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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. BLANCHON, Jacques.

    Iacobi Blanchoni ucessiensis adversus Ludovicum...

    Lyon, Jean de Tournes, 1550.

    First edition of a very rare work of...

    £950

  5. 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

  6. CAMPANO, Giovanni Antonio.

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

    [Rome, Stephan Plannck, c. 1487].

    First edition of this speech by Campano...

    £7000

  7. 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

  8. GALLOP, Annabel.

    Malay seals from the Islamic world of Southeast...

    Singapore, NUS Press in association with...

    A new publication by Annabel Teh Gallop,...

    £85

  9. GEOPONICA.

    Constantino Cesare de li scelti et utilissimi...

    Venice, Giovan Battista da Borgofranco, 1542.

    First Italian edition of the Geoponica,...

    £1650

  10. GREEN, Samuel.

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

    London, T. Tegg, 1840.

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

    £150

  11. HANWAY, Jonas.

    An historical account of the British trade...

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

    First edition of Hanway’s narrative...

    £1400

  12. LA ROQUE, Jean de.

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

    Amsterdam, Herman Uytwerf, 1723.

    Second edition (first Paris 1722) of...

    £1500

  13. MATTIOLI, Pier Andrea.

    Commentarii secundo aucti, in libros sex...

    Venice, Officina Valgrisiana, 1560.

    Fourth Latin edition (first 1554) of...

    £12000

  14. POGÁNY, Willy (illustrator).

    Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales, collected...

    London, [Ballantyne Press for] George...

    First edition of this attractive collection...

    £450

  15. POSTEL, Guillaume.

    De orbis terrae concordia libri quatuor,...

    [Basel, Johannes Oporinus, 1544.]

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

    £4500

  16. [QUARITCH.]

    Guillaume Postel (1510–1581).

    Quaritch, 2006.

    A catalogue of a collection of the works...

    £60

  17. ROSS, Alexander (editor).

    Πανσεβεια, or a View of...

    London, John Williams, 1672.

    Fourth edition of Ross’s Pansebeia...

    £175

  18. 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

  19. [SELIM I, Sultan.]

    Das ist ein anschlag eins zugs wider die...

    [Nuremberg, Friedrich Peypus, c. 1518].

    The expansion of the Ottoman empire during...

    £3800

  20. SHAW, Thomas.

    Travels, or observations relating to several...

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

    ‘Second and most valued edition’...

    £1200