Large 8vo, pp. xxxvi, 769, [1, blank], , title printed in green and black, with a frontispiece (of the Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba) and a folding map; some light foxing at beginning and end of volume and occasionally elsewhere; original maroon cloth, top edges gilt, others untrimmed; slightly rubbed; from the library of Ian Robertson (1928–2020).
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Spanish Islam: a history of the Moslems in Spain . . . translated with a biographical introduction and additional notes by Francis Griffin Stokes.
First edition in English of Dozy’s comprehensive history of Islamic Spain from AD 711 to 1110, first published in 1861 as Histoire des Musulmans d’Espagne.
‘It is with extreme diffidence that I give this History to the world. In it I traverse ground hitherto untrodden, for – as I have elsewhere tried to demonstrate [in the first edition of his Recherches sur l’histoire et la littérature de l’Espagne pendant le moyen âge] – existing treatises on the subject are wholly valueless. They are all, in fact, based on the labours of [José Antonio] Conde – on the labours, that is to say, of a writer who had but scanty materials at his disposal, who was unable, from the inadequacy of his linguistic attainments, to understand the documents to which he had access, and who lacked the historic sense . . . . I believe I can justly claim to have examined nearly all the manuscripts extant in Europe which bear upon the history of the Moors, and I have wittingly neglected no aspects of the subject’ (author’s preface, p. xxxv).
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