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First book in Arabic type printed in Norway

Al-Mufassal, opus de re grammatica Arabicum.
Oslo, W.C. Fabritius, 1859. 8vo. Near contemporary cloth with title in gold on spine, covered with protective plastic. 229, [5] pp.
€ 4,500
First edition of Jens Peter Broch's dissertation on al-Zamakhshari's Al-Mufassal (Arabic grammar), and the first book with Arabic type printed in Norway. The Persian scholar Al-Zamakhshari (1075-1144) was one of the most important commentators on the Arabic languages. His major work, the Al-Mufassal is "celebrated for its concise but exhaustive exposition" (Encyclopaedia Britannica). The text in the present publication was based on various Arabic manuscripts collected by Broch himself, and is here printed together with Broch's commentary on the text, which gained him international fame. Broch (1819-1886) was an orientalist and linguist from Norway, who promoted at the University of Oslo under Christopher Andreas Holmboe (d. 1882).
Title-page slightly smudged and restored at the gutter, otherwise in very good condition. I. Goldziher, On the history of grammar among the Arabs, p. 136.
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