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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. BEAUHARNOIS, Félicité (pseudonym?).

    Zoraïm, ou les aventures d’un musulman;...

    Paris, chez la cit. Dhotel, libraire,...

    Very rare (only one copy traced) cautionary...

    £750

  4. BECKETT, Ernest William, 2nd Baron Grimthorpe.

    Manuscript diaries descriptive of a voyage...

    1882, 1892, 1894-96, 1898, 1899, 1902.

    An intriguing set of travel diaries...

    £1750

  5. BLANCHON, Jacques.

    Iacobi Blanchoni ucessiensis adversus Ludovicum...

    Lyon, Jean de Tournes, 1550.

    First edition of a very rare work of...

    £950

  6. BUSBECQ, Ogier Ghislain de.

    The four epistles ... concerning his embassy...

    London, for J. Taylor and J. Wyat, 1694.

    First edition in English of Busbecq’s...

    £1200

  7. [COMNENO, Vincenzo.]

    Risvegliamento a’ prencipi christiani...

    Rome, Manelfo Manelfi, 1646.

    Only edition, exceptionally rare, of...

    £1500

  8. DELLA VEDOVA, Michele.

    Lamento di Costantinopoli [with]...

    Northern Italy (probably Veneto), c. 1460.

    Extremely rare complete manuscript of...

    £75000

  9. DOZY, Reinhart Pieter Anne (Francis Griffin STOKES, translator).

    Spanish Islam: a history of the Moslems...

    London, Chatto & Windus, 1913.

    First edition in English of Dozy’s comprehensive...

    £100

  10. GALLOP, Annabel.

    Malay seals from the Islamic world of Southeast...

    Singapore, NUS Press in association with...

    A new publication by Annabel Teh Gallop,...

    £85

  11. GREEN, Samuel.

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

    London, T. Tegg, 1840.

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

    £150

  12. HANWAY, Jonas.

    An historical account of the British trade...

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

    First edition of Hanway’s narrative...

    £1400

  13. [POLEMON, John].

    The second Part of the Booke of Batailles,...

    At London, Printed for Giles Cawood. 1587.

    First edition, scarce. Polemon had...

    £2750

  14. [QUARITCH.]

    Guillaume Postel (1510–1581).

    Quaritch, 2006.

    A catalogue of a collection of the works...

    £60

  15. [SELIM I, Sultan.]

    Das ist ein anschlag eins zugs wider die...

    [Nuremberg, Friedrich Peypus, c. 1518].

    The expansion of the Ottoman empire during...

    £3800

  16. SHAW, Thomas.

    Travels, or observations relating to several...

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

    ‘Second and most valued edition’...

    £1200

  17. TASSO, Torquato.

    Il Goffredo overo Gierusalemme liberata...

    Rome, Filippo de Rossi, 1657.

    Attractive copy of the 1657 illustrated...

    £400