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Of lasting value of the history of Arabic literature

AHLWARDT, Wilhelm. Verzeichniss der Arabischen Handschriften der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin.
Berlin, A. W. Schade (I) and A. Asher & Co. (II-X), 1887-1899. 10+1 volumes. 4to. With 12 photographic halftone plates of 62 manuscript specimens in vol. X. Added: separate atlas issue of the 12 plates. Altogether 11 vols. in publisher's light blue printed boards. Full description
€ 8,500
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Two seminal works of Arabic astronomy in their first and second (greatly revised) editions

AL-FARGHANI (ALFRAGANUS), Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Kathir. Continentur in hoc Iibro. Rudimenta astronomica Alfragrani.
[AL-BATTANI, Muhammad ibn Jabir]. Item Albategnius De motu stellarum, ex observationibus tum propriis, tum Ptolemaei, omnia cum demonstrationibus geometricis & additionibus Joannis de Regiomonte.
[REGIOMONTANUS, Johannes]. Item Oratio introductoria in omnes scientias mathematicas Ioannis de Regiomonte, Patavii habita, cum Alfraganum publice praelegeret. Eiusdem utilissima introductio in Elementa Euclidis.
[MELANCHTHON, Philipp]. Item Epistola Phillippi Melanthonis nuncupatoria, ad Senatum Noribergensem. Omnia iam recens prelis publicata.
Nürnberg, (colophon (2f6): Johann Petreius), 1537. With 29 woodcut diagrams and letterpress tables.
With: (2) RICCI, Agostino. De motu octavae sphaerae, opus mathematica, atq[ue] philosophia plenum. ... Eiusdam De astronomiae autoribus epistola.
Paris, Simon de Colines, 1521. 2 editions in 1 volume, the first in 2 parts. 4to (20.5 x 15.5 cm). Both set in roman types, including small caps. Contemporary blind-tooled calf. Binding badly damaged and spine reinforced with paper at an early date. Full description
€ 65,000
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The famous Mu'allaqat of Antarah

ANTARAH IBN SHADDAD. Antarae poëma arabicum Moallakah cum integris Zouzenii scholiis. E codice manuscripto edidit, in latinum sermonem transulit, et lectiones varietatem addidit Vincentius Elias Menil. Observations ad totum poëma subjunxit Joannes Willmet.
Leiden, Samuel and Johannes Luchtmans, 1816. 4to. With text in Arabic and roman types. Contemporary boards, covered with grey paste-paper. Full description
€ 4,500
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Standard biography of Saladin

BAHA' AL-DIN IBN SHADDAD (BOHADIN) and Albert SCHULTENS (translator). Vita et res gestae sultani, almalichi alnasiri, Saladini ... nec non excerpta ex historia universali Abulfedae.
Leiden, Johannes le Mair, 1755. Folio. With the title-page printed in red and black and with a woodcut device. Text in Arabic with parallel Latin translation. 19th-century boards covered with brown pastepaper. Full description
€ 7,000
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Letters from Hormuz Island and the East Indies

[BERSE, Gaspar, Francis XAVIER et al.]. Epistolae Indicae et Iapanicae de multarum gentium ad Christi fidem, per Societatem Iesu conversione. Item de Tartarorum potentia, moribus, & totius penè Asiae religione. Tertia editio cum indice castigatior & auctior.
Louvain, Rutger Velpius, 1570. With the title-page in a frame built up from fleurons and a woodcut publisher's device on last blank.
With: (2) GARETIUS, Johannes (Jan GARET). De sanctorum invocatione liber: in quo orthodoxorum patrum testimoniis asseritur, apostolica[m] esse traditionem, sanctorum animas post mortem in caelesti gloria angelis esse similes.
Ghent, Gislenus Manilius, 1570. With the title-page in a frame built up from fleurons, the woodcut coat-of-arms of Cunerus Petri (bishop of Leeuwarden) on the back of the title-page and on the last leaf a woodcut printer's device within a frame built up from fleurons. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary limp vellum. Full description
€ 19,500
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Souvenir album showing the Holy Land, Egypt, Athens and Venice in the second half of the 19th century

BONFILS, G. LEKEGIAN & CO, Brothers ZANGAKI, Collection MERLIN and Carlo NAYA. [Souvenir album with photographs of the Holy Land, Cairo, Athens and Venice].
[Palestine, Cairo, Athens, Venice, ca. 1890]. Oblong album (41.5 x 31 cm) containing 62 albumen prints, mostly 23 x 28 cm, with 2 smaller prints of ca. 16 x 28 and 5 large prints of 35.5 x 27 cm. Most of the photographs are numbered and captioned in French, and sometimes also in English, on the negative. Contemporary brown half morocco. Full description
€ 9,500
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782 Arabic proverbs collected before 1817, with explanatory notes

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 4to (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. Full description
€ 8,000
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Traditional Arabia just before the changes due to oil-wealth

DICKSON, Harold Richard Patrick. The Arab of the desert. A glimpse into Badawin life in Kuwait and Sau'di Arabia.
London, George Allen & Unwin, 1951. 8vo. With a portrait of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as frontispiece, numerous wood-engravings in text, including some maps, 46 pages with mostly reproductions of photographs, 9 colour plates (including 1 map), 12 maps (of which 8 folding and loosely inserted in the rear pocket), and 6 folding genealogical tables, also inserted in the rear pocket. Publisher's cloth. Full description
€ 450
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First edition of a history of the Ottoman Empire and Egypt
with a collection of Turkish and Egyptian tales

DIGEON, J.M. Nouveau contes Turcs et Arabes. Précédés d'un abrégé chronologique de l'histoire de la maison Ottomane & du gouvernement de l'Egypte, & suivis de plusieurs morceaux de poésie & de prose, traduits de l'Arabe & du Turc.
Paris, Dupuis, 1781. 2 volumes. 12mo. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spines, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins. Full description
€ 2,750
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Eye-witness account of Istanbul in 1597,
with Turkish in Arabic type and displaying Greek inscriptions

DOUSA, Georgius (Joris van der DOES). De itinere suo Constantinopolitano, epistola.
Leiden, Officina Plantiniana (Christophorus Raphelengius), 1599. Small 8vo (17 x 11 cm). With the Officina Plantiniana's woodcut compasses device on the title-page. Set in roman, italic and Greek types, with occasional words and lines in Arabic type. Mid 19th-century mottled, tanned sheepskin (cat's paw pattern), richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 8,750
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Photo album of a study trip to Libya, with 42 photographs

DUEMLEIN, Ludwig. 2200 Kilometer durch Libyen. [back of title-page:] Bildberigt über die Libia-Studienreise 1938.
[Libya, 1938]. Album (18 x 14 cm) with 42 original photographs (ca. 14 x 9 cm), including a portrait of the author, a manuscript title-page with a drawing, two drawings of animals, a manuscript map, and 5 manuscript divisional titles (all written and drawn in white on the black album leaves), and 13 leaves with typewritten text. Contemporary half sheepskin. Full description
€ 3,250
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Very rare first edition of this account of a journey to a relatively unknown region

EL-TOUNSY (Sheikh Mohammed Ibn-Omar). Voyage au Ouaday, traduit de l'Arabe par le Dr Perron, directeur de l'Ecole de médecine du Kaire […]. Ouvrage accompagné de cartes et de planches et du portrait du Cheykh, publié par le Dr Perron et M. Jomard, membre de l'Institut […]. Ouvrage précédé d'une préface de ce dernier, contenant des remarques historiques et géographiques, et faisant suite au Voyage au Dârfour.
Paris, Benjamin Duprat, Arthus Bertrand, Franck, Renouard, Gide, 1851. Large 8vo. With portrait of El-Tounsy and 9 lithographed plates of portraits, costumes, arms, instruments and maps. Contemporary half garnet-red roan, smooth spine with gilt fillets, green title labels. Full description
€ 8,500
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Exquisitely produced work on falconry and horse riding,
with many coloured illustrations

ES, N.J.A.P.H. van. De hippische sport en het korps rijdende artillerie 1793-1908 … 1e gedeelte [valkerij]. 2e gedeelte [hippische sport].
Arnhem, Coers & Roest and G.J. Thieme, [1913]. 2 volumes. Large 4to (37.5 x 31 cm). With ca. 80 lithographed plates and numerous illustrations and decorations in text, many beautifully coloured by hand and some highlighted with silver and/or gold. Original publisher's gold-blocked blue cloth, with a coloured hooded hawk on front boards, upper edges gilt, other edges untrimmed. Full description
€ 18,000
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The gastropods of Anatolia, with 17 plates

GERMAIN, Louis. Mollusques terrestres et fluviatiles d'Asie-Mineure.
Paris, Paul Lechevalier (colophon: Rouen, Lecerf), 1936. 8vo. With 17 plates with photographic reproductions and many illustrations in text. Modern brown half morocco, gold-tooled spine; with the original publisher's printed paper wrappers bound in. Full description
€ 375
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On the expediency of British rule in the East Indies

GRANT, Robert. The expediency maintained of continuing the system by which the trade and government of India are now regulated.
London, printed for Black, Parry and J. Hatchard (back of title-page: printed by Cox and Baylis), 1813. 8vo. With 2 letterpress folding tables (1 printed in red and black). Contemporary calf, gold-tooled. Full description
€ 3,500
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Important work on the natural history of Palastine

HASSELQUIST, Friedrich and Carl LINNAEUS. Reise nach Palästina in den Jahren von 1749 bis 1752. auf Befehl ihro Majestät der Königinn von Schweden herausgegeben vond Carl Linnäus aus em Schwedischen.
Rostock, Johann Christian Koppe, 1762 (colophon: Leipzig, Johann Gottlob Immanuel Breitkopf, 1761). 8vo. With woodcut tailpieces. Contemporary half vellum. Full description
€ 1,800
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With a beautiful hand-coloured Arabic miniature on parchment

HEINE, Maurice.

L'Islam sous la cendre.
Paris, (colophon: Frazier-Soye), (19 February) 1918. Square 4to (25 x 26 cm). With the frontispiece in three states: a lithographed plate, a hand-coloured miniature painting on vellum, highlighted with gold, and an engraved plate; and with the half-title printed in blue and several words in the text printed in green and blue. Original green cloth.

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€ 8,500
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Massive navigational directory, with sections on the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea, and the Arabian Gulf

HORSBURGH, James, Gerrit KUIJPER and D. BOES LUTJENS. Zeemans-gids, naar, in en uit Oost-Indië, China, Japan, Australië, de Kaap de Goede Hoop, Brazilië en tusschenliggende havens, volgens de laatste Engelsche uitgave van Horsburgh's Directory, ...
Amsterdam, C.F. Stemler (back of half-title: printed by H.F. Bakels), 1853. Folio. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 4,500
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Massive navigational directory,
this edition updated with information on the north eastern coasts of Africa and Arabia

HORSBURGH, James.

The India directory, or, directions for sailing to and from the East Indies, China, Australia, and the interjacent ports of Africa and South America ... Seventh edition.
London, Wm. H. Allen & Co. (back of title-pages: printed by Cox and Wyman), 1855. 2 volumes. Large 4to (28 x 23 cm). Contemporary half calf; rebacked with the original backstrips laid down.

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€ 18,000
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More than 1000 volumes on horse breeding

[HORSE BREEDING] A library on Arabian horse breeding, including Stud Books and General Reference. From the Le Vivier and Marcia Parkinson Collections, with Additions from the Library of Duke Maximilian in Bavaria. The largest collection of its kind in private hands. 250 works in more than 1,000 volumes. Mostly original or first editions. Published in Austin, Cairo, Chicago, Hildesheim, London, Marburg, Moscow, New York, Philadelphia, Riga, Tehran, Warsaw and other places in the years 1746 to 2007. Full description
€ 380,000
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Ancient Hebrew & other Middle Eastern, Greek, Roman and Arabic numbers, coins, weights and measures

HOST, Matthäus (Matthaeus HOSTUS). Historiae rei nummariae veteris scriptores aliquot insigniores ...
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HOST, Matthäus. Tres libros de veteribus mensuris ...
HOST, Matthäus. Quaedam opuscula variae ...
[SARDI, Alessandro] (misattributed to John SELDEN). Liber de nummis ...
LABBE, Philippe. Bibliotheca nummaria ...
BUDÉ, Guillaume. De asse et partibus ejus libri quinque.
Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, 1695 (colophon at the end of Host’s works: Jena, Johann Zacharias Nisius, 1692). 15 works in 5 volumes, paginated as 3 and bound as 2. 4to. With 2 engraved portraits (vol. I) and 3 folding tables. Contemporary or near contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 4,500
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First Arabic edition of an important eyewitness account of the life of Tamerlane

IBN ARABSHAH, Ahmad ibn Muhammad. [Kitab 'Aja'ib al-maqdur fi aghbar Timur] | ... Vitae & rerum gestarum Timuri, qui vulgo Tamerlanes dicitur, historia.
Leiden, Bonaventura & Abraham Elsevier, 1636. 4to. With half-title printed in dark blue and red, title-page printed in red and black with a woodcut architectural border containing the letterpress title and (in a heart-shaped cartouche) imprint, and leaf *3 printed in red, dark blue and black. Later stiff paper wrappers. Full description
€ 25,000
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16th-century collection of nine alchemical tracts, including one by Ibn Sina

IBN SINA (AVICENNA), Raymond LULL (LULLIUS) and ARISTOTLE. De alchimia opuscula complura veterum philosophorum, quorum catalogum sequens pagella indicabit.
(Dedication: Frankfurt, Cyriacus Jacob, 1550). Part 1 (of 2). Small 4to (19.5 x 15 cm). With a large woodcut illustration on title-page, hand coloured by an early hand, and Jacob's woodcut printer's device on the last otherwise blank page. 17th-century(?) limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 18,000
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The magnificent 1556 folio Ibn Sina, with extensive annotations in Arabic

IBN SINA (AVICENNA). Liber canonis, de medicinis cordialibus et cantica.
Basel, Johann Herwegen, 1556. Large folio (39 x 26 cm). With 7 large woodcut illustrations on integral leaves (a full-page schematic line diagram representing the anatomy of the eye, and 6 fine woodcut pictorial illustrations - filling 2 pages - showing the rather tortuous repositioning of dislocations) and 4 or more tiny woodcut diagrams or pictorial illustrations in the text. 16th-century calf, rebacked in the 18th century. Full description
€ 75,000
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A commentary on Ibn Sina

[IBN SINA (AVICENNA)]. ODDIS, Oddus de [Oddi, Oddo degli].

In primam totam Fen primi libri canonis Avicenn[a]e dilucidissima & expectatissima expositio. Nunc primum in lucem edita, illustrata, & completa aßiduo labore, & longo studio Marci Oddi Medici eiusdem filij.
Venice, Paolo and Antonio Meietti, 1575. 4to. With woodcut device on title-page, a woodcut headpiece, 3 nice large decorated woodcut initials (plus 17 smaller), and a small woodcut decoration (repeated once). Contemporary limp vellum, with manuscript title on spine.

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€ 7,500
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First complete Arabic publications of the Kalila wa Dimna and of Labid's Mu'allaqa

[KALILA WA DIMNA]. Silvèstre de Sacy (editor).

Calila et Dimna, ou fables de Bidpai, en arabe; précédées d'un mémoire sur l'origine de ce livre, et sur les diverses traductions qui en ont été faites dans l'Orient, et suivies de la Moallaka de Lébid, en arabe et en français; ...
Paris, Imprimerie royale, 1816. 4to. Contemporary half calf.

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€ 5,000
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Exceptionally rare: the Thousand and One Nights, the first complete edition in Arabic and the first edition printed in the Arab world

[KITAB ALF LAYLA WA-LAYLA]. Kitab Alf layla wa-layla. Vols. I and II.
Bulaq, al-Matba’ah al-kubra, 1251 AH [1835 AD]. 2 volumes. Royal 8vo (26 × 19.5 cm). Printed in Arabic throughout, floral woodcut sarlawh to each volume, text within two-line frame throughout, titles in nasta'liq types. Contemporary tan goatskin, recased retaining most of the original covers, spines and the original manuscript spine-labels (transposed), envelope flaps, blind-ruled overall, "mandorla" centrepieces in blind to sides. Full description
€ 500,000
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Notebook of a pupil of the orientalist Louis-Mathieu Langlès, learning the Persian language

[LANGLÈS, Louis-Mathieu]. [Wrapper title:] Cahier de langue Persanne. Dicte par le citoyen Lenglés. An 7e de la Republique.
Paris, 1799. 4to (23 x 18.5 cm). Manuscript on paper, also including a leaf with a letterpress table of the Latin and Arabic alphabet, entitled "Alphabetum Arabicum". Contemporary plain paper wrappers. Full description
€ 5,000
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A defence of Arab culture in Spain

LUNA, Miguel de. Histoire des deux conquestes d'Espagne par les Mores, la premiere faite par Tarif & Mussa, sur les Crestiens; la seconde, par Abdalasis, sur les Mores revoltez, et des revolutions arrive´es dans l'empire des califes pendant pre´s de cinquante ans. ...
Paris, widow of François Muguet, 1708. 12mo. Contemporary mottled calf, red edges. Full description
€ 1,500
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A truly outstanding Cedid:
the only one ever offered in its original binding and with a verified Western provenance

MAHMOUD RA'IF. Cedid atlas tercümesi.
Üsküdar and Istanbul, Tab’hane-yi Hümayunda; Mühenduishâne Press, 1218 AH (April 1803-March 1804). Large folio (54 x 36.5 cm). With an engraved title-page and 25 engraved maps (2 assembled from 2 sheets each), after William Faden, all coloured by contemporary hand. Contemporary richly gold-tooled limp morocco; rebacked. Full description
€ 250,000
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Enormous panoramic Middle Eastern view with ruins,
nearly 6 metres long

[MIDDLE EAST]. [Mountainous landscape with Middle Eastern and classical Roman ruins, 6 shepherds with their flocks, several figures riding dromedaries and one riding a donkey, (date?) palms, lakes, etc.].
[Palestine?, ca. 1910?]. An enormous panoramic view drawn in coloured gouaches on a single, continuous roll of paper (70 x 583 cm), the drawing running to the edges of the paper. Full description
€ 35,000
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First complete edition of Cosmas's Christiana topographia
describing his travels in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf

MONTFAUCON, Bernard de (editor). Collectio nova patrum et scriptorum Graecorum, Eusebii Caesariensis, Athanasii, & Cosmae Aegyptii.
Paris, Claudius Rigaud, 1707. 2 volumes. Folio. With 4 engraved plates, and 3 woodcut illustrations in the text. Each volume with an engraved headpiece, the first incorporating the coat of arms of Pope Clement XI, and the second that of Jean-Paul Bignon. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine and binding edges. Full description
€ 25,000
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Statistics on the world's oil production

[OIL]. IMPERIAL MINERAL RESOURCES BUREAU. The mineral industry of the British Empire and foreign countries. War period. Gypsum (1913-1919).
With:
(2) Strontium minerals (1913-1919).
(3) Molybdenum (1913-1919).
(4) Silver (1913-1919).
(5) Graphite (1913-1919).
(6) Petroleum and allied products. (1913-1919).
London, His Majesty's stationery office, 1923. 6 works in 1 volume. Contemporary red cloth, paper title-label on spine. Full description
€ 375
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The Venetian merchant's practical handbook

PASI, Bartolomeo. Tariffa de i pesi, e misure corrispondenti dal Levante al Ponente: e da una terra, e luogo allaltro, quasi p[er] tutte le parti dil mondo: con la dichiaratione, e notificatione di tutte le robbe: che si tragono di uno paese per laltro … Con la sua tavola copiosissima, e facilissima a trovare ogni cosa per ordine.
Venice, (colophon: Pietro di Nicolini da Sabbio), 1540. 8vo. With the title in an architectural woodcut border. 17th-century limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 12,000
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108 engraved prints centred around the Great Turkish War,
with 14 views of the Arabian Peninsula

PEETERS, Jacob and Johannes. [Drop-title of letterpress text:] Korte beschryvinghe, ende aenwysinghe der plaetsen in desen boeck, naar hunnen tegenwoordighen standt, pertinentelyck uyt-ghebeeldt, in Oostenryck.
[Antwerp], Jacob Peeters, [ca. 1685]. Small oblong folio (17.5 x 29 cm). Collection of 108 engraved prints published by Jacob Peeters, starting with 9 engraved scenes of the siege of Vienna after Romeyn de Hooghe (numbered 1-10, but lacking plate 1), and followed by 99 engraved city views after drawings by Jacob Peeters, engraved by Lucas Vorsterman and Gaspar Bouttats. The city views are preceded by a 12 page letterpress text giving descriptions of the towns. Contemporary red paper-covered boards. Full description
€ 12,500
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Two very rare peace treaties between Russia and the Safavid Empire

PETER II, Tsar and Shah ASHRAF. Title in Russian followed on the same page by:] Tractat, zwischen dem russischen Reich und dem Sultan Eschref, jetzigem Besitzer des persischen Thrones zu Ispahan. Von russischer Seite ertheilet.
St. Petersburg, Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1729.
With: (2) ANNA, Tsarina and Shah TAHMASP II. [Title in Russian followed on the same page by:] Tractat, so zwischen Ihro Kayserl. Majest. von allen Reussen und des persischen Schachs Majest. in der Provintz Gilan zu Rätsche durch die von beyden Seiten Bevollmächtigte Ministros am 21. Jan. 1732 geschlossen worden.St. Petersburg, Imperial Academy of Sciences, 1732. Two treaties between Russia and the Safavid Empire in Russian and German in 2 parallel columns. Small folio (27.5 x 19.5 cm). Disbound. Full description
€ 6,500
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Unusually favourable introduction to Islam and the Ottoman Empire

POSTEL, Guilliaume. De la republique des Turcs: & là ou l'occasion s'offrera, des meurs & loy de tous Muhamedistes, ...
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-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. 4to. 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. Full description
€ 22,500
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Islamic texts on the Christian crusades

REINAUD, Joseph Toussaint. Extraits des historiens Arabes, relatifs aux guerres des croisades, ouvrage formant, d'après les écrivains Musulmans, un récit suivi des guerres saintes ...
[Paris], Imprimerie Royale, 1829. 8vo. Contemporary dark green half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 6,500
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Arabic travel account from the early Abbasid era,
concerning China and India

REINAUD, Joseph Toussaint (translator). Relation des voyages faits par les Arabes et les Persans dans l'Inde et à la Chine dans le IXe siècle de l'ère chrétienne; texte Arabe imprimé en 1811 par les soins de feu Langlès …
Paris, Imprimerie royale, 1845. 2 volumes. 18mo (15 x 10 cm). With Arabic title-page printed in red and black. Later half calf, gold-tooled spine, with the original blue printed wrappers bound in. Full description
€ 4,500
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Conversations at the Algerian marketplace, attractively bound

RICHARD, Charles. Les mystères du peuple Arabe.
Paris, Challamel Ainé (half-title: De Soye et Bouchet); Algiers, Bastide, 1860. Large 12mo (17 x 12 cm). Contemporary yellow half morocco, gold-tooled spine with a blue morocco title-label and the emblem of the Ottoman Empire, a crescent moon with star, in the other compartments, gilt upper edge (bound by R. Petit). Full description
€ 1,500
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Only copy located of a hand-coloured print series of Arabian horses,
after drawings made in Baghdad

RICH, Claudius James and Siegmund Ferdinand von PERGER. Sammlung und Darstellung verschiedener Pferde intressanter Zuchten, Landeskarten und Rassen ...
Vienna, Müllersche Kunsthandlung, 1815. Oblong folio (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, hand-coloured and loose as issued. Full description
€ 12,500
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A detailed typescript report on the breeding and training of Arabian horses

RIEMSDIJK, Willem Johan Emanuel van. Verslag, ..., over een eenjarig verblijf in Frankryk.
[The Netherlands?, ca. 1904?]. 33.5 x 21 cm. With 32 original photographic prints (silver gelatin), mounted on 19 paperboard leaves, each with a neatly written manuscript caption. Inserted is a chromolithographic map of "Klein Asien, Syrien, &c." (map 59 from "Stielers Hand-Atlas"), with two captions and the routes of two expeditions added in black and blue ink. Contemporary cloth. Full description
€ 6,500
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The feasts of Israel as parables of time and the age of the world

ROBBERTSZ. LE CANU, Robbert. Korte inleydinge der feesten Israels, twelck rechte tijtkaarten zijn, waer in ghy sien meucht hoe veel groot jaaren die werelt ghestaan heeft, ende hoe veel groot jaren datse noch staan sal, ende in wat groot jaar datse vergaan sal.
[Amsterdam, Robert Robertsz. le Canu?], 1593. 4to. With 7 folding engraved plates, each with 4 to 7 small engravings of biblical scenes, 6 of the plates with the scenes positioned in a 24.5 cm diameter circular chronological diagram, but set in a linear diagram in the other (8 x 28 cm), and 8 woodcut diagrams in the text. With the compartments in the diagrams coloured by a contemporary hand. Late 19th-century half mottled sheepskin. Full description
€ 9,500
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Egypt and Nubia in 45 early drawings and squeezes,
preserving images of sculptures and inscriptions

ROBERTSON, William. Egypt & Nubia.
Cairo [and elsewhere in Egypt and Nubia], 1838-1839. Folio (48 x 36.5 cm). Album containing 42 pencil and other drawings (a few partly coloured) and 3 squeezes, some on the album leaves and some loosely inserted, mostly of ancient Egyptian and Nubian architecture, sculpture, bas-reliefs and hieroglyphic inscriptions, but also with a few botanical drawings and landscapes with buildings. Most have English-language captions in brown ink and are signed and dated 1838 to 1839. New black half morocco, using mid-19th-century marbled paper for the sides. Full description
€ 45,000
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5 original glass lantern slides with the earliest photographs of Mecca and Medina

SADIQ BEY, Muhammad, Christiaan SNOUCK HURGRONJE and Al-Sayyid ‘Abd al-GHAFFÂR. [5 photographic lantern slides of Mecca and Medina (silver gelatin glass positives), taken in the years 1880 to 1889].
Stuttgart, Lichtbilderverlag Theodor Benzinger, [ca. 1910]. 5 glass positive lantern slides (8.5 x 10 cm), each with a black paper mask, paper tape around the edges, a letterpress slip at the foot giving the publisher's name and city, and a slip at the head with the manuscript title. Kept in a contemporary purpose-made wooden box with brass fittings, with the word "Mekka" on the top of the hinged lid. Full description
€ 35,000
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Voyage to the Holy Land in 1522, with sections on Arabia

SALIGNIACO, Bartholomeus de. Itinerarij Terre Sancte: inibique sacrorum locorum: ac rerum clarissima descriptio: omnibus sacre scripture tractatoribus utilissima: peramena auditoribus.
Lyon, Gilbertus de Villiers, 1525. 8vo. With woodcut coat of arms of Cardinal Jean de Guise of Lorraine on the title-page, a full-page woodcut of the crucifixion, 10 small woodcuts of Christ's passion in the text, and small woodcut initials throughout. 18th-century red morocco, gold-tooled spine, boards and board edges, and richly gold-tooled turn-ins, gilt edges. Full description
€ 12,500
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"the foundation stone for a revolution in Arabic scholarship"

SCALIGER, Joseph Justus. Opus de emendatione temporum.
Including: Computus Arabicus ecclesiae Antiochenae.
Leiden, Franciscus Raphelengius (Officina Plantiniana), 1598. Folio (36 x 24 cm). With woodcut printer’s device on title-page. Set in roman and italic types with long passages in Greek, Arabic, Hebrew, Samaritan and Ethiopic, shorter passages in Syriac, and zodiac signs, the Arabic, Samaritan and Ethiopic specially cut for use in the present book. Vellum (ca. 1630?). Full description
€ 19,500
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Early history of the Arab People and the birth of Islam

SILVESTRE DE SACY, Antoine-Isaac, and others. Mémoires de littérature, tirés des registres de l'Academie royale des inscriptions et belles-lettres.... tome quarante-huitième.
Including: SILVESTRE DE SACY, Antoine Isaac. Mémoire sur divers événemens de l'histoire des Arabes avant Mahomet.
Paris, Imprimerie Impériale, 1808. 4to. Set in Roman, Italic, Greek and Arabic. With a folding engraved plate of a Greek inscription and 5 letterpress tables. Contemporary half calf. Full description
€ 3,500
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Attractive view of the carpet trade

TARENGHI, Enrico. [Carpet sellers and a dromedary beside the Nile].
[Rome?, late 19th century?]. Watercolour on a large sheet of paper (image size: 74.5 x 52 cm), signed at the foot right: "E. Tarenghi". Contemporary (?) gilt wooden frame (89.5 x 66 cm), behind plastic. Full description
€ 18,000
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Portuguese break 1546 Muslim siege of Diu in Gujarat

TEIVE, Diogo de (Jacobo TEVIO).

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 4to (18.5×13.5 cm). With woodcut arms of King João III of Portugal on title-page. 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). Gold-tooled red sheepskin (18th-century refurbished in the 19th century).

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€ 45,000
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Well-published world atlas with 109 engraved maps, all coloured by hand

TIRION, Isaak.

Nieuwe en beknopte hand-atlas. Bestaande in eene verzameling van eenige der algemeenste en nodigste landkaarten; ... na de alderlaatste ontdekkingen van De L'Isle en anderen opgesteld.
Amsterdam, [widow of] Isaak Tirion, [1770]. Folio (42 x 26.5 cm). With 109 engraved maps (106 double-page and 3 larger folding; plate size mostly ca. 30 x 34 cm), all coloured as published. Contemporary half calf.

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€ 28,000
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Reinvigorating the corrupt Dutch East India Company

[VOC]. Missive van bewinthebberen van de Oost-Indische Compagnie, in dato den 21. april 1742., vervattende de poincten die zullen konnen dienen tot redres in de administratie en beheeringe van de zaecken van de Oost-Indische Compagnie, &c; relatyf tot de Staeten Notulen van den 2. Augustus 1742.
[The Hague, 1742]. Folio (30.5 x 19.5 cm). Disbound. Full description
€ 2,500
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Compilation of all charters granted to the VOC up until 1754

[VOC]. Octroy, by de hoog mog. Heeren Staaten Generaal der Vereenigde Nederlanden verleend aan de Oostindische Compagnie. In dato den 20 Maart 1602. Mitsgaders reglement, limitatie, ampliatie en continuatien van het voorschreeve octroy, ...
The Hague, Jacobus Scheltus, 1743. 2 volumes. 4to. Contemporary marbled wrappers.
With: (2) Prolongatie van het octroy voor de Oostindische Compagnie, voor den tyd van twaalf jaaren, en sulks tot den jaare 1754 incluis.
(Colophon:) The Hague, Jacobus Scheltus, 1743. Full description
€ 1,250
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Charter of the Dutch East India Company

[VOC]. Octroy, by de hoog mog. heeren Staaten Generaal der Vereenigde Nederlanden verleend aan de Oostindische Compagnie. In dato den 20 maart 1602. mitsgaders reglement, limitatie, ampliatie en continuatien van het voorschreeve octroy, tot den jaare 1700 incluys. … En nog prolongatie en publicatie voor den tyd van twintig jaaren, en sulks tot den jaare 1774 incluys.
The Hague, Jacobus Scheltus, 1748[-1755?]. 4to. Later half vellum. Full description
€ 950
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Famous Dutch voyages of discovery, with 2 maps, 1 plan and 61 plates

[VOC - WIC]. Nederlandsche reizen, tot bevordering van den koophandel, na de meest afgelegene gewesten des aardkloots. ... Met plaaten. Eerste[-veertiende of laatste] deel.
Amsterdam, Peterus Conradi; Harlingen, W. van der Plaats, 1784-1787. 14 volumes bound as 6. 8vo. With 2 engraved folding maps, 1 engraved folding city plan and 61 engraved plates (56 folding) including many topographic views. Uniform half tree calf (ca. 1820?), gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 9,500
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Beautifully illustrated description of Palestine, Sinai and Egypt

WILSON, Charles. Picturesque Palestine, Sinai and Egypt. Edited by Colonel Wilson, R.E, C.B., F.R.S. formerly engineer to the Palestine Exploration Society. Assisted by the most eminent Palestine explorers etc. With numerous engravings on steel and wood.
London, Virtue and Co., [ca.1870]. 4 volumes. Large 4to (33 x 25 cm). With 4 title-pages in red and black, each with a different large steel-engraved vignette, 38 plates (including 4 different steel-engraved frontispieces), and 2 double-page engraved maps of Egypt and Sinai, printed in brown. Contemporary half sheepskin, buckram sides; front board with centre piece in gold, gilt edges. Full description
€ 2,500
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Biographical dictionary of 254 Islamic scholars (11th-15th century), their writings and their academies
including a 22-page excerpt in Arabic from Ibn Qadi Shuhba’s biographical dictionary

WÜSTENFELD, Ferdinand and Ibn Qadi SHUHBA. Die Academien der Araber und ihre Lehrer. Nach Auszügen aus Ibn Schohba's Klassen der Schafeïten ...
Göttingen, Vanderhoeck & Ruprecht (colophon: printed by Friedrich Ernst Huth), 1837. 8vo. Publisher's original printed wrappers. Full description
€ 3,500
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Greek and Arabic physicians on pathology and therapeutics

YUHANNA IBN SARABIYUN (Serapio maior). Iani Damasceni Decapolitani summae inter Arabes autoritatis medici, therapeutice methodi, hoc est, curandi artis Libri VII. partim Albano Torino Vitodurano paraphraste, partim Gerardo iatro Cremonensi metaphraste.
Basel, Heinrich Petri, (march 1543). Folio (20.5 x 29 cm). 17th century black-tinted vellum binding using an earlier liturgic musical manuscript. Full description
€ 18,000
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