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The written legacy of the Islamic world from the eighth to the twentieth centuries, with an emphasis on Arabic and Persian manuscripts, together with Western books and manuscripts dealing with Islamic cultures and countries.

Quaritch has been handling such material since the nineteenth century, and has been instrumental in the expansion and refinement of many major collections. Among the important works to pass through our hands have been a manuscript of Nizami's Khamsah, copied for the Mughal Emperor Akbar in 1595, now MS Add. 12208 at the British Library; a set of four volumes from a thirty volume Qur'an, one of the earliest known examples of Eastern Kufic, now MS 1417 at the Chester Beatty Library; and Pagano's monumental view of Cairo, printed at Venice in 1549, one of two surviving copies, now in a private collection.
  1. ALEXANDER, James Edward, translator, and Mirza Itesa MODEEN (Itisam al-Din).

    Shigurf namah i velaët, or excellent intelligence...

    London, Parbury, Allen & Co., 1827.

    First edition. A first-hand account of eighteenth-century intrigue and court politics, involving George III, the Mughal emperor, Shah Alam II, and a motley cast of supporting characters. Al-Din, initially an employee of various Britons, undertook a mission to Britain between 1766 and 1768. The...


  2. ANQUETIL-DUPERRON, Abraham-Hyacinthe.

    ‘Recherches sur les migrations des Mardes, ancien peuple de l’Asie’.

    [Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1793, and Imprimerie Impériale, 1808].

    Extracted from volumes 45 (1793) and 50 (1808) respectively of the Mémoires de l’Academie des Inscriptions et Belles Lettres. ‘As inhabitants of the Arabo-Byzantine border country, the Djaradjima [or Maradas] played an important part during the early days of Islam in the wars between Arabs and Byzantines,...


  3. ATABEY, Sefik E. – Leonora NAVARI.

    The Ottoman World. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps.

    London: Bernard J. Shapero, 1998.

    First and only edition, limited to 750 sets. A comprehensive catalogue of Sefik E. Atabey's remarkable library of some 1,370 pre-1854 books, manuscripts, and maps relating to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. Each item is carefully described and annotated, and the catalogue is supplemented...


  4. ‘ATTAR, Mohammed bin Ibrahim Farid Al-Din, attributed to (John Haddon HINDLEY, editor).

    Pendeh-i-Attar. The Counsels of...

    London, W. Bulmer & Co. for Black, Parry and Kingsbury, 1809.

    First edition of the Pand-nama of Farid al-Din ‘Attar and the first appearance of any of ‘Attar’s works in the original Farsi.


  5. BALBI, Girolamo.

    Oratio habita ab eloquentissimo viro Hieronymo Balbo Praesule Gurcen[sis] Serenissimi Principis Ferdinandi Archiducis...

    [Rome, Francesco Minucio Calvo, 1523].

    One of several editions of Balbi’s celebrated oration to appear in the same year, priority not established.


  6. BAUDIER, Michel.

    Histoire générale du serrail, et de la cour du Grand Seigneur, Empereur des Turcs. Où se voit l’image de...

    Rouen, Jean Osmont, 1638.

    Fourth edition. This is one of two issues to appear at Rouen in the same year, the other bearing the imprint of Jean Berthelin. Baudier’s much-read account of Turkish customs first appeared in 1624. The author was ‘a popularizer of general knowledge of the Ottoman Empire, and by emphasizing the dramatic...


  7. BLANCHON, Jacques.

    Iacobi Blanchoni ucessiensis adversus Ludovicum beneventanum abbatem selestensem defensionum liber.

    Lyon, Jean de Tournes, 1550.

    First edition of a very rare work of sixteenth-century Lyonnese Neoplatonism, an elegantly-printed de Tournes edition. Ostensibly a simple series of remarks against the theses of the (presumably sternly Scholastic) abbot of Selestan, this is a tract of Renaissance moral philosophy. The theme of...


  8. [ESZTERGOM, Siege of.]

    Kurtzer Bericht von der eroberten Stadt und Vestung Graan, sambt denen Accords-Puncten welche nach...

    Regensburg, Paul Dalnsteiner, [1683].

    A rare newsletter relating the siege of Esztergom (Gran), the old primatial see of Hungary which had been in Turkish hands since 1605. ‘The Turkish grand vizir Kara Mustafa Pasha had failed in dismal fashion in the unforgettable siege of Vienna (from 14 July to 12 September 1683), the Ottoman disaster...


  9. GREEN, Samuel.

    The life of Mahomet, founder of the religion of Islam, and of the empire of the Saracens; with notices of the history...

    London, T. Tegg, 1840.

    First edition. ‘In the following work, brevity has been as much studied as is consistent with a correct and full exhibition of the subject of a memoir . . . . It is fancied that such a work, within the reach of all, was a desideratum in our literature, felt more than ever now that oriental studies...


  10. POUJOULAT, Baptistin.

    Voyage à Constantinople dans l’Asie Mineure, en Mésopotamie, à Palmyre, en Syrie, en Palestine et en...

    Paris, Ducollet, 1840–41.

    First edition. ‘Consists of 35 letters addressed mainly to his brother Jean Poujoulat and to Joseph Michaud who together had produced the Correspondance d’Orient 1833–5. Baptistin envisaged his work as a sort of continuation. The letters to Michaud begin from Athens in 1836; those to his...


  11. [QUR’AN LEAF.]

    Iraq or Iran, c. 1350–1420 A.D.

    The manuscript from which this leaf originates, a prayer-book made up of the five Qur’an surahs that begin with the phrase Al-hamdu li’llah (surahs I, VI, XVIII, XXXIV and XXXV), has been desribed as ‘one of the finest of its type to have been produced in the late 14th century or the early 15th...


  12. VILLEHARDOUIN, Geoffroy de (Charles du Fresne DU CANGE, editor).

    Histoire de l’empire de Constantinople sous les empereurs françois,...

    Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1657.

    First collected edition, comprising the third edition of Villehardouin’s chronicle, edited and translated by Du Cange, and the first edition of Du Cange’s history of the Latin empire in the Levant. The original and modern French versions of Villehardouin’s chronicle are printed on opposite pages....


  13. WAFĀ, Muhammad.

    Al-‘Urūsh [or:] Kitāb al-’urūsh wa hisāb al-ghalab wa al-maghlūb l-Āristūtilīs…

    992 AH [1584 AD].

    A late sixteenth-century copy of a Sufi treatise on Aristotelian causation, attributed to Muhammad Wafā (1302-1363), who was a prominent Cairo Sufi, the first in a long line of scholastic mystics, and the founder of the Sufi order which bore his name, the Wafā’iyya.