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Elaborately decorated and illustrated Islamic prayerbook

[AL-JAZULI, Muhammad ibn Sulaiman]. [Dala'il al-khayrat (Tokens of beneficial deeds)].
[Ottoman Empire], 1199 AH [= 1784/85 AD], with some later additions. Small 8vo (14.5 x 10 cm). Arabic manuscript prayerbook written in black ink in a neat naskh Arabic hand, with well over 50 headings in red, the opening of the main text decorated with a floral design, 2 full-page perspective views in coloured inks showing the Masjid al-Haram (the Great Mosque) in Mecca, with the Ka'ba in its central plaza, and the al-Masjid an-Nabawi (the Prophet's Mosque) in Medina, about 25 calligraphic roundels, the Prophet's handprint and footprint, several calligraphic seals, 4 pages each with 3 flags, about 20 other pages with pictorial or semi-pictorial images with calligraphic inscriptions, numerous other inscriptions in circular borders and nearly every page in a rectangular border. Richly gold-tooled, tanned sheepskin (ca. 1815) with a flap that wraps around the fore-edge, rebacked. Full description
€ 18,500
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A classic description of Islam

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. 8vo. With the controversial half-page engraved portrait of Muhammad. 17th-century(?) vellum, later endpapers. Full description
€ 2,750
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Criticism on all religions, proving Islam the true religion

CLOOTS (CLOOTZ), Anacharsis. La certitude des preuves du mahométisme, ou réfutation de l'examen critique des apologistes de la réligion mahométane. Par Ali-Gier-Ber, Alfaki.
London [= the Netherlands, probably Amsterdam], 1780.
With (2). CLOOTS, Anacharsis. Lettre sur les Juifs, a un ecclésiastique de mes Amis, lue dans la séance publique du Musée de Paris, le XXI Novembre 1782. Par. M. le B. d. C. d. V. d. G.
Berlin, 1783. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,000
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Five treatises in French concerning the Arabs and Turks,
including a translation of an account of a pilgrimage to Mecca

GALLAND, Julien-Claude. Recueil des rits et cérémonies du pelerinage de la Mecque, auquel on a joint divers ecrits relatifs à la religion, aux sciences & aux mœurs des Turcs.
Amsterdam; Paris, Jean Desaint and Charles Saillant, 1754. 8vo. Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,950
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Unique first dated edition of letter from Portuguese Jesuit in India and the East Indies

[MAGAGLIANES, Diego di]. Avvisi nuovi et certezza della parte di mezzo giorno. Dove s'intende tre infideli Rè della fede Mahomettana convertiti, & battezzati con li suoi regni, & venuti alla nostra Christiana fede.
Florence, 16 February 1571. Small 8vo (15 x 10.5 cm). With the large woodcut coat of arms of Pope Pius V (74 x 62 mm). Sewn in later stiff paper wrappers. Full description
€ 12,500
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Best edition of a standard work on Islam

MILLS, Charles. An history of Muhammedanism: comprising the life and character of the Arabian prophet, and succinct accounts of the empires founded by the Muhammedan arms: an inquiry into the theology, morality, laws, literature, and usages of the Muselmans, and a view of the present state and extent of the Muhammedan religion.
London, Printed for Black, Kingsbury, Parbury, and Allen, booksellers (back of title-page: printed by Cox and Baylis), 1818. 8vo. Contemporary red half sheepskin, blind-tooled spine with black title-label. Full description
€ 750
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The first Quran available to Western scholars

[QURAN - LATIN]. BIBLIANDER, Theodor, ed. Machumetis Saracenorum principis, eiusque successorum vitae, ac doctrina, ipseque Alcoran, …
[Basel, Johann Oporinus, Nikolaus Brylinger, 1543]. Lacking 1 preliminary leaf in part 1 and 2 preliminary leaves in part 3 (removed by anti-Lutheran censors).
With: (2) PHILO OF ALEXANDRIA. Philonis Judaei Alexandrini, libri [1] Antiquitatum. [2] Quaestionum et solutionnum in genesin. [3] De essaeis. [4] De nominibus Hebraicis. [5] De Mundo.
Basel, Adam Petri, 1527. 2 works (1 in 3 parts) in 2 volumes. 20 (28×20 cm). Uniform, tanned sheepskin (ca. 1795), gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 35,000
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First Dutch translation of the Quran
together with a life of Mohammed and a work on the Ottoman Empire

[QURAN]. De Arabische Alkoran, door de Zarazijnsche en de Turcksche prophete Mahometh.
Hamburg, for Barent Adriaensz. Berentsma, 1641.
With:
(2) [MOHAMMED]. Historie van den oorsprongh, geslacht, geboorte, opvoedinge, en leere des grooten valschen propheets Mahomets.
Amsterdam, Broer Jansz., 1640. With engraved frontispiece and 9 engraved illustrations in the text.
(3) [OTTOMAN EMPIRE]. Prophetien, of voorseggingen der beyde Keyseren Severi en Leonis, die beyde in Orienten geregeert hebben.
Amsterdam, Broer Jansz., 1640. With 15 numbered engraved illustrations. 3 works in 1 volume. 4to. 18th-century calf with the coat of arms of Aaron de Joseph de Pinto stamped in gold on both boards, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,500
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