The Islamic World 2
The Islamic World 2
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Back cover: no. 64
The Islamic World 2
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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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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).
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
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
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
46. [DANCKERTS, ALLARD, VISSCHER, DE WIT, MORTIER and others]. 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
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 ...
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-
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
[Paris], 21 June . 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
(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
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.
“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
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
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
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.
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.
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
“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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
First edition of a classic of Arabic literature, the Islamic predecessor of Robinson Crusoe,
with illustrations added from a 1726 edition
86. IBN TUFAIL,
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
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’
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
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
Nuremberg, Christoph Weigel, .
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
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
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 -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
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,
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
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
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, . 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
[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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
125. [MIDDLE EAST – PACIFIC]. Våra
[Stockholm], (colophon: Stuttgart, printed at the
Deutsche Verlagsanstalt), . 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, &
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, . With
coloured map and 20 chromolithographic
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.
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
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
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
137. [OTTOMAN-MAMLUK WAR]. Omnia
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
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
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.
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
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,
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.
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
-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
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, …
(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
SANDERSON, Henry TIMBERLAKE
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  Antiquitatum. 
Quaestionum et solutionnum in genesin.  De essaeis.  De nominibus Hebraicis.  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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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, ). 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
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
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
Bedouins in northern
Arabia, Syria and Iraq),
by the Sha’lan family,
also in northern Arabia
and Syria), Hadidiyin
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
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.
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
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-
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
191. [UNITED STATES GEOLOGICAL
SURVEY OF THE KINGDOM OF SAUDI
ARABIA]. [Geographic Maps of the Kingdom of
[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
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
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
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
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
and around the
and the Gulf,
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;
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
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
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.
Still available in hard copy and free on request