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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. 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

  3. 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

  4. TASSO, Torquato.

    Il Goffredo overo Gierusalemme liberata del sig. Torquato Tasso. Con le figure intagliate in rame dal Tempesta.

    Rome, Filippo de Rossi, 1657.

    Attractive copy of the 1657 illustrated pocket Gerusalemme Liberata, reprinting the successful Rome edition of 1607. It includes Tasso’s Allegoria del poema, printed as introduction to the poem, and is enlivened throughout by one of the famous cycles of engravings produced by Tempesta.

    £400