 bc-ca. 1 ad), with descriptions and illustrations of the remarkable treasures he found in it, first published in

Italian in 1837. This was a rare example of a tomb that had remained undisturbed for nearly 2000 years.

He sold part of his collection to Ludwig I, King of Bavaria (now in the Egyptian Museum of Munich), but

the greater part, first kept in his own

home, went to the Egyptian Museum

of Berlin soon after the present publication.

Ferlini is thought to have misrepresented

the exact location where

he found the treasures, perhaps still

hoping to return for more himself, but

his account remains an essential primary

source for the reconstruction of the

pyramid and its treasures.

With the author’s presentation inscription

on the front wrapperto Marchese

Giuseppe Melchiorri (1796-1855). With

a marginal water stain in the lower

inside corner and minor foxing, but

still in very good condition and wholly

untrimmed. The wrapper shows minor

marginal stains but is also very good.

A tale of adventure and an important record of one of the most spectacular archaeological discoveries between

Pompeii and Tutankhamun.

Ist. Cent. Cat. Unico (2 copies); Bertha Porter, Topographical bibliography of Ancient Egypt VII (1975), p. 245.

Pioneering work on the flora of Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula

62. FORSSKÅL, Pehr and Carsten NIEBUHR (editor). Flora

Ægyptiaco-Arabica. Sive descriptiones plantarum, quas Ægyptum

inferiorum et Arabiam felicem.

Copenhagen, Möller for Heineck and Faber, 1775. 4 o . With full-page

engraved frontispiece map of part of Yemen, drawn by Niebuhr and

engraved by Peter Haas. Set in roman types with incidental italic,

words in Greek and Arabic. Near contemporary sprinkled half



First edition of a “pioneer work by the great botanist Froskål which

substantially increased knowledge about the vegetation in the areas

he visited. The author proposed 50 new genera, half of which are still

valid” (Hünersdorf ). Pehr Fors(s)kål, a brilliant pupil of Linnaeus,

was part of the famous Royal Danish expedition to Arabia 1761-1767.

Unfortunately, like most members of the expedition, he didn’t survive

the journey, dying in Yemen when only 31 years old. There he had

zealously collected botanical specimens, resulting in the present publication,

edited after his death by Carsten Niebuhr. It describes and classifies a staggering number of species found

in Egypt and the Arabian Peninsula (and some in Europe), often with the Arabic names and including coffee

and the drug plant qat (Catha edulis). Forsskål and Niebuhr were the first Europeans to taste qat. In a note added

to his description, Forsskål describes the cultivation and uses of the drug, observing how the Arabs chewed the

green leaves to stay awake all night (p. 64).

In very good condition, with only some light spotting. The binding slightly worn. An excellent account of

Arabian and Egyptian flora.

Hünersdorf, Coffee, pp. 517-518; Pritzel 2969; Stafleu & Cowan 1819.

Very rare contemporary account of an abortive Muslim slave revolt in Malta

63. [FREIRE, Manuel Tomás da Silva]. [Drop-title:] Sucinta relaçam do

ultimo naufragio, e fim que teve o famozo Baxá de Rhodes, primeiro, e o mais

perfido autor da conspiraçaõ ideada contra toda a ilha de Malta.

[Lisbon, Jozé da Silva da Natividade, 1749]. 4 o . First page with a woodcut of

a sinking ship (4 × 5.5 cm). Set in roman types with incidental italic. Disbound.

Kept in a modern portfolio. € 2.500

Very rare first and only edition, in Portuguese, of an account of the abortive Muslim

slave revolt that was to take place in Malta in June 1749. The Ottoman governor

of Rhodes, Pasha Mustafa (here called the “Baxá de Rhodes”), was on his way to

Rhodes in a galley manned by Christian slaves when they rose up and mutinied,

taking over the ship and bringing it to Malta, where they landed on 2 February 1748.

They handed Mustafa over to the Christian Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St

John, who held him under house arrest in Malta but allowed him to communicate

with people outside. Many of the Order’s servants were Turkish Muslim slaves, and

Mustafa, with promises of support from Constantinople, attempted to organise

an uprising among the Muslim slaves throughout the island and take control of the entire island for the Ottoman

Empire. The uprising was to occur during the feast of Saint Peter and Saint Paul on 29 June 1749, but on 6 June one

of the conspirators attempted to enlist the support of a Maltese guard of the Portuguese Grand Master of the Order,

Manuel Pinto de Fonseca. This lead to a public brawl and the exposure of the plot. Mustafa and several dozen other

leaders of the conspiracy were consequently tortured, executed, quartered and beheaded.

With the page numbers altered in manuscript to 17-24, indicating the pamphlet’s place in its former binding with

other works. Browned and with minor tears in the fold resulting from the disbinding, an occasional small dark stain in

the text, and marginal water stains. A contemporary Portuguese account of an aborted Muslim slave revolt in Malta.

WorldCat (1 copy); Porbase (1 copy).

20 large and stunning photographs of Egypt, Sinai and Jerusalem,

one of the most renowned photobooks ever published

64. FRITH, Francis. Egypt, Sinai, and Jerusalem: a series of twenty photographic views.

London, Glasgow and Edinburgh, William Mackenzie, [ca. 1858]. 1 o (74 × 53 cm). With 20 large albumen prints

(48.5 × 39 cm), mounted on paperboard with printed captions (7 signed and dated 1858 in the negative). The photos

were made following the relatively new wet collodion process, giving remarkably sharp results. With descriptions

on separate text leaves by Mrs. Poole and Mr. Reginal Stuart Poole. Modern black half morocco. € 450.000

First edition of one of the most

renowned photobooks ever

published, showing 20 large and

stunning photographs of Egypt,

Sinai and Jerusalem, by one of

England’s most celebrated photographers,

Francis Frith (1822-1898),

who made three expeditions to the

Middle East between 1856 and 1860.

Besides the monumental photographs

of the pyramids of Egypt and

other Egyptian antiquities, the work

contains equally spectacular photos

of the Emir Akhor Mosque (Cairo),

Jerusalem from the Mount of Olives,

the Mosque of Qaitbey (Cairo),

Cairo with the Mosque of Sultan

Hasan, Cairo from the Citadel,

Mount Serbal (Sinai), a street view

of Cairo, and Mount Horeb (Sinai).

The quality of the photographs, the

size of the prints and the subject

make it one of the most renowned

photobooks ever published.

The photos with occasional

minor spots or light soiling,

one with shallow creases

and one slightly faded;

some mounts with marginal

dampstains or light soiling,

the title-page and some text

leaves with some soiling or

spotting, short repaired tear

in the outer margin of some

leaves and marginal repairs

to a few guards or text leaves.

Otherwise a good copy of an

important photobook.

Gernsheim, Incunabula of British

Photographic Literature, 1839-1875,

p.31 (“the largest book with the biggest,

unenlarged prints ever published”);

Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 248; The Photobook,

vol. 1, p. 28 (“one of the most renowned

nineteenth-century photobooks”).

Valuable account of the customs, natural history, politics and trade of Persia and India

Author sailed on the “Scipio Africanus” for the Arabian Gulf

65. FRYER, John. Negenjarige reyse door Oostindien en Persien ... Begonnen met den jaare 1672 en geeyndigt

met den jaare 1681. In acht brieven geschreven door d’Heer Johan Freyer. Uyt het Engels vertaalt.

The Hague, A. de Hondt, etc., 1700. 4 o . With engraved frontispiece, engraved author’s portrait, 3 folding

engraved maps and 7 folding engraved plates and views. Contemporary vellum. € 3.750

Rare Dutch edition of Fryer’s important and valuable A new account of East-

India [sic] and Persia, in eight letters (London, 1698), containing much information

on the customs, medicine, natural history, politics, religion and trade

of the countries visited, India and Persia. Fryer travelled extensively on the

Coromandel and Malabar coasts in India, and also spent about a year and

half in Persia, visiting the southern parts of the country and Esfahan. “He

was well versed in the learning of the day and very curious in all questions

connected with natural science” (Cox).

“Fryer became interested in the effects of climate upon health and took

the opportunity of continuing his studies by sailing on the Scipio Africanus

for the Arabian Gulf. He arrived at Bandar-e ‘Abbâs on 22 March 1677”


Binding slightly rubbed, otherwise a very good copy of an important

account of Persia and India.

Cat. NHSM, p. 241; Cox I, p. 281; Diba, p. 152; Tiele, Bibl. 365; cf. Franklin, “Fryer, John (b. ca. 1650; d.

1733)”, in: Encyclopaedia Iranica (online ed.).

1565/66 pilgrimage to the Middle East, with author’s portrait, coat of arms and 6 plates

66. FÜRER VON HAIMENDORF, Christoph. Itinerarium Aegypti, Arabiae, Palaestinae, Syriae,

aliarumque regionum orientalium.

Nuremberg, Abraham Wagenmann, 1621 (colophon: Nuremberg, printed by Abraham Wagenmann, 1620).

Small 4 o . With finely engraved full-page portrait of the author by Peter Isselberg, full-page engraved Fürer von

Haimendorf coat of arms, 6 folding engraved plates. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. € 12.500

Posthumously published first edition, second

issue, of an account of a 1565/66 pilgrimage to the

Middle East, primarily Egypt and Palestine, by

the Nuremberg Ratsherr Christoph Fürer von

Haimendorf (1541-1610). Fürer visited Alexandria,

Cairo, the Sinai, Rosette, Gaza, Jerusalem and

other sites. The 6 illustration plates show Mounts

Sinai and Catharine, a plan of Jerusalem in bird’seye

view, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in

Jerusalem (exterior, 2 interiors and a floor plan).

“Fürer ... travelled extensively from 1563-66, first

in Italy and then to the Ionian Islands, Egypt and

Palestine. The works is concerned with the latter,

though Fürer does provide some information on

Corfu, Zakynthos, Crete and Cyprus. He is the

first to give a description of Vesalius’s tomb on

Zakynthos” (Blackmer).

With an early owner’s name on the title-page. The “Mons Calvarius” plate slightly shaved at foot, affecting

only the foot of the two sepulchers in the inset views, but otherwise in very good condition and with generous

margins, with very faint water stains in the foot margin of a few quires, slight and mostly marginal foxing. An

illustrated account of a Nuremberg nobleman’s 1565/66 pilgrimage to the Middle East.

Blackmer 640; Macro 995; Tobler, p. 70; VD17, 23:247329C.

31 large platinum prints of the construction of the first Aswan dam,

also showing ancient temples on Philae island

67. GARSTIN, William E. The Nile Reservoir works at Aswan and Asyut.

[Cairo, Egyptian government, 1902]. Oblong album (33 × 39 cm). With 31 large photographic platinum prints

(23.5 × 29 cm), mounted on thick pasteboard leaves. Original publisher’s black morocco, with the title and the

crescent moon and 5-pointed star of the Egyptian Khedivate government on the front board. € 6.500

A large album of 31 original photographic

platinum prints showing the construction

of the first Aswan dam across the Nile in

Southern Egypt in the years 1899 to 1902,

known since the construction of a second

dam in the 1960s as the Aswan low dam.

Nearly all are signed in the plate by D. S.

George. The album was published by the

Egyptian government with a descriptive note

by the Under Secretary of State for public

works in Egypt. It was the largest project of

its kind undertaken anywhere in the world

and an impressive feat of hydraulic engineering.

Garstin also discusses the difficult

compromises made with conservationists,

particularly to preserve the important ancient

Egyptian sites on the island Philae.

With occasional offsetting between the facing

photographs, but otherwise in very good condition. The binding is worn, with the front hinge cracked and the

book block detached at the back hinge. A thorough documentation of the construction of the first Aswan dam.

WorldCat (6 copies).

Italian manuscript detailing a voyage from Urbino to Istanbul

68. GIANNI, Vittorio. Notizie, ed aventure veridiche di un viaggio da una persona di condizione private ... di

Urbino, sino a Costantinopoli; e del ritorno suo ...

Middle East, 1769-1770. 2 o (23.5 × 17 cm).

Manuscript, in Italian, in two parts

with 29 original pen and ink drawings

(15 and 14), written in black ink in a

neat, legible hand, 28 lines to a page.

Contemporary half vellum, marbled

sides. € 90.000

Unpublished manuscript giving

a vivid and eventful first-person

account of a journey from Urbino to

Constantinople, in 1769-70, legible

and beautifully presented with 29

equally unique pen-and-ink illustrations

which offer views of islands

rarely if ever depicted in contemporary

travel accounts or series. No counterpart

has been found for the illustrations,

which appear therefore to have

been made from eye-witness records.

The manuscript falls within a tradition of cultural exchange and travel writing between Europeans and

the Orient; but unlike Luigi Mayer, for example, employed to make drawings of the historical buildings of

Constantinople by the English ambassador Sir Robert Ainslie shortly afterwards, or J. B. Hilair, whose paintings

made on a trip throughout the Empire with the French ambassador Count Choiseul-Gouffier in 1776, and

engraved and published in Gouffier’s Voyage pittoresque de la Grèce (1778-82), Gianni appears to be an entirely

independent figure. Though the manuscript is set out like a printed book and was presumably destined for wider

distribution in that form as a money-making enterprise, Gianni does not seem to have been commissioned, nor

to have hoped for patronage. His stated aim is simply to give a true account to his readers, in case they might

wish to undertake a similar journey. His route takes him through great cities such as Venice, Athens, Smyrna

and Gallipoli, ancient sites such as Troy and Heraklia, through the Peloponnesus and islands such as Mykonos,

Corfu, Maitos and Skios, all of which he describes and depicts in detail. The value of this book lies not only in

the unique, unpublished text and illustrations, and legible and attractive presentation, but also in the combination

of commonly-found themes such as dress and customs, with an entirely personal and richly-told narrative of

one man’s search for his son.

One illustration (Smirne) has been trimmed along the right edge after having been bound in. Etched armorial

bookplate of an unidentified noble bishop on front pastedown.

Godinho’s important account of his journey through India and the Middle East

69. GODINHO, Manuel. Relação do novo caminho que fez

por terra, e mar, vindo da India para Portugal no anno de 1663.

Lisbon, Henrique Valente de Oliveira, 1665. Small 4 o (19.5 ×

14.5). With engraved coat of arms of the dedicatee Luís de

Vasconcelos e Sousa (1636-1720), 3rd Count of Castelo Melhor.

Contemporary sprinkled calf, rebacked with original gold-tooled

backstrip laid-down. € 25.000

Rare first and only early edition of Manuel Godinho’s account

of his return trip from India to Portugal in 1664, particularly

important for its observations on India and the Middle East.

“Leaving Bassein in 1663, Godinho travelled to Daman and

Surat, then sailed to Bandar Abbas, travelled overland to

Kung, and then by sea to Basra. Rather than wait for a boat

to Baghdad, or a desert caravan, he set off by horse with

three companions and three Arabs to Baghdad, then to Ana,

Rahab, Thaibe, Aleppo and Alexandretta. After taking a boat

to Marseille, he proceeded overland to La Rochelle and there

caught another boat to Cascais, at the mouth of the Tagus. His

entertaining account of his rush to Europe contains observations

of the customs of the Hindus and Muslims, as well as descriptions

of the places visited” (Howgego).

An unobtrusive restoration and some spots on the title-page, a

single smudge, a few wormholes and evenly browned throughout.

Good copy.

De Backer & Sommervogel III, cols. 1522-1523; Howgego, to 1800, G54; Lach & Van Kley III, p. 354; Slot, The Arabs of the Gulf, p. 414; Macro,

Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula 1048, p. 30; WorldCat (9 copies).

Golius’s epoch-making Arabic dictionary

70. GOLIUS, Jacob. Lexicon Arabico-Latinum, contextum ex probatioribus orientis lexicographis. Accedit

index Latinus copiosissimus, qui lexici Latino-Arabici vicem explere possit.

Leiden, printed by Bonaventura and Abraham Elzevier, also sold by Johannes van Ravesteyn [and others],

Amsterdam, 1653. 2 o . Recased in 17th-century vellum, with 19th-century spine-label and modern endpapers.

€ 4.750

First edition of Golius’s ground-breaking Arabic lexicon, which

remained the most important dictionary in European Arabic

studies until Freytag’s dictionary appeared in the 1830s. Golius

based his dictionary on a variety of Arabic lexicographical texts,

the most important being al-Jawhari’s Sahah and Firuzabadi’s

Qamus, but he also used geographical and zoological sources

such as al-Damiri’s book on animals. His dictionary included,

moreover, Arabic words derived from other languages, most

notably Turkish and Persian, which he translated directly from

the source language, using Turkish and Persian glossaries.

The work concludes with an extensive index, containing some

10,000 entries.

“The manner in which Golius arranged his dictionary, according to

the Arabic root letter and the verbal and substantival forms with all

their derivates, is still the fundamental criterion of Arabic dictionaries

in European languages” (Vrolijk & Van Leeuwen).

Numerous 18th-century annotations, refering to a list of books

written on the last blank. Title-page with owner’s inscription, last

page with stamp. Some marginal water stains, slightly soiled, but

overall in good condition. Head of the spine damaged. An influential

Arabic-Latin dictionary by a leading Arabist.

De Nave, Philologia Arabica 91; Schnurrer 79; Smitskamp, Philologia orientalis 314;

Vrolijk & Van Leuwen, Arabic studies in the Netherlands, pp. 47-48; Willems 723.

Incunable by a mediaeval French physician, citing Ibn Sina (Avicenna) 130 times

71. GORDON, Bernard de. Practica Gordinii dicta Lilium medicine [Practica, seu Lilium medicinae. De

ingeniis curandorum morborum. De regimine acutarum aegritudinum. De prognosticis.]

(Colophon: Venice, Johannes and Gregorius de Gregoriis, for Benedictus Fontana, 16 January 1496 [= 1497]). 4 o

(21 × 15.5 cm). With Fontana’s large woodcut fountain device and hundreds of woodcut decorated initials. Set in

a rotunda gothic type in two columns. 16th-century() limp sheepskin parchment. € 17.500

First Venice edition (seventh edition overall) of the French physician Bernard de Gordon’s systematic manual of

medicine. One of the most important mediaeval scientific works, it is chiefly a compilation from Arabic medical

writings supplemented with Bernard’s own observations. His most frequent source was the great Persian Islamic

scholar and physician Ibn Sina (ca. 980-1037), known in Europe

as Avicenna and cited by name here some 130 times as “Avic.”

Avicenna wrote in Arabic, but his principal medical work circulated

in Latin translation for centuries and revolutionized

European medicine long before it was printed in 1472. Gordon

(ca. 1258-ca. 1318), professor of medicine at Montpelier, played a

major role in spreading knowledge of Avicenna’s work through

Europe. It was Avicenna “to whom Bernard leaned most and

whose popularity evidently reached a peak in the first half of the

fourteenth century” (Demaitre, 112).

With some old owner’s names on the contents title-page and

the back of the text title-page, occasional early marginal notes

or marks, and a 1943 presentation inscription on the text titlepage.

With the contents title-page worn and spotted with a

couple small holes, but otherwise in good condition, with an

occasional marginal chip, some minor foxing and a few leaves

somewhat browned. A medical incunable by one of Ibn Sina’s

most important European promoters, rarely found on the


Goff B450; GW 4083; Hain 7799; ISTC ib00450000; Proctor 4551; for Gordon:

Demaitre, Doctor Bernard de Gordon (1980).

A 1780s voyage through Turkey via Aleppo to Basra and via Muscat back to Europe

72. GRIFFITHS, John. Neue Reise in Arabien, die

europäische und asiatische Türkey. Nach dem Englischen

für Deutsche bearbeitet von K.L.M. Müller.

Leipzig, J.C. Hinrichs, 1814. 2 volumes bound as 1. 8 o . With

an engraved folding frontispiece view and 3 engraved

maps (2 large folding), the view coloured, 1 map with the

Ottoman-Persian border coloured in blue and red, and all

three maps with the route coloured in red. Mid 19th-century

boards covered with marbled paper, with the arms of

Friedrich Wilhelm IV, King of Prussia in gold on the front

board. € 2.500

First and only German edition of Griffith’s account of his

journey (leaving England in 1785) from Smyrna (Izmir)

through the Dardanelles to Constantinople (Istanbul) and

back by ship, then from Smyrna overland through Turkey

and (after crossing the corner of the Mediterranean) from

Antioch via Aleppo and by caravan across the desert in what is now Syria and Iraq to Basra. On his return trip

by ship he visited Muscat, which he also describes. At Muscat he saw beautiful Indian girls performing a nautch

dance, which initially disgusted him, though he notes that more intimate acquaintance with the music and dance

turned him into a nautch admirer. The three maps show a detail of the Dardanelles, Asia minor, and the regions

between the Mediterranean and the Gulf.

With a contemporary black ink owner’s stamp on first and last text page; arms on the binding of Friedrich

Wilhelm IV (1795-1861), King of Prussia from 1840 to 1861; several stamps. Some defects and occasional minor

stains, but otherwise in good condition. Binding somewhat rubbed, and spine damaged at the head and foot.

Account of a 1780s journey through Turkey and the Middle East to the Gulf and back via Muscat.

Cf. Atabey 530-531 (English & French eds.); Blackmer 755 (English ed.); Gay 3573 (English & French eds.); for Griffiths, see also: R. Schiffer, Oriental

panorama: British travellers in 19th century Turkey (1999), pp. 376-377.

Luxurious Arabic grammar, intended for native speakers in spite of the Latin text

73. GUADAGNOLI, Filippo. Breves Arabicae linguae institutiones.

Rome, Propaganda Fide, Joseph David Luna, 1642. 2 o . Set in roman,

italic and Arabic type with incidental Hebrew. Contemporary

sheepskin parchment. € 12.500

First and only edition of Guadagnoli’s Latin grammar of the Arabic

language, in a luxurious folio format. He notes that they have taken

special care with their Arabic setting and with the metre to suit them

to the desires of native Arabic speakers, though the fact that the text

was in Latin. The main text opens with a table of the letters, showing

(from left to right!) the stand-alone, initial, medial and final forms,

along with the name of each letter and its pronunciation. The texts

used as examples include the first printing of two poems taken from

manuscripts in the oriental library collected by Pietro della Valle

(1586-1652) in Rome: the “Carmen Chazregiacum” and the “Carmen de


With early manuscript shelf-marks. Most of the sheets have browned

patches or browned spots, but otherwise in very good condition and

with generous margins. Binding very good, with only minor wear and

a couple small abrasions. An important Arabic grammar intended for

native speakers.

Amaduzzi, p. 11; Schnurrer 72; Smitskamp, Philiologia orientalis 220.

A sumptuously annotated catalogue of oriental manuscripts,

plus an Armenian work and a numismatic essay

on the Syriac Seleucid Empire

74. HAMAKER, Hendrik Arent. Specimen catalogi codicum

mss. orientalium bibliothecae Academiae Lugduno-Batavae, ...

Leiden, S. and J. Luchtmans, 1820.

With: (2) CHAHAN DE CIRBIED, Jacques (Hakob

Sahan IRPETEAN). Notice de deux manuscrits Arméniens

contenant l’histoire de Mathieu Eretz; ...

Paris, Imprimerie Impériale, 1812.

(3) TOCHON D’ANNECY, Joseph-François. Dissertation

sur l’époque de la mort d’Antiochus VII évergètes sidétès, Roi de

Syrie, sur deux médailles antiques de ce prince, ...

Paris, L.G. Michaud, 1815. 3 works in 1 volume. 4 o . First work set

in roman, italic and Arabic types, the second set in roman and

Armenian types with incidental italic, the third with an engraved

frontispiece and an engraved illustration on title-page. 19th-century

red, grained half sheepskin. € 4.500

A1: First edition of a thorough and extensively annotated catalogue of oriental manuscripts held in the Leiden

University Library. Though the catalogue describes only 12 volumes of manuscripts, the numerous scholarly notes

and long quotations make it an essential source of information rather than a mere guide to the collection. It describes

many of the important manuscripts collected by Levinus Warner, including al-Baladhuri’s Kitab Futuh al-Buldan.

Ad 2: First edition of a treatise on two Armenian manuscripts about the first crusade, owned by the Bibliotheque

Impériale. They were believed to form part of the famous chronicle by the Armenian poet and historian

Matthew of Edassa (died 1144). Cirbied’s book opens with his extensive discussion of the manuscripts (pp. 3-31),

followed by a long extract in French translation (pp. 32-57) and in the original Armenian (pp. 58-92).

Ad 3: A numismatic study centring on two medallions and their relation to Syriac chronicles of the Seleucid

Empire during the last years of the reign of Antiochus VII Sidetes (from 138 to 129 BC), also illustrating other

medallions from the time of other Seleucid rulers.

Some manuscript annotations and owner’s entries. Some browning, spine worn along the joints and slightly

damaged at the head, otherwise in very good condition.

Ad 1: Saalmink, p. 779; ad 2: Lane, Diaspora of Armenian printing (2012), pp. 38-39 and note 2 on p. 213; for the text: MacEvitt, “The Chronicle of

Matthew of Edessa”, in: Dumbarton Oaks papers, vol. 61 (2007), pp. 157-181.

After photographs by Pascal Sébah

75. HAMDI BEY, Osman & Marie de LAUNAY. Les

costumes populaires de la Turquie en 1873.

Istanbul, imprimerie du Levant Times & Shipping Gazette,

1873. 3 parts in 1 volume. 2 o (28.5 × 36.5 cm). Red morocco,

with cloth label on front cover. With 74 plates after photographs

by Sébah. € 25.000

First edition. - The three sections are devoted to Turquie

d’Europe (including Greece), Ilas ottomanes (including

Cyprus), and Turquie d’Asie (including Mecca and the

Lebanon). The plates are based on studio portrait photographs

by Pascal Sébah (1823-86), then at his peak. Sébah’s

Istanbul studio catered to the western European interest

in the exotic “orient” and the growing numbers of tourists

visiting the Muslim world who wished to take home

images of the cities, ancient ruins in the surrounding area,

portraits, and local people in traditional costumes. “Sebah

ose to prominence because of his well-organized compositions, careful lighting, effective posing, attractive

models, great attention to detail, and for the excellent print quality” (http://gary.saretzky.com/photohistory).

Occasional brownstaining. Label on upper cover rubbed. Otherwise in excellent condition.

Atabey 551; Blackmer 957; Colas 1374; Hiler 411; Lipperheide Lb 65.

First edition of an account of a 1497 pilgrimage to the Middle East

76. HARFF, Arnold von (Everhard von GROOTE, ed.). Die

Pilgerfahrt des Ritters Arnold von Harff von Cöln durch Italien, Syrien,

Aegypten, Arabien, Aethiopien, Nubien, Palästina, die Türkei, Frankreich

und Spanien.

Cologne, J.M. Heberle (H. Lempertz) (printed by Steven’s Druckerei),

1860. 8 o . With 42 woodcut pictorial illustrations on 40 pages and 7 woodcut

illustrations of exotic alphabets. Later paper-covered boards. € 1.500

First edition of an illustrated account of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land

and beyond in the years 1496-1499. In the account, Von Harff travels

from Cologne via Rome and Venice to Egypt, then through the Sinai

to Palestine and on via Damascus and Antioch to Constantinople and

back through Dalmatia and southern France to Santiago de Compostella

in Spain. The text includes vocabulary lists for numerous European and

Middle or Near Eastern languages and provides a great deal of information

on the language, culture, clothing and habits of various Middle and

Near Eastern peoples. As a Christian pilgrim Von Harff was naturally

critical of Islam as a religion, but he shows respect for its culture of

piousness and abstinence from drink and he admires Islamic architecture.

With the ink owner’s stamp. In very good condition, with only a small

marginal hole in the title-page and an occasional leaf with very minor

foxing. An important European source for the 15th-century Middle East.

Howgego, to 1800, H26; Titus Tobler, Bibliogr. Geogr. Palaestinae (1867), p. 62.

Arabic grammar with an essay on Arabic calligraphy, illustrated with a frontispiece and 16 fine plates.

77. HERBIN, Auguste François Julien. Développemens des

principes de la langue arabe moderne, suivis d›un recueil de

phrases, de traductions interlinéaires, de proverbes arabes, et d›un

essai de calligraphie orientale, avec onze planches.

Paris, Françoise-Jean Baudouin, 1803. Large 4 o (30.5 × 23 cm). With

10 numbered engraved plates (5 folding) plus the engraved calligraphic

Arabic title-page serving as frontispiece, and 16 folding

letterpress tables. Modern tanned sheepskin. Untrimmed. € 3.500

First and only edition of Herbin’s Arabic grammar. It sequentually

treats orthography, syntax and elocution, followed by several texts

in Arabic with Latin translations: the fables of Luqman, excerpts

from Abu Al-Fida’s description of Egypt and Arabic proverbs. It

concludes with an essay on oriental calligraphy, illustrated with 10

fine plates plus the frontispiece.

Auguste François Julien Herbin (1783-1806) was a promising orientalist

whose plans to also publish an Arabic-French and French-

Arabic dictionary remained unfulfilled due to his premature death.

Some soiling, otherwise in very good condition.

Schnurrer 147.

With a folding map situating the Garden of Eden near Al Basrah, Iraq

78. HUET, Pierre Daniel. Trattato della situazione del Paradiso

terrestre … Tradotta dalla lingua Francese.

Venice, Giambatista Albrizzi, 1737. Small 8 o (15.5 × 10 cm). With

an engraved frontispiece incorporating a map, the engraved arms

of the dedicatee Marc’Antonio Morosini above the dedication,

and a folding engraved map (22.5 × 19 cm). Contemporary

sprinkled tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. € 1.950

First and only Italian edition of a book attempting to determine

the location of the Biblical Paradise (the Garden of Eden)

through an extensive analysis of Biblical and other sources, by

the Jesuit scholar and member of the Académie Française, Pierre

Daniel Huet (1630-1721), Bishop of Avranches. Huet recounts

the various earlier theories about the location of Paradise, which

placed it everywhere from under the ground to on the moon.

Huet’s map, here copied from the French edition, shows the

Middle East from the Red Sea and the Gulf in the south to the

eastern Mediterranean (including Cyprus), Armenia and the

Caspian Sea in the north. A dotted line indicates the borders

of “Eden” or “Paradis Terrestre” in Babylonia, between the confluence of the Tirgris and Euphrates rivers (but

it shows the confluence where they approach each other near today’s Bagdad) and the Gulf. This places it near

present-day Al Basrah in Iraq. The towns of “Aracca” and “Talatha” are shown inside the boundaries of Paradise.

With a small abrasion in the lower left corner of the frontispiece, but otherwise in very good condition. Binding

with a couple small worm holes and with the endpapers browned, but otherwise also very good. A fascinating

attempt to apply the emerging science of geography to a religious question.

Mokre, Kartographie des Imaginären, in: Petschar, Alpha & Omega (2000), pp. 27-31; WorldCat (6 copies); cf. Laor 160 & 171.

Rare terrestrial Hondius globe from Archduke Albert of Austria

79. HONDIUS, Jodocus and Joan Baptist VRIENTS.

[Terrestrial globe].

Amsterdam, Jodocus Hondius; Antwerp, Joan Baptist Vrients, 1601.

Diameter 21 cm. Amsterdam & Antwerp, Jodocus Hondius and Joan

Baptist Vrients, 1601. Diameter (21 cm). The globe is made of 12 engraved

gores, mounted over a hollow wooden sphere, the gores hand-coloured in

outline, some areas with full colour infill, zero meridian set at the Azores,

the seas decorated with ships and sea monsters, the continents with several

figures. The cartouche enclosing a lengthy address to the reader by Hondius,

pointing out the problems of determining longitude. A decorative cartouche

set in North America, crowned with the coat of arms of the Albert and

Isabella Clara of Austria, with the text below it signed by Hondius and

Vrients dedicating the globe to Albert and Isabella. The globe is mounted

in a brass meridian circle set in a fixed brass outer circle, secured at the base

into 2 brass plates supported by a brass rod rising from a carved wooden

base (ca. 1800). The walnut base carved into four faces, each with scrolled

cartouche divisions, one face with the carved coat of arms of Albert and

Isabella. Overall height 50 cm. € 295.000

A rare and highly important Hondius globe, the dedication copy presented to Archduke Albert and Isabella of

Austria and one of three copies with this very special dedication. The globe was first published in Amsterdam

by Hondius (1563-1612) in 1601, with a dedication to the “most famous and skilful commanders ... of the United

Provinces of the Netherlands”, the Northern provinces being at war with the Spanish forces of the Southern

Netherlands. Despite the war Hondius decided around 1603 to increase his competitive advantage over his

great rival Joan Blaeu, and made an agreement with Joan Baptist Vrients to sell his new 21cm terrestrial globe in


In Brussels on 9 April 1603 Vrients, aided by Michiel Coignet, made a gift of a pair of the 21cm globes to the

Archduke and on 29 March 1604, Vrients received Archducal permission to import amongst other things

“vingt paires de cartes sphaere-mundi, petites et grandes” from the “province rebelles de Holande et Zelande”.

Provenance: Archduke Albert and Isabella of Austria; the Ludwig Collection. This globe has survived in

particularly fine condition, having been mounted in the present base presumably by a later generation of

the family. The globe slightly cleaned by removing the old surface varnish, some light browning to the paper

surface and the light application of new varnish, minor rubbing to the wooden mount.

Cf. Denucé, Oud-Nederlandsche kaartmakers in betrekking met Plantijn, vol. II, pp. 265-278; Von Euw & Plotzek, Die Handschriften der Sammlung

Ludwig (1982), vol. 3, pp. 317-318 with illustration (this copy); V.d. Krogt, Globi Neerlandici, pp. 474-475.

Arabic syntax: first edition

80. IBN AL-HAJIB. Kafiyah.

[Rome, Typographia Medicea, 1592]. 4 o . Printed in red and black

throughout. Contemporary yellow boards with restored calf spine.

€ 35.000

First edition. “Editio princeps of this popular short syntax of

the Arabic language, written in the 13th century. Two centuries

later an Oriental printed edition was published in Istanbul

(1786), but in the meantime this edition, printed in Arabic (30

point) throughout, could well have passed for a manuscript ...

To some copies a Latin title page was added bearing the legend:

‘Grammatica Arabica dicta Caphia auctore filio Alhagiabi’”


Composed by the Arabian grammarian Uthman Ibn Umar,

known as Ibn al-Hajib (1175-1249), and printed at the Medicean

Press, founded in 1584 by Cardinal Ferdinando I de’ Medici and

directed by Giambattista Raimondi (1536-1614), an able scholar of


Some edge faults (professionally repaired), old repairs to title

page, with slight loss to letterpress. A wide-margined copy, generously

printed in 13 lines per page. An exceptionally appealing

typographical achievement.

Adams U 102 (both s. v. Uthman). BM-STC Italian 706; Edit 16, CNCE 44392; GAL I,

p. 303; Schnurrer 42; Smitskamp, Philologia orientalis 30.

Ibn Batuta’s travels through the Islamic world and beyond, with the rare second volume

81. IBN BATUTA and José de Santo António MOURA.

Viagens extensas e dilatadas do celebre Arabe Abu-Abdallah,

mais conhecido pelo nome de Ben-Batuta. ... Tomo I[-II].

Lisbon, Typografia da academia, 1840-1855. Small 4 o (21 × 15.5

cm). Non matching brown paper wrappers. € 9.500

First and only edition of the Portuguese translation (from an

Arabic manuscript) of the travel account of Abu Abdullah

Mohammed ibn Batuta (1304-1368/69), known in the West as

the Islamic Marco Polo. Once little-known, his account of his

travels was discovered in the 19th century and has now become

a classic of travel literature. At the time of publication, Moura’s

translation was the most complete edition in any language.

“While on a pilgrimage to Mecca he [Ibn Batuta] made a

decision to extend his travels throughout the whole of the

Islamic world. Possibly the most remarkable of the Arab travellers,

he is estimated to have covered 75,000 miles in forty years”

(Howgego). His account, known as the Rihla, is esteemed for its

lively descriptions of his travels, giving notable information on

the history, geography and botany of the countries and cities Ibn

Batuta visited.

The wrapper of volume 2 has some damage to the spine,

otherwise good. With only a few spots in one leaf of volume 1

and an occasional

spot in volume 2. A very good copy, wholly untrimmed and unopened.

Innocêncio 2613-2614; List NYPL Arabia, p. 167 (vol 1 only); Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 8 (vol. 1 only); cf. Howgego, to 1800, B47.

The 14th-century Arabic father of the modern social sciences

82. IBN KHALDUN, Adb-ar-Rahman and William MCGUCKIN DE SLANE (ed. & trans.). Les


Paris, Imprimerie Impériale, 1863-1868. 3 volumes. 4 o . Set in roman and italic type with frequent words or phrases

and occasional longer passages in the notes set in nashk Arabic. Original publisher’s letterpress-printed salmon

wrappers. €4.950

First edition in any Western language of Ibn Khaldun’s

Muqaddimah, a classic of Arabic scholarship written ca. 1377,

discussing the scientific methodology of historical research,

demography, economics and what we would now call anthropology

and sociology. Originally intended as an introduction

to Ibn Khaldun’s planned history of the world (Kitab al-Ibar),

it grew and took on a life of its own and is now considered

Ibn Khaldun’s most important work. Its remarkably modern

emphasis on social science and cultural history has brought it

a growing audience in the last few decades, but already in 1974,

Arnold Toynbee called it “the greatest work of its kind that has

ever yet been created”.

With owner’s name. Foxed throughout, but otherwise in very

good condition, with some puncture holes in the margins of

the first few leaves of volume 1. Untrimmed and with most of

the bolts unopened. Back wrapper of volume 3 is lacking and all

the wrappers are somewhat tattered, front wrapper of volume

3 detached. First edition in any Western language of a seminal

work of Arabic scholarship, with a rapidly growing following


First edition of a 13th-century classic of Arabic grammar, in 1003 verse couplets

83. IBN MALIK (Silvestre de SACY, ed.). Alfiyya ou La quintessence de la grammaire Arabe, ... publié en

original, avec un commentaire, ...

Paris, printed by the Imprimerie Royale; London, Oriental Translation Fund (sold by Parbury, Allen & Co.),

1833. 8 o . The French title-page with steel-engraved device. Set in roman and Arabic types with incidental italic.

Modern half calf in early 19th-century style, gold-tooled spine (Period Bookbinders, Bath). € 2.500

First printed edition, in the original Arabic with a lengthy commentary in

French, of Ibn Malik’s 13th-century Arabic grammar (nahw), nominally

in 1000 rhymed verse couplets, known in Arabic as al-Khulasa al-alfiyya.

The rhymed verse was a mnemonic device to help students remember their

grammar. Much of the content concerns Islamic religion, so the book also

served to reinforce religious studies.

Abu Abd Allah Jamal al-Din Muhammad, better known as Ibn Malik

(ca. 1204-1274), was one of the three “great masters” (Encyclopedia of Arabic

literature, p. 256) of classical Arabic grammar. He was born in the Almohad

Caliphate in what is now southern Spain, studied in Aleppo and settled in

Damascus, where he taught and wrote the present grammar, which became

a standard work throughout the Islamic world. It remained little-known in

the West until Silvestre de Sacy (1758-1838) published the present edition.

With library stamp on title-pages. Slightly foxed, showing through slightly,

but still in good condition with further only an occasional minor marginal

chip or water stain. Binding fine. First edition of a classic of Arabic


Sidney Glazer, “The Alfiyya of Ibn Malik” and “The Alfiyya commentaries ...”, in: Muslim world, 31

(1941), pp. 274-279 & 400-408; Meisami & Starkey, eds., Encyclopedia of Arabic literature (1998), I, p.

347; WorldCat (5 copies).

Magnificent 1556 folio edition of the greatest work of Ibn Sina (Avicenna),

with beautiful woodcut illustrations

84. IBN SINA. Liber canonis, de medicinis cordialibus, et cantica. Iam olim quidem à Gerardo Carmonensi

ex Arabico sermone in Latinum conversa.

Basel, Johannes Herwagen, 1556. Large 2 o (37 × 25.5 cm). With 8 illustrations on integral leaves. Set in roman

types with extensive use of italic and skilfully executed woodcut or metal-cut Arabic. Ruled in reddish brown ink

throughout. Mottled calf (17th-century, refurbished ca. 1742), richly gold-tooled spine.


Magnificent 1556 folio edition of the classic Latin translation of the greatest work of Ibn Sina (ca. 980-1037),

known in Europe as Avicenna, his Canon medicinae (Canon of medicine, or in Arabic Kitab al-Qanun fi al-tibb),

completed around 1024 and first printed (in part) in 1472. It is a comprehensive medical encyclopedia, mixing a

thorough compilation of Greek and Islamic medical knowledge (including the work of Aristotle, Hippocrates,

Galen and al-Majusi) with Avicenna’s own original contributions and even some material from Chinese sources.

It revolutionized European medicine long before it first appeared in print in 1472. It discusses the spread of

disease by water, soil and vermin, the heriditary nature of some diseases or conditions, gives information on the

preparation and use of more than 750 drugs, including the preparation of alcohol and its properties, and advice

for the treatment of all imaginable ailments.

The Haskell Norman copy. With some marginal water stains in the gutter margins of the first and last quires,

reaching the text in a couple leaves, but otherwise in very good condition. The binding is worn with the leather

flaking and worm holes in the spine, but most of the tooling is preserved and the spine label is in very good

condition. Repairs to the front hinge and other work on the binding probably date from the 1742 purchase. One

of the best editions of Avicenna’s greatest work, with beautiful woodcut illustrations.

Adams A2327; Dürling 386; Norman Lib. 1950 (this copy); USTC 603277; VD 16, H6184; Wellcome Lib. 578.

Ibn Sina on parasitic Guinea worm infections, in Arabic and Latin with 12 plates

85. IBN SINA (Georg Hieronymus WELSCH, ed.). Exercitatio de vena Medinensi, ad mentem Ebnsinae,

sive De dracunculis veterum. Specimen exhibens novae versionis ex Arabico, cum commentario uberiori. Cui

accedit altera, De vermiculis capillaribus infantium.

Augsburg, Gottlieb Göbel, 1674. 4 o . With an engraved portrait of the dedicatee and 12 (of 13) engraved illustration

plates. Set in roman, italic, Arabic, Hebrew and Greek types. Lacking 1 plate as noted and the frontispiece,

but including the portrait and 2 extra preliminary leaves that are not present in most copies. Overlapping vellum

(ca. 1700).


Extensively illustrated first edition of Georg

Welsch’s annotated text of Ibs Sina’s (Avicenna’s)

account of dracunculiassis or infection with the

human parasitic worm Dracunculus medinensis, also

known as Guinea worm, with the original Arabic

text and Welsh’s parallel Latin translation. Welsch

(1624-1677), an Augsburg physician with a remarkable

knowledge of languages, added several short

related treatises of his own, including one on the

worm;s larva, as well as extensive indexes. Ibn Sina

described the infection among pilgrims in Medina,

hence the parasite’s species name. It infects people

through contaminated water and may remain in the

body for a year before painfully breaking through the

skin, often on a lower leg or foot. The pain led people

to soak their legs in the water, where the parasite’s

larva spread to others. It is still treated as shown

here, extracting the worm by coiling its head around

a stick and gradually rolling it up over several days.

With an ink library stamp and cancellation stamp.

Lacking the frontispiece and 1 of the 2 illustration

plates for page 309. Further with the title-page

slightly damaged (with no loss of text) and the

type area browned (especially in the first half ). A

remarkable Ibn Sina edition.

Krivatsy 12928; Schnurrer 395; VD17 23:275441M (only 3 copies with

the portrait).

First edition of a classic of Arabic literature, the Islamic predecessor of Robinson Crusoe,

with illustrations added from a 1726 edition


Muhammad ibn Abd al-Malik

(Edward POCOCKE, ed.).

Philosophus autodidactus sive

epistola … Hai ebn Yokdhan. …

Editio secunda priori emendatior.

Oxford, John Owen (printed by

the university in the Sheldonian

Theatre), 1700. 4 o . Extra illustrated

with 4 inserted engravings

from the 1726 German edition.

19th-century blind- and goldtooled

calf (“Bound by Budden”),

rebacked, with the original backstrip

laid down.


Second issue of the first (1671)

edition, in the original Arabic with a parallel Latin translation, of an allegorical philosophical novel by Ibn

Tufail (ca. 1105-1185), edited and translated Edward Pococke junior (1648-1727) from a 14th-century manuscript

owned by his father Edward Pococke senior. The name Hayy ibn Yaqzan means “the living, son of the waking”, a

Robinson Crusoe-like character who lives on an otherwise uninhabited desert island from infancy to age 50 and

through his solitary contemplation reaches a true understanding of god. It was inspired by Sufism and suggests

that the imagery and materials of religious ritual distract from true understanding.

With the owner’s signature of the Nürnberg orientalist Christoph Gottlieb von Murr, and the bookplate and signature

of the Arabist Baron Bernard Carra de Vaux. With their corrections and marginal notes in pen and pencil. In very

good condition, with only very slight occasional foxing and a couple tiny holes. The binding is rebacked and slightly

worn, but still good. First edition of a seminal work of Islamic literature, with illustrations added.

ESTC R10213; Schnurrer 408 note; Wing A153; cf. Hamilton, Europe and the Arab world, pp. 21-22.

Rare Portuguese news book, reporting on the Anglo-Mysore war in India

87. [INDIA - KINGDOM OF MYSORE]. Nova, e curiosa relaçaõ de hum

grande regulo usurpador de reynos alheyos, que novamente se levantou na India, para

interter utilmente aos curiosos.

Lisbon, Dominigos Gonsalves, 1769. Small 4 o (19.5 × 14.5 cm).With a woodcut ship in

full sail on the title-page and a woodcut view of a walled hilltop city under siege, with

a mixed Christian and Islamic city at the foot of the hill (7.5 × 10 cm). Modern maroon

half morocco. € 950

First and only edition of a rare news booklet in Portuguese concerning the rise to power of

the Islamic leader “Aliakan” in southwest India, apparently meaning Hyder Ali Khan (1721-

1782), who fought both the British and the Indian Marathas for control of territory.

In the 18th century, internal divisions brought the Mughal Empire into decline and it

suffered a disastrous defeat in 1739. Relations with the British East India Company also

deteriorated into war and the British won a decisive victory in 1764. The Mughal Emperor Shah Alam II had to

concede the revenues of much of his territory to the East India Company in 1765. In this period many local rulers took

advantage of the void to expand their territories and gain power. The British allied themselves with the Marathas in

western India, who vied with Hyder Ali for control of much former Mughal territory.

With some creases in the paper, a small tear unobtrusively repaired at the foot of the title-page and the gutter

folds reinforced, but still generally in very good condition. The binding is slightly worn at the corners but

otherwise fine. A rare Portuguese news book on the Islamic Kingdom of Mysore in India and its war with the

British East India Company’s after the decline of the Mughal Empire.

J.C. de Figanière, Bibliogr. hist. Portugueza (1850) 986; KVK & WorldCat (4 copies); not in Porbase.

Historical narrative of a voyage to India and Persia written by a surgeon of the British Royal Navy

88. IVES, Edward. Reize naar Oost-Indië en Persië, en de daar omliggende landen. Ondernomen langs een’

ongewoonen weg.

Amsterdam, De Compagnie, 1779. 2 volumes bound as 1. 4 o . With 2 engraved title-pages, 2 folding engraved

maps, one of India (44 × 51 cm), the other tracking Ives’ journey from Basrah to Latichea (ca. 42 × 56 cm), and 9

engraved plates (including 1 large folding). Early 20th-century boards. € 4.850

First Dutch edition (second issue) of Ives’s account of his voyage from England to

India and his journey from Persia to England. From 1753 to 1757 the naval surgeon

and traveller Edward Ives (1719-1786) was surgeon of the Kent, the flagship of

Vice-Admiral Charles Watson, commander-in-chief in the East Indies. The

squadron sailed via the Cape of Good Hope and Madagascar to India, where they

visited the chief English settlements and major cities, Ives attending the company

hospitals and staff in each place. When Admiral Watson died in August 1757, Ives’s

own health was also somewhat impaired and he resigned his appointment, travelling

home overland from Basra, through Baghdad, Mosul and Aleppo, via Cyprus

to Livorno and Venice, and finally through Germany and the Netherlands,

arriving in England in March 1759. The plates include depictions of an altar, a

Hooka, the tower of Babel, views of the forts St. David and Geriah, and an amulet

with Arabic inscriptions, together with Dutch translations.

Small marginal tear in 1 map and the folding plate, vol. 2 with loss of some

paper in lower blank leaf of C4 and the last 3 quires browned. A wide-margined copy of Ives’ narrative in good


Tiele, Bibl. 22; cf. Cox I, p. 299 (English ed.); on the author: ODNB online ed.

Herbarium containing about 250 original botanical specimens, many of oriental plants

89. JAUBERT, Hippolyte François. [Herbarium]. [Paris

(collected in Egypt, Abyssinia, China, the Americas, New

Caledonia and elsewhere), ca. 1840-ca. 1868]. About 250

pressed and dried botanical specimens, mounted on paper

leaves (mostly about 42 × 26 cm), some with partly printed

and others with manuscript labels. With a signed autograph

letter from Jaubert in Grenoble to the Italian botanist

Eugène de Reboul in Florence, a photographic portrait of

Jaubert, a green painted ferrous metal collecting canister

(10 × 14 × 36 cm) and a wooden plant press with leather and

metal fittings (29 × 22.5 × 5 cm). The leaves with specimens

are loosely inserted in 42 paper folders, the whole kept in a

contemporary ferrous metal chest with built-in lock (key also

present), painted with a light brown wood-grain pattern (34

× 32 × 50 cm). The lock on the trunk has the maker’s stamp of

John Bates in Wolverhampton, England, who was active in

the 1860s, and the metal handle of the press has the stamp of

its manufacturer “r & l” in Paris. € 25.000

An extensive herbarium comprising about 250 pressed and

dried botanical specimens, often with a small packet of seeds

attached. They were collected by or for Jaubert, mostly in

the 1840s and 1850s, many in exotic lands, including Egypt,

Abyssinia, China, South America, Cuba and New Caledonia.

The dates on the labels range from 1822 to 1868, but most

appear to have been collected in the 1840s and 1850s,

when Jaubert was publishing his Illustrationes plantarum

orientalium. Nineteen specimens (in 3 folders) cover the genus

Nicotina, the tobacco family. Besides the specimens themselves,

the collection includes a collecting tin and a wooden plant press.

Parts of Jaubert’s herbarium are preserved at the Muséum

National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris, with some duplicates

at the Conservatoire at Jardin Botanique in Geneva.

Parts of many specimens have inevitably broken

over the years, but most nevertheless survive in

good condition. The paper leaves and folders

show occasional water stains and a few have had

a corner nibbled by mice, but they still remain

in good condition. An extensive herbarium,

completed around 1868, with about 250


For Jaubert and his botanical work: Stafleu & Cowan, II, pp.


Reports and surveys in Baghdad and the Tigris and Euphrates valley

in the 1840s and 1850s, with 28 maps and views

90. JONES, James Felix. Memoirs ...[:]

Steam-trip to the north of Baghdad, in April 1846; ...

Journey for ... determining the tract of the ancient Nahrwan canal, ... April 1848; ...

Journey to the frontier of Turkey and Persia, through a part of Kurdistan.

Researches in the vicinity of the median wall of Xenophon, and along the old course of the river Tigris; ...

Memoir on the province of Baghdad.

Notes on the topography of Nineveh, and the other cities of Assyria; ... 1852

= Selections from the records of the Bombay Government. no. XLIII. - new series.

Bombay, Bombay Government (printed at the Bombay Education Society’s Press), 1857. 8 o . With 28 (of 30) maps

and views, all but 8 folding and all but 7 wholly or partly coloured, including the coloured plan of Baghdad (128 ×

75.5 cm). Contemporary maroon cloth. € 18.000

First edition, printed and published in

Bombay, of six important historical,

archaeological and geographical reports

covering Baghdad, the Nahrwan canal

and large parts of Kurdistan, the topography

of Nineveh and the old course of the

Tigris River, mostly in present-day Iraq.

Also included are 28 (of an original 30)

maps and plates, many coloured (some

extensively in watercolour), most notably

the very large, detailed and beautiful map

of the city of Baghdad. It is the earliest

detailed street map of any major city in

the Arabic territories of the Ottoman

Empire. The odnb calls the six reports

in the present publication “the most

important of his numerous memoires”.

Passages on a few pages have been

marked in blue pencil. Two maps are lacking. Otherwise in good condition, with a marginal tear in one folding

map, not reaching the topographic image. The paper labels on the spine and front board are damaged, but the

binding is otherwise good, with the spine faded and slightly damaged at the foot and the corners bumped. Detailed

reports of surveys in and around Baghdad and the Tigris and Euphrates valley, including remarkably detailed maps.

For Jones and the present publication: ODNB, on-line article 15049.

Including the first scientific map of Arabia published in the Islamic world

91. K ATIB CHELEBI. Kitab-i Cihânnümâ.

[ Jihan-numa, The mirror of the world].

Constantinople, Ibrahim Müteferrika, 3 July 1732. 2 o

(30.5 × 21.5 cm). With ornamental headpiece, handcoloured

and raised in gilt, 13 (4 double-page-sized)

engr. plates and celestial maps, and 27 engraved geographical

maps, all in contemporary hand colour.

Contemp. Each page within single rule border added

in red. Contemporary black morocco with fore-edge

flap, blind-stamped with ornamental cornerpieces and

central star-and-crescent design. € 110.000

First edition. Almost unobtainable thus with 40 maps

and plates: Koeman mentions a total of merely 37

maps and plates; even the British Library copies have

one map fewer than ours. Includes the famous map of the Arabian peninsula drawn by Ahmed Al-Qirimi,

based on Sanson’s 1654 map, but with important changes. Tibbetts depicts this rarest and most desirable

map of Arabia - the first ever to be printed with captions in Arabic - as the frontispiece of his groundbreaking

bibliography of Arabia in Early Maps. “This map can be seen as a mixture of Eastern and Western

cartographic experiments of the 17th century. It was the first scientific map published in the Islamic world.

Its details include data on the names of the towns, watercourses, and topographical features. The Red Sea is

labelled bahr Swîs (Sea of Suez) and the Arabian Gulf is labelled Basra kûrfazî (Gulf of Bassora)” (Khaled Al

Ankary). - For his famous universal Islamic geography, the Ottoman scholar Katib Chelebi (1609-57) drew

on Mercator’s and Hondius’s Atlas Minor as well as other Western sources. Printed at the first Turkish press

by Ibrahim Müteferrika, who completed Katip’s unfinished work, hitherto circulated in manuscripts only, and

had the maps specially engraved for it.

Wants 3 leaves of preliminary matter; final leaf shaved closely, preserving text, and mounted on later backing

paper. Occasional brownstaining, reinforcements, edge defects and remarginings (very occasionally touching

letterpress text: larger tears to several pages; two waqf stamps; Arabic marginalia. Two maps bound head-overheels.

Of the utmost rarity when found with all maps as present; all copies recorded at auction within the last

decades were incomplete.

History of Cartography 2.1, p. 195 & 218; Koeman II, 549 (but misdated); Lex. der Kart. 829; Shirley T.KAT-1; Wolff, Mercator 2.12.a; Khaled Al Ankary

collection (The Arabian Peninsula in Old European Maps), p. 316f; Tibbetts, p. 26 (misdated “1728”); Yazmadan Basmaya (Müteferrika) 11. OCLC 613412138.

World atlas including one 6-sheet and eleven 4-sheet wall maps

92. KITCHIN, Thomas and others. Kitchin’s general

atlas, describing the whole universe.

London, Robert Laurie, James Whittle, 1808. Imperial 2 o

(53 × 39.5 cm). With 28 engraved maps (numbered in 41

parts) assembled from 67 sheets. Most include elaborate

cartouches with pictorial decoration. With the maps

coloured in outline. Contemporary half calf. € 20.000

Rare revised and enlarged edition of an English world

atlas. Eleven of the maps are made from 4 sheets each,

each numbered and bound in 2 parts, and the map of Asia

with the islands of the Indian Ocean, Arabia, the East

Indies, Australia and the Southwest Pacific is made from

6 sheets numbered and bound as 3 parts. The 4-sheet maps

include the world in 2 hemispheres, Europe, England &

Wales, Scotland, Ireland, the Holy Roman Empire, the

East Indies, Africa, North America and South America.

The extraordinary 4-sheet map of the world by Samuel Dunn, with the routes of various voyages of discovery

(the main map after D’Anville), includes an inset map in Mercator projection, celestial hemispheres, the solar

system (with orbits of comets) and even a map of the moon, hence the atlas title’s reference to “the whole

universe”. Kitchen was a cartographer, engraver, and hydrographer to King George III.

In very good condition. The marbled sides are badly rubbed and the spine cracked, chipped, and restored at the

head and foot. A magnificent world atlas with one 6-sheet and eleven 4-sheet maps.

Phillips & Le Gear 6027 (one 4-sheet map lacking & another incomplete); WorldCat (3 copies).

First Arabic edition of Persian stories often added to the Arabian nights

93. KNÖS, Gustav (ed.). [Kitab Qissat al-`asr wuzara wa-ma gara lahum

ma`a ibn al-Malik Azad Baht]. Historia decem vezirorum et filii Regis

Azad Bacht insertis undecim aliis narrationibus.

Göttingen, Heinrich Dieterich, 1807. 8 o . Contemporary boards covered with

green paper.


First Arabic edition of a series of Persian tales known as Bakhtiyar-namah, a

frame story deriving partly from the ancient Sanskrit Panchatantra (known

in Arabic as Bidpai) and often added as a supplement to the Arabian nights.

The present edition is based on an Arabic manuscript discovered in Cairo:

a Latin translation with annotations followed (in dissertation form) in 1814.

It is an elegant little book, well-printed on excellent laid paper with a very

slight greenish cast.

With a tiny corner of the first 3 leaves (counting from the Arabic side)

and free endleaf apparently nibbled by mice, not approaching the text, but

otherwise in fine condition. The spine is faded and the paper covering the

boards shows a few tiny defects, but the binding is still very good. Lovely

and elegant first Arabic edition of a famous set of Persian tales.

Richard Burton, tr., Arabian nights (1884-1886), 10, item 174.3 (p. 441); Schnurrer 419.

Hand-coloured historical maps of parts of Europe, Asia and the Middle & Near East, with 5 extra maps

94. KÖHLER, Johann David.

Descriptio orbis antiqui in XLIV. tabulis

exhibita ...

Nuremberg, Christoph Weigel, [1720].

Oblong 1 o (37.5 × 45 cm). With engraved

title-page and engraved table of contents

in 2 o , and 49 hand-coloured engraved

maps, numbered 1-44 (as in the table of

contents and the engraved title-page)

but with 5 additional unnumbered maps,

added to the table of contents in manuscript.

The title-page and many of the

maps include illustrations of coins from

the countries depicted. Modern half

sheepskin, preserving parts of the original

spine. € 12.500

First edition of Köhler’s “most attractive

product” (Goffart), an atlas of 49 mostly

historical maps of parts of Europe, Asia,

and the Middle and Near East, including

maps of Britain, Germany, Greece, Persia,

Arabia (including the name “Catara”, for Qatar), etc. All in contemporary hand-colouring. “Its predictable

repertory, descended from Ptolemy and Ortelius’s Parergon, includes many map exemplifying eighteenth-century

improvements, such as Adriaan Reland’s widely acclaimed maps of Palestine” (Goffart). The maps were copied

from the work of various cartographers, including Gale, Ligorio, Coronelli, Reland and Coccejo. The maps added

to the 44 numbered ones are: Mappa geographica Italiae antiquae, Graecia antiqua, Graeciae pars septentrionalis,

Graeciae pars meridionalis, and Mappa geographica Asiae Minoris antiquae.

One map with the lower margin restored, some thumbing, a dampstain throughout in the upper right corner,

not touching the maps and sometimes only slightly visible. Good copy.

Bauer, Christoph Weigel 7.1, item 46 (col. 1050); Goffart, Historical Atlases, p. 146; Philips 30; not in Al Qassimi; Tibbetts.

La Borde’s famous and richly illustrated encyclopaedic account of Music

With essays on the music of Egypt, Turkey, Persia and Arabia

95. LA BORDE, Jean-Benjamin de. Essai sur la musique ancienne et moderne.

With: (2) [LA BORDE , Jean-Benjamin de]. Mémoires sur les proportions musicales, le genre énarmonique des

Grecs et celui des modernes … Supplément a l’Essai sur la musique.

Paris, printed by Denys Pierres and sold by Eugène Onfroy, 1870-1781. 2 works in 4 volumes. 4 o . Each title-page

with engraved vignette, numerous engraved head- and tailpieces, letterpress music notes, 3 folding letterpress

tables and 463 engraved plates (several folding). Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spines. € 14.000

Very rare first edition of a wide-ranging

account of music, finely illustrated and

including complete compositions by Claude

le Jeune, Lassus, Ronsard and several others.

It “remains an extremely valuable source of

information on 18th-century music, as well

as that of earlier periods and its historiography”

(Fend). La Borde, a popular composer,

writer and farm tax collector, assembled

a vast amount of information on music,

both European and non-European. The

first volume describes, amongst others, the

music of Chaldea, Egypt, Persia, Turkey and

Arabia, followed by chapters on individual

instruments, with illustrations of a marabba,

tambura, semendsje, and a surma. Volumes 2-4

are devoted to composition and songs and the

supplement describes harmony and proportion,

concluding with the engraved text and

music of a song, with the several parts (“basse”,

“taille” and “haute contre”) engraved separately.

Jean-Benjamin de La Borde (1734-1794)

studied the violin with Dauvergne and

composition with the great Jean-Philippe

Rameau. He composed many “opéras

comiques” and wrote a number of books on

topography, music, history and literature, but

he is best remembered as the author of the

present encyclopaedic work on music.

In very good condition. A renowned work on

music, attractively bound in contemporary calf.

Cat. biblioth. Fétis 3195; Cohen 538; Fétis II, 26; Honegger II,

682; RISM B, VII, p. 466; Gregory, Cat. early books on music,

p. 142: for La Borde: Fend, “La Borde, Jean-Benjamin de”, in:

Grove Music Online.

150 beautiful chromolithographs of 19th-century Tunis with ca. 100 proofs without letterpress text

96. LALLEMAND, Charles. Tunis et ses environs.

Paris, Quantin, 1890. Large 4 o (31 x 24 cm). With 150 detailed

chromolithographs (most in the text; some on separate

plates), with extra ca. 100 duplicates without text of the illustrations.

Contemporary half morocco. € 2.500

First edition of a beautifully colour-illustrated account

of the city of Tunis and its surroundings, by the French

watercolour artist Charles Lallemand (1826-1904), who was

responsible for both the illustrations and the text. The text

is divided into 20 chapters covering various subjects, such

as mosques, religion, antiquities, coffeehouses and Muslim

women, all with relevant illustrations. Many include Islamic

decorative patterns in addition to views of architectural

or cultural sites and costume prints, and they document a

great deal of Muslim culture that has since been lost. In the

present copy nearly two-thirds of the chromolithographs are

present in two versions, one with letterpress text as usual,

and one without letterpress text. The book was re-printed

or re-issued in 1892. With occasional very minor foxing and

with the half-title slightly browned. The binding is very

good, with only the spine slightly faded and a small tear in

the marbled paper. Fine copy.

Vicaire, Manuel de l’amateur, p. 946; not in Atabey, Colas; Hiler; Lipperheide.

97. LANCI, Michelangelo. Trattato delle

Simboliche rappresentanze arabiche.

Paris, Dondey-Dupré, 1845-1846. 2 text

volumes and 1 atlas volume. Small 2 o . Atlas

volume with 64 plates. € 35.000

First edition, one of only 125 copies printed.

The learned Italian abbot and orientalist

Michele Angelo Lanci (1779-1867) taught

Arabic at the Sapienza in Rome. For his

Trattato, Lanci studied Islamic artefacts

such as the famous Vaso Vescovali (now in

the British Museum), of which he provided

the first scholarly account. It includes

engravings of inscriptions on talismans,

amulets, arms and armour, metalwares and


Some foxing. From the library of the Ducs

de Luynes at the Château de Dampierre:

their bookplate reproducing the arms of

Charles Marie d’Albert de Luynes (1783-

1839), 7th Duc de Luynes, on pastedown.

Of the utmost rarity, no copies recorded at

auctions since decades.

ICCU UBO\3282249; OCLC 41653985; cf. Brunet III,

809; Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 2094; Graesse IV, 93

(1846 ed.).

One of 125 copies

Detailed study on the origin of attar of roses

With many quotations in the original Persian

98. LANGLES, Louis Mathieu. Recherches sur la découverte de l’essence

de rose.

Paris, Imprimerie impériale, An XIII =1804. 18mo. 19th-century gold-tooled

green half sheepskin, chemical-marbled sides, shell-marbled endpapers. € 1.650

First and only edition of a thorough and well-printed study on attar, the

essential oil extracted from rose petals, by the celebrated French orientalist

Louis Mathieu Langlès (1763-1824). Langlès refers to a wide variety of

sources, including Persian manuscripts, travel accounts and Hafez’s celebrated

Diwan, which he quotes in the original Persian. Langlès argues that attar of

roses was accidently discovered in the Mughal empire in 1612 (1021 AH).

Langlès studied Arabic and Persian was professor of Persian languages and

literature at the newly founded “École speciale des langues orientales” in

Paris, which still exists. The last pages list nine works by Langlès.

Foxed throughout, last leaf with a few stains, otherwise in very good condition.

Binding also good, with only some light edge wear.

Brunet III, col. 820; Stock, Rose books 1582; Wellcome III, 446.

The first printing of any part of the Arabian Nights in Arabic

99. LANGLES, Louis, Mathieu (ed.). Les voyages de Sind-Bâd le marin et les Ruses des femmes, contes

arabes. Traduction littérale, accompagnée du texte et de notes.

Paris, de l’Imprimerie Royale, 1814. 12 o . Contemporary gold-tooled English calf.


First edition of Sind-Bâd and the first independent printing of any part of the Arabian Nights in Arabic.

Although traditionally included in the corpus of the 1001 Nights (Alf Layla wa Layla) as told by Scheherazade,

it is thought that the series of voyages that make up the voyages of Sindbad have older and separate origins,

incorporating elements of Homer, Panchatantra, other Persian, Arab and Indian literary material as well as

historical material relating to trade and navigation. Set traditionally

during the reign of Haroun al-Rashid, Sindbad undertakes seven

voyages from Basra, each leading one to the other, encounters fabulous

creatures, faces exhaustive ordeals and amasses fabulous wealth. The

publisher of the present edition, Louis-Mathieu Langlès, an important

figure in the study of Middle-Eastern and Oriental languages and literature,

was a correspondent of William Jones in Calcutta, co-founder of

the Ecole spéciale des langues orientales in Paris and the keeper of the

Indian manuscript department in the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris.

“Un ouvrage classique, et d’une certaine importance sous le point de

vue scientifique, historique ou littéraire” (preface).

With engraved bookplate of Paul Fölsche on front free endpaper.

Brunet III, 820; Chauvin VII, p. 2.

A leading French Armenologist studies Armenian and Arabic

manuscripts at the Bibliothèque Nationale

100. LANGLES, Louis Mathieu. [6 autograph letters, signed,

mostly to Antoine-Jean de Saint-Martin].

[Paris], 7 April [1820]-13 January 1824. 8 o & 4 o . Signed autograph

letters in brown ink on laid paper, the 1824 letter on a letterpress

“Bibliothèque du Roi” letterhead with the royal arms. € 3.500

Six short letters written by Louis Mathieu Langlès (1763-1824), leading

French orientalist and conservator of oriental manuscripts at the

Bibliothèque Royale, mostly to the leading orientalist and Armenologist

Antoine-Jean de Saint-Martin (1791-1832), arranging for him to see certain Armenian and Arabic manuscripts

at the Bibliothèque Royale. The letter of 17 April mentions both Saint-Martin and “Mr. [ Jacques Chahan de]

Cirbied”, a leading Armenian scholar in Paris also known by his Armenian name, Hakob Sahan Jrpetean (1772-

1834). See item 74.

In very good condition, with the foot of 1 letter slightly tattered (not approaching the text) and a couple very

minor spots. Primary sources on the preparatory research of the leading Armenologist Saint-Martin and his

relations with Langlès and Cirbied.

In Hejaz with Colonel Lawrence: with photographs of Lawrence of Arabia and his bodyguards

101. [L AW R ENCE , Thomas Edward]. [Collection of notebooks, photographs and other material from

the estate of Leslie J. Bright, batman to Lawrence of Arabia. [Arabian Peninsula (Hejaz, Egypt, etc.) and other

places, 1915-1950s, with some later material].

The collection comprises a photograph album from the Middle East (ca, with 79 photographs), 157 family photographs

and picture postcards, many written during the Great War from the Middle Eastern theatre, two

ceremonial curved daggers (probably Egypt, ca. 1900), two cameras: a Houghton Ensignette and a Kodak no. 1

Brownie (both ca. 1910/1915), the whole stored in felt-lined wooden box (30 × 22 × 14 cm), elaborately inlaid and

with mother-of-pearl decorations. It further includes Bright’s personal copy of T. E. Lawrence’s Seven Pillars of

Wisdom (London, 1935), inscribed to him in 1952.


Intriguing archive of Leslie John Bright, batman to T. E. Lawrence, with numerous photographs showing

British operations on the Arabian Peninsula during the Great War as well as Lawrence himself and several

of his bodyguards. The album, kept during the years 1916-18, shows scenes from both Egypt and the Hejaz,

including “Sheiks on King of Hejaz’s staff, Rabegh 1916”. In an image dated “Rabegh, 1916”, we see T. E.

Lawrence and Major A. J. Ross of the Royal Flying Corps standing before

a biplane in the desert, with a group of officers in conversation with a

sheikh a little ways off. In his Seven Pillars of Wisdom, Lawrence paid

tribute to Ross’s operational contributions: “Rabegh, shaken by the first

appearance of Turkish aeroplanes on November the seventh, had been

reassured by the arrival of a flight of four British aeroplanes, B.E. machines,

under Major Ross, who spoke Arabic so adeptly and was so splendid a

leader that there could be no two minds as to the wise direction of his help”

(p. 115; Bright’s personal copy included with this set). Interestingly, the

cameras with which these photographs must have been taken

are also preserved with the collection: the famous Kodak No.

1 “Brownie” and Houghton’s “Ensignette”, one of the earliest

mass-market cameras with a brass body. This trove of unpublished

photographs is nicely complemented by Bright’s family

correspondence, much of which consists of picture postcards

written home during the War years and showing local views or

portrait photographs of himself and his British comrades-inarms.

In addition, the ensemble includes two double-bladed

curved “janbiya” daggers with richly inlaid ivory handles and

fine sheath decorations, obviously mementos acquired by Bright during his war service in Arabia. All stored in

an appealing, elaborately inlaid hardwood coffer, undoubtedly also acquired on the spot. – With a handwritten

statement of authenticity provided by Bright’s nephew A.S. White.

Illustrated eye-witness accounts and tall tales: sixty years of a sailor’s world travels

102. LE BLANC, Vincent. De vermaarde reizen van

de heer Vincent Le Blanc van Marsilien, die hy sedert

d’ouderdom van veertien jaren, tot aan die van zestig, in de vier

delen des werrelts gedaan heeft ...

Amsterdam, Jan Hendricksz. Boom, Jan Rieuwertsz., 1654. 2

parts in 1 volume. 4 o . With engraved title-page and 7 engraved

plates. 19th-century boards. € 4.500

First Dutch edition and first illustrated edition in any language

of a colourful account of the author’s travels through Persia

(Iran), Arabia, Burma (Myanmar), the East Indies, and in the

second part Morocco, Guinea, the African interior, the Cape,

Istanbul (Constantinople), the Middle East, North and South

America and even China. It was first published in French as Les

voyages fameux (Paris, 1648) and here translated by Jan Hendrik

Glazemaker (1620-1682). Le Blanc (ca. 1553-ca. 1633), born in

Marseille, took to sea for the Middle East at age fourteen and

sailed all over the world for 64 years. His stories, a mixture of his

genuine experiences with fantasy, were revised for the press by

Pierre Bergeron. He and the author present them in an entertaining

manner. An English edition appeared in 1660.

With two bookplates. An occasional very faint spot or slight

browning, but otherwise in fine condition. A feast for the armchair traveller.

Borba de Moraes I, p. 460; Sabin 39592; STCN (9 copies); Tiele, Bibl. 647.

Journal of a 1674/75 overland voyage through India, Iran, Iraq and Syria to Amsterdam

103. LEEUWENSON, Joannes (Pieter Arend LEUPE, ed. & intro.). Eene overlandreis uit Indië naar

Nederland, in 1674-1675.

[Amsterdam, Frederik Muller, 1863]. 8 o . Offprint, retaining the original pagination and collation, of an article in

Bijdragen tot de Taal-, Land- en Volkenkunde van Nederlandsch-Indië, 6 (1863). 20th-century stiff paper wrappers,

with a printed label on the front. € 1.250

First publication of the manuscript journal of Joannes Leeuwenson’s 1674/75

overland journey from Colombo (Ceylon/Sri Lanka), along the west coast of India

to Banda Abbas (Iran, at the Strait of Hormuz), Basra (Iraq), Aleppo (Syria), and

Iskenderun (Turkey), then on to Livorno (Italy), and through Italy and Germany

to Amsterdam. The manuscript is titled “Daghregister van de Landreijs, gedaeen

bij mij Joannes Leeuwenson, ...” Although described as an journey over land, parts

naturally had to be made by sea as well, and Leeuwenson names numerous ships in

the various Dutch fleets, as well as the enemy ships they encountered. He quotes in

full (4 pp.) the letter with orders given to him by voc director François de Haese at

Banda Abbas as well as several other letters he received or wrote. He gives a detailed

description of the terrain and the difficulties in finding and acquiring supplies,

beasts of burden, etc., and relates his encounters with Persians, Ottomans and other

Islamic peoples.

In very good condition. An important early journal of an overland voyage through

India, Iran and the Middle East.

Famous description of Islamic Africa and Arabia,

with hand-coloured maps and illustrations

104. LEO AFRICANUS, Johannes (al-

Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi).

Historiale description de l’Afrique, … Tome

premier. Tome second de l’Afrique, … iusques

aux Indes, tant Orientales, que Occidentales,

parties de Perse, Arabie Heureuse, Pierreuse,

& Deserte.

Lyon, Jean Temporal, 1556. 2 volumes. Small 2 o

(33 x 22 cm). With all illustrations coloured by

a contemporary hand, including 2 title-pages

in the same woodcut border, a woodcut map

of Africa (repeated in volume 2), including

Arabia, a nearly full-page map of Middle

and East Africa, also including Arabia and 36

woodcut illustrations text. 19th-century calf,

gold-tooled spine. € 55.000

Well-produced and illustrated first edition of the French translation

of a well-known book from the first half of the 16th century,

describing the geography of Islamic Africa and Arabia, with the

illustrations coloured by a contemporary hand. It was originally

written in Arabic around 1526 by the Moroccan geographer and

traveller al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan al-Fasi (ca. 1494-ca.

1554), known in the West as Johannes Leo Africanus, translated

by the author and first published in Italian in 1550. The Arabian

Peninsula is depicted nearly completely on the double-page

woodcut map, and immediately treated in the first chapter. It

contains information on its peoples, cities, geography, religion,

customs, costumes, etc. The three related illustrations include two

showing an Arabian camel (1 with rider) and one with two veiled


Some occasional minor foxing and browning and the last leaf of

the second volume reinforced and with a large tear restored. Very

good copy.

Adams L482; Gay 258; USTC 1136; Sabin 40044.

Opening the East for trade by the Dutch and the English, first edition in the

original Dutch, and beautifully coloured by a contemporary hand,

including a map depicting the Arabian Peninsula

105. LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huyghen van. Itinerario, voyage ofte schipvaert, ... naer Oost ofte Portugaels

Indien …

Amsterdam, Cornelis Claesz., [1595-]1596. 4 parts in 1 volume. Small 2 o (31 x 21 cm). With illustration to each of

the 4 title-pages, author’s portrait, 6 folding or double-page maps and 36 double page plates, all engraved and

coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary vellum, richly gold-tooled sides and spine (recased, with new

endpapers). Kept in a modern cloth chemise and brown half leather slipcase. € 275.000

First edition in the original Dutch of Linschoten’s highly important work, opening the East for trade by the

Dutch and the English. With all plates coloured by contemporary hand. Until its publication no other book

contained any comparable amount of useful information on the East and West Indies and it soon became

required reading for all navigators sailing to the East.

With chapters on the coast of “Arabia Felix” (that is, the southern coast of the Arabian peninsula), the island of

Ormus and Islamic India. Also with a detailed map depicting Arabia, Persia and India by Langren. The interior

has been taken from Gastaldi via Mercator’s world map of 1569, but has been given interesting improvements:

“The surprising fact about the representation of the [Arabian] peninsula is the close resemblance of the outline

to that of a modern map when compared with other engraved maps of the time. There is a vague suggestion of

the Qatar peninsula, which is not seen again until the nineteenth century” (Tibbets).

The book is divided into four parts. The first treats the East Indies, including eastern Africa and Arabia and

extending to regions as far east as Japan. The second book describes the navigation of the coasts of West Africa

around the Cape of Good Hope to Arabia, together with the coasts of the New World. Book three, based on

the discoveries of the Portuguese Royal pilot Diego Affonso, contains sailing directions from Portugal to India,

and instructions for sailing in the East Indies, from island to island. Similar instructions are given for the New

World, particularly Brazil and Spanish America. Book four contains detailed information on the taxes and other

income that the King of Spain extracted from his territories, both at home and overseas.

With owner’s inscription on title-page. Parts 2 and 3 bound in reverse order in this copy, some occasional foxing

and browning, maps and plates with occasional slight chipping or splits at folds, occasionally restored on verso.

A good copy in beautiful hand-colouring.

Alden & Landis 596/63; Borba de Moraes, pp. 486-487; Parker, Books to build an empire, pp. 159-161; Sabin 41356; cf. Nave, Philologia Arabica 22 (1623

ed.); for the map of Arabia, Persia and India: Tibbets 46 & pp. 23.

Opening the East for trade by the Dutch and the English, the first edition in English,

including a map depicting the Arabian Peninsula

106. LINSCHOTEN, Jan Huyghen van. Discours of voyages into ye Easte & West Indies.

London, [printed by John Windet] for John Wolfe, [1598]. 4 parts in 1 volume. Small 2 o (28 x 18 cm). With

engraved title-page, 9 engraved folding maps (including a detailed map depicting Arabia, Persia and India) and

3 engraved folding views. All newly engraved after the Dutch edition. Further with 4 woodcut maps in text and

engraved maps on the 3 part-titles. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum, later spine-label and ties; recased, with

modern endpapers. Kept in modern slipcase. € 240.000

First edition of the English translation of Linschoten’s highly important work, opening the East for trade by the

Dutch and the English. Until its publication no other book contained any comparable amount of useful information

on the East and West Indies and it soon became required reading for all navigators sailing to the East.

With chapters on the coast of “Arabia Felix” (that is, the southern coast of the Arabian peninsula), the island of

Ormus and Islamic India. Also with a detailed map depicting Arabia, Persia and India by Langren. The interior

has been taken from Gastaldi via Mercator’s world map of 1569, but has been given interesting improvements:

“The surprising fact about the representation of the [Arabian] peninsula is the close resemblance of the outline

to that of a modern map when compared with other engraved maps of the time. There is a vague suggestion of

the Qatar peninsula, which is not seen again until the nineteenth century” (Tibbets).

The book is divided into four parts. The first treats the East Indies, including eastern Africa and Arabia and

extending to regions as far east as Japan. The second book describes the navigation of the coasts of West Africa

around the Cape of Good Hope to Arabia, together with the coasts of the New World. Book three, based on

the discoveries of the Portuguese Royal pilot Diego Affonso, contains sailing directions from Portugal to India,

and instructions for sailing in the East Indies, from island to island. Similar instructions are given for the New

World, particularly Brazil and Spanish America. Book four contains detailed information on the taxes and other

income that the King of Spain extracted from his territories, both at home and overseas.

With the maps and plates trimmed closely to the edges and only one unobtrusively restored tear. A very good

copy, with only a few occasional spots. Binding recased but also in very good condition.

Alden & Landis 598/57; Borba de

Moraes, p. 488; Sabin 41374; cf. Nave, Philologia Arabica 22; for the map of Arabia, Persia and

India: Tibbets 46 & pp. 23.

Detailed observations of life in the Ottoman Empire,

Egypt and elsewhere in the Levant and Middle East ca. 1610

107. LITHGOW, William. Nineteen years travels through the most eminent places in the habitable world.

London, for John Wright & Thomas Passinger, 1682. 8 o . With a folding woodcut frontispiece, 6 folding woodcut

plates and 1 woodcut in the text. 19th-century dark brown sheepskin. € 3.500

Third complete edition (the first under the present title) of

a classic account of three voyages by the Scotsman William

Lithgow (1582-1645), mostly on foot, from Rome to Greece,

Crete, Turkey, Cyprus, the Holy Land, Egypt and Malta, continental

Europe and North Africa, and through the British Isles

and the Iberian peninsula. He gives the earliest clear account

of coffee drinking in Europe, describes Turkish baths and long

Turkish tobacco pipes, pigeon post between Aleppo and Bagdad

and the hatching of chicken eggs by artificial incubation.

The book went through more than a dozen editions in the

course of two centuries. “He ... had a greater knowledge of the

interior of the countries he visited than most travellers of this

period. He provides interesting details of the society, men, and

manners he observed” (Blackmer).

Some plates bound at wrong position. With an occasional small

tear or hole; trimmed, occasionally shaving a running head;

and with the frontispiece backed with later paper. A pioneering

travel account, including detailed observations of life in the

Ottoman Empire, Egypt and other parts of the Middle East.

Howgego, to 1800, L134; Wing L2541; cf. Blackmer 1021 (1640 ed.); for Lithgow: DNB

XXXIII, p. 361.

Very rare Perpignan pamphlet on the freeing in 1590 of Christians captured by the Ottoman Empire

108. LLOT DE RIBERA, Miquel. Verdadera relacion de la vitoria y libertad que alcançaron quatrocientos

Christianos captivos de Hazan Baxa almirante y capitan general del mar del Grã Turco con dos galeras suyas que


Perpignan, Samsó Arbús, [soon after 4 December 1590]. 4 o . Title-page with woodcut madonna and child

with an oval decorated border, full-page woodcut of Saint Catherine of

Alexandria() and a woodcut decorated initial with a horse and rider. Early

20th-century plain paper wrappers. € 4.000

First and only edition of a very rare pamphlet in Catalan Spanish about

the freeing in 1590 of 400 Christians captured by the Ottoman Empire,

published in Perpignan seventy years before Spain ceded it to France. The

pamphlet, addressed to Jayme Orellos, the local lieutenant of King Phillip

III’s procurator, gives a detailed account of the religious and military strife

between Spanish, Portuguese and Italian Christians and the Muslims of

the Ottoman Empire from 11 June 1590 to the last months of the year,

ending with a note of 4 December 1590. It names the military leaders on

both sides and refers to Istanbul (Constantinople) and Tripoli.

Although Llot de Ribera frequently evokes the Virgin Mary as “Señora

del Rosario”, the full-page woodcut shows Saint Catherine of Alexandria.

Miquel Llot de Ribera (Clarà 1555-Lleida/Lerida 1607), Catalan Professor

of Theology at the University of Perpignan, was Arbús’s most important

author. In very good condition.

Comas & Miralles, “La impremta a Perpinyà: Samsó Arbús”, in: Arxiu de textos catalans antics 29

(2010), pp. 355 & 367 (1 copy); KVK & WorldCat (same copy); Palau 145465; REBIUN (same copy).

Watercolour views made on a voyage to India, by way of the Red Sea, the Arabian Peninsula and Ceylon

109. LLOY D BROW N E ,

C.E. Overland route to

Calcutta 1866.

[Various places, November 1866

– April 1868]. Oblong 8 o (13.5 x

17.5 cm). With 32 watercolours

and 4 pencil drawings, including

3 double-page panoramas. All

with captions giving location

and date in pen or pencil

(usually on the opposing versos).

Artist’s name and title on front

pastedown. Contemporary

gold-tooled black half morocco

(rebacked). € 7.500

An album with watercolour

views made on a voyage

to Calcutta, India, showing

coastal profiles and city and

scenic views of the Red Sea, the Arabian Peninsula, India and Ceylon. The drawings are made by the otherwise

unknown C.E. Lloyd Browne and the album further includes a loosely inserted letter from Sir George Browne,

dated 8th October 1849, to one General Browne; and with a photograph portrait inscribed “May 19 1913. Golden

Wedding. L & C. Browne,” likely showing the artist of the watercolours.

Expertly rebacked and with the corners restored. A couple of leaves with tears and chipping at edges. Otherwise

in very good condition.

188 pen & watercolour costume figures from around the world

110. LOOSE, Pierre Charles de, after Jean Jacques

BOISSARD. Habitus variarum orbis gentium | Habits

de nations étrangeres. Trachten mancherley Völcker des

Erdskreysz | Recherches sur les costumes du XVI siecle

tires des oeuvres de J: J: Boissar[d] 1581.

[Ghent], Pierre Charles de Loose, 1793. Royal 2 o (49.5 x 31

cm). A manuscript book of costume figures drawn in pen

and watercolour on paper, with a colour-illustrated titlepage,

a colour portrait of Jean Jacques Boissard, Boissard’s

dedication with 2 medallion portraits and 188 costume

figures. Contemporary tanned half sheepskin. € 85.000

Magnificent manuscript with 188 large male and female

costume figures from around the world, drawn in ink and

watercolour. It includes figures from the Ottoman Empire,

the Arabian peninsula, Persia/Iran, Damascus, Aleppo,

Beirut, Tripoli, Greece, Macedonia, Thesselonica, Armenia,

Ethiopia and the Orient. It was drawn in 1793 by Pierre

Charles de Loose (1760-1841), one of the directors of the

Académie Royale de Dessin/Koninklijke Academie voor

Schone Kunsten in Ghent. As he notes on the title-page,

he copied it from the 1581 costume book of Jean Jacques

Boissard (1528-1602). The 1581 publication follows Boissard’s

manuscript of the same date in showing 3 figures on each

plate except for plate 1,

which shows 2 figures.

The present manuscript

enlarges the figures and

gives each a leaf of its


Some object caused a

tear in 5 consecutive

pages, not reaching the

drawings, but leaving

a mark on one page

that just touches the

drawing. Otherwise in

very good condition and

untrimmed. The binding

is slightly rubbed but

otherwise very good.

A manuscript costume

book with 188 large

watercolour drawings of

16th-century costumes

from around the world.

Cf. Colas 366; Hiler, p. 100;

Lipperheide Aa23; USTC 57396;

for Loose: Wauters, Notice

biographique, Brussels, 1841.

A detailed account of the Arabian Gulf

111. LOW, Charles Rathbone. The land of the sun: sketches of travel, with memoranda, historical and

geographical, of places of interest in the East …

London, Hodder and Stoughton, 1870. 8 o . Original publisher’s gold-blocked

blue cloth.


A surprisingly rare work, primarily devoted to the Gulf Region and the

Red Sea. Some of the “sketches” had first appeared “in abridged form in the

columns of an old-established military magazine” (preface); the present edition

is the first separate publication. It is divided into 13 chapters, each devoted to

a particular part of the Gulf Region, including Aden, Jeddah, Ormuz, Muscat

and Bahrein.

Charles Rathbone Low (1837-1918) was an English naval officer, historian and

prolific author. In the present sketches he aimed to provide a realistic picture

of the Gulf, not distorted by the prejudiced orientalism of “romancers” such as

Thomas Moore.

Some owner’s stamps. Binding with some stains and head of spine slightly

damaged, bookblock nearly detached.

Not in Macro, Bibl. of the Arabian Peninsula; cf. Al-Hajri, British travel-writing on Oman, pp. 122-125.

Pioneering study of Ethiopia, by the future master of the subject

112. LUDOLF, Job. Sciagraphia historiae Aethiopicae, sive regni Abessinorum, quod vulgo perperam

Presbyteri Johannis vocatur, deo volente, aliquando in lucem proditurae.

Jena, Samuel Krebs, 1676. 4 o . Set in roman types with some italic, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic and especially Ethiopic

type. Late 19th-century textured blue half cloth. € 9.500

First and only edition of a brief history of Ethiopia by Hiob or Job Ludolf

(1624-1704), who was to become the leading Ethiopic scholar of his generation.

Since the 1640s Ludolf had been working in Gotha in the diplomatic service

of Duke Ernst I of Sachsen-Gotha, who encouraged his Ethiopic studies, and

since 1675 in the service of his son and successor Friedrich I. He is best known

for his monumental history of Ethiopia, Historia Aethiopica (Frankfurt, 1681,

with supplemental works to 1694). The present little book is his first publication

seriously devoted to the history of Ethiopia and marks the beginning of the

work that was to lead to his magnum opus.

With bookplate, owner’s inscription and library stamp. Foxed and browned,

especially in the last 2 leaves. A pioneering early work by the leading Ethiopic

scholar of his generation.

VD17, 12:150041K; Winterton collection of East Africa & Zanzibar (2002), p. 29; not in Gay, Bibl.

Afrique; Philogia orientalis.

Extremely rare set of chromolithographed views of Egypt and Nubia

113. LY NK ER , Anna and Hubert SATTLER. [Binding title (also at the head of each plate):] Nil-Album.

[Vienna, Leopold Sommer and Comp., Anna Lynker and Conrad Greve, ca. 1875], Oblong Imperial 1 o (53.4 x 70

cm). Album with 32 chromolithographed plates (26 measuring 25 x 35.5 cm; 6 measuring 36.5 x 60.5), mounted

on paperboard leaves, each leaf with lithographed title “Nil-Album” (above), and caption, imprint and note that

they were painted from life by Anna Lynker (30) or Hans Sattler (2). All chromolithorgraphed by Conrad Greve.

Contemporary red half morocco, textured-cloth sides, the front board with the title “Nil-Album” (on the spine

“Nil Album”) in gold, watered-silk pattern endpapers. € 95.000

An extraordinary and extremely rare album with

breath-taking colour-printed views of Egypt and

Nubia, made after watercolours painted from life at the

sites. We have located only one other copy, and it has

fewer plates than the present copy. The plates show a

dozen ancient Egyptian temples, the pyramids at Gisa,

the two famous colossal statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep

III at Thebes (the Colossi of Memnon), and other

ancient sites, some with hieroglyphic inscriptions.

While the colour views of these sites as they were ca.

1870 would be of the greatest importance by themselves,

the present album provides much more. These are

not mere archaeological sites showing dead ruins, but

views of living Egypt, with several mosques, merchants

and others operating boats and rafts on the Nile, men

smoking (both a straight clay pipe and a waterpipe)

in a coffee house with children and a cat, four or five

tubaned musicians performing while women dance,

men hauling water at the Nile, a street scene with a

camel and fully laden donkeys, a busy street scene in

Cairo (also with a man smoking a pipe) and much

more, as well as landscapes and riverscapes.

Some spotting, a few leaves with marginal restorations,

inner hinges reinforced, binding slichtly chafed

and the joints slightly cracked, otherwise in very good


WorldCat (1 copy, 30 plates only); for Lynker: http://www.ng-slo.si/


for Sommer: http://www.biographien.ac.at/oebl/oebl_S/Sommer_


Discovery of the Canary Islands in classical Greek and Roman, Arabic and Portuguese sources

114. MACEDO, Joaquim José da Costa de. Memoria em que se pertende provar que os Arabes não

conhecerão as Canarias antes dos Portuguezes.

Lisbon, printing office of the Academia Real das Sciencias, 1844. 2 o .

With a woodcut Portuguese coat of arms on the title-page. Modern

brown paper wrapper. € 1.500

A detailed scholarly study of ancient sources for the history and

geography of the Canary Islands, attempting to prove that the Portuguese

discovered them before Islamic explorers, and that Islamic geographers

knew them only through classical Greek and Roman sources. The main

text is followed by extensive notes from a wide variety of sources and

transcriptions of numerous primary sources, some in Greek or Arabic.

In passing it also provides a wealth of information about navigation in

the Mediterranean and Atlantic by classical Greek and Roman and by

Islamic explorers. While Macedo’s claim for Malocello’s discovery of

the Canaries in 1336 is no longer accepted, the Islamic geographer Idrisi

noted a Portuguese voyage to the Canaries already before 1154.

In fine condition and wholly untrimmed, with all deckles intact, giving

very large margins. The modern wrapper is slightly tattered.

Porbase (1 copy); cf. Innocêncio IV, 96 and XII, 80 (issue in proceedings); for the author: www.


The Jesuit mission in the East and Peru, including a description of Hormuz Island

115. [MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro]. Rerum a Societate Iesu in Oriente gestarum volume.

Cologne, Gerwin Calenius and the heirs of Johann Quentel, 1574. With a woodcut oval picture of

Jesus on the title-page and 5 pages of woodcut Japanese.

With: (2) TORRES, Diego de. De rebus Peruanis.

Antwerp, Martinus Nutius, 1604. With woodcut printer’s device on title-page. 2 works in 1 volume. 8 o .

Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. € 9.500

Ad 1: Fourth edition, with extensive material not included in the first two

editions, of an important collection of letters written by Jesuit missionaries

in Japan, India, the East Indies and Southeast Asia. The present edition

contains 53 letters from these regions, written by 33 missionaries, and 2 more

concerning Brazil (16 more than the first edition). Most or all were written in

Portuguese and appear here in a Latin translation by Giovanni Pietro Maffei.

The authors include St Francis Xavier, founder of the Jesuit Mission in Japan,

Luis Fröes, Gaspar Vilela, Luis Almeida, Christoval Acosta and others. The

whole is introduced by a 71-page commentary by Acosta and a 5-page dedicatory

letter by Maffei, the latter dated 1570. The commentary includes a 3-page

description of Hormuz Island, with remarks on its location, customs, facilities,

economics, governance, religion etc.

Ad 2: Collection of letters concerning the history of Peru by Diego de Torres

Bollo (1550-1638). Diego de Torres Bollo was sent as a missionary to Peru,

after which he returned to Rome where he published his account for the first

time in Italian in 1603.

Foxing throughout, water stains in the margins of the first few leaves and the

second work browned, but still in good condition. The contemporary binding

is slightly damaged at the lower corner on the back and in the bottom of the

spine, but otherwise still good and firm.

Ad 1: Adams M-97; De Backer & Sommervogel V, col. 295; Cordier, Japonica, col. 60; VD16, A123; ad 2:

Alden & Landis 604/88; Sabin 96257; Simoni T-127.

A Christian Arabist discussing a planned archaeological expedition to Palestine

116. MANGER, Samuel Hendrik. Oratio inauguralis, de incremento

philologiae sacrae ab idonea Arabiae atque Palaestinae exploratione sperando.

Franeker, Willem Coulon, 1762. 2 o . With a woodcut coat of arms of the state of

Friesland on the title-page. Modern boards. € 1.250

First and only edition of an inaugural lecture by Samuel Hendrik Manger

(1735-1791), appointed ordinary professor of oriental languages and of Hebrew

antiquities at the University of Franeker in 1760. Partly under the influence of

the orientalist Albert Schultens, Manger valued Arabic studies for the insights

they gave into Old Testament scholarship. In his present inaugural lecture, he

discusses the controversial expedition to Palestine that several scholars were

planning to make in that year. It shows his interest in archaeological research

carried out in expeditions instigated by the German scholar Johann David

Michaëlis. Manger believed they would inaugurate a new era in Biblical


In very good condition and with very large margins, with only some minor

marginal foxing in the title-page and an occasional unobtrusive small stain.

STCN (3 copies); for the author: NNBW IX, col. 644.

Recommending a rising star for the chair of Arabic at Algiers

117. MARCEL, Jean-Joseph. [Autograph letter, signed, of recommendation for Louis Bresnier].

Paris, 9 September 1836. 2 o (36 x 23 cm). Letter in brown ink on wove paper. € 1.250

Signed autograph letter of recommendation by the

Parisian nobleman, professor of oriental languages at

the Collège Royale de France in Paris and director of

Napolean’s Imprimerie Imperiale from 1803 to 1815,

Jean-Joseph Marcel (1776-1854), for his student Louis

Bresnier (1814-1869), supporting his appointment to

the chair of Arabic at the Collège in Algiers. The letter

is dated 9 September 1836, the year that Silvestre de

Sacy appointed Bresnier to that chair. France had

taken Algiers from the Ottoman Empire in 1830 and

established the chair in Arabic there in 1832. Bresnier

held the chair to his death in 1869, and it was during

his tenure that the Collège gained a high reputation

for its Arabic scholarship. Marcel had accompanied

Napoleon’s troops on their Egyptian campaign and laid

the groundwork that helped Champollion decipher the Egyptian hieroglyphs of the Rosetta Stone, discovered

during that campaign in 1799. He is perhaps best known for his 1805 Oratio Dominica in 150 languages, printed

for Napoleon, who knighted him for his services.

Formerly folded into eighths and showing some discolouration and minor wear along the folds, but otherwise in

very good condition. An original document of the beginnings of a great Arabist’s career.

About 135 lithographic paper cut-outs (not cut out) for a caravan to Mecca

118. [MECCA – PAPER CARAVAN CUT-OUTS]. Carawane nach Mecca.

Vienna, Matthias Trentsensky (printed by E. Sieger), ca. 1855. Oblong 2 o (25 x 40 cm). With 19 (of 24) numbered

leaves containing about 135 lithographic pen-drawings, each drawing including a base so that one can cut them

out, paste them on card stock, stand them up and arrange them in three-dimensional scenes. Loose leaves in a

later paper folder. € 8.500

All but the first five leaves of a very

rare lithographic print series issued

in parts. Most copies were probably

cut up (and perhaps coloured) by

children and destroyed in play. The

human figures to be cut out include

Turkish, Arabic, African and Near

Eastern men and women (black and

white) in Islamic clothing, some of

the men with a variety of firearms,

spears, daggers, pipes, prayer rugs,

and other gear and goods. There are

also camels, horses and donkeys,

often with their gear for riding or

for carrying loads. The wild animals

include wolves, a hyena and an

ostrich. Inanimate objects include

containers for water, an incense

burner, baskets, chests, barrels, camel

saddles and much more. The series

must have provided many children

and adults with their first notion of

Islamic society and culture and is rich in authentic details.

With an occasional pencil mark. Lacking leaves 1-5, but otherwise in remarkable good condition. The whole is

slightly browned and the edges somewhat tattered.

Kleine Welt des Bilderbogens: der Wiener Verlag Trentsensky (1977), 111; Siefert (ed.), Paläste, Panzer, Pop-up-Bücher (2009), with a chapter

“Die Carawane nach Mecca“, pp. 31-38; not in KVK; WorldCat.

Catherine de’ Medici and the Ottoman Sultan Murad III

119. MEDICI, Catherine de’. [Letter, signed, to Jacques de Germigny in Constantinople (Istanbul)].

Chenonceaux, 2 September 1584. 2 o (34 x 24 cm). In French, in brown ink on paper, written in a clear gothic hand.

Folded for sending and addressed on the outside, with a slot for a ribbon and traces of a red wax seal. € 12.500

A signed letter written by the queen of France, Catherine de’ Medici (1519-1589) from her favourite palace,

Château de Chernonceau in the Loire valley near Tours, to Jacques

de Germigny (d.1587 or 1596), French ambassador to the Ottoman

Empire. Catherine, mother of King Henri III, last of the Valois

kings of France, was a powerful and colourful figure, often running

the government for her son. In the present letter she arranges

an exchange of gifts with the Ottoman Sultan Murad III (1546-

1595). Germigny had written to her on 17 July concerning various

items he had selected and she asks him to send [the gifts from the

Sultan] to André Hurault de Maisse (1539-1607) at Venice, who

was France’s ambassador there. She also suggests a change in one

item they are giving the Sultan. She signed it “Catrine”[] and her

Secretary of State Pierre Brulart signed it at the foot.

The letter was stored folded horizontally and eight small worm

holes run through the eight layers, but they barely touch an occasional

letter of the text. There are also a few small marginal tears. In

very good condition and with the whole sheet of paper untrimmed.

An informative letter written by Catherina de’ Medici concerning

the exchange of gifts between France and the Ottoman Sultan.

14 treaties for the abolition or suppression of the African slave trade, 1836-1851, mostly in the Gulf region

120. MELV ILL , James C. Copies “of all treaties, conventions, and arrangements with the native states of

India, made since the 1st day of May 1834.”

London, for the House of Commons, 1856. 2 o (33.5 x 21.5 cm). With

5 circles representing seals of rulers of states along the coast of the

Arabian peninsula. Modern green sheepskin.


Rare official publication of the treaties, conventions and agreements

between Britain and the Islamic states of the Gulf (pp. 1-14) and

Muscat (pp. 60-67) and other states of the Gulf area, India and

East Indies, as well as proclamations, dating from the years 1832 to

1855. It includes seven “for the abolition of the African slave trade”

in different states in the Gulf region and for the “suppression of the

slave trade”. The treaties with the regions on the coast of the Arabian

peninsula, an area now mostly covered by the United Arab Emirates,

name the rulers as follows (retaining the spelling in the book): Sultan

bin Suggur, Chief of the Joasmee Tribe; Khalifa in Shukhboot, Chief

of the Beni Yas; Muktoom bin Butye, Chief of the Boo Falasa;

Abdoollah bin Rashid, Chief of Amulgavine; Abdool Azeez bin

Rashid, Chief of Ejmaun; Shaikh Muktoom of Debaye (Dubai);

Shaikh Saced bin Tohnoon of Aboothabee; Shaikh Mahomed bin

Khuheefa of Bahrein, etc.

With a few minor smudges and spots, but otherwise in very good

condition. Official reports on treaties etc. concerning the Gulf

region, India and the East Indies, including 14 concerning the

abolition or suppression of the slave trade.

WorldCat (3 copies).

The 1562 Saadi siege of El Jadida, Morocco

121. MENDONÇA, Agostinho de Gavy de. Historia do famoso cerco, que o xarife pos a fortaleza de

Mazagam deffendido pello valeroso capitam Mordella Alvaro de Carvalho ..., no anno do 1562.

Lisbon, Vicente Alvarez, 1607. Small 4 o (17.5 x 12.5 cm). Title-page with a woodcut illustration of a fortress.

19th-century gold-tooled sheepskin parchment. € 12.000

First edition, in the original Portuguese, of an authoritative eye-witness

account of the 1562 Saadi siege of Mazagan (Mazagão, today’s

El Jadida, Morocco). Mazagan was established by the Portuguese in

1502, taking advantage of the weak dynasties of the Merenids and

the Wattasids. The next decades saw the rise of the Islamic Saadi

(or Bani Zaydan), who traced their origins to the Arabian peninsula

and even claimed descent from Muhammed himself. Rising from

Southern Morocco, the Saadi had slowly gained power and after

defeating the Wattasids at the battle of Tadle (1554) they came to rule

Morocco. The first Saaidi Sultan, Mohammed ash-Sheikh, expelled

the Portuguese from several important cities. Mazagan, however,

remained in Portuguese hands. In 1557 the Sultan was succeeded by

his son Abdallah al-Ghalib Billah, who attacked Mazagan in 1562

and held it under siege for over a month, but finally had to withdraw.

Mazagan remained in Portuguese hands until 1769.

Leaf 22 with two owner’s names, six leaves restored, some

wormholes (just touching a few words), some faint water stains,

otherwise in good condition.

Barbosa Machado I, p. 66; Inocêncio I, 16-17; Pinto de Matos, p. 293; Porbase (4 copies).

With the portrait of Abdullah ibn Saud in hand colour and the earliest map showing Riyadh

122. MENGIN, Felix. Histoire de l’égypte sous le gouvernement de Mohammed-Aly, ou recit des evenemens

politiques et militaires qui ont eu lieu depuis le depart des francais jusqu’en 1823.

Paris, A. Bertrand, 1823. 2 text volumes (8 o ) and atlas volume (2 o ). With 12 lithographed plates (6 hand-coloured).

Contemporary calf with gold-tooled spine labels (text); maps and plates loosely inserted in original publisher’s

green paperboard portfolio with letterpress title-label on front cover (atlas). € 18.500

Extremely rare coloured issue of the first edition of Mengin’s history of Egypt.

It describes Egypt’s history from the end of the French expedition to Khedive

Muhammad Ali’s dramatic reforms of Egyptian society and culture. The works

is sought-after for its extensive appendix containing an early chronicle of the

Wahhabis, with an account of the sack of Derrieh. “This chronicle is ascribed to a

grandson of the Shaykh named ‘le cheykh Abderrahman el-Oguyeh’, presumably

this is Abd al-Rahman ibn Hasan (d. 1869)”, who travelled from Basra to Mecca

and Medina (M. Cook). The folio-sized atlas contains the celebrated portrait of

Abdullah ibn Saud, leader of the first Saudi state, who was executed by the Turks for

sedition, and the famous, large map of the Nejd country with an inset of the environs

of “El-Derreth” near Riyadh by E.F. Jombard. His commentary on the map is of

particular note, being a synthesis of Arab and western knowledge, with many place

names added for the first time. This “notice géographique” (vol. II, pp. 549-613) also

includes a “nomenclature du pays de Nedjid”, mentioning – among other places –

Dubai and Qatar, both in the original Arabic and in French transliteration.

Some waterstaining throughout, but confined to margins. The work is rarely found

complete with both text volumes and the atlas as present; even the map has separately

commanded several thousand pounds at auctions (cf. Sotheby’s London, 6

May 2010, lot 147). Copies in contemporary hand colour are highly uncommon.

Atabey 802 (without the atlas); Cook, “On the Origins of Wahhabism”, in: Journal of the of the Royal Asiatic Society, vol. 2, no. 2 ( July 1992), pp. 191-202,

here p. 192; Macro, Bibliography of the Arabian Peninsula, 1577; cf. Gay, Bibl. de l’ Afrique et l’Arabe 91; not in Blackmer.

Rare & magnificent atlas in beautiful contemporary hand-colouring

The maps of Africa and Asia including detailed depictions of the Arabian Peninsula

123. MERCATOR, Gerard and Jodocus HONDIUS the younger. L’Appendice de l’Atlas ... contenant

diverses nouvelles tables et descriptions tres amples de l’Allemaigne, France, Pays Bas, Italie, et de l’un et l’autre

Inde, ... traduit du latin en francois et mis en lumiere par Henry Hondius.

Amsterdam, Henricus Hondius, 1633. Imperial folio. With engraved title-page, 104 engraved double-page maps,

2 engraved diagrams in the text, several woodcut head- and tailpieces and more than 100 woodcut decorated

initials from several series, the largest (47 mm) with biblical scenes. Title-page and all maps coloured by a contemporary

hand. Contemporary overlapping vellum, gold-tooled in a panel design with a large centrepiece,

gauffered edges, new endpapers. € 165.000

Beautifully coloured copy of a magnificent and important Hondius atlas of the world. “The Hondius family

was one of the principal dynasties of cartographers at the peak of Dutch supremacy in the Gulf ” (Al Ankary, p.

88). The map of Asia shows the Arabian Peninsula in detail and includes “the names of the major towns, some

topographical features and some watercourses’’ (Al Ankary 50). Other maps show the continents, the world in

two hemispheres with beautiful pictorial decorations, numerous regions in England and continental Europe, the

Holy Land, the East Indies and North and South America.

The atlas was planned as a supplement to Hondius’s 1628 French edition of Mercator’s Atlas, with maps produced

since that edition. Nearly a third of the maps therefore appear here for the first time and most of the others had

first appeared in the 1630 Latin edition.

Title-page with ownership inscription of François Graverol (1636-1694), jurist and antiquarian in Nîmes. Some

marginal restorations, a few maps with repaired tears, the colouring has slightly darkened patches in a few maps,

otherwise in good condition and with generous margins.

Koeman Me 35; V.d. Krogt, Koeman’s Atlantes Neerlandici 1:312; for the map of Asia: Al Ankary 50; Tibbetts 82.

no. 123

Instructions for Carsten Niebuhr’s expedition to Arabia

124. MICHAELIS, Johann David. Recueil de questions, proposées à une société de savants, qui par ordre de

Sa Majesté Danoise font le voyage de l’Arabie.

Amsterdam, S.J. Baalde; Utrecht, J. van Schoonhoven & comp., 1774. 4 o . Set in roman type with incidental Greek,

Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac and 1 word in Coptic. Near-contemporary tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. € 3.500

Hans Bernhard Merian’s French translation of Michaelis’s Fragen an eine

Gesellschaft gelehrter Männer (1762), prepared during the early stages of

Carsten Niebuhr’s Danish expedition to the Middle East. It is the first

edition in any language to be printed in the Netherlands. Johann David

Michaelis, a famed German Orientalist and theologian, was one of the

scholars who prompted the important Danish expedition to Egypt, Arabia

and Syria (1761-1767), led by Carsten Niebuhr. Michaelis hoped to investigate

the relationship of the southern Arabic dialects to Hebrew, and to

verify obscure botanical and zoological information in the Bible. For this

purpose he composed the present 100 “questions”. It includes the instructions

for the expedition by Frederick V of Denmark, a 35-page account

of Yemen and an extract of Carsten Niebuhr’s account of Arabia (not

included in the first French edition of 1763).

Back of first free endleaf with traces of removed bookseller’s() ticket. With

an occasional small rust spot, but otherwise in very good condition and

only slightly trimmed, leaving large margins. Binding with minor suface

damage and wear at the hinges and extremities, but otherwise also very

good. Important preparatory studies concerning Egypt, Arabia and Syria,

written and first published during the early stages of a voyage.

Chadenat 1933; Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique en de l’Arabie 3366; STCN (3 copies); Macro, Bibliography of

the Arabian Peninsula 1593.

Swedish Princes visiting the Middle East and the Pacific, presentation copy



[Stockholm], (colophon: Stuttgart, printed at the

Deutsche Verlagsanstalt), [1886]. 8 o . With a lithographed

title-page, a portrait of Princes Eugen and

Carl in Arab costume, and 15 plates (mostly collotype

reproductions of photographic views) with captions

printed on the tissue guards. Contemporary black

half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine with title, textured

cloth sides. € 750

A privately printed work recording travels by the

Swedish Princes Carl, Eugen, and Oscar. The greater

part of the work details the Pacific voyage of the Vanadis

(1883-1885), with contributions by the Princes themselves

and by Fredrik Adelborg, Nils Gustaf Sundström,

Bengt Axel, Eugen Ribbing and Carlo Landberg. Two

chapters deal with Polynesia, including Hawaii. The volume further records travels in Tahiti, Egypt, the Middle East

(Syria, Jordan, Jerusalem), India, and the Philippines. The plates include a view of Beirut and a Bedouin camp.

With a signed presentation inscription by Prince Carl to “Syster Jenny”, dated “sommaren 1890”.

Some browning and spotting, a few leaves with a faint marginal waterstain, spine damaged, corners bumped.

Otherwise in very good condition.

Forbes 3863; Kroepelien 1318; O’Reilly & Reitmann 1359b; WorldCat (6 copies).

First complete edition of Cosmas’s Christiana topographia,

describing his travels in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf

126. MONTFAUCON, Bernard de (editor). Collectio nova

patrum et scriptorum Graecorum, Eusebii Caesariensis, Athanasii, &

Cosmae Aegyptii.

Paris, Claude Rigaud, 1707. 2 volumes. 2 o . With 4 full-page engraved

plates and 3 woodcut illustrations in the text. Main text in Greek and

Latin in parallel columns. Modern half brown morocco, gold-tooled



An important collection of Greek voyages, including the first complete

edition of Cosmas of Alexandria’s celebrated Christiana topographia.

Cosmas, a merchant from Alexandria, sailed in the Red Sea and the

Arabian Gulf and visited Ethiopia ca. 530. “He definitely visited Adulis

(= Zula), where he found an inscribed marble seat, and described the

Persian Gulf, Socotra, India and Ceylon, although there is no proof that

he travelled that far” (Howgego). In his Christiana topographia Cosmas

aimed to show that the earth was flat and the cosmos shaped like rectangular

vaulted box. Several of the engravings in the present volume, reproduced

from a manuscript, illustrates this view. In one of them the earth

is shown as a rectangle with three notches, one of them representing the

Arabian Gulf, and the whole surrounded by a an ocean, with in the east

another rectangle representing Paradise, out of which four rivers flow

into the inhabited world.

It further includes newly discovered works by Athanasius and

Eusebius of Caesarea.

Browned throughout, some small stains, overall in good condition.

Howgego, to 1800, C199; cf. Dilke, “Cartography in the Byzantine Empire”, in: Harley &

Woodward (eds.), The history of cartography I, pp. 261-263.

127. MORITZ, Bernhard. Bilder aus Palästina,

Nord-Arabien und dem Sinai. 100 Bilder nach

Photographien mit erläuterndem Text.

Berlin, Dietrich Reimer (Ernst Vohsen), 1916. Oblong

2 o . 105 (of 106) illustrations on 50 plates, each with

separate title, in various sizes. With text booklet (2 ll.,

16 pp.). Original half cloth portfolio. € 18.000

Rare photographic work about important cities, their

architecture and parts of the countryside in Saudi

Arabia, Jordan, Syria, Egypt, and Palestine. Most of the

photos were taken by the author during his travels from

1905 to 1915. The images of northern Hejaz, Mecca and

Medina, which Moritz was unable to visit, were taken by

Turkish friends. The images also show the construction

of the Hejaz Railway between Damascus and the holy

sites of Mecca and Medina, as well as views of Medina,

Mecca, Jeddah, Petra, and Jerusalem.

Lacking fig. 7 on plate 3 ( Jerusalem, interior of the

Mosque of Omar). Plates and text very clean altogether;

portfolio rubbed, showing traces of professional repairs.

NDB XVIII, 149; OCLC 2889101.

Antiquities of the peninsula in original photographs

102 extraordinary plates of the Mosque at Córdoba and the Alhambra complex

128. MURPHY, James Cavanah. The Arabian antiquities of Spain.

London, Cadell & Davies [letterpress printed by William Bulmer], 1 June 1815 [=1812-1816]. Double Elephant 2 o

(67.5×50 cm). With engraved title-page, engraved headpiece to the introduction (dated 28 April 1812), engraved

section title and 97 numbered plates, plus an additional plate 8 with the same number but with a different

engraving (included in the table of the plates) and 4 other additional plates not in the table of the plates (79, 80,

86a & 86b). Contemporary red half morocco, gilt edges. € 12.500

First edition of an impressive work on the art and architecture of Moorish Spain, published in instalments from

1813 to 1816. It contains a total of 102 striking plates, including the four additional plates usually found only in

Bohn’s reissue published ca. 1830. The plates are preceded by

a short introduction, a table of the plates and descriptions of

each of the plates.

The first 9 (8 numbered) plates show the Mosque at Córdoba,

followed by a view of the bridge of Córdoba, while the rest

of the work is devoted to the extraordinary complex of the

Alhambra. It contains scenic views as well as architectural

views, several plans and details of the ornaments, inscriptions

and other decorations.

It was completed posthumously from the drawings of

the Irish architect James Cavanah Murphy (1760-1814),

who visited the Alhambra and the Mosque at Córdoba in

1802. Some of the plates were based on engravings from

Antigüedades árabes de España, published in 1780, although

Murphy has clearly seen and redrawn their subjects.

The work is foxed throughout but all plates are printed with

very clear impressions. The spine is slightly faded. Good copy

of a work with beautiful plates.

BAL 2220; Palau 186308; Lowndes III, p. 1635; Sinclair, Bibliography of art and

architecture in the Islamic world 10707.

Best early illustrations of Turkish & Near Eastern costumes, with 61 full-page illustrations

129. NICOLAY, Nicolas de. De

schipvaert ende reysen gedaen int

landt van Turckyen, ...

Antwerp, Willem Silvius, 1576. Small

4 o . Title-page with a woodcut pictorial

frame, and 61 full-page woodcut

costume plates with letterpress.

17th-century () vellum. € 17.500

First issue of the rare first Dutch

edition of Nicolay’s observations

when he accompanied the French

King François I’s 1551 embassy to

Istanbul (Constantinople), with special

attention to the costumes. The plates

of the first (French) edition of 1567,

designed by Nicolay himself, were “the first to represent the costume of the

Near East in detail” (Mortimer). Nicolay, in 105 chapters arranged as four books, then describes the voyage and the

lands and peoples seen, but the costumes of people from various regions, religions, occupations, social strata, etc.,

clearly fascinated him more than anything else. Many chapters are devoted to individual groups of people, and

these are nearly always illustrated with one, two or even three full-page woodcuts showing their styles of costume.

Slightly browned, some waterstains and dark patches, one plate damaged, the binding soiled. Overall still a good

copy of a finely illustrated work on Near Eastern costumes.

Colas 2205; Mortimer (French) 386 note & (German) 319 note; cf. Atabey 870-872 (other eds).

130. NICOLE, Gustave.

Inauguration du Canal du

Suez – Voyage des Souverains

... aquarelles d’après nature et

portraits par Riou.

[Paris, Lemercier & Cie., 1870].

With 17 lithographs on 16 plates

(14 tinted or double-tinted and

11 partly coloured by hand).

With: (2) FONTANE,

Marius. Voyage pittoresque à

travers l’Isthme de Suez, vingtcinq

grandes aquarelles d’après

nature par Riou.

Paris, Paul Dupont & E.

Lachaud, [1870]. With

coloured map and 20 chromolithographic

plates. This

issue always lacks pp. 77-100

and plates 21-25. 2 works in 1

volume. Imperial folio (55.5 x

40 cm).Contemporary red half

morocco, gold-tooled spine,

richly gold-tooled cloth sides

with the arms of Ismail Pasha.

€ 15.000

The opening of the Suez Canal, with 37 large lithographs, mostly in colour

First edition of the chronicle of the elaborate festivities given for the inauguration of the Suez Canal (Qanat

al-Suwais), opened in November 1869 after ten years of construction work – an event attended by the most prestigious

occidental figures, finely illustrated by Riou, the Khedive’s official painter.

The painter Riou also signed the plates of the second work: a detailed account of the canal construction by

Marius Fontane, secretary to Lesseps. 500 copies of Fontane’s work were printed, with 200 reserved for the

Khedive Ismail, of which this is one. As the Khedive objected to the preface of Fontane’s work, which gave credit

for the canal to Lesseps, he had the relevant parts removed: the frontispiece portrait of Lesseps, the preface and

the final six quires (included the accompanying plates 21-25).

Plates slightly foxed, otherwise in very good condition.

Ad1: Blackmer 1198, 611; Heritage Library, Islamic treasures, s. v. “Art”; ad 2: cf. Ibrahim-Hilmy I, p. 235; Gay 2439.

Niebuhr’s excellent account of Arabia with 10 plates and 3 accurate folding maps

131. NIEBUHR, Carsten. Travels through Arabia, and other

countries in the East … Translated into English by Robert Heron.

With notes by the translator …

Edinburgh, printed for R. Morison and son, Perth; G. Mudie,

Edinburgh; and T. Vernor, London, 1792. 2 volumes. 8 o . With 10

full-page plates and 3 folding maps: of Yemen (60.5 x 40 cm), the Red

Sea (78.5 x 23 cm) and the Persian Gulf (25 x 31 cm). Early 19th-century

gold-tooled sheepskin (decorated in a so-called “tree marbled”

pattern). € 8.500

First edition in English of Niebuhr’s excellent account of his travels

in the Middle East, Egypt, Persia, India and Arabia, the first scientific

expedition to this area, subsidised by the Danish king. Of the

five scientists, Carsten Niebuhr (1733-1815) was the sole survivor, and

his work represents an important contribution to the study of the

Middle East. The maps Niebuhr drew in the course of the expedition

were remarkably detailed and accurate. Indeed, his map of Yemen

was the first exact map of the area ever, remaining the standard for

the next 200 years. The volumes include authentic descriptions of life

and customs in Yemen, Oman and elsewhere, with detailed descriptions

of Mecca and Medina, Sana’a and Mocha as well as several

references to coffee and coffeehouses.

The first volume was adapted from

Niebuhr’s Reisebeschreibung nach

Arabien (1774) and the second from

his Beschreibung von Arabien (1772).

Each volume with modern bookplate

on pastedown. In good condition

with some browning and soiling,

and each map with a small tear. The

bindings show some light wear, with

the spine-label of the first volume

slightly damaged, otherwise also in

very good condition. English edition

of a reliable and influential account

of Arabia.

ESTC T51605; Howgego, to 1800, N24;

Hühnersdorf, p. 1081; Weber II, 550; cf. Atabey

873-874 (other eds); Hamilton 48 (French edition).

Pioneering Arabic, Syriac and Latin glossary

132. OBICINI, Tommaso and Elija bar SHINAJA of Nisibis. Thesaurus Arabico-Syro-Latinus …

With: Index alphabeticus. …

Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1636. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8 o . Set in Arabic, Syriac, roman and italic types. Early

19th-century tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine.


First and only edition of Obicini’s Arabic, Syriac and Latin glossary, based

on the 11th-century Arabic and Syriac glossary compiled by the East Syriac

scholar, monk and priest Elija bar Shinaja from Shenna in what is now

northern Iraq, metropolitan of Nisibis from 1008. Shinaja’s version is also

known as “The book of the interpreter”. The words are arranged by subject

and set in three columns with, from right to left, Arabic, Syriac and Latin.

It opens from the right, like an Arabic or Syriac book. The Index alphabeticus

has its own title-page, pagination and series of signatures, but forms

an appendix to the Thesaurus, providing an alphabetical index to the Latin

words and phrases.

With an inscription on the back paste-down. With 4 quires badly browned

and some others somewhat browned. Otherwise in good condition and

with all three integral blank leaves. The binding has some worm holes in the

boards and a couple small holes in the hinges, but is structurally sound. A

pioneering work in the European study of the Arabic and Syriac languages.

ICCU VEAE003127; Philologia orientalis 223 (and for Obicini 222); for Shinaja: www.iranicaonline.


Photographs of Oman

133. [OMAN ]. [Collection of photographs of the Sultanate of Oman].

[Oman, ca. 1970-1980]. Collection of about 140 black and white photographs (gelatin silver prints), mostly 13 x

17.5 cm. € 15.000

Collection of photographs of the Sultanate of Oman. 33 photographs

show the young Sultan Qaboos bin Said Al Said at

different meetings with international political leaders

(among them Habib Bourguiba, president of Tunisia,

Houari Boumedienne, president of Algeria and Zayid

bin Sultan Al Nahyan, president of the uae), official

ceremonies, conferences and press interviews.

Many of the photographs document daily life of

Omani people at the beginning of Quaboos

bin Said’s sultanate: teachers and children at

school, farm workers, musicians, construction

workers, scouting groups, military men, a

woman with children visiting a doctor, sporting

events, public celebrations, people at prayer,

etc., with men and women appearing in both

Islamic and Western clothing. Others show

views of Muscat and landscapes of Oman as

well as houses, historical monuments and other


A wide-ranging gallery depicting reforms

and changes within the Oman during the

first decade of Qaboos bin Said’s sultanate. In

excellent state of preservation throughout.

First edition of famous history of Portuguese explorations under King Manuel I

134. OSÓRIO, Jerónimo. De Rebus, Emmanuelis regis

Lusitaniae invictissimi virtute et auspicio gestis libri duodecim.

Lisbon, Antonio Gonçalves, 1571. 2 o . Contemporary limp vellum.


Well-printed first edition of Osório’s famous history of the

Portuguese explorations, expeditions and campaigns under King

Manuel I (1495-1521). During Manuel’s reign, Vasco da Gama discovered

a maritime route to India and Admiral Alfonso de Albuquerque

established a monopoly on the maritime trade route to the Arabian

Gulf. In order to gain control over the spice trade, Albuquerque

conquered Goa (1510) and Malacca (1511), but was defeated by the

Islamic Mamluks at Aden; it was only in 1515 that he managed to

conquer Hormuz, after which he sought allies among Gulf States

to obtain a balance of power. Osório’s history, written in elegant

Latin, critisizes the conduct of the Portuguese in Asia, which led to

his falling out of favour at the Portuguese court. Osório was highly

regarded as an historian. Indeed, Michel de Monataigne described

him as the “best Latin historian of our century”.

With am armorial bookplate. Washed, marginal wormholes

restored throughout, title-page soiled, the binding has come loose

from the sewing supports at several points and last leaf nearly

detached. Still a good copy.

Alden & Landis 571/29; Borba de Moraes II, p. 637; Palau 206489; for background information: Floor, The Persian Gulf, pp. 89-112.

The first publication of the Ethiopic Genesis.

135. OTHO, Georg Palaestra linguarum orientalium, hoc est: quatuor primorum capitum Geneseos, I. Textus

originalis tam ex Judaeorum quàm Samaritanorum traditionibus. II. Targumim seu paraphrases orientales

praecipuae, nempe I. Chaldaicae, (Onkelosi, Jonathanis et Hierosolymitana) II. Syriaca, III. Samaritana, IV.

Arabica, V. Aethiopica, VI. Persica. Omnia cum versione Latinâ ...

Including: OTHO, Andreas. Glossarium linguarum orientalium octuplex: Hebraicum, Chaldaicum, Syriacum,

Samaritanum, Arabicum, Aethiopicum, Persicum et Rabbinicum …

Frankfurt am Main, published by Friedrich Knoch, printed by Martin Jacquet, 1702. 4 o . Set in roman, Arabic,

Hebrew, Samaritan and Ethiopic types. 2 parts in 1 volume.19th-century half calf with marbled sides. € 3.950

First and only edition of a small polyglot Bible. Although this

only contains the first four chapters of Genesis, it does so in seven

languages printed in five different scripts. The publication of polyglot

bibles in the 16th and 17th centuries was an important aid in comparative

Bible studies. By comparing the eldest versions of the Bible

available, written in the languages in use in the Middle-East, scholars

hoped to better understand the text. Most of the text in this edition

was reprinted from the London Polyglot published in 1654-57, but

apparently the Ethiopic text was published here for the first time.

Georg Otho (1634-1713) was professor of Greek and Oriental

languages at the University of Marburg and published a number of

books on this subject.

Contemporary ownership entries on the front pastedown; pencil

marks in the second part; binding slightly worn; last ten leaves with

small waterstains, somewhat browned. An interesting polyglot bible

printed in five different scripts.

Bibliotheca Sussexiana, vol. I-2, pp. 119-20, vol. II, p. 8; Mayer, Bibliography of the

Samaritans, p. 32; VD18 (8 copies).

Ottoman ambassador’s audiences before the Emperor Charles VI and Prince Eugene of Savoy

136. [OTTOMAN EMPIRE]. Distinto ragguaglio della solenne udienza che alli 4. Settembre ebbe dall’

Augustissimo Imperatore Carlo VI. re della Spagne, d’Ungheria &c. a Vienna nel Palazzo Cesareo della Favorita

l’ecc[ellentissi]mo sig[nor]. grande ambasciatore Ottomano visire Mückerem Ibrahim Pascia, …

(Colophon: Rome, Giovanni Francesco Chracas, 1719). 4 o . Modern boards. € 4.500

Extremely rare contemporary account of the audiences of the first

Ottoman ambassador to the Holy Roman Empire before the Emperor

himself and before Prince Eugene of Savoy, both in the year 1719. This

signalled the beginning of the attempted transition from war to negotiation

in the ever difficult relations between the great Islamic and

Christian powers. The Holy Roman Emperor Charles VI (1685-1740)

conducted the successful Austro-Turkish War against the Ottoman

Empire in the years 1716 to 1718, lead by Prince Eugene of Savoy (1663-

1736). After the Treaty of Passarowitz ended the war on 21 July 1718 the

Ottoman Sultan Ahmed III sent Ibrahim Pasha to Vienna to serve

as Ambassador and Charles VI sent Count Hugo von Virmont to

Constantinople as Ambassador to the Sultan.

Somewhat foxed but otherwise in very good condition and wholly

untrimmed. An important document of the Ottoman Empire’s relations

with Christian Europe and a window into the opulence accompanying

the diplomacy.

Cf. ICCU, RMLE047805; KVK (same copy); for the background: Ingrao (ed.), The Peace of

Passarowitz, 1718 (2011).

The Ottoman-Mamluk war and the conquest of Mecca and Medina


que gesta sunt in Orie[n]te inter Sophi & Maximum

Turcarum & Suldanum, & que[m]admodum dux

Turcaru[m] caepit Alepum & Damascum & Hierusalem

cum om[n]ibus circumiace[n]tibus oppidis, & quo[rum]

maximus Turcaru[m] voluit audire una[m] missam apud

sanctu[m] sepulchru[m] Iesu Christi.

[Basel, Pamphilus Gengenbach, 1518]. 4 o . With woodcut

illustration on title-page. 19th-century pink wrappers, in

modern half vellum clamshell box. € 35.000

Rare 16th-century news pamphlet on the Ottoman-

Mamluk War (1516-17). The booklet relates the events

from June 1516 to July 1517, followed by an account of

Sultan Selim’s visit to Jerusalem. During the Ottoman-

Mamluk war the Ottoman Sultan Selim I, known as “the

Grim”, conquered Syria and defeated the Mamluk Sultan

in the Battle of Ridaniya. He subsequently captured

and sacked Cairo, thereby placing the holy cities Mecca

and Medina under Ottoman rule, which marked the

beginning of Ottoman power in Arabia.

With two bookplates, some browning, otherwise in very

good condition.

Göllner 115; USTC 679549; VD 16, O 738.

Detailed survey of the coasts of Africa, Madagascar and Arabia

with an account of the Mazrui’s resistance against the Sultan of Oman

138. OWEN, William Fitzwilliam Wentworth. Narrative of voyages to explore the shores of Africa, Arabia,

and Madagascar; performed in H.M. ships Leven and Barracouta.

London, Richard Bentley, 1833. 2 volumes. 8 o . With 5 full-page lithographed plates, 4 folding engraved maps, 5

wood-engraved illustrations in the text. Contemporary grey boards. First volume rebacked. Untrimmed. € 4.250

First edition of Owen’s account of his voyage to survey

the coast of East Africa, Madagascar and Oman. Owen

set out on 1 January 1824 to survey the coast of Oman.

He began at Ras al Hadd, continuing to Masirah Island

and along the coast past Ras Markhaz and the Khurya

Muriya Islands to Ras Mirbat, from where he sailed back

to the African coast by way of Socotra. When in Bombay

to take on supplies, Owen had encountered a delegation

of Mazrui, an Omani-Arabic clan that lived in the region

of Mombasa, seeking British protection against the threat

of Said bin Sultan, Sultan of Muscat and Oman. Owen,

recognizing an opportunity to establish a British colony

in Africa, set sail for Mombasa, where he was welcomed

by a letter from Sheikh Sulaiman bin Ali al-Mazrui.

However, the British government, honouring its treaty

with the Sultan of Oman, did not formally recognize the

colony and withdrew the British flag. Said bin Sultan immediately jumped to the occasion, sending several expeditions

to the Mazrui until he ruled over the entire coast. The first volume includes references to pearl fishery in


With Bentley’s 24-page publisher’s advertisement tipped in volume 1. Each title-page with embossed owner’s

stamp, each volume with contemporary owner’s entry on first page. Some spotting, boards worn, spine-labels

slightly tattered.

Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 101; Howgego, 1800 to 1850, O1; cf. Marshall, “European travellers in Oman and Southeast Arabia 1792-1950”, in:

Bidwell et al. (eds), New Arabian Studies 2 (1994), pp. 10-11.

Contemporary account of early 19th-century Ottoman culture

139. PALAIOLOGUE, Grégoire. Schetsen der Turksche zeden in de XIX eeuw; ...

Amsterdam, G.J.A. Beijerinck, 1829. 8 o . With handcoloured

lithographed frontispiece showing 3 Turkish

military costumes. Lacking the half-title. Contemporary

stiffened wrappers, covered with somewhat later marbled

paper. Untrimmed. € 650

First and only Dutch edition of Esquisses des moeurs Turques

au XIXe siècle (1827), written by a sympathetic Greek born

and raised in Istanbul. In 20 dialogues Palailogue discusses

Ottoman culture, religion, dress and manners, followed

by 74 pages of well-informed explanatory notes. Grégoire

Palaiologue (ca. 1794-1844) was the son of a Phanariote

Greek. He wrote the present account in France during the

Greek War of Independence.

Preserving the last leaf with letterpress directions for the binder and 1 (of 2) letterpress spine labels. Back of

frontispiece with owner’s entry. Lacking the half-title and with the edges of its conjugate tattered and dirty,

occasional minor spotting, otherwise in very good condition. The wrappers show wear, most notably along the

spine. A detailed and sympathetic account of contemporary Ottoman culture, by a native of Istanbul.

Saalmink, p. 1473; cf. Atabey 916 (1st French ed.); Blackmer 1235 (1st French ed.).

Dutch ship’s journal giving detailed accounts of audiences with the Sheik of Bushehr and

the deputy of the Sultan of Oman and of Dutch trade at Muscat and Bushehr,

including the purchase of 25 horses

140. [PERSIAN GULF]. Journaal, gehouden aan boord van het schip Baron van der Capellen gevoerd door

Kap[itei]n. Peter, op de reize van Batavia naar de Golf van Persie, in 1824.

[On board ship from Batavia ( Jakarta, Indonesia) to Muscat in Oman, Bushehr in Iran and back], 14 March-9

November 1824. 2 o . Manuscript ship’s journal in Dutch, written in black ink on paper. Contemporary half vellum.

€ 75.000

Anonymous ship’s journal from the 1824 voyage of the three-masted merchant frigate, Baron van der Capelle from

Batavia in the East Indies (now Jakarta, Indonesia) to Muscat in Oman and Bushehr on the Iranian coast of the

Gulf. It was probably kept by the ship’s senior merchant (opperkoopman), the deputy of Said bin Sultan Al-Said

(1790-1856), Sultan of Muscat and Oman, personally invited him to an audience, and the Sheik of Bushehr met

with him and provided him with an assistant. The journal is neatly written, with daily entries throughout the

voyage and on land at the destination ports. Most interesting and remarkable, however, are his dealings on land

on the Arabian peninsula and the Iranian coast of the Gulf.

They came in sight of the Arabian coast on 22 May and anchored at Muscat on 26 May. The author devotes nine

pages to a detailed account of his reception and his trading there during his first eight days. He especially took

an interest in the Arabian horses, finally buying 25 and listing them by number with the prices and giving some

other details.

The manuscript is in very good condition, with only an occasional minor spot or marginal chip. The binding

is somewhat tattered, with 3 of the 4 vellum corners lost and the sewing somewhat loose. A fascinating ship’s

journal, forming an important and very detailed primary source for Dutch relations and trade in Oman and Iran.

1584 title deed signed by the King of Portugal for the Coelho family

after the heir died in Morocco

141. PHILIP I, King of Portugal. [Confirmation of the rights to the title Capitão Mor or Senhor de Felgueiras

to Francisca da Silva Coelho and her family in perpetuity].

[Madrid], 22 November 1584. 36 x 26 cm (document); 40.5 x 30.5 cm (box). Document written in brown ink on

vellum, signed by King Philip I of Portugal (King Philip II of Spain) and with his large lead armorial seal. Kept

in a modern richly gold- and blind-tooled brown sheepskin box with the form of a book.


Royal title deed in Portuguese, signed by

King Philip I of Portugal (1527-1598), who

was also King Philip II of Spain, and with his

royal seal, confirming the hereditary rights of

Donna Francisca da Silva Coelho de Noronha.

She was heir to the titles of her father and

brother, Capitão Mor (Capitanes Móres or

Captain Major) and Senhor de Felgueiras (in

northern Portugal), which therefore devolved

to her husband and her heirs in perpetuity.

The document constitutes a royally certified

record of the genealogy of the Coelho family,

indicating that it derives from the Knight

Commander Egas Moniz, a founding father

of the Portuguese nation. The document also

records this family’s relationship with Nicolau

Coelho, who captained the ship Bérrio in

Vasco da Gama’s fleet that reached India in

1498 and a ship on Pedro Álvares Cabral’s

voyage of discovery to Brazil in 1500. It also

notes that he went down with his ship in

1504, while under the orders of King Manuel

I to escort the Viceroy Don Francisco de

Albuquerque back from India to Portugal.

His death without issue led Manuel I to grant

his titles to his collateral heir Gonçalo Pires

Coelho (ca. 1435-1510), the 4th Capitão Mor

and 3rd Senhor de Felgueiras, succeeded by

Aires Coelho (ca. 1470-1533), 5th Capitão Mor

and 5th Senhor de Felgueiras, 21 June 1510.

He was succeeded by Gonçalo Coelho da Silva (ca. 1510-1584), the

6th Capitão Mor and Senhor de Felgueiras from 1533 and then

Gonçalo’s son Aires Gonçalves Coelho, but their deaths (one apparently

died at the Battle of the Three Kings, known also as Battle of

Alcácer-Quibir, in Morocco in 1578/79) left no male heir. The present document was

therefore needed to confirm that the titles would pass through Gonçalo Coelho da

Silva’s daughter Donna Francisca da Silva Coelho. Her husband therefore became the

8th Capitão Mor and Senhor de Felgueiras and her son the 9th.

Formerly folded horizontally, with some stains on the last three pages and the text

on the lower half of the last page faded, but otherwise in good condition. Binding

very good. A document by King Philip I of Portugal, with a great deal of information

about the genealogy and history of the important Portuguese family Coelho,

from the 14th century to 1584.

For Gonçalo Coelho: Howgego C143 & 144 (see also Nicolau Coelho); for the Senhores de Felgueiras, see also:


156 photographs from Libya and surroundings 1911-1912

142. [PHOTOGRAPHY – ITALO-TURKISH WAR]. Album [with a collection of original


Tripoli, Ain-Zara, Henni, Sidi Mesri, Sidi Abdul-Gelil, etc.,

November 1911-June 1912. Oblong album (16 x 22.5 x 16.2 cm).

With 156 black-and-white photographic prints, in various

formats (mostly 4 x 5.5 cm, 8 x 14 cm and 5.5 x 17 cm) and on

various kinds of photo paper. Original buff cloth. € 3.500

Intriguing photo collection, apparently assembled by one

of the tens of thousands of Italian soldiers that poured into

Libya in November 1911. There are also views not directly

connected to the war, with Tripoli street and market scenes,

the local Arabic population including dancers, refugees in the

Turkish camp, Bedouins, Sudanese girls, the port of Tripoli,

views of the city with mosques and other buildings, oases,

funerals, etc.

Grossly underestimating the difficulty, Italy invaded Libya

with 20,000 troops and were shocked to meet strong resistance

from the local population, and near annihilation at the

hands of the skilled Arabic cavalry supported by a smaller

Turkish force. The war also proved a testing ground for new

military technologies that were to come to fruition in World

War. The new technology contrasts with the processions of

horses and camels, Bedouin camps, etc.

While many photos are absolutely sharp and perfectly preserved, a few are badly faded. The glue used to mount

those on the first 4 leaves has left discoloured spots in the corners and two or three show small tears in the background

sky. They are generally in good or very good condition.

24 glass slides of photographs of the ancient city of Petra and contemporary Syria

143. [PHOTOGRAPHY – MIDDLE EAST]. [Collection of 24 glass slides].

[1900-1908]. Collection of 24 glass

slides of photographs, including 9

coloured and 15 black-and-white. 20

slides are from the “Visual instruction

division” of the University of the State

of New York and 4 from the keystone

View Company from Meadville,

Pennsylvania. In modern archival box.

€ 3.750

Collection of glass slides, most photographs

of the ancient city of Petra

in Jordan, one photograph of an

engraving of Petra and four photographs

of the contemporary life in

Syria and Libanon, showing people

in Beirut and Damascus. Projected

lantern slides were the favourite technology

of most lecturing historians

around 1900. In very good condition.

Pococke’s celebrated edition of Abu’l-Faraj’s Islamic history:

“It is his greatest work, and of permanent scholarly value” (Toomer)

144. POCOCKE, Edward. Specimen historiae arabum; ... Accessit historia

veterum Arabum ex Abu’l Feda: cura Antonii I. Sylvestre De Sacy. Edidit

Josephus White, ...

Oxford, Clarendon Press [= Oxford University Press], 1806. 4 o . Title-page

with engraved view of the Clarendon Building, aquatint author’s portrait and

1 full-page etched plate. Set in roman and Arabic types, with incidental Greek

and Hebrew. Contemporary boards. Untrimmed. € 2.500

Second edition of Pococke’s elaborate Specimen historiae Arabum, an excerpt

from Abu’l-Faraj’s Islamic history, in Arabic and Latin. The excerpt is “accompanied

by a lengthy commentary (printed first in 1648) illuminating Islamic

history, geography, mythology, religion, and literature from a wealth of sources, mostly unpublished and previously

unknown in Europe. It represents a revolution in Arabic studies, being Pococke’s attempt to show that far

from being a mere ancillary to biblical exegesis, Arabic literature (in the widest sense) was worthy of study in its

own right in the same way that classical cultures were. It is his greatest work, and of permanent scholarly value”

(Toomer). Abu’l-Faraj’s account is followed by unpublished fragments, in Arabic, of Abu’l-Fida’s account of pre-Islamic

Arabia, edited by Sylvestre de Sacy.

The main text set in Richardson’s long-bodied English Arabic type, with the notes in Caslon’s Arabic types.

From the library of the Ducs de Luynes, with their bookplate on pastedown. Foxed, leaf Y4 with tear, otherwise

in very good condition and wholly untrimmed.

Schnurrer 169; for Pococke: Toomer, “Pococke, Edward (1604-1691)”, in: ODNB (online ed).

Unusually favourable introduction to Islam and the Ottoman Empire

145. POSTEL, Guilliaume. De la republique des Turcs: & là ou l’occasion s’offrera, des meurs & loy de tous

Muhamedistes, ...


-Histoire et consideration de l’origine, loy, et coustume des Tartares, Persiens, Arabes, Turcs, & tous autres

Ismaelites ou Muhamediques, dits par nous Mahometains, ou Sarrazins.

-La tierce partie des orientales histoires, ou est exposee la condition, … de l’empire Turquesque: …

Poitiers, Enguilbert de Marnef, 1560. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4 o . With Marnef ’s printer’s device on title-page

(repeated on the 2 part-titles). Contemporary blind- and gold-tooled calf, restored and rebacked with a large

part of the original spine laid-down, modern endpapers. € 22.500

First() edition of Postel’s three-part work on the Ottoman Empire, introducing

“French readers to the life of the Prophet, the history of Islam, the Arabic language,

as well as the religion, laws, customs of the Ottoman Turks. … It offers an unusually

favourable account of Muslim manners and customs. While not wholly uncritical

of the way of the Turks, he thought that they were better than Christians in the way

that they arranged marriages and divorces, in their charity, in their provisions for

education and in the decorous quiet of their prayers” (Irwin).

Guilliaume Postel (1510-1581), the foremost expert on Arabic and Islam in

Europe in his day, wrote the present work around 1539, after his voyage to the

Ottoman Empire, accompanying the French ambassador sent by Francois I to

Suleiman the Magnificent in Constantinople in 1535-1537. He did not publish it

at the time and may have revised it after his voyage to the Holy Land in 1549.

With early owner’s inscription on title-page and two marginal annotations.

Minor restorations to the gutter of the lower margins of the first four leaves,

title-page slightly soiled, a few occasional stains and marginal thumbing, and

a small corner torn off of one leaf, but still a good copy. Binding rebacked and

restored, with scuff marks and a few wormholes.

Adams P2015; Göllner 1004; cf. Atabey 977 ; Blackmer 1335; Hamilton 8 ; Irwin, For lust of knowing: the

orientalists and their enemies (1996).

Stunning series of colour lithographs

146. PREZIOSI, Amadeo. Souvenir du Caire.

Paris, Lemercier, 1862. Large 2 o (56.5 × 43 cm). With 20 chromolithographed

plates, mounted on the album’s leaves, and 2 ll with title-page and table of

contents. € 28.000

First edition of Preziosi’s stunning series of colour lithographs. “These

attractive plates illustrate the costumes of Cairo and the valley of the Nile,

which Preziosi visited in 1862” (Blackmer).

Binding somewhat rubbed. Some foxing to backing cardboards, some

marginal waterstaining to final two plates (not affecting image). Overall still

a good copy.

Blackmer 1352; Colas 2424; Ibrahim-Hilmy II, 135; Lipperheide Ma 34; not in Atabey.

33 watercolours and sketches of India and Egypt, drawn by an Irish Captain in 1824

147. [PRINGLE, John W.]. Sketches. Egypt & India &c &c.

Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, March-August, 1824. Oblong album (23 x 34 cm). With 33 pen and ink drawings (4.5

x 17.5 to 19 x 24 cm), nearly all over pencil sketches and either finished in watercolour or with coloured washes, all

in an 11-leaf album. Brown stiff-paper wrappers. € 45.000

An album containing 33 drawings in pen and watercolour or coloured washes, made in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and

India from March to August 1824 by Captain John W. Pringle (ca. 1793-1861). He made them during a journey

that he described in part in an article entitled “Route to India by Egypt and the Red Sea”, published in The

Edinburgh journal of science (vol. IV, 1826, pp. 234-243). The drawings include profile views of the port of Yanbu

in Saudi Arabia and the coast to its north, drawings of feluccas and other vessels, views of “Geneh” (Qena)

and an Egyptian temple at “Hermopolis”, and drawings of details from temples and tombs including those at

Beni-Hassan. Two folding panoramic views show the “Arab burial ground from the sculptured catacombs in the

Lybian range behind Siut [= Siout], the ancient Lycopolis looking to the Mokattan” in Lower Egypt and “a view

of the desert one day from Corseir” (Al Qusayr). The Indian locations shown include “the Upper Cave Temple”

at Karli (in Maharashtra, Western India), temples at Anegundi (in Karnataka, South Western India) and the

Ibrahim Rosa mosque (Bijapur, Karnataka). Also included are depictions of a contraption for drawing water with

oxen and several Indian cannons at Bijapur. The map shows Bijainagar and surrounding areas.

Egypt in 1824 was not a stable location for foreign travellers on account of the uprisings that took place in

protest against Muhammad Ali’s taxation policies. Pringle signed his article from Colombo, Ceylon, 9 May

1825, indicating that he visited there on his return voyage from India to England before he was appointed

Superintendent of the Geological Survey of Ireland in 1826. During the early part of his career as an officer in

the Royal Engineers he had been wounded at Waterloo by a gunshot to the chest.

Pringle hoped his article giving details of his journey would be “useful to such officers as may have an intention

of proceeding by Egypt and the Red Sea to India.” It dovetails with some locations depicted in the present

drawings. Almost all of Pringle’s drawings here bear the name of the place or structure

The loosely inserted half-sheet with 2 drawings has a mostly marginal water stain slightly affecting the drawings

and another has a water stain not affecting the drawing, an occasional drawing is slightly soiled or frayed,

but the drawings are generally in very good condition. The album has been rebacked and the first three leaves

re-attached using stubs of Japanese paper, corners of the wrappers damaged. An attractive series of drawings

providing a valuable record of ancient sites in Egypt, Saudi Arabia and India as they appeared in 1824.

Magnificent de luxe issue, with 31 hand-coloured lithographs

148. PRISSE D’AVENNES, Achille Constant Théodore Émile. Oriental album. Characters, costumes, and

modes of life, in the valley of the Nile.

London, James Madden, 1848. Imperial 2 o (37.5 x 52.5 cm). With an additional decorative title-page, separately

chromolithographed in black, gold and 7 colours, tinted and hand-coloured lithographed frontispiece portrait of

the dedicatee, and 30 tinted and hand-coloured lithographs. Numerous wood-engraved illustrations in the text.

Modern half calf, richly gold-tooled spine. € 75.000

First edition of a splendid set of 31 large tinted

and beautifully hand-coloured lithographed

views of life in the Nile valley, showing

Bedouins, Nubians, dancers, warriors, horses,

buildings, local life and costumes, one of the

earliest and most sought-after publications by

the artist Émile Prisse d’Avennes (1807-1879).

Only a small part of the edition was coloured

by hand, adding detail and giving an opulent

atmosphere to the fantastic plates.

Prisse d’Avennes spent many years in Egypt

after 1826, first as an engineer in the service

of Mehmet Ali. After 1836 he explored Egypt

disguised as a Muslim, using the name Edris

Effendi. During this period he carried out

archaeological excavations in the Nile valley.

It is augmented by a commentary by the

renowned orientalist and Egyptologist James

Augustus St. John.

Final plate with a few minor repairs to

margins; final leaf creased and with marginal

repairs. One or two other minor marginal

defects, but otherwise in fine condition.

Atabey 1001; Blackmer 1357; Colas 2427; Lipperheide Ma 30 (=

1599); not in Abbey.

31 splendid coloured plates of life in the Nile Valley

149. PRISSE D’AVENNES, Achille Constant Théodore Émile. Oriental album. Characters, costumes, and

modes of life, in the valley of the Nile.

London, James Madden (back of title-page: printed by John Wertheimer & Co.), 1851. Super Royal 2 o (33 x 45.5

cm). With 31 tinted and hand-coloured lithographed plates, including the frontispiece, and a black-and-white

illustration on the title-page. Contemporary gold-tooled red half morocco. € 15.000

Second edition of a splendid set of

31 large tinted and hand-coloured

lithographed views of life in the Nile

valley, showing Bedouins, Nubians,

dancers, warriors, horses, buildings,

local life and costumes, one of the

earliest and most sought-after publications

by the artist Émile Prisse

d’Avennes (1807-1879).

Light foxing, affecting some plates,

but still in good condition. Splendid

views of society in the Nile Valley in

the mid-19th century.

Atabey 1001 note; Blackmer 1357 note; cf. Colas

2427 ; Lipperheide Ma 30.

A nearly complete collection of the earliest Propaganda Fide exotic alphabets (1629-1776), including

Arabic, Burmese, Ethiopic, Greek and Syriac

150. [PROPAGANDA FIDE]. (1) Alphabetum Armenum

iussu S.D.N. Gregorii XV. ...

(2) Alphabetum Aethiopicum, sive Abyssinum.

(3) Alphabetum Arabicum …

(4) Alphabetum Barmanum seu Bomanum …

(5) Alphabetum Brammhanicum …

(6) Alphabetum Chaldaicum, …

(7) Alphabetum Chaldaicum …

(8) Alphabetum Cophtum sive Aegyptiacum …

(9) Alphabetum Graecum …

(10) Alphabetum veterum Etruscorum …

(11) Alphabetum Ibericum, …

(12) [Alfabeta].

(13) Alphabetum Hebraicum …

Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1629-1776. 13 works in 1 volume. 8 o and

small 4 o . Sheepskin parchment (ca. 1776). € 12.500

An extraordinary and nearly complete collection of the earliest alphabets of exotic languages, printed and

published by the Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide, sometimes together with one or more short liturgical

texts. In many cases the Alphabetum is the first publication to use the newly cut type and in some cases the type

was the first or virtually the first ever cut for that kind of script. Together they show alphabets printed from

types for Greek, Hebrew (meruba & rabbinical), Arabic, Syriac (serto, estrangela and East Syriac), Samaritan,

Georgian, Armenian, Ethiopic, Coptic, Devanagari, Burmese and Etruscan.

The Vatican established the Propaganda Fide in 1622 to promote Catholic missionary work, especially in the

Middle and Near East, and it set up its own printing office in Rome in 1626. The printing office acquired the

largest collection of exotic printing types in the world, most of them exclusive to their press. In 1629 they began

printing and publishing these small booklets displaying alphabets for exotic languages.

Ad 1 with 2 blank pieces of the title-page excised and patched from the back and some pages of ad 11 misbound.

Some occasional browning and a couple minor abrasions or small tears. Otherwise in good condition.

Amaduzzi, pp. 7-8; Birrell & Garnett 5-15; Philologia orientalis 193-209.

A kind Muslim, an English mummy snatcher and John Smith before Pocahontas

151. [PURCHAS, Samuel], John


and others. Seer gedenckwaerdige vojagien, van

Johan Sanderson, Hendrick Timberly, en Capt.

Johan Smith, door Europa, Asia en America. …

Amsterdam, Joachim van Dyck, 1678. 4 o . With

engraved title-page, letterpress title-page with

a woodcut floral ornament, 4 folding engraved

illustration plates (including 1 with 4 small views).

18th-century half vellum. € 4.500

First and only Dutch edition of an account of the

voyages of three English merchant adventurers: John

Sanderson in the Levant, Egypt and Constantinople

(Istanbul), presented here as 1671-1676 but in fact

describing travels in the years 1584-1602; Henry

Timberlake in Jerusalem (1601); and the young John

Smith in the Ottoman Empire (ca. 1598-1604) before

his more famous voyage to America. All three are

loosely translated from the relevant accounts in Purchas his pilgrimes, London, 1625, but the accounts of Sanderson

and Timberlake are written in the first person. The present publisher added some texts from other sources, and the

frontispiece and other illustrations, etched and engraved in a style sometimes reminiscent of Romein de Hooghe,

are also new. Timberlake, though Protestant himself, shocked more narrow-minded Protestants by his accounts of

the kindness of a Muslim Moor journeying from Fez to Mecca, who had joined his ship at Algiers and secured his

release when he was arrested in Jerusalem.

Slightly browned and with the title-page backed, apparently to strengthen it after a library stamp on the back

was erased, minor and mostly marginal smudges or spots and a small marginal tear, but otherwise in good

condition and with generous margins. Lacking the final blank leaf. The dedication was supposed to precede

the publisher’s note to the reader, but is here bound after it. The binding is rubbed and tattered, with most

of the title-label gone. First Dutch edition of a fascinating account of English merchant adventurers in the

Levant, Egypt and the Ottoman Empire.

Alden & Landis 678/140; Sabin 78871; STCN (6 copies); Tiele, Bibl. 955.

The first Quran available to Western scholars

152. [QURAN]. BIBLIANDER, Theodor, ed. Machumetis Saracenorum principis, eiusque successorum

vitae, ac doctrina, ipseque Alcoran, …

[Basel, Johann Oporinus, Nikolaus Brylinger, 1543]. Lacking 1 preliminary leaf in part 1 and 2 preliminary leaves

in part 3 (removed by anti-Lutheran censors).

With: (2) PHILO OF ALEXANDRIA. Philonis Judaei Alexandrini, libri [1] Antiquitatum. [2]

Quaestionum et solutionnum in genesin. [3] De essaeis. [4] De nominibus Hebraicis. [5] De Mundo.

Basel, Adam Petri, 1527. 2 works (1 in 3 parts) in 2 volumes. 2 o (28 x 20 cm). Uniform, tanned sheepskin (ca. 1795),

gold-tooled spines. € 35.000

First Latin edition of the Quran and the second edition in any language (after Paganino’s Arabic edition, Venice,

1537/38, which survives in only 1 copy), complete with the extensive commentaries and historical additions in

parts 2 and 3. The text is based primarily on an Arabic manuscript acquired by Pierre de Cluny and Bernard de

Clairvaux in Toledo in the 12th century. De Cluny had it translated into Latin by the Englishman Robert of

Ketton, also in Toledo, who completed his translation in 1143. Martin Luther acquired a copy of Ketton’s 400-

year-old translation and had Theodor Bibliander edit and

publish it. It was a remarkable pioneering effort to make the

text of the Quran available and readable among Western

scholars. It long remained nearly the only source for any

European who wished to study the Quran. Part 2 contains a

compilation of earlier writings about Islam and the Quran,

some printed in Greek and Latin parallel texts, including

writings by Savonarola and Nicolaus Cusanus. The third

part contains writings about the Ottomans, Islam, and

Tamerlane’s Mongolian invasion.

The present copy has the first edition of five short works by

Philo of Alexandria, a Jewish philosopher in classical Greece,

bound after the text of the Quran in volume 1. It includes a

work about Hebrew names, perhaps considered valuable to

scholars studying the Quran.

With 3 early owners’ inscriptions on the title-page. With a

few worm holes in the gutter margin of the last few leaves

of both volumes and occasional minor water stains or

other minor blemishes. Otherwise in very good condition.

The binding has some worm damage in the spine but is

otherwise also very good. The first Latin edition of the

Quran and the source for nearly all early Western Quranic


Ad 1: VD 16, K2584; USTC 674633; cf. Adams M 1889; Göllner 1792-1793;

Benzing, Luther, 2766-2768 (various issues); Ad 2: VD16, P2490; USTC 683921.

A thorough account of Islam and the Muslims in Spain

153. RABADAN, Muhammad and Joseph MORGAN.

Mahometism fully explained: ... Written in Spanish and

Arabick, in the year M.DC.III. for the instruction of the

Moriscoes in Spain. ...

London, W. Mears (vol. 1); the author (vol. 2), 1723-1725. 2

volumes. 8 o . With 2 folding plates (including frontispiece) and

a folding letterpress genealogical table. Contemporary blindtooled

calf. Rebacked. € 3.950

A thorough account of Islam and the life of the prophet

Muhammad, based on a 1603 manuscript by the Morisco poet

Muhammad Rabadan, translated and annotated by Joseph

Morgan. The manuscript, written in a combination of Spanish and Aljamiado, was meant for the instruction

of Moriscos, Muslims in parts of Al-Andalus (Spain) who were forced to convert to Christianity. They were

expelled from Spain in the early 17th century. The text of the manuscript is followed by an account of the

Moriscos by Joseph Morgan, which makes it particularly valuable. He quotes several contemporary sources,

including a 1615 letter by al-Karim ibn Ali Perez, an expelled Morisco, who castigates the Spanish for their

barbarous treatment of Muslims. The plates show Muslims in prayer and the Kaaba in Mecca.

Each title-page with owner’s name. Slightly browned, some stains, bindings slightly worn and neatly rebacked.

An important source for the history of the Moriscos.

ESTC T92870; cf. Matar, Europe through Arab eyes, p. 14.

Lodovico Varthema, Vasco da Gama, and Duarte Barbosa on the Arabian Gulf

154. RAMUSIO, Giovanni Battista. Delle navigationi et viaggi ...

Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunti, 1554–1574. 3 parts in 3 volumes. 2 o (30 × 20.5 cm). With a total of 51 engravings

in the text (7 full-page) and 12 double-page maps and plans (2 full-page). 20th-century gold-tooled brown

morocco. Kept in modern slipcases. € 85.000

Perfectly complete copy of this superb collection of travels. The first volume includes several travel reports of the

utmost importance for the exploration of the Arabian Peninsula and the Gulf region. Ludovico Varthema’s travel

report, famous for detailing the first recorded visit of a Westerner to Mecca, indeed the first western encounter with

the Arab world. – The account of Vasco da Gama’s voyage to India is comparable in importance only to Columbus’s

in the west, as it “opened the way for the maritime invasion of the East by Europe” (PMM 42). Da Gama’s pioneering

sea voyage is considered the turning point in the political history of the Arabian Gulf region, followed as it was

by a prolonged period of east-west commerce, conquest and conflict. – Duarte Barbosa’s report includes accounts of

Mecca and Medina, the ports of Jeddah and Aden,

the Arab kingdom of Hormuz, Julfar and the islands

in the Arabian Gulf (with reference to pearl-diving),

etc. Also, we find the very early and highly influential,

albeit imprecise data on the Kuwait region

which Slot discusses at some length. The volume also

includes a set of three woodcut maps by Gastaldi: the

first showing Africa, the second showing the Indian

subcontinent, the Strait of Hormuz, the Eastern half

of the Gulf, and the Indian Ocean, while the third

shows Southeast Asia and the East Indies. These were

a great advance on earlier maps.

With bookplate. Occasional handwritten ink notes.

Waterstain on the lower part of vol. 2, ff. 31-35; some

browned leaves; otherwise a fine, washed copy.

Borba de Moraes, p. 698; Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 258; Sabin

67731, 67737, 67740; Slot, The Origins of Kuwait (1998), p. 15 & 187.

The first Arabic-Latin dictionary ever printed

155. RAPHELENGIUS, Franciscus. Lexicon


Including: ERPENIUS, Thomas. Observationes in

lexicon arabicum.

Leiden, Franciscus II and Joost Raphelengius, 1613. 4 o .

Title-page with Plantin’s “Labore et Constantia” woodcut

device. With an engraved portrait of the author. Set in

Arabic and roman types. Modern boards, red sprinkled

edges. € 8.500

First and only edition of the first Arabic-Latin dictionary

ever printed and the first sizable book in the

Netherlands that was printed using Arabic types. The

publication of this dictionary portrays the growing

interest in Arabic in early 17th-century Europe; not just

as an aide in Biblical exegesis, but as an important field

of study in its own right. The growing importance of

Dutch maritime commerce also stimulated the interest

in Arabic as an important language in trading with large

parts of the world. Therefore this book was printed in

a size small enough for merchants and navigators to

carry it with them. The compilation of the dictionary

took Raphelengius thirty years during which he also had

Arabic types cut to be able to print it.

Numerous contemporary manuscript annotations (some slightly shaved). Title-page with large tear, repaired

with tape, some water stains, browned throughout. An important landmark in the study of Arabic in Europe.

De Nave, Philologia Arabica, pp. 133-135; Smitskamp, Philologia Orientalis II, pp. 97-100; STCN (4 copies); Vrolijk & Van Leeuwen, Arabic studies in the

Netherlands, p. 17.

Early grammar of Pashto

156. R AV ERT Y, Henry George. A grammar of the Puk’hto, Pus’hto, or language of the Afghans.

London, Green, Longman, Roberts, [etc.], 1860. 4 o . Contemporary blind-blocked green cloth, spine and front

board with gold-tooled title (Arabic). € 650

Second, corrected edition of Raverty’s excellent grammar of Pashto

(Afghan), illustrated by examples from the best writers, with an introduction

on the language, literature and descent of the Afghan tribes.

The appendix inlcudes translations from the Articles of War and several

“idiomatical tales”, in English and Pashto. Henry George Raverty (1825-

1906) was an orientalist and army officer who served in Bombay and

Gujarat. In India he learned Hindustani, Persian, Gujarati and Marathi.

After he was transferred to the north-west frontier at Peshawa in 1849,

his interest shifted to the Pushtu or Afghan language and culture,

resulting in many learned articles on the subject. Raverty’s “immense

labours gave him a high reputation among foreign oriental scholars”


From the library of the Ducs de Luynes, Château de Dampierre, with

their bookplate on pastedown (showing the arms of Charles Marie

d’Albert de Luynes (1783-1839), 7th Duc de Luynes). Partially uncut.

Occasional insignificant browning, otherwise in excellent condition.

OCLC 156080883; for the author: Edwards, “Raverty, Henry George (1825-1906)”, in: ODNB

(online ed.).

Renowned dictionary of Pashto

157. R AV ERT Y, Henry George. Dictionary of the Puk’hto, Pus’hto

or Language of the Afghans; with remarks on the originality of the

language, and its affinity to the semitic and other oriental tongues, etc.


London, Longman, Green, [etc.], 1860. 4 o . Contemporary blind-blocked

green cloth, spine and front board with gold-tooled title (Arabic). € 850

Second edition of Raverty’s monumental dictionary of Pashto (Afghan).

From the library of the Ducs de Luynes, Chateau de Dampierre, with

their bookplate on pastedown. Occasional insignificant browning,

otherwise in excellent condition.

Zaunmüller 316; for the author: Edwards, “Raverty, Henry George (1825-1906)”, in: ODNB

(online ed.).

First English edition of Rauwolf ’s famous travels in the Middle East,

with extracts from several other accounts relating to Arabia

158. R AY, John. A collection of curious travels & voyages. In two tomes. The

first containing Dr. Leonhart Rauwolff ’s itinerary into the Eastern countries ...

The second taking in many parts of Greece, Asia Minor, Egypt, Arabia Felix, and

Petræa, Ethopia, the Red-Sea, &c. … To which are added, three catalogues of such

trees, shrubs, and herbs as grow in the Levant.

London, printed for R. Smith and B. Walford, printers to the Royal Society, 1693. 2

“tomes” (the first in 2 “parts”) in 1 volume as intended. 8 o . With 2 small woodcuts in

the text. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gold-tooled spine, blind-tooled boards. € 7.500

First edition of a highly interesting collection of voyages to and in the Middle East

and North Africa, edited and translated by the great English botanist John Ray (1627-

1705), also a pioneer of classification systems in general. Volume one contains the first

English translation of Leonard Rauwolf ’s Aigentliche Beschreibung der Raiß … inn die

Morgenländer (1582), describing his travels in Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, the Holy Land and

the Ottoman Empire. Rauwolf was the first Western traveller to describe coffee, and

his description played an important role in the introduction of coffee into Europe.

The second volume contains extracts from accounts of travels in the Middle East

and North Africa by Pierre Belon, John Greaves, George Wheeler, Thomas Smith

and some others. It includes a narrative of a caravan journey from Cairo to Mecca,

a journey through Arabia and a detailed description of Mecca. Added are three

catalogues by Ray of Oriental plants growing in Syria, Crete and Egypt, as well as

the 3-page “Catalogue of books printed for, and are[!] to be sold by Sam. Smith and

Benj. Walford, ... 1693.”, not in all copies.

With several owner’s inscriptions and bookplates. All but the first few and last few quires somewhat browned,

occasional faint water stains, otherwise in good condition. Interesting collection of voyages, compiled by the

great botanist John Ray.

Blackmer 1397; Cat. Lindley Lib. 365; Hünersdorff, pp. 1225-1226; Keynes, John Ray 92.

Only copy located of a hand-coloured print series of Arabian horses, after drawings made in Baghdad

159. RICH, Claudius James and Siegmund Ferdinand von PERGER. Sammlung und Darstellung

verschiedener Pferde intressanter Zuchten, Landeskarten und Rassen ...

Vienna, Müllersche Kunsthandlung, 1815. Oblong 2 o (31 x 42.5 cm). Engraved print series, including a title-page

engraved by Dorneck and 6 numbered engravings of horses engraved by Siegmund Ferdinand von Perger, handcoloured

and loose as issued. € 12.500

Only copy located of the first of

two() instalments of a handcoloured

engraved print series

depicting five Arabian horses

and one Hungarian stallion

stud. All prints were engraved

by the Austrian painter,

draughtsman and engraver

Siegmund Ferdinand von

Perger (1778-1841), at the request

of the Master of the Horse

(Oberstallmeister) Johann

Nepomuk Joseph Norbert

Grafen zu Trauttmansdorff-

Weinsberg (1780-1834). The five

full-blood Arabian horses are

after drawings made in Baghdad

by the British merchant and

antiquarian scholar Claudius

James Rich (1787-1821) of horses

in his own possession, with their

pedigrees and other details in the captions below. Four of these also include a figure in Arabian garb.

Paper slightly browned, but otherwise in very good condition, with a few specks and the edges of a few leaves a

bit frayed or with tiny marginal tears (not approaching the plate edge).

Nagler XI, pp. 105-106; Thieme & Becker XXVI, p. 412; not in Dejager; Huth; KVK/WorldCat; Podeschi.

Fantastic (partly true) adventures in Ottoman Africa,

by an English merchant captured by Barbary pirates in 1648

160. ROBERTS, A. The adventures of (Mr T. S.) an English merchant,

taken prisoner by the Turks of Argiers, and carried into the inland countries

of Africa.

London, Moses Pitt [printed by William Wilson], 1670. Small 8 o . Blindand

gold-tooled calf (ca. 1800). € 9.500

First edition of an extraordinary account of an English merchant mariner’s

capture by Barbary pirates in or soon after 1648 and his subsequent adventures

as a slave in Algeria. It is presented as an authentic journal of T[homas]

S[mith], posthumously prepared for the press by his friend A. Roberts. The

author is certainly well-informed on the Ottomans in Africa and his story

may be partly based on true events, but many of the details are clearly fantasy,

with monstrous beasts and people turned to stone, in addition to tall tales of

his own adventures. In the story he sets off from the Thames in the Hamburg

merchant ship Sancta Maria in July 1648 and the ship is captured by Barbary

pirates soon after. As a slave under numerous masters the author tricks his way

into employment as cook to the King of Algiers, is then demoted to keeper of

the King’s bath and secretly fathers a daughter with one of the King’s wives.

After an unsuccessful stint as a gardener’s assistant he journeys in the service

of an Ottoman officer, collecting tribute money with the Algerian army, and

offers his services as an advisor to the Ottoman governor of Tlemcen (northwest Algeria).

With an owner’s initials, manuscript bookplates and library stamps. In good condition, very slightly browned

and with a small chip at the head of two leaves, affecting only the page numbers. First edition of an English

merchant’s marvellous adventures in Ottoman Africa.

Cox I, p. 362; Playfair, Algeria 155; Playfair, Morocco 244; Wing S152.

A coloured issue of Roberts’s monumental views of the Middle East

161. ROBERTS, David. The Holy Land, Syria, Idumea, Arabia ... [And:] Egypt & Nubia, from drawings

made on the spot ... With historical descriptions by William Brockedon.

London, F. G. Moon, 1842-1849. 6 volumes. Large 2 o (61 x 45.5 cm). The “Holy Land” with lithographed portrait

of Roberts, 3 hand-coloured lithographed titles and 120 hand-coloured lithographed plates. “Egypt” with 3 handcoloured

lithographed titles, 121 hand-coloured lithographed plates and 1 engraved map. Magnificent uniform

contemporary citron morocco, bound by John Wright, gold-stamped sides and spine, marbled endpapers, gilt

edges. € 450.000

An extraordinary set, comprising both of Roberts’s monumental works on the Middle East, both in their first

and most desirable hand-coloured issues. “One of the most important and elaborate ventures of nineteenthcentury

publishing and ... the apotheosis of the tinted lithograph” (Abbey), these works were originally published

in three states: as an ordinary tinted edition, a hand-coloured deluxe issue in loose proofs, and the present –

combining the virtues of both -, the almost unobtainable hand-coloured and luxuriously bound issue, which the

publisher offered at a tenfold price of the regular issue. Roberts’s masterpiece was issued in 41 parts over seven

years, beautifully lithographed by Louis Haghe. The palette of colouring is consistent with the colouring of the

“on card” issue, and the strictly contemporary binding confirms the age of the hand colouring.

David Roberts (1796-1864) departed in August 1839 for Alexandria and spent the remainder of the year in Cairo

and visiting the major tombs and sites of Egypt. The following February he journeyed to the Holy Land, making

stops in Suez, Mount Sinai and Petra. He spent time in Gaza before entering Jerusalem and concluded his tour

by spending several months visiting the biblical sites of the Holy Land. Roberts returned to England at the end

of 1839 and submitted his drawings to F. G. Moon in 1840. Both the exhibition of his original watercolours and

the subsequent published work were an immediate success and confirmed his reputation as an architectural and

landscape artist of the highest order.

From the collection of the Duke of Northumberland.

Abbey, p. 341.

The seminal work of the father of Italian Egyptology: the Duke of Genoa’s copy

162. ROSELLINI, Ippolito. I monumenti dell’Egitto e

della Nubia, disegnati dalla spedizione scientifico-letteraria

Toscana in Egitto.

Pisa, Niccolò Capurro, 1832-1844. 3 atlas volumes (royal

2 o ) and 9 text volumes (4 o ). With 12 folding plates and 44

full-page plates in text volumes; atlas volumes with 390

lithographed plates (136 entirely or partially coloured).

Contemporary auburn half calf, marbled sides, gold-tooled

spines with crowned monogram. € 220.000

Monumental, extremely rare set of the “Monumenti” by

Ippolito Rosellini (1800-43), the father of Italian Egyptology

and one of the field’s leading scholars of his age. The plates,

many of which are splendidly coloured, depict Egyptian

murals, architectural views, and plans of tombs. The massive

set, divided into antique, profane, and religious monuments,

was the result of an Egyptian expedition undertaken in 1828

with his teacher and friend Jean François Champollion,

jointly funded by King Charles X of France and Leopold II of Tuscany (to which latter ruler the entire work is

dedicated). Together with the works of Champollion and Lepsius, this is one of the pre-eminent coloured-plate

publications of the 19th century.

Extremely rare; a single complete copy with all plates in auction records of the last decades (Sotheby’s, 10 May

2011: £169,250).

Plate XVIII in the first atlas volume has been supplied from another copy (some browning). Bookplates and

stamps of the Genoa Ducal library.

Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 2218; Hiler 759; Ibrahim-Hilmy II, p. 182; not in Atabey; Blackmer.

Arabic and Latin edition of 3 Arabic manuscripts, with scholarly apparatus

163. ROSENMÜLLER, Ernst Friedrich Karl. Analecta

Arabica ... pars prima[-tertia],

Leipzig, Johannes Ambrosius Barth, 1825-1828. 3 parts in 1

volume. 4 o . With 2 sizes of Arabic type. 19th-century boards. In a

modern half morocco clamshell box.


First and only Arabic and Latin text edition of three Arabic

manuscripts, each with a Latin preface and in parts 1 and 2 also

an extensive Arabic-Latin glossary. Each part has the Arabic text

at the end, so that one can open the book from one side for the

Latin and from the other side for the Arabic. Each part has two

Latin title-pages on facing pages, the first with the general title

Analecta Arabica ... pars prima[-tertia], and the second with the

title of the work whose text is presented.

Part 1 provides selections from the Mukhtasar of al-Quduri (ca.

973-ca. 1037) a leading Sunni fakih (jurist) in the Hanafi school

in Iraq. It discusses legal aspects of Islamic war against infidels.

Part 2 comprises seven Arabic poems, each by a different poet

and all pre-dating the 7th-century advent of Islam.

Part 3 is taken from al-Idrisi’s universal geography (ca. 1150),

namely the part discussing Syria.

Some small defects, otherwise in fine condition. The binding is rubbed and slightly tattered at the edges.

Pioneering Arabic and Latin editions of three Arabic manuscripts, with an extensive scholarly apparatus.

Lambrecht, Cat. langues orientales 1129; not in Atebey; Blackmer.

A detailed survey of the world’s

religions, with 71 engraved plates

164. ROSS, Alexander and David

NERRETER (trans.). Der

wunder-würdige Juden- und Heiden-

Tempel, darinn derselben Gottes- und

Götzendienst, eröffnet und gezeigt

wird ...

Nuremberg, Wolfgang Moritz Endter

(printed by Johann Ernst Adelbulner),

1717. 8 o . With double-page engraved

frontispiece and 71 engraved plates (10

folding). 19th-century vellum. € 3.500

Second edition of David Nerreter’s

German translation of Ross’s Pansebeia,

or, A view of all the religions in the world

(1653), augmented with numerous notes

and an essay on “idolatry” by the translator.

Ross had written his survey of the

world’s religions to demonstrate the

truth of Christianity and to counteract

atheism; Netterer’s primarily goal appears to have been to warn his readers against the “work of Satan”, as he saw

religions other than Christianity. The result, though, is a detailed comparative study of religion, treating not only

Judaism, Islam and Christianity, but also the religions of the Phoenicians, the Babylonians, the Egyptians, the

American Indians, the Japanese, the Chinese, etc. Divided into five sections (“Abtheilungen”), it opens with a

description of Judaism, followed by accounts of the religions of Asia, Africa and America, Europe and Germany,

concluding with Nerreter’s essay “Ursprung der Abgötterey”. The many illustrations, showing deities and

religious rituals, betray a remarkable fascination with violence and (human) sacrifice.

Somewhat browned throughout and with margins trimmed, occasionally shaving part of a plate number or just

touching a shoulder note, otherwise in very good condition. A well-illustrated account of world religions.

Alden & Landis 717/132; Sabin 73324; cf. Faber du Faur 587 (first ed.).

The 1798 French expedition to Egypt, almost never encountered complete

165. [SAINTINE, Xavier Boniface (ed.)]. Histoire scientifique et militaire de

l’éxpedition française en Égypte.

Paris, Dénain, 1830–1836. 10 text volumes bound as 11 (8 o ) and 2 atlas volumes (oblong

2 o ). With 300 engraved plates (13 folding, 2 in original hand colour, some with touches

of colour) and 160 engraved portraits as well as 6 (1 folding) facsimiles, almost all on

China paper. Green grained half morocco, gold-tooled spines. € 65.000

First edition, almost never encountered complete as thus. Important source for the

history and activities of the 1798 French expedition to Egypt, published in ten text

volumes by Louis Reybaud and two atlas volumes. The portraits of the members of the

expedition (usually forming part of the text volumes) have here been bound separately;

also contains two additional portraits (not counted). Many of the plates showing views,

antiquities, maps etc. were engraved after drawings by Vivant Denon, whose work

opened up the Middle East for western eyes as no other had done before.

Five of the facsimiles have been bound at the end of the second atlas volume,

another in vol. 3. All text volumes have four title pages (slightly departing from

those in Blackmer’s copy). A magnificent set in period bindings, interior clean and

spotless throughout. No complete copy recorded at auction within the last decades.

Blackmer 1476; Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 2209; cf. Hage Chahine 4277; Ibrahim-Hilmy I, 80 (both citing individual text volumes only).

Considerably enlarged illustrated Dutch edition of Salmon’s description of Persia, Arabia and Tartary

166. SALMON, Thomas. Hedendaagsche historie of tegenwoordige staat van alle volkeren; ... IV. deel.

Behelzende den tegenwoordige staat van Persia, Arabia, en het Asiatisch Tartaryen.

Amsterdam, Isaak Tirion, 1732. 8 o . With engraved title-page, 3 engraved maps and 9 engraved plates (7 folding).

The 3 large folding maps depict Persia, Arabia and Tartary and the illustrations include a Persian hunting scene

and a view of the Kaaba in Mecca. Later 18th-century half calf, richly gold-tooled spine. € 750

First edition of the considerably enlarged Dutch translation

of Thomas Salmon’s description of Persia, Arabia

and Tartary (northern and central Asia), with new illustrations

and Isaac Tirion’s detailed maps, which would

later be published in his popular Hand-atlas. The part

on Arabia is divided into eight chapters, treating its

geography, primary cities, royalty, citizens, language and

science, ceremonies, natural history and the history of

the Islam. The related illustrations include a large map

of Arabia (including Qatar, Oman and Bahrein), a view

of the Kaaba in Mecca, an illustration of a coffee tree,

an Aloe vera and a date palm, and an illustration of a

branch of a coffee tree. All in very clear impressions.

Some occasional foxing and a faint water stain in the

first few leaves. Very good copy. Binding only slightly

rubbed along the edges.

STCN (3 copies); Tiele, Bibl. 1033; cf. Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 3595;

for the map of Arabia: Tibbetts 250.

167. SAUNDERS, John. [ John Sturges in Turkish

costume with turban and gold-trimmed coat.]

Peterborough, 1739. 41 x 30.5 cm Pastel on paper,

mounted on canvas, stretched over (original) wooden

board. € 12.500

Portrait of John Sturges in Turkish costume

A pastel portrait drawn by the prolific itinerant portraitist

John Saunders (1682-ca.1758) at Peterborough

in September 1739. Saunders is recorded as active

in East Anglia, the Midlands and elsewhere in the

mid-18th century. The sitter John Sturges appears in

Turkish costume, wearing a white turban with blue

feather and a coat with gold trimmings and a fur

collar. Saunders probably based it on a 1733 mezzotint

drawn and engraved by Francis Kyte (d. 1744) after a

painting (or the ink-wash drawing noted below) by

John Vanderbank (1694-1739). The pastel is of interest

as an example of mid-18th century depiction of

Turkish costume.

With a paper label on the back with a manuscript

note repeating information from the autograph

pencil inscription by Saunders on the front, top

right: “Saunders pinxit after Mr. J[oh]n Vanderbank

Peterborough Sept. anno d. 1739”. Two negligible

scratches to surface, otherwise in good condition.

Jeffares, “John Saunders 1682-p. 1758”, in: Dictionary of pastellists before 1800 (online ed.).

Savary’s literary letters on Egypt, in attractive contemporary binding

168. SAVA RY, (Nicolas) Claude Étienne. Brieven over Egypte.

Amsterdam, Martinus de Bruyn, 1788-1789. 3 volumes. 8 o . With 4 numbered engraved folding plates,

including maps of Egypt and northern Egypt, a plan of Alexandria, and a cross-section of the Great pyramid.

Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spines and binding edges. € 2.500

Surprisingly rare first and only edition of the Dutch translation

of a collection of literary letters published after Savary’s

travels in Egypt (1777/79). Claude Étienne Savary (1750-1788)

was a French Arabic scholar and traveller, known for his

translation of the Quran and his posthumously published

Arabic grammar. The letters provide, in a polished literary

style, a broad overview of the country, treating its rich history,

(historical) inhabitants, agriculture, trade, politics, religion,

etc. The first two volumes detail his travels, while the third

is pure didactic and treats Egyptian mythology, etc. “Savary

was the first Frenchman to cite Arabic texts in a work of this

nature, and indeed his knowledge of Arabic served him well

in his travels at a time when there were many difficulties for

the European explorer in Egypt” (Blackmer)

Only the flyleaves and title-pages are slightly foxed, otherwise

in very good condition, nearly untrimmed. Bindings only

slightly rubbed along the hinges, otherwise very good and

attractive bindings.

STCN (2 copies); WorldCat (4 copies, incl. 2 the same); cf. Blackmer 1492/977; Gay

1622; Howgego, to 1800, S53.

Original photograph of the Kaaba by the “earliest Arabian photographer”

169. SAYYID ABD AL-GHAFFAR. [View of the big mosque during a samalat at the Ka’aba].

[Mecca, ca. 1885]. Vintage albumen print (24 x 18.7 cm), mounted on paperboard. € 5.000

Original photograph, also distributed

as plate 3 of Snouck Hurgronje’s

portfolio Bilder aus Mekka (Leiden

1889), which followed the publication

of his much more common Bilderatlas

zu Mekka. “In 1981 F.H.S. Allen and

C. Gavin first identified the earliest

Arabian photographer by deciphering

his elaborately calligraphed

signatures ... ‘Futugrafiyat al-Sayyid

‘Abd al-Ghaffar, tabib Makka’ (The

Photography of the Sayyid Abd

al-Ghaffar, physican of Mecca). This

princely eye surgeon had been host to

the young Snouck in Mecca immediately

after the Dutchman’s conversion

to Islam. Snouck claimed to have

taught his host how to use a camera

and attributes to him (without ever

mentioning his name) the pictures

reproduced in ‘Bilder aus Mekka’” (Peters, XIV f.).

Badr el-Hage. Saudi Arabia Caught in Time. Reading, 1997. F. E. Peters. The Muslim Pilgrimage to Mecca and the Holy Place (1996).

‘The finest work on falconry which has

ever been produced’

170. SCHLEGEL, Hermann and

Abraham Hendrik VERSTER DE

W ULV ER HOR ST. Traité de fauconnerie.

Leiden and Dusseldorf, Arnz & Company, 1844-

1853. Elephant 2 o .(695 x 510 mm). Tinted lithographed

frontispiece, 16 full-page lithographed

plates (2 tinted & 14 coloured). Recent green half

morocco, richly gilt spine in 7 compartments with

falcon ornaments, frontcover with gilt lettered

label, marbled endpapers. € 85.000

First and only edition of a superb work, the finest

work on falconry which has ever been produced

both on account of the beauty of the plates and

general accuracy of the letterpress. The lifesize

illustrations of the birds are by far the finest ever

produced in any book on falconry. “It is impossible

to describe the mellowness and beauty of the colourings”


This famous book on falconry by H. Schlegel and

A.H. Verster van Wulverhorst is known chiefly for

its lifesize coloured illustrations of birds of prey,

lithographs after watercolours by Josef Wolf. The

extensive literary research and the description of

procedures by two laymen in the field of falconry

still cause amazement among falconers.

The book was published in elephant-folio size by Arnz

in Leyden (and Dusseldorf ) in three fascicles, issued

respectively in 1845, 1847 and 1853. Once the third

fascicle had come out, the book was sold in portfolio.

From the extant copies it appears that some buyers had

the book bound to suit their own taste. To judge from

the preface the plates were printed by Arnz whilst a

certain Ten Hagen of The Hague was responsible for

the letterpress part.

First 3 text leaves in facsimile, some foxing, otherwise

in fine condition.

Nissen, IVB 832; Cottrell 24; Lindner 11.1793.01; Landwehr, Coloured

Plates, 174; Harting, Bibliotheca Accipitraria 194 (“The finest work on falconry

which has ever been produced”); Sitwell, Fine Bird Books , p. 138; Schwerdt II,

p. 150; Souhart cols. 424-5; Zimmer II, p. 554; C. Jackson, Dictionary of bird

artists of the world, p. 496; Tuijn, “On the Traité de Fauconnerie (1845-53)”,

in: Quaerendo 25/4 (1995), pp. 289-306.

Arabic armour & weapons in poetry and Arabic vocabulary for armour & weapons

171. SCH WAR ZLOSE , Friedrich Wilhelm. Die Waffen der

alten Araber aus ihren Dichtern dargestellt. Ein Beitrag zur arabischen

Alterthumskunde, Synonymik und Lexicographie nebst Registern ...

Leipzig, J. C. Hinrichs (colophon: printed by Gebr. Unger, Berlin),

1886. 8 o (23.5 x 15 cm). Set in roman types with extensive nashk Arabic.

Original publisher’s letterpress-printed grey paper wrappers. € 1.500

First edition of a detailed scholarly study of early Arabic armour and

weapons as they are described in Arabic poetry and literature, making

an important contribution to the understanding of the manufacture,

use, significance and terminology of early Arabic weapons and armour.

With indexes in Arabic, of the names of the poets and other names

mentioned and of the Arabic words. Schwarzlose (1830-1900) was a

physician and an historian of armour, weapons and their use.

Very slightly browned, with an occasional folded corner and the edges

slightly tattered, but still in very good condition and untrimmed, with

nearly all bolts unopened. The wrappers are tattered and restored, with

tears in the spine, and the sewing is somewhat loose. A remarkable

study of Arabic literature, armour and weapons, combining lexicography

with military history.

The first Turkish grammar published in England, using Oxford University’s Arabic type

172. SEAMAN, William. Grammatica linguæ Turcicæ, in quinque partes distributa.

Oxford, Henry Hall, printer to the University; [London], sold by Edward Millington (colophon: and by the

author in London), 1670. 4 o . Set in roman, Arabic and italic types and opening from the right, like a Turkish

book set in Arabic type. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, rebacked in calf. € 7.500

First and only edition of William Seaman’s Turkish

grammar, with the instructive text in Latin, the first

Turkish grammar published in England, printed using

Oxford University’s Arabic type. Madan notes two

issues, not distinguished in the estc. The present copy

is Madan 2863* with a five-line Latin note on p. 183

noting that the present grammar and Seaman’s Turkish

New Testament can be purchased from Millington and

from the author, giving the street addresses for both in

London. The Blackmer copy was Madan 2863, which

omits this note.

Seaman (1606/07-1680) had worked for Peter Wyche,

English ambassador in Constantinople, from ca.

1630. In 1637, more than thirty years before Oxford

University began operating its own printing office,

Samuel Brown, on behalf of the University, bought

matrices for the present Arabic type from the heirs of

Arent Corsz. Hogenacker in Leiden.

With a 1670 donation inscription and a 19th-century

bookplate. In very good condition. The binding

somewhat worn, but still good. The first Turkish

grammar in England, using Oxford University’s Arabic

type with extra Turkish sorts.

Blackmer 1518; ESTC R22626; Madan III, 2863*;Wing S2179; www.oxforddnb.com/view/printable/24986; not in Atabey.

Abu al-Wafa’s discovery of magnetic variation, Abu al-Hassan’s

advances over Ptolemy and the work of Islamic mathematicians

173. SÉDILLOT, (Louis) Amélie. Note sur la découverte de la variation

par Aboul-Wefa, astronome du 10e siècle; …

[Paris, 1836]. With 2 folding lithographed maps, comparing the geography of

Ptolemy, Aboul Hassan and modern European geographers.

With: (2) SÉDILLOT, (Louis) Amélie. Recherches noouvelles pour

server a l’histoire des sciences mathématiques chez les orientaux, ou Notice de

plusiers opuscules methématiques qui composent le manuscript Arabe no 1104.

[Paris], (back of title-page: Imprimerie Royale, 1837; colophon: sold by

Constant Potelet). With 5 numbered lithographed plates showing 66

numbered mathematical diagrams.

(3) FILON, (Charles) Auguste. Mémoire sur l’état moral et religieux de La

Société Romaine, a l’époque de l’apparition du Christianisme. …

Paris, Firmin Didot frères, 1841.

(4) INSTITUT ROYALE DE FRANCE. [VILLEMAIN, Abel-François]. [drop-title:] Académie

Française. Séance publique annuelle du 17 juin 1841.

(Colophon: [Paris], Firmin Didot frères, [1841]). 4 works in 1 volume. 4 o . Contemporary half calf. € 4.500

Four French articles and monographs, the first two on the work of the Mediaeval Islamic scientists by Sédillot

(1808-1875), French orientalist and mathematician. The first begins with a brief treatise on the 10th-century astronomer

Abu al-Wafa’s discovery of the variation of magnetic north from geographic north. It is followed by a defence

of his earlier treatise on the work of the 13th-century astronomer Abu ali al-Hassan. The two folding maps show at

a glance that al-Hassan came far closer to the modern view than Ptolemy, even for the Mediterranean.

The second work is more wide ranging, discussing the work of several Islamic mathematicians as it is preserved

in one Mediaeval manuscript at the Bibliotheque Royale. The third work, by the historian Auguste Filon (1800-

1875) discusses the moral and religious state of classical Roman society as the Christian movement began to

take root there. The fourth work is the secretary’s report on the annual meeting of the Académie Française. It

gives brief summaries of various historical researches, but one of the most extensive is devoted to the American

Revolution and America in the 1790s.

Ad 2 somewhat browned. Ad 1 with a marginal water stain at the foot, affecting a small part of the open ocean

in one map, and with some folds in both maps. Still in good condition and nearly untrimmed. Binding rubbed,

with the hinges cracked and the spine and corners damaged. A fascinating documentation of the growing appreciation

among European scholars of the importance of Islamic science.

Very rare first edition of a Turkish commentary on Ibn Sina,

printed in Cairo

174. SEYYID YAHYÂ, Ziyâ ed-dîn. Hâzihi hikâyet-I Ebû

Alî ibn Sina.

Bulâq [in Cairo], Matbaat Sâhib us-Sa’âda, a.h. 1256 [= 1840/41].

Imperial 8 o in 2s (23 x 16 cm). With a drop-title in a decoration

built up from fleurons, braces and rules and each page in

a frame of thick-thin rules. Text in Turkish set in Arabic type.

Contemporary tanned half sheepskin. € 12.500

First printed edition of a Turkish commentary on the great

Persian scholar Ibn Sina (Avicenna) (ca. 980-1037), best known

for his pioneering medical works, by Ziyâ ed-dîn Seyyid (or

Seyyit) Yahyâ (died a.h. 1039 [= 1629/30]). It was printed at

Cairo in the Islamic year 1256 (1840/41). Another edition

appeared at Istanbul in 1264 (1847/48).

Princeton University Library has a copy of the present edition and

the 1847/48 edition, the former scanned on Hathi Trust. WorldCat

lists the Princeton original and the Hathi Trust scan together in one entry, but from the catalogues of the other

libraries listed it would appear that none of them has a copy of the original.

With a small round owner’s or library stamp on the initial blank page, difficult to make out, but probably

Turkish. With an occasional minor smudge or spot, but otherwise in very good condition. The binding is rubbed,

the spine tattered and the endpapers water stained. First edition of a very rare, early 17th-century Turkish commentary

on Avicenna.

WorldCat (1 copy).

Views of the Crimean War, which arose from the conflict of great powers in the Middle East

175. SIMPSON, William. [Lithographed title-page:] Der Kriegsschauplatz in der Krimm. [Wrapper-title:]

Der orientalische Kriegsschauplatz in authentischen Darstellungen.

Karlsruhe, J. Veith, [ca. 1855]. In 8 instalments. Large 2 o (53 x 38 cm). With a multiple-tinted lithographed title-page,

31 multiple-tinted lithographed views (25 x 35 cm) and 2 leaves with 3 explanatory views. Further with four pages

with explanatory letter press text. Loose leaves in the 8 original publisher’s printed paper wrappers. sold

Very rare first and only German edition of a series of beautiful multiple-tinted lithographed views of the

Crimean War (1853-1856) by the pioneer war artist William Simpson. Simpson was dispatched to recorded the

naval battles in the Baltic Sea and went on to Balaklava in November 1854 to make accurate sketches on the spot.

These drawings eventually were shown to Queen Victoria, who became a steady patron for the painter. 80 of

these sketches were published as The seat of war in the East (1855-1856), with text by George Brackenbury. For the

present German edition 31 of these plates were selected and published with new captions and German translations

of the explanatory text, in 8 instalments of 4 plates, here all in their original wrappers.

The Crimean War was a war “fought mainly on the Crimean Peninsula between the Russians and the British,

French, and Ottoman Turkish, with support from January 1855 by the army of Sardinia-Piedmont. The war arose

from the conflict of great powers in the Middle East “ (Encyclopaedia Britannica).

Text leaves browned, but with the plates in very good condition only some very minor damage to the corners.

The wrappers slightly tattered around the edges, otherwise also very good. Very rare German edition of a series

of views of the Crimean War in original wrappers.

KVK/WorldCat (3 copies); cf. Abbey, Travel 237; Bobins collection 162; not in Engelmann; for Simpson: Millar, “Simpson, William (1823-1899)”, in: ODNB

(online ed.).

Pocket guide to Arabia and other parts of the Islamic world

176. SIONITA, Gabriel, Jan van COTWYCK and others. Arabia, seu

Arabum vicinarumq[uae] gentium orientalium leges, ritus, sacri et profani

mores, instituta et historia: accedunt praeterea varia per Arabiam itinera, ...

Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius, 1633. 24 o (11 x 6 cm). With an integral

engraved title-page. 17th-century() sheepskin parchment.


First edition, in Latin, of a handy pocket-sized compilation of brief accounts

of Arabia and other parts of the Islamic world, discussing geography, topography,

history, culture, legal systems and science, bringing together several short

essays by different authors. Cities covered include Medina, Mecca, Baghdad,

Damascus, Aleppo and Jerusalem. It served as a sort of 17th-century Baedeker

for travellers to Arabia and the Middle East.

With a ca. 1900 bookplate of L. Gounelle. In very good condition, with only

an occasional spot. A pocket guide to the Islamic world in 1633.

Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 3452; Rahir 1856; Smitskamp, Philologia orientalis 188.

Rare collection of travel accounts, with 12 aquatint views

177. SOMMER, Johann Gottfried. Merkwaardige

bijzonderheden, inhoudende de nieuwste ontdekkingen in de

natuurkunde, natuurlijke historie, land- en volkenkunde, op alle

gedeelten van den aardbol.

Amsterdam, Ten Brink and De Vries, 1825-1827. 4 volumes. 8 o . With

4 engraved title-pages, each with one of two aquatint views, plus 10

aquatint views on 8 plates, all by H.W. Hoogkamp. Contemporary

half calf, gold-tooled spine. € 1.500

First Dutch adaptation of Sommer’s Taschenbuch zur Verbreitung geographischer

Kenntnisse, originally published in 26 volumes from 1823

to 1848. It includes chapters on Arabia, Persia, Uzbekistan, Paraguay,

Brazil, Egypt, Fezzan (in present-day Libya), the Philippines,

Europe, etc., mainly extracted from travel accounts. The second

volume includes a description of Arago’s voyage around the world,

illustrated with a view of Rio de Janeiro’s Church of Nossa Senhora

da Gloria and a plate of a gaucho hunting a tiger.

The plates further include views of London, a view of an Eskimo

grave, Baffin Bay (Greenland), Niagara Falls and Khiva (Uzbekistan).

Each volume with library stamps on flyleaf and title-page. Some

light stains, bindings show light wear, otherwise in very good


Saalmink, p. 1796; cf. Borba de Moraes, p. 819 (other works by Sommer); for the author: ADB

XXXIV, pp. 605-606.

Catalogue of 126 Persian, Arabian, Turkish, Greek, Latin and other manuscripts and printed books

178. SPARWENFELD, Johan Gabriel, donor (Eric BENZELIUS & Olaus CELSIUS, comp.).

Catalogus centuriae librorum rarissimorum manuscript. & partim impressorum, Arabicorum, Persicorum,

Turcicorum, Graecorum, Latinorum, &c.

Uppsala, Johan Henrik Werner (printer to the University), 1706. 4 o . Later paper wrappers. € 2.500

Catalogue of the collection of 126 Persian, Arabian, Turkish, Greek, Latin

and other books and manuscripts donated to the Library of the University

of Uppsala by the diplomat Johan Gabriel Sparwenfeld (1655-1727). The

main series of manuscripts, described in great detail, includes 41 in Arabic,

Persian and Turkish, 8 in Greek (one dating back to the eighth century)

and 12 in Latin and modern European languages. These are followed by

42 printed books including 2 in Chinese, several in Arabic, the 1581 Ostrog

Bible and several other exotic languages. A few more manuscripts (mostly

Arabic) are added at the end, plus an unnumbered geographic manuscript

in Chinese (3 volumes). This is the earliest catalogue of the Uppsala

University Library’s collections and it was compiled by the Swedish

scholars Eric Benzelius the younger and Olaus Celsius the elder.

In very good condition, with only occasional very slight foxing, wholly

untrimmed. A remarkable catalogue of an extraordinary library, especially

rich in Arabic manuscripts.

Almqvist, Sveriges bibliogr. litteratur 2838; Smitskamp, Philologia orientalis 113 note.

14 photographic portraits of sheiks & tribesmen, by Lawrence of Arabia’s Chief of Staff

179. STIRLING, Walter Francis. Arab Types.

Syria, [ca. 1918-ca. 1921]. Oblong album (18 x 26 cm). An album

containing 14 black and white photographic portraits (mostly

about 17 x 12 cm) plus a smaller print of one. Mounted in a ca.

1930 album of black paper leaves (boards covered with black

cloth). € 50.000

Fascinating collection of 14 photographic portraits showing 13

sheikhs and tribesmen from several tribes in and around Syria,

all with captions that usually give the subject’s name and tribe.

The photos, often highly expressive profile studies, were taken

and assembled by Lt. Col. Walter Francis Stirling (1880-1958),

T.E. Lawrence’s Chief of Staff in 1918. The named tribes are the

Shammar (nomadic

Bedouins in northern

Arabia, Syria and Iraq),

Ruwalla (semi-nomadic

Bedouins led

by the Sha’lan family,

also in northern Arabia

and Syria), Hadidiyin

(nomadic Bedouin

sheep herders in Syria and northern Iraq), Walda (Kurds in Syria),

Yazidis (Kurds in northern Iraq), Agaidat (Beduoins in Syria) and

“Abu Klamin”[] (not identified). The best known subjects are Fawaz

al Sha’lam, Emir of Ruwalla (grandson of Nuri Sha’lan (1847-1842!),

who commanded a large portion of the troops that entered Damascus

with Faisal in 1918) and Daham al-Hadi, Sheikh of the Shammar. The

latter is described as “Paramount Sheikh”of the Shammar (in Iraq),

a title granted him by the British in 1920 that he lost when Faisal

became King of Iraq in 1921.

One photograph slightly damaged, mostly outside the image area, but

further in very good condition, with only an occasional small surface

scratch or spot. Rare photographic portraits of sheiks and tribesmen in

T.E. Lawrence’s Damascus circle of friends and enemies.

Portuguese break 1546 Muslim siege

of Diu in Gujarat

180. TEIVE, Diogo de. Com[m]entarius de rebus in

India apud Dium gestis anno salutis nostrae M. D. XLVI.

Coimbra, (colophon: produced by João de Barreira

and João Álvares, printers to the King), 1548. Small 4 o

(18.5×13.5 cm). With woodcut arms of King João III

of Portugal on title-page, and 2 woodcut decorated

initials (2 series). Set in Peter Schoeffer the younger’s

Parangon (121 mm/20 line or 18 point) italic and with

an extremely early use of Claude Garamont’s Canon

roman (not previously recorded before 1549). Goldtooled

red sheepskin (18th-century refurbished in the

19th century), marbled endpapers. € 45.000

First edition, in Latin, of a report on the Portuguese in

India and especially on their defeat of the Muslim Gujarat

Sultanate at the second siege of Diu in 1546, written by the

Portuguese humanist Diogo de Teive (ca. 1514-ca. 1570).

The book opens with a 4-page dedication to King João III,

dated 1 March 1548, and two verses (each occupying a full

page), followed by the main text, dated August 1547.

The Portuguese reached India in 1498 (and regarded it

as their property under the 1494 Treaty of Tordesillas

concluded with Spain) but in the early years they met

stiff resistance from the Gujarats, supported at various

times by the Mamluks and the Ottoman Empire. Although they never penetrated far inland, the Portuguese

gradually came to dominate the coastal areas, in particular expanding their territory and power in northwest

India from 1509 to 1546. In 1546 the Gujarats under Khoja (or Khwaja) Sofar tried to retake Diu, lost in 1509,

but after a seven-month siege they were routed by the Portuguese fleet under João de Castro. This established

the European colonial power and the European spice trade in India (including what is now Pakistan), where

Portugal was to be followed by the Dutch and especially England before most of India finally gained its independence

in 1947. Small parts, including Diu, remained in Portuguese hands until 1961.

Trimmed, shaving an accent on the title-page and the running head on a few pages, but otherwise in good

condition, with some minor defects. The binding has several worm holes and the spine is damaged and partly

restored. A contemporary account of the Portuguese defeat of the Muslim forces in Gujarat in 1546.

Palau 328839; USTC 343307.

Authoritative history of the Portuguese missions in

Ethiopia and Arabia, with a folding map

181. TELLEZ, Balthasar. The travels of the Jesuits in

Ethiopia: containing... travels in Arabia Felix, wherein many

things of that country... are treated of, as a particular description

of Aden, Moca, and several other places...

London, J. Knapton, 1710. 4to. With folding engraved map of

Ethiopia, including part of the Red Sea and the source of the

Blue Nile. Blind-tooled brown sheepskin (ca. 1900). € 25.000

Rare first English edition of Tellez’s influential historical

account of Ethiopia and Arabia. It is a digest of the accounts of

all the Jesuit travellers to Ethiopia and Arabia, including Paez,

De Montserrat, Almeida, Lobo and Mendes. It includes an

account of the travels of the Jesuit missionaries Pédro Paez and

Antonio de Montserrate. They were captured off the Kuria Muria islands on a mission from Goa to Ethiopia in

1590 and subsequently taken to Yemen, where they were held captive until 1596. After being sent to San’a by way

of Melkis and the Wadi Hadramaut, then after three years taken to Al Mukha (Mocha), where they were forced

to serve as galley slaves, they were finally ransomed in 1596 and returned to India. Paez discovered the source of

the Blue Nile and is said to have been the first European to have tasted coffee in Al Mukha.

The work further includes a detailed description of Aden (Yemen) as well as of the Ethiopia-Adal War (1529-

1543), during which Ahmad ibn Ibrahim al-Ghazi led several expeditions against the Ethiopian emperor until

most of Ethiopia came under the power of the Muslim Sultanate of Adal.

Slightly browned throughout, otherwise in very good condition.

ESTC T133244; Paulitschke, Afrika-Literatur 1137; cf. Backer & Sommervogel VII, cols. 1908-1910; Howgego, to 1800, A65 (Almeida).

The Muslims of Surat, described by a pupil of Linnaeus

182. TORÉN, Olof. Voyage de mons. Olof Torée … fait à Surate, à la Chine &c. depuis le

prémier Avril 1750. jusqu’ au 26. Juin 1752.

With: (2) ECKEBERG, Carl Gustaf. Précis historique de l’économie rurale des Chinois,

présenté à l’Académie Royale des Sciences de Suède l’an. 1754.

(3) BLACKFORD, Dominique de. Précis de l’état actuel des colonies angloises dans

l’Amérique Septentrionale.

Milan, Reycends brothers, 1771. 3 works in 1 volume. 12 o . Contemporary French mottled calf,

gold-tooled spine. € 3.250

Ad 1: First French edition of Toren’s account of a voyage to China by way of India. He visits

various places en route, including the island of “Johanna” (Anjouan), off the coast of Mozambique,

and describes its Muslim inhabitants which descended from the Arabians. Afterwards Torén

arrived in Surat, an important port town in India, at the end of the Tapti river, which flows into

the Arabian Sea. He describes the various cultures found in the city including the many Arabs and Islamic people in

general, describing their trade and merchandise, arms and the influence on the Indian architecture.

Torén, served as a botanist aboard a Swedish East India Company voyage to China and India in the years 1750

and 1752, recounted his voyage in a series of letters in Swedish to his former professor Linnaeus in Uppsala.

Ad 2: A short account of Chinese husbandry and agriculture by Carl Gustaf Eckeberg (1716-1784).

Ad 3: First and only edition of Blackford’s book on the English colonies.

Very good copies. Ad 1 with two small excisions in the head margin restored, not affecting the text. Backstrip

slightly damaged, the hinges cracked, and the inside front hinge reinforced, but the binding is structurally sound

and most of the tooling clear.

BMC NH, p. 2122 (ad 1); Cat. Goldsmith I, 10721 (ad 1), 10732 (ad 2), 10762 (ad 3); Cordier, Sinica, col. 2098 (all 3 works); Howgego, to 1800, O21 (ad 1).

Rare Rio de Janeiro imprint, relating travels in the East Indies, , Arabia, etc.

183. TR AVA SSOS VA LDEZ , Francisco. Da Oceania a Lisboa viagem. ...

Offerecida e dedicada aos Portuguezes no Brasil.

Rio de Janeiro, Typografia Perseverança, 1866. 8 o . Contemporary red half sheepskin, goldtooled

spine, chemical-marbled sides, shell-marbled endpapers. € 1.950

First and only edition of a rare travel account by Francisco Travassos Valdez, who sailed

from Lisbon to the Sunda islands, Timor, Java, Indochina, India, Arabia, Egypt and

back to Lisbon. The book discusses the geography, economy, the customs, habits and

native language of the places he visited. The author dedicated his book to all his fellow

Portuguese countrymen living in Brazil. After the dedication is a letter written by 12

compatriots in Brazil ordering more than 1000 copies of the book. Travassos’s answer,

dated from Rio de Janeiro (he had apparently moved there after the voyages described here), 11 March 1866

follows. Francisco Travassos Valdez (1825-1892) was a noted travel writer and anti-slavery campaigner. He also

wrote Africa occidental. Noticias e considerações. (Lisboa 1864).

In very good condition, with the first and last few pages somewhat foxed and a couple minor marginal tears.

Palau 339860.

A 1679 “milestone in … the Dutch diplomatic relationship with Ottoman North Africa”

183*. [TREATY]. Tractaat van vreede en van commercie,

tusschen de hoogh mog. de Heeren Staten Generaal der

Vereenighde Nederlanden, en sijn Hoogheyt den Heere Prince

van Orange, ter eenre: en de doorlughtige Heeren Ismaël Bassa,

Hadgi Mahomed Day, Baba Hassan, gouverneur, … van de

stadt en van het koninghryck van Algiers, ter andere zyde, ….

The Hague, Jacobus Scheltus I, “1680” [= ca. 1700]. 4 o . With

woodcut arms of the States General in on title-page. Modern

paper-covered boards. € 1.500

A treaty concluded by the Dutch States General and

Stadtholder Prince William of Orange with the semi-autonomous

government of Algiers lead by Ismail Pasha, governor

under the Ottoman Empire from 1659 to 1686, and his nephew

and second in command, (the future Dey of Algiers) Babba

Hassan: “a milestone in the development of the Dutch diplomatic

relationship with Ottoman North Africa” (De Groot, p.

140). It was written in Turkish and translated into Dutch for


Very slightly browned, but otherwise in very good condition

and with generous margins. A turning point of trade relations

between the Dutch Republic and Algiers.

Cf. STCN (3 other “1680” editions); Knuttel 11731-11732 (2 of the same 3 “1680”editions); for the treaty: A.H. de Groot, “Ottoman North Africa and the

Dutch Republic ...”, in: Revue de l’Occident Musulman ..., 39 (1985), pp. 131-147, at pp. 139-142.

1713 treaty between the Dutch Republic and the Kingdom of Tunisia

184. [TREATY]. Tractaet tusschen haer hoogh mog. de Heeren Staten Generael der Vereenighde

Nederlanden, ende de regeeringe van Tunes.

Including: Copye van de woorden van den Engelschen Consul, …

The Hague, Jacobus Scheltus I, 1713. 4 o . With woodcut arms of the States General in a frame with military

attributes on title-page. Modern paper-covered boards. € 1.250

A treaty concluded between the Dutch States General, represented by

the Jew Jehuda Cohen under power of attorney, and the government

of Tunesia lead by Muslim Al-Husayn I ibn Ali at-Turki (1669-1740),

Cretan-Turkish founder of the Husainid Dynasty, who ruled as Bey

(or King) of Tunis under the Ottoman Emperor from 1705 to 1735. It

provides a remarkable example of the cooperation possible between

Jews, Muslims and Christians in early 18th-century commercial

trade. The treaty, in 12 articles, guarantees the safety of Dutch war

and merchant ships in the harbours of Tunisia and their cargoes and

crews (even if shipwrecked) and the same for Tunisian ships in the

Netherlands, the right of both parties to purchase necessary foodstuffs

on the other’s markets at normal prices, the Dutch promise not to

hinder any Tunisian merchants (or their wares) found on captured

enemy ships (the Dutch Republic was at war with France).

With some minor smudges on the title-page, but still in very good

condition, untrimmed and with the bolts unopened, preserving the

point holes (at the head) and deckles. A valuable documentation of

trade relations between the Dutch Republic and Tunisia.

STCN (2 copies); not in Knuttel; for the treaty: A.H. de Groot, “Ottoman North Africa and

the Dutch Republic ...”, in: Revue de l’Occident Musulman ..., 39 (1985), pp. 131-147, at pp.


1728 treaty between the Dutch Republic and the semi-autonomous state of Tripoli

185. [TREATY]. Tractaat tusschen haar hoog mog. de Heeren Staten Generaal der Vereenigde Nederlanden,

en de regeeringe van Tripoli. Geslooten in het jaar 1728.

The Hague, Jacobus Scheltus II, 1729. 4 o . With woodcut arms of the States General in a frame with military

attributes on title-page and 1 large woodcut decorated initial. Modern paper-covered boards. € 1.250

First edition, published in Dutch translation, of a treaty signed

between the Dutch States General and Pasha Ahmed Karamanli

(1686-1745), Turkish Muslim leader of the semi-autonomous state of

Tripoli since 1711, when he killed the Ottoman governor and took

the throne. The treaty, in 13 articles, guarantees the safety of Dutch

ships trading at Tripoli and their crews (even when shipwrecked), sets

restrictions on taxes (military supplies such as gunpowder, lead, iron,

cannonballs and ships’ masts are exempted). The governor of Tripoli

is to see to it that the whole city is warned when one of the Dutch

States General’s ships drops anchor, so that all who own slaves can

keep an eye on them to ensure they do not flee to the ship. Merchants

under Dutch authority, whether Christians or Jews, are to be allowed

to reside in the city unhindered, except for taxation. The date of the

agreement is given in the text as 15 Safar 1141 (20 September 1728), but

a note following the articles indicates that the representatives of the

States General agreed to them on 4 October 1728.

In very good condition and untrimmed, preserving the point holes (at

the head) and deckles. A valuable documentation of trade relations

between the Dutch Republic and Tripoli.

Knuttel 16776; for the treaty: A.H. de Groot, “Ottoman North Africa and the Dutch Republic

...”, in: Revue de l’Occident Musulman ..., 39 (1985), pp. 131-147, at p. 144.

1752 treaty between the Dutch Republic and the Sultan of Morocco

186. [TREATY]. Tractaat van vreede en commercie, geslooten tusschen ... den Keiser van Marocco en de ...

Staaten Generaal der Vereenigde Nederlanden. Geslooten in den jaare 1752.

The Hague, Jacobus Scheltus II, 1753. 4to. 18th-century() blue paper wrappers. € 950

First edition of a treaty concluded between the Dutch States

General and Abdullah bin Ismail (1694-1757), Sultan of Morocco

on and off from 1734 to his death in 1757. The pamphlet is entirely

in Dutch but the treaty itself was originally written in Spanish, to

be translated into Arabic for posting in all Moroccan ports and

published and posted (in Dutch) in lands under Dutch authority.

The 23 articles of the treaty itself are followed by a form for the

passports that Dutch ships were to carry, a note on the treaty’s ratification

at Fez, and a translation of a letter (originally in Arabic)

from the Sultan of Morocco to the States General. The treaty

was negotiated by Mohamed Lucas, governor of Tétouan, acting

for Morocco and Francisco and Louis Butler, granted power of

attorney by the States General.

With a few wrinkles and small marginal tears or chips, but still

in very good condition and with generous margins, preserving

the tranchefiles. First edition of an important document of trade

relations between the Dutch Republic and Morocco.

STCN (3 copies); WorldCat (6 copies mixing at least 2 eds.); cf. Knuttel 18367a.

Philological studies of Hebrew, Aramaic, Arabic, Persian, Samaritan, Ethiopic and Armenian

187. TROST, Martin. Grammatica Ebraea, eademq[ue] universalis, ...

Including: SENNERT, Andreas. Compendium lexici Ebraei

plenioris: ...

Wittenberg, Hiob Wilhelm Fincelius, 1663.

With: (2) SENNERT, Andreas. Chaldaismus & Syriasmus: hoc est,

praecepta utriusque linguae, in harmonia[m] ad Ebraea, ... Editio altera.

Wittenberg, Fincelius, 1666.

(3) SENNERT, Andreas. Arabismus: h.e. praecepta arabicae linguae

… Editio altera.

Wittenberg, Fincelius, 1666.

(4) SENNERT, Andreas. Rabbinismus: h.e. Praecepta Targumico-

Talmudico-Rabbinica …

Wittenberg, Fincelius, 1666.

(5) SENNERT, Andreas. Schediasma, de linguis orientalibus …

Wittenberg, Christian Schröder, 1681. 5 editions in 1 volume. 4 o . Set in

roman, italic, Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac, Samaritan and Ethiopic

types and with a woodcut showing rabbinical Hebrew. Overlapping

vellum (ca. 1700). € 12.000

A collection of related pioneering works on oriental languages,

intended in part for students, covering Hebrew, Chaldee and Syriac (both forms of Aramaic) and Arabic, and

in the final work also touching on Samaritan, Persian, Ethiopic, Coptic and Armenian. All but the Hebrew

grammar are in their first editions. Martin Trost (1588-1636) studied theology at Wittenberg University and took

a special interest in oriental languages. He taught that subject at the gymnasium in Köthen, where he published

a Syriac New Testament and Lexicon in 1621 and 1623. He returned to Wittenberg as professor of Hebrew in

1629. He first published his present Hebrew grammar at Copenhagen in 1627. Andreas Sennert (1606-1689)

studied under Trost at Wittenberg, but also studied Arabic under Jacob Golius at Leiden. After Trost’s death

Sennert returned to Wittenberg as professor of philosophy in 1638 and succeeded Jakob Weller as professor of

Hebrew and oriental languages there in 1640.

Slightly browned throughout with occasional foxing, but otherwise in very good condition. Remarkably

wide-ranging studies of oriental languages written or revised by the pioneering orientalist Andreas Sennert.

Ad 1: VD17 3:313977C; ad 2: VD17 12:130968; ad 3: VD17 12:130977S; ad 4: VD17 14:010834D; ad 5: Smitskamp, Philologia orientalis 353; VD17 12:123518Y.

Dantesque account of a fictional journey, including travels through the Middle East

188. UBERTI, Fazio degli. Opera di Faccio Degliuberti Fiorentino

chiamato ditta mundi. Vuolgare.

(Colophon: Venice, Cristoforo Penso [and Luca Antonio Giunta], 4 September

1501). 8 o . With Luca Antonio Giunta’s woodcut device on title-page. 19th-century

half morocco, gold-tooled spine, gilt edges.


Second edition of Uberti’s (1302-1367) Dantesque account of a fictional journey

around the world. Book 5 tells about his travels in Africa and the Middle East.

Most of it takes the form of a dialogue between the author and the Dominican

friar Ricoldo da Monte di Croce, who spent most of his life in the Middle

East. First Ricoldo recounts the life of Mohammed and gives a few remarks on

Muslim faith. He also discusses the Quran and mentions the Book of the Ladder,

an early text based on a famous passage from the Quran, recounting the story of

Mohammed’s journey into the afterlife, guided by the Angel Gabriel.

With library stamp on title-page. Some underscoring, a few wormholes, occasional

browning, a repaired tear and a few stains. Despite this defects still a

good, attractive copy.

Adams U-10; ICCU RMLE 027047; USTC 861518.

Japanese woodblock geography of the Middle and Near East and Indonesia, with 5 maps and 35 views

189. UCHIDA Masao. Yochi shiryaku [Compendium of world


[Tokyo], Meiji 4 [= 1871]. (25.5 x 17 cm). With the title and all text

in Japanese, printed from woodblocks on rice paper, with 1 double-page,

2 full-page and 2 half-page maps and 12 full-page and

23 half-page illustrations of architecture, people and costumes,

topography, plants and animals. Original publisher’s heavy paper

wrapper. € 4.500

The third volume in a geographic-topographic series by Uchida

Masao, this volume covering the Near and Middle East, Indonesia

and surrounding regions. The five maps cover the regions around

Persia, West Turkistan, Turkey & the Caucasus (including the

eastern Mediterranean, Black and Caspian Seas), the Arabian

peninsula and Indonesia (with the Philippines and part of Southeast

Asia). Six illustrations show plants or animals and many show

buildings, cities, people in exotic clothing, landscapes, etc. The maps

have north at the top with a grid of latitude and longitude (with the

prime meridian through Tokyo) and the other illustrations follow

also Western styles and conventions. Many were made from photographs

made by European travelers.

Uchida Masao (1838/39-1876) was born in Edo (now part of Tokyo).

He studied in the Netherlands from 1862 to 1867 and returned with Western geography books, photograph albums and

other sources then largely unknown in Japan. From 1870 to 1880 he published his Yochi shiryaku (13 parts, numbered as

12 volumes with vol. 11 in 2 parts). Many of its illustrations were based on the photographs he brought back. It quickly

became a best seller and was reprinted many times, giving many Japanese their first view of foreign lands. The wrapper

has minor worm damage near the spine and is worn near the edges. In very good condition.

WorldCat (3 copies); www.city.adachi.tokyo.jp/001/pdf/d10100057_1.pdf, no. 297; http://quod.lib.umich.edu/t/


The conflict between Europe and the Ottoman Empire for control of the Mediterranean

190. [ULLOA, Alfonso de]. La historia dell’impresa di Tripoli di Barbaria, fatta per ordine del Sereniss. Re

Catolico, l’anno M.D.LX. Con le cose avenute a Christiani nell’Isola delle Zerbe. Nuovamente mandata in luce.

Venice, Francesco Rampazetto, 1566. 4 o . Title-page with woodcut printer’s device. 18th-century() sheepskin

parchment. € 7.500

Second edition (first dated), of Alfonso de Ulloa’s account of the Siege of

Tripoli (1551), the Battle of Djerba (1560) and the Great Siege of Malta (1565):

a series of conflicts between a large Christian Mediterranean Alliance and

the Islamic Ottoman Empire for control of the Mediterranean.

The Ottomans attacked and took Tripoli (modern day Libya) in 1551, held

since 1530 by the Christian military order known as the Knights Hospitaller.

A powerful naval force was sent to recapture Tripoli in 1560, but that force was

defeated near the island of Djerba. The climax of the conflict was the Great Siege

of Malta, when the Ottomans unsuccessfully attacked the island defended by the

Knights Hospitaller, whom they had earlier defeated at Tripoli.

With early 19th-century manuscript bibliographical note on flyleaf. First few

leaves foxed (especially the title-page, which has some stains as well), some

occasional minor spots and the edges of a few leaves slightly tattered. A good

copy. Binding rubbed along the extremities, otherwise very good.

Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 1494; Palau 343401; Göllner 1134; Graesse VI, p. 224; not in Blackmer;


Complete geographical set



ARABIA]. [Geographic Maps of the Kingdom of

Saudi Arabia].

[Washington and Jeddah, 1968-1982]. 21 sheets in full

colour, each measuring ca. 101 x 103 to ca. 88 x 63 cm.,

folded in original printed envelopes with individual titles.

English and Arabic. Scale 1:500,000; relief shown by

hachures and spot heights. € 7.500

Complete collection of the detailed geographical maps (“B” series) of Saudi Arabia (but also covering Bahrain and

Qatar) prepared by the U.S. Geological Survey and the Arabian American Oil Company under the joint sponsorship

of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the U.S. Department of State. “Although the search for oil, gas and

minerals was ultimately to drive geological survey work across the region ..., in its early years it was the need for

water that was the catalyst for Saudi Arabia ‘s resource exploration. In 1944 King ‘Abd al-’Aziz approached the

United States for a technical expert who could assist with the identification and plotting of the kingdom’s natural

resources, particularly its groundwater reserves ... By 1954 the Saudi Ministry of Finance, usgs and Aramco were

working together to produce the first full series of geographic and geologic maps of the country. The first of their

type in the Peninsula, these were published between 1960 and 1963 in both Arabic and English versions, and the

information they contained formed the basis of subsequent Saudi national development plans..

Mixed copy conflated from both the U.S. and the Saudi-Arabian series, prefixed “I” and “GM”, respectively. Well


J.V. Parry, Mapping Arabia, in: Saudi Aramco World 2004/1, p. 20 ff.

A utopian Ethiopia

192. URRETA, Luis de. Historia de la Sagrada Orden de

Predicadores, en los remotos Reynos de la Etiopia.

Valencia, Juan Chrysostomo Garriz, 1611. Small 4 o (21 x 15 cm). With

woodcut arms of the Dominican order on title-page, and a variant

version on the last page, and 3 woodcuts in text (2 saints and the

Cross). Further with 24 decorated woodcut initials in two series,

including 11 repeats. Contemporary gold-tooled mottled calf, each

board with the coat of arms of the French Seguier family, rebacked

with original gold-tooled backstrip laid-down. € 35.000

First and only edition, in Spanish, of an early work on Ethiopia by

the Spanish Dominican monk Luis de Urreta (ca. 1570-1636), who

wrote two volumes glorifying his own order’s accomplishments in

Ethiopia while diminishing those of the Jesuits. In the present work,

the second of the two, he deals specifically with the Dominican

presence in Ethiopia and the history of the Ethiopian saints. Like

the first work, the Historia ecclesiastica published in 1610, it is a

late example of a stream of geographical fantasies where Ethiopia

was presented as the wondrous utopian kingdom of Prester John, and Urreta makes the case for an ancient

Dominican presence in the country, arguing that they should thus be given precedence over the Jesuits as

Catholic missionaries in that country. With information on two Dominicans who entered Mecca around 1580.

From the library of Pierre Seguier, Lord Chancellor of France from 1635 to 1672, with his arms and monogram

stamped in gold on the binding. And with an owner’s inscription on title-page. With a faint water stain in the

lower margin of four leaves in the introduction, a tiny corner torn from the title-page, otherwise in very good

condition. Binding heavily restored, but with the gold-tooled coat of arms still very clear.

Finger & Piccolino, p. 117; Palau 345993; cf. Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 2690.

Della Valle’s travels in the Near East, Persia and Arabia:

“one of the finest works of travel literature” (Howgego)

193. VA LLE , Pietro della. Reiss-Beschreibung in

unterschiedliche Theile der Welt, nemlich in Türckey, Egypten,

Palestina, Persien, Ost-Indien, und andere weit entlegene

Landschaften ...

Geneva, Johann Hermann Widerholds, 1674. 4 volumes bound

as 1. 2 o . With 31 engraved plates (1 folding), including frontispiece

and portraits of the author and his wife, by Jean Jacques

Thourneyser. Contemporary vellum. € 15.000

First edition in German of Pietro della Valle’s deservedly famous

narrative of his travels in the Middle East, with an excellent

account of Muscat and the Arabian Gulf and reference to Dibba.

Della Valle arrived in Istanbul in August 1614, spending a year to

explore the city. He continued to Rhodes, Alexandria, Rosetta,

Cairo, crossing the Sinai desert to Jerusalem, Damascus and

Aleppo. From there he proceeded to Isfahan (Iran) to meet the

Safavid ruler Shah Abbas I. He sojourned in Persia until early 1623,

witnessing and commenting on the escalating conflict between

Shah Abbas and the Portuguese empire. By way of India he sailed

for Muscat in January 1623, from where crossed the Arabian Gulf

to Basra, continuing overland to Aleppo, arriving in Europe in

1626. “Della Valle displayed excellent narrative and descriptive

skills, powers of acute observation, and a genuinely scholarly breadth of learning.” (Gurney).

Engraved armorial bookplate on paste-down. Evenly browned throughout, some spotting, few quires in volume 3

with wormholes in gutter margin, not affecting the text, otherwise in very good condition.

Tobler, p. 95; VD17 39:135561Q; cf. Atabey 1269-1271 (other eds.); Blackmer 1712 (French ed.); Gurney, “Della Valle, Pietro”, in: Encyclopaedia Iranica

(online ed.).

The first recorded visit of a Westerner to Mecca:

an early German edition with 44 illustrations

194. VA RTHEM A , Lodovico di. Die Ritterliche unnd

Lobwirdige Reyß ... sagend von den Landen Egypto, Syria,

von beiden Arabia ...

[Frankfurt, Hermann Gülfferich], 1548. 4 o . With full-page

woodcut on reverse of title page and 44 woodcuts in the

text by Jörg Breu the elder. Bound with 8 contemporary

pamphlets. Contemporary blind-tooled leather over wooden

boards. € 150.000

Sixth or seventh, early German edition of Ludovico di

Varthema’s famous travels to Arabia, Persia, and India: the

highly important and adventurous narrative containing the

first recorded visit of a westerner to Mecca. His description

of the Hejaz is especially valuable as it pre-dates the

Ottoman occupation of 1520. All early editions of Varthema’s

account are exceedingly rare (even the 2013 Hajj exhibition

at the mia, Doha, only featured the 1655 reprint). Thanks

to his knowledge of Arabic and Islam, Varthema was able

to appreciate the local culture of the places he visited.

Impressed and fascinated, he describes not only rites and

rituals, but also social, geographical, and day-to-day details.

First published in 1510, Varthema’s account became an immediate bestseller. Bound at the end of the volume are

eight rare contemporary pamphlets, including two concerned with the Ottoman wars, two others so rare that

they are bibliographically unrecorded.

With ownership inscription and bookplate. Binding is mildly rubbed and bumped; interior shows slight

browning and thumbing with occasional edge damage.

Goedeke I, 379, 17, 7; VD 16, ZV15159; cf. Blackmer 1719; Carter, Sea of Pearls, p. 68; Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 140.

Best English edition of a 1510 account of a journey through the Middle East,

Arabian peninsula, Persia, India and East Indies

195. VA RTHEM A , Ludovico di. The Itinerary of Ludovico di Varthema of

Bologna from 1502 to 1508.

London, Argonaut Press (colophon: printed by Walter Lewis at the Cambridge

University Press), 1928. 4 o . With a ship and globe device printed in black on

blue on the title-page, a full-page facsimile of the title-page of the 1510 edition,

5 full-page maps and a photographic view in the text. Original publisher’s half

sheepskin parchment.


Second edition, with extensive and valuable additions, of John Winter Jones’s

English translation of Ludovico di Varthema’s account of his journeys through

the Middle East (including Egypt), the Arabian peninsula, East Africa

(including the Horn), Persia, India and the East Indies in the years 1502 to 1508.

The present edition adds an extensive scholarly discourse on Varthema and his

travels by Richard Carnac Temple and is edited by Norman Mosley Penzer.

Varthema (ca. 1468-1517) set out from Venice for what was to be a six-year voyage. At Damascus he disguised

himself with an Islamic name and joined the army of the Mamluk Sultanate and he visited Mecca and Medina,

the first European to visit the latter, then deserted to continue his travels further south and east. He clearly gives

his own eye-witness account of most of the places visited, including Cairo, Beirut, Aleppo, Muscat, Hormuz,

Aden (where he was arrested by the Ottomans as a Christian spy) and numerous places in India.

The present copy is number 2 of an edition of 975.

In very good condition. The backstrip is slightly damaged at the head and foot, but the binding is otherwise

very good. One of the earliest European accounts of a voyage to the East, describing many places never before

described in print.

Howgego V15; cf. Gay, Bibliogr. Afrique et Arabie 140 (other eds.).

Ancient voyages in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf, with references to pearling in Bahrain

VINCENT, William. The commerce and navigation of the ancients in the Indian Ocean …

London, T. Cadell, W. Davies, 1807. 2 volumes. 4 o . With 2 aquatint frontispiece portraits, an aquatint plate, and

15 engraved plates with maps and nautical charts (12 folding), some by Alexander Dalrymple, some reproducing

Islamic manuscript maps. Further with 2 folding letterpress tables. Modern half calf, marbled sides. € 6.500

Definitive second edition, revised, expanded and with additional maps, of a detailed scholarly study of ancient

navigation in and cartography of the Indian Ocean, the Gulf region the Arabian peninsula and Ceylon, by

William Vincent (1739-1815). Volume 1 is devoted to the 325 bc voyage of Nearchus, a Macedonian General under

Alexander the Great, from the mouth of the Indus River along the coasts of what are now Pakistan and Iran,

into the Gulf. Vincent calls it “the first event of general importance to mankind in the history of navigation”.

The second volume continues with other classical sources for voyages to India and Ceylon, including Homer,

Herodotus and Ptolemy, along with many less well known. It also covers Vasco de Gamba and other early

Portuguese voyagers. An appendix on ancient maps of the world includes a map by Muhammad al-Idrisi (1099-

1165/66) from a manuscript in the Bodleian Library. It also includes several references to pearl fishing in Bahrain

and elsewhere.

With stamp on both title-pages. With brown offsets from the ink of the plates onto the facing pages and a tear

through the text of one leaf, but otherwise in good condition, with a few smaller and mostly marginal tears

and tiny holes,

a couple tears

repaired on the

folds of plates

and other minor

defects. A detailed

study of ancient

navigation in

and around the

Indian Ocean

and the Gulf,

with numerous

excellent maps.

Howgego N10;

Goldsmith’s Lib. 19402;

Kress Lib. B5275.

Rare account of the Sinai, Petra in Jordan, and surrounding regions, with 48 plates

197. VISCONTI, Giammartino Arconati. Diario di un viaggio in Arabia Petrea (1865).

Including: Atlante per servire al Diario di un viaggio in Arabia Petra.

Torino, Vincenzo Bona, 1872. 2 volumes. Royal 4 o (27 x 31 cm). Vol. 1 with 2 folding lithographed maps (1 printed

in black, brown and blue, with the route coloured by hand in red); 40 mounted albumen prints after paintings by

Emile Pierre Metzmacher (mainly 11.5 x 16 cm) and 2 engraved plates; vol. 2 with 6 numbered engraved plates;

and further illustrations in the text. Original publisher’s maroon cloth with the author’s crowned monogram

gold-blocked on the front boards and blind-blocked on the back boards, gilt edges. With tissue guard leaves

tipped in over the albumin prints and engraved plates.


Rare first and only edition, each volume inscribed by the author “à Miss Pauline Schletter”, of an Italian account

of an 1865 expedition through “Arabia Petra”, meaning the Sinai Peninsula and adjoining parts of what are now

Israel and Jordan, including the ancient city of Petra, now in Jordan. The photographically reproduced paintings

show the author on camelback, numerous Bedouins,

Arabs, Egyptians and Ethiopians as well as archaeological

sites, monuments and topographic views.

The plates in the second volume depict molluscs

and insects, reflecting the author’s own research

interests in the field of natural history, in addition to


Since most of the illusatrations are original albumen

prints, there cannot have been many copies produced.

Blackmer notes besides his own copy only those

at the British Library in London and Gennadius

Library in Athens, both with the text only. The

present copy may be a more deluxe binding than

the Blackmer copy, also inscribed by the author to a

woman, for it was in green cloth with only Visconti’s

single initial “V” on the front board.

In very good condition, with only an occasional

minor spot or smudge. Spines and corners slightly

worn with some unobtrusive small repairs, faint

stains on the cloth, but binding still good.

Blackmer 1742; Gay, Bibl. de l’Afrique et l’Arabe 3650 bis; Macro,

Arabian peninsula 2254 (not mentioning plates); not in Howgego;

Ibrahim-Hilmy; Weber.

Detailed descriptions of Istanbul, Izimir and

other sights in Turkey and the Middle East,

including a slave market, the Ottoman and

Egyptian fleets and a lunatic asylum

198. [WA LK ER, Saunderson]. Journal of an

invalid in pursuit of health during a voyage in the

Mediterranean[,] Levant and Black Seas on board

of the brig MacLeod 1839-1840.

[Gateshead (Northumberland), ca. 1842], covering

20 October 1839-29 April 1840. 4 o . Manuscript in

English, with drawings of ships’ flags, 1 steel-engraved

postcard and 8 steel-engraved topographic

prints (inserted as plates). Contemporary goldtooled

maroon goatskin morocco. € 14.500

An extremely detailed journal of a voyage to the Ottoman Empire in the 325 ton brig Macleod and of the writer’s

adventures ashore in numerous cities there and in the Middle East, averaging about 3 pages per day, but with

much more at the most interesting sights. It was written by Saunderson Walker after his return to England,

clearly based on a journal kept during the voyage.

After a brief introduction with background information and an account of the preparations, the present journal

records his departure on 22 October 1839 and gives a daily log of the voyage and the islands on the way from

England to Constantinople, where he arrived on 23 November. He devotes about sixty pages to the city and its

surroundings before setting off for Smyrna (Izmir) on the steamer Stambool. After about 45 pages on Smyrna he set

off again, visiting Rhodes, Cyprus, Beirut, Palestine, Egypt, then back to Smyrna and Istanbul for another long stay.

After an excursion through the Black Sea to Odessa and back he set off for home, departing on 21 February 1840

and arriving in Falmouth on 19 April. Walker gives very detailed descriptions of sights, events and people, visiting

the bazars, the Seraglio, mosques, baths, dances and religious ceremonies. He ventured beyond the usual tourist

sights, however. Coming from a shipping family he arranged to view the Ottoman and Egyptian fleets.

The inserted steel engravings are foxed and a few leaves of the manuscript have browned patches, but it is

otherwise in very good condition. The binding is worn at the hinges and has some surface cracks in the spine,

but is otherwise also very good. A very extensive and remarkably detailed picture of life in the Ottoman Empire

in 1839/40.

Wallin’s principal journey through Arabia, unknown to most bibliographers

199. WA LLIN, Georg August (Yrjö Aukusti). Första Resa fran Cairo till Arabiska Öknen i

April 1845. Fragment.

Helsinki, [S. Baranovskij for] J. Simelius, 1853. 8 o . With lithographed map at the end of the

volume; printed notes of a Bedouin melody within the text. Contemporary green half calf,

original printed yellow wrappers bound within. € 9.500

First edition, published posthumously, of Wallin’s extremely rare account of his journey through

Arabia, unknown to most bibliographers. “It was not until two years after his death”, writes Henze,

“that the report of his first (and most important) journey (performed in 1845, a year before the appearance

of the first volume of Carl Ritter’s Arabia) was published”. This refers to the English Narrative of

a Journey from Cairo to Medina and Mecca, which was printed in the Journal of the Royal Geographical

Society in 1854. In fact, an extensive account of the first leg of this highly significant journey was first

given to the world in December 1853, but little more than a year after the author’s passing.

Wallin departed for the Middle East in 1843 and set out on his expeditions from Cairo under the name of Abd

al-Wali. “In 1845, proceeding southeast across the wastelands of the Nafud Desert, he reached Ha’il then continued

by force of circumstances southward to Medina and Mecca. From there he returned to Egypt” (Howgego).

Ownership’s inscription and bookplate. Occasional brownstaining; binding somewhat rubbed, but a good copy

on the whole.

Henriksson, p. 13; WorldCat (5 copies); cf. Fück 198; Howgego, 1800-1850, W12.

First and only edition of an early Arabic grammar probably intended for travellers

200. WASMU TH, Matthias. Grammatica Arabica, singulari facilitate,

tàmque succinctè & perspicuè praecepta linguae complexa, ...

Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius, 1654. 4 o . With woodcut device on the

title-page. Set in roman, italic and Arabic types. 18th-century() blindtooled

calf; rebacked, preserving parts of the original backstrip. € 4.950

First and only edition of Wasmuth’s Latin grammar of the Arabic

language, a shorter and simpler alternative to Erpenius’s 1613 grammar.

The title-page, claiming that the book presents the principles of the

language so clearly and succinctly that one can learn it in a month with

only a few hours’ study a day, suggests that it is aimed not at scholars but

at merchants, traders, military men, missionaries or others who wished

to learn Arabic for practical use, a market Janssonius also served with his

small atlases. The fact that the text is in Latin might hinder some of these

users, but made the book accessible to an international public.

With ownership label below the imprint. With some browning, some

dog-eared corners and an occasional minor stain, but still in good

condition. The binding has been rebacked and shows some restorations, but the leather on the boards remains in

good condition with the tooling still clear. An early Arabic grammar probably intended for travellers.

NCC (8 copies); Schnurrer 80; Smitskamp, Philiologia orientalis 354; STCN (7 copies).

Ship’s log of the HMS Stately, serving in the British campaign against Napoleon

in the Mediterranean, including the Battle of Alexandria

201. WISE, Samuel. Journal of the proceedings on board

His Majestys Ship Stately[,] George Scott Esq. Captain[,]

commencing September 14th 1799[,] ending September

20th 1800. [Vol. 2:] … commencing September 21st 1800,

and ending November 7th 1801. [Vol. 3:] … commencing

November the 8th 1801, ending the 9th July 1803.

[Mediterranean], 1800-1803. 3 volumes. Small 2 o (32 x 21 cm).

Manuscript in ink on laid paper, with 3 coastal views in ink,

including Tunis and the island of Stromboli. Contemporary

wrappers (the first volume in marbled paper, the second in

plain paper, and the third in marbled paper with a stiff paperboard

wrapper over it), kept in a modern brown half morocco

clamshell box. € 8.500

Three sequential manuscript ship’s logs, kept by the “master’s mate” Samuel Wise, recording the journey of HMS

Stately, a 64-gun and 1388-ton ship of the British Royal Navy, during the British campaign against Napoleon in

the Mediterranean, as part of the so-called War of the Second Coalition. It includes entries made during the

navy’s Egyptian campaign (8 March to 2 September 1801) and besides the usual observations on the weather,

coordinates, health of the crew, etc., it gives brief notes of the most important proceedings and incidents.

The first volume opens on 14 September 1799, with the ship moored at Deal Castle in England. They left British

waters at the end of April 1800 and reached Genoa on 18 May, where they stayed until the 23rd, witnessing the

Austrian Siege of Genoa, occupied by Napoleon’s troops. They continued around the complete coastline of the

Mediterranean, staying at Marmaris, Turkey, from the end of December to 21 February and at Abu Qir, Egypt,

for the whole month of March 1801. The ship remained close to Alexandria until 11 May, then sailed north for

a longer stay at Minorca and several stops at Malta. The National Maritime Museum at Greenwich has the

following volume, covering 1803-1804 (log/n/s/12).

With some occasional spots, thumbing in the lower right corner, and some wormholes in the last leaf of the first

volume, but otherwise in very good condition. The wrappers with some stains and worn at the extremities, but

still good.

Extremely rare atlas with 76 very large hand-coloured maps

202. WIT, Frederick de. Atlas maior.

Amsterdam, Johannes Covens & Cornelis Mortier, [ca. 1725]. Imperial 2 o (53 x 35.5 cm). With engraved title-page

and 76 double page (or in 8 cases larger folding) engraved maps, the title-page and all maps and their decorations

coloured by a contemporary hand. Half tanned sheepskin (ca. 1900), gold-tooled spine. € 85.000

Extremely rare Covens & Mortier edition of De Wit’s Atlas maior, first published by Frederick de Wit ca. 1688,

but continued by Pierre Mortier from 1708 (when he bought De Wit’s plates) and by Covens & Mortier from

1721, here with the engraved allegorical title-page and all 76 maps and their decorations beautifully coloured by a

contemporary hand. It combines maps originally issued by Frederick de Wit, with ones from Nicolaes Visscher

II and others. De Wit and Visscher were the leading map and atlas publishers in the Netherlands after a fire

crippled the Blaeu firm in 1672. De Wit is known especially for the beautiful pictorial decorations on his maps.

Only one other copy is recorded in the literature, at the Depôt de Marine in Paris. “Although the copies must

have been numerous, very few are left.” (Koeman).

The atlas opens with Carel Allard’s ca. 1696 world map in 2 hemispheres. Among the other maps are 6 of the

continents; Nicholas Sanson’s map of the poles; 2 maps nominally of the Ottoman Empire but including besides

the entire Arabian peninsula, also most of Iran and either the entire Mediterranean Sea (Visscher) or its eastern

part ( Jaillot); Homann’s map of Iran; De l’Isle’s map of India, Southeast Asia and the East Indies (folding);

Visscher’s map of the West Indies; De Wit’s maps of Malta and of Corsica & Sardinia. Within Europe the atlas

gives special emphasis to the Low Countries, with 19 maps.

With a long tear along the fold repaired in 2 double-page maps and small tears where two folds cross in 1 larger

folding map, but otherwise in very good condition and with large margins, with only an occasional small tear

at the head or foot of the fold, one or two maps with an unintended fold and one with a small hole. Two maps

are slightly smaller than the others and have therefore had some of their margins extended. A splendid handcoloured

great atlas, with only one other copy recorded.

Koeman, C & M 2 (1 copy, with 100 maps), cf. C & M 1 (based on 18th-century catalogues); V. Egmond, Covens & Mortier (2005), III.2 (pp. 143-145,

citing Covens & Mortier’s ca. 1721 catalogue).

First edition of a great Arabic grammar, with both the original and the revised preface

203. WRIGHT, William. A grammar of the Arabic language,

translated from the German of Caspari, and edited, with numerous

additions and corrections, ... vol. I[-II].

London, Edinburgh, Williams and Norgate (back of title-page:

printed by Friedrich Nies (Karl Berend Lorck), Leipzig), 1859. 8 o .

Set in roman, italic and Arabic type. Contemporary half mottled,

tanned sheepskin. € 2.500

First edition of what immediately became the standard Englishlanguage

grammar of Arabic and one of the most important in any

language, still frequently reprinted and remaining in general use.

Although the title-page calls it a translation of Karl Paul Caspari’s

German edition, Wright’s claims that he expanded and improved on

his model are fully justified. His knowledge of languages extended

far beyond Arabic, and his comparative linguistics in the present

grammar are one of its remarkable features, offering comparisons not

only with Hebrew, but also with Aramaic, Ge’ez and Phoenician, all

Semitic languages. In spite of the depth of his scholarship and the

grammar’s 550-page length, Wright aimed it at beginners.

With the stencilled owner’s name Kjörbo-Smidth. In very

good condition, with only occasional minor foxing and almost

untrimmed. The binding is slightly scuffed and worn around

the extremities, but still good. First edition of a standard Arabic

grammar including comparisons with other Semitic languages.

Fück, Die arabischen Sudien in Europa (1955), pp. 205-209.

The history and genealogy of the Arab tribes

204. WÜSTENFELD, Ferdinand. Genealogische Tabellen

der arabischen Stämme und Familien. In zwei Abtheilungen. Mit

historischen und geographischen Bemerkungen in einem alphabetischen

Register. Aus den Quellen zusammengestellt.

Göttingen, Dieterich, 1852-1853. 2 volumes. 4to and 8vo. Original publisher’s

cloth. € 6.500

First edition; exceedingly rare with all the genealogical tables as present

here. Contains the history and early genealogy of all Arab tribes and

families. “An indispensable tool of the trade for any scholar of Arabic

studies” (cf. Fück). - The German orientalist H.F. Wüstenfeld (1808-99),

known as a literary historian of Arabic literature, studied theology and

oriental languages at Göttingen and Berlin. He taught at Göttingen,

becoming a professor there. He published many important Arabic texts

and valuable works on Arabic history.

With the bookplate and stamps of the Tylor Library of Social

Anthropology, Oxford; previously in the collection of the British colonial

administrator Sir Harold Alfred MacMichael (1882-1969), who served

as High Commissioner of the British Mandate of Palestine from 1938 to

1944. A good copy.

Fück, Die arabischen Sudien in Europa (1955), pp 194; Macro 2344; NYPL Arabia coll., p. 17.

First printed grammar of the Persian language and lives of Christ and Saint Peter in Persian and Latin

205. X AV IER , Hieronymous and Abd al-Sattar (trans.) and Ludovicus de DIEU (ed.).

Historia Christi Persice conscripta.


(2) X AV IER , Hieronymous. Historia S. Petri Persice conscripta.

(3) DIEU, Ludovicus de. Rudimenta linguae Persicae.

Leiden, Bonaventura and Abraham Elzevier, 1639. 3 works in 1 volume. 4 o . Set in roman, italic and nashk Arabic

type with incidental Greek and Hebrew. Vellum (ca. 1700). € 2.750

First editions of three pioneering works of Persian scholarship prepared

for publication by Ludovicus de Dieu (1590-1642) and printed and

published by the Elzeviers in Leiden. The first and longest is a life of

Christ originally written in Portuguese by an unknown author and

translated into Persian by Xavier (1549-1642) and his pupil Abd al-Sattar

(active 1597-1615) at the Mogul court. The second work is a life of Saint

Peter from a life of the Apostles newly written by Xavier in Persian,

perhaps also with the aid of his Persian-speaking students. The third

work, written by De Dieu or possibly by Johann Elichmann (ca. 1600-

1639) and edited by De Dieu, is the first printed grammar of the Persian

language and served as the principal source for at least two that followed

in the next fifty years. At the end it gives the first two chapters of

Genesis in Persian translation.

With an owner’s motto on the title-page. With the title-page of the first

work and its conjugate somewhat browned and some slightly browned

patches in the third work, but further in very good condition, with only

an occasional leaf showing minor marginal blemishes. Spine label worn

and tattered, but the binding is otherwise good. Three pioneering works

of Persian scholarship, printed in matching style by the Leiden Elzeviers

at the height of their careers.

Rahir 473, 486-487; Smitskamp, Philologia orientalis 310-312; Willems 477, 490.

no. 118

no. 170

Still available in hard copy and free on request


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