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.
‘ATTAR, Mohammed bin Ibrahim Farid Al-Din, attributed to (John Haddon HINDLEY, editor).
Pendeh-i-Attar. The Counsels of...
London, W. Bulmer & Co. for Black, Parry and Kingsbury, 1809.
First edition of the Pand-nama of Farid al-Din ‘Attar and the first appearance of any of ‘Attar’s works in the original Farsi.
Iacobi Blanchoni ucessiensis adversus Ludovicum beneventanum abbatem selestensem defensionum liber.
Lyon, Jean de Tournes, 1550.
First edition of a very rare work of sixteenth-century Lyonnese Neoplatonism, an elegantly-printed de Tournes edition. Ostensibly a simple series of remarks against the theses of the (presumably sternly Scholastic) abbot of Selestan, this is a tract of Renaissance moral philosophy. The theme of...
Historia dell’antica, e moderna Palestina. Descritta in tre parti . . . Nella quale si hà particolare descrittione...
Venice, Giovanni Battista Surian, 1642.
First edition; scarce. The Minorite friar Vincenzo Berdini was named Commissioner General of the Holy Land by Paul V in 1615. It is not known how long he spent in the Near East, but it was apparently long enough for him to visit and carefully study the principal holy sites (‘di vedere, ed’intender...
VILLEHARDOUIN, Geoffroy de (Charles du Fresne DU CANGE, editor).
Histoire de l’empire de Constantinople sous les empereurs françois,...
Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1657.
First collected edition, comprising the third edition of Villehardouin’s chronicle, edited and translated by Du Cange, and the first edition of Du Cange’s history of the Latin empire in the Levant. The original and modern French versions of Villehardouin’s chronicle are printed on opposite pages....
Oratio habita ab eloquentissimo viro Hieronymo Balbo Praesule Gurcen[sis] Serenissimi Principis Ferdinandi Archiducis...
[Rome, Francesco Minucio Calvo, 1523].
One of several editions of Balbi’s celebrated oration to appear in the same year, priority not established.
ATABEY, Sefik E. – Leonora NAVARI.
The Ottoman World. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps.
London: Bernard J. Shapero, 1998.
First and only edition, limited to 750 sets. A comprehensive catalogue of Sefik E. Atabey's remarkable library of some 1,370 pre-1854 books, manuscripts, and maps relating to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. Each item is carefully described and annotated, and the catalogue is supplemented...
[ESZTERGOM, siege of.]
Distinta relatione del glorioso acquisto dell’importante città di Strigonia; ottenuta dall’armi Cristiane...
Venice and Piacenza, Tomaso Zambelli, .
An unrecorded printing of this newsletter reporting on the capture, in October 1683, of Esztergom, in northern Hungary, by the armies of Charles V, Duke of Lorraine, and John III Sobieski, King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania. Esztergom was first captured by Suleiman the Magnificent in 1543, and...
[ESZTERGOM, Siege of.]
Kurtzer Bericht von der eroberten Stadt und Vestung Graan, sambt denen Accords-Puncten welche nach...
Regensburg, Paul Dalnsteiner, .
A rare newsletter relating the siege of Esztergom (Gran), the old primatial see of Hungary which had been in Turkish hands since 1605. ‘The Turkish grand vizir Kara Mustafa Pasha had failed in dismal fashion in the unforgettable siege of Vienna (from 14 July to 12 September 1683), the Ottoman disaster...