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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 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...

    £600

  2. BALBI, Girolamo.

    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.

    £950

  3. BEAUHARNOIS, Félicité (pseudonym?).

    Zoraïm, ou les aventures d’un musulman; traduit de l’Anglois, par la c. Félicité Beauharnois,...

    Paris, chez la cit. Dhotel, libraire, an VIIme [1799].

    Very rare (only one copy traced) cautionary tale against ambition and vengeance, set in the Ottoman world, and penned during the French Revolution.

    £750

  4. BLANCHON, Jacques.

    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...

    £950

  5. BUSBECQ, Ogier Ghislain de.

    The four epistles ... concerning his embassy into Turkey. Being remarks upon the religion, customs,...

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

    First edition in English of Busbecq’s Turkish letters. Busbecq (1522–1592) served as emperor Ferdinand I’s ambassador at the Ottoman Porte between 1555 and 1562. ‘His letters contain perhaps the most interesting of all accounts of Turkish life, and his description and analysis of the Ottoman...

    £1200

  6. CAMPANO, Giovanni Antonio.

    Oratio ... in [con]ventu Ratispo. ad exhortandas principes Germano[rum] contra Turcos et de laudibus...

    [Rome, Stephan Plannck, c. 1487].

    First edition of this speech by Campano intended to incite the belligerency of the Germans against the Turks, in the wake of Turkish raids into Friuli, in northeast Italy, which had begun in 1469. Famous for his Latin epigrams, verses, orations, and biographical and historical works, Campano (1429–1477)...

    £7000

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

    Spanish Islam: a history of the Moslems in Spain . . . translated...

    London, Chatto & Windus, 1913.

    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.

    £100

  8. GALLOP, Annabel.

    Malay seals from the Islamic world of Southeast Asia.

    Singapore, NUS Press in association with the British Library, 2019.

    A new publication by Annabel Teh Gallop, Lead Curator in Southeast Asia Collections at the British Library, published by NUS Press in Singapore. The British Library website describes Malay seals as ‘a catalogue of 2,168 seals sourced from more than 70 public institutions and 60 private collections...

    £85

  9. GEOPONICA.

    Constantino Cesare de li scelti et utilissimi documenti de l’Agricoltura, nuovamente dal latino in volgare tradotto...

    Venice, Giovan Battista da Borgofranco, 1542.

    First Italian edition of the Geoponica, a collection of agricultural teachings originally compiled by Cassianus Bassus around the sixth or seventh century AD from older Roman, Greek and Arabic texts (mostly now lost), and revised c. 950 AD by order of Constantine VII, to whom the work was...

    £1650

  10. GREEN, Samuel.

    The life of Mahomet, founder of the religion of Islam, and of the empire of the Saracens; with notices of the history...

    London, T. Tegg, 1840.

    First edition. ‘In the following work, brevity has been as much studied as is consistent with a correct and full exhibition of the subject of a memoir . . . . It is fancied that such a work, within the reach of all, was a desideratum in our literature, felt more than ever now that oriental studies...

    £150

  11. HANWAY, Jonas.

    An historical account of the British trade over the Caspian Sea, with a journal of travels from London through Russia...

    London, Dodsley, Nourse, Millar, Vaillant, & Patterson, Waugh, and Willock, 1753.

    First edition of Hanway’s narrative of his trade mission to Russia, Persia, and the Caspian Sea. Having joined the Russia Company in 1743, Jonas Hanway (1712–1786) sailed for Riga in April that year, before travelling on to St Petersburg, Moscow, and Astrakhan in an attempt to re-establish...

    £1400

  12. LA ROQUE, Jean de.

    Voyage de Syrie et du Mont-Liban. Contenant la description de tout le pays compris sous le nom de Liban et d’Anti-Liban,...

    Amsterdam, Herman Uytwerf, 1723.

    Second edition (first Paris 1722) of La Roque’s account of his first journey to the Arab world, undertaken in 1689 when he visited Syria and Lebanon. The son of a Marseille coffee merchant, La Roque (1661–1745) was a journalist, traveller, and one of the founders of the Académie de Marseille....

    £1500

  13. MATTIOLI, Pier Andrea.

    Commentarii secundo aucti, in libros sex Pedacii Dioscoridis Anazarbe de medica materia ... His accessit...

    Venice, Officina Valgrisiana, 1560.

    Fourth Latin edition (first 1554) of Mattioli’s enormously popular herbal; from the library of the learned German orientalist Jakob Christmann and with his annotations in Latin, Greek, Arabic, Aramaic, and German.

    £12000

  14. POGÁNY, Willy (illustrator).

    Forty-four Turkish Fairy Tales, collected and translated by Dr Ignácz Kúnos, with Illustrations...

    London, [Ballantyne Press for] George D. Harrap & co., [1913].

    First edition of this attractive collection of Turkish fairy tales, gathered by the Hungarian folklorist Ignác Kúnos and beautifully illustrated by Willy Pogány.

    £450

  15. POSTEL, Guillaume.

    De orbis terrae concordia libri quatuor, multiiuga eruditione ac pietate referti, quibus nihil hoc tam perturbato...

    [Basel, Johannes Oporinus, 1544.]

    First edition of all four books of Postel’s vision of the unity of the world. The first book had been printed privately in Paris the previous year while approval of the Sorbonne theologians was awaited. When that was not granted, Postel had the work printed by his friend Oporinus in Basel.

    £4500

  16. [QUARITCH.]

    Guillaume Postel (1510–1581).

    Quaritch, 2006.

    A catalogue of a collection of the works of the Renaissance scholar and Arabist, Guillaume Postel. ‘Not only does it include editions of quite exceptional rarity, to be found in few libraries on either side of the Atlantic, but it illustrates every moment of Postel’s extraordinary career and...

    £60

  17. ROSS, Alexander (editor).

    Πανσεβεια, or a View of all Religions in the World, with the several Church-Governments,...

    London, John Williams, 1672.

    Fourth edition of Ross’s Pansebeia and third of the Apocalypsis. A quarrelsome Aberdonian cleric most memorable for dismissing the works of Copernicus, Galileo, Kepler, Harvey, and Hobbes, Alexander Ross (1591–1654) published in 1653 his Pansebeia, a study of the religions...

    £175

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

    Persianischer Rosenthal. In welchen viel lustige...

    Schleswig, Johann Holwein for Johann Nauman in Hamburg, 1654.

    Rare first edition of Olearius’s translation of Sa‘di’s Gulistān or ‘Rose-garden’, richly and engagingly illustrated.

    £6500

  19. [SELIM I, Sultan.]

    Das ist ein anschlag eins zugs wider die Türcken. Und alle die wider den Christenlichen glauben seind.

    [Nuremberg, Friedrich Peypus, c. 1518].

    The expansion of the Ottoman empire during the reign of Sultan Selim I (1512–20) was closely watched throughout Europe, which was both fascinated and fearful of the rise of Ottoman power. The present pamphlet, of which there were several editions, at Nuremberg and other cities in the German-speaking...

    £3800

  20. SHAW, Thomas.

    Travels, or observations relating to several parts of Barbary and the Levant, illustrated with cuts, the second edition,...

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

    ‘Second and most valued edition’ (ODNB) of Shaw’s observations of North Africa and the Near East. Serving as Chaplain to the English factory at Algiers from 1720 to 1733, Thomas Shaw (1694–1751) travelled extensively in Egypt, Palestine, Cyprus, and North Africa, gathering extensive observations...

    £1200