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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. 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

  2. BALBI, Girolamo.

    Oratio habita ab eloquentissimo viro Hieronymo...

    [Rome, Francesco Minucio Calvo, 1523].

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

    £950

  3. BLANCHON, Jacques.

    Iacobi Blanchoni ucessiensis adversus Ludovicum...

    Lyon, Jean de Tournes, 1550.

    First edition of a very rare work of...

    £950

  4. CAMPANO, Giovanni Antonio.

    Oratio ... in [con]ventu Ratispo. ad exhortandas...

    [Rome, Stephan Plannck, c. 1487].

    First edition of this speech by Campano...

    £7000

  5. GALLOP, Annabel.

    Malay seals from the Islamic world of Southeast...

    Singapore, NUS Press in association with...

    A new publication by Annabel Teh Gallop,...

    £85

  6. GREEN, Samuel.

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

    London, T. Tegg, 1840.

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

    £150

  7. HANWAY, Jonas.

    An historical account of the British trade...

    London, Dodsley, Nourse, Millar, Vaillant,...

    First edition of Hanway’s narrative...

    £1400

  8. LA ROQUE, Jean de.

    Voyage de Syrie et du Mont-Liban. Contenant...

    Amsterdam, Herman Uytwerf, 1723.

    Second edition (first Paris 1722) of...

    £1500

  9. [MALTA.] 

    Eruditissima istoria dell’assedio fatto...

    Naples, [c. 1800?]. 

    Scarce poem on the 1565 Great Siege...

    £650

  10. POGÁNY, Willy (illustrator).

    Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales, collected...

    London, [Ballantyne Press for] George...

    First edition of this attractive collection...

    £450

  11. POSTEL, Guillaume.

    De orbis terrae concordia libri quatuor,...

    [Basel, Johannes Oporinus, 1544.]

    First edition of all four books of Postel’s...

    £4500

  12. [QUARITCH.]

    Guillaume Postel (1510–1581).

    Quaritch, 2006.

    A catalogue of a collection of the works...

    £60

  13. SA‘DI, Abu ‘Abd Allah Musharrif al-Din (Adam OLEARIUS, translator).

    Persianischer Rosenthal. In welchen viel...

    Schleswig, Johann Holwein for Johann Nauman...

    Rare first edition of Olearius’s translation...

    £6500

  14. SHAW, Thomas.

    Travels, or observations relating to several...

    London, A. Millar and W. Sandby, 1757.

    ‘Second and most valued edition’...

    £1200

  15. [UNGER, Salomo Gottlob.]

    Geschichte des Oesterreich-Russischen und...

    Leipzig, Wilhelm Gottlob Sommer, 1792.

    First and only edition, extremely rare,...

    £1250

  16. VANE, Charles William, Marquess of Londonderry.

    A Steam Voyage to Constantinople, by the...

    London, Henry Colburn, 1842. 

    First edition, scarce on the market,...

    £1500