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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. ANQUETIL-DUPERRON, Abraham-Hyacinthe.

    ‘Recherches sur les migrations des Mardes,...

    [Paris, Imprimerie Nationale, 1793, and...

    Extracted from volumes 45 (1793) and 50...

    £85

  2. ATABEY, Sefik E. – Leonora NAVARI.

    The Ottoman World. The Sefik E. Atabey...

    London: Bernard J. Shapero, 1998.

    First and only edition, limited to 750...

    £600

  3. BALBI, Girolamo.

    Oratio habita ab eloquentissimo viro Hieronymo...

    [Rome, Francesco Minucio Calvo, 1523].

    One of several editions of Balbi’s celebrated...

    £950

  4. BAUDIER, Michel.

    Histoire générale du serrail, et de la...

    Rouen, Jean Osmont, 1638.

    Fourth edition. This is one of two issues...

    £1200

  5. BLANCHON, Jacques.

    Iacobi Blanchoni ucessiensis adversus Ludovicum...

    Lyon, Jean de Tournes, 1550.

    First edition of a very rare work of...

    £1500

  6. [ESZTERGOM, Siege of.]

    Kurtzer Bericht von der eroberten Stadt...

    Regensburg, Paul Dalnsteiner, [1683].

    A rare newsletter relating the siege of...

    £375

  7. [ESZTERGOM, Siege of.]

    Kurtzer Bericht von der eroberten Stadt...

    Regensburg, Paul Dalnsteiner, [1683].

    A rare newsletter relating the siege of...

    £300

  8. GREEN, Samuel.

    The life of Mahomet, founder of the religion...

    London, T. Tegg, 1840.

    First edition. ‘In the following work,...

    £150

  9. [QUR’AN LEAF.]

    Iraq or Iran, c. 1350–1420 A.D.

    The manuscript from which this leaf originates,...

    £45000

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

    Histoire de l’empire de Constantinople...

    Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1657.

    First collected edition, comprising the...

    £1400

  11. WAFĀ, Muhammad.

    Al-‘Urūsh [or:] Kitāb al-’urūsh...

    992 AH [1584 AD].

    A late sixteenth-century copy of a Sufi...

    £9000