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2020-08-05 13:48:26
1619 issue of the 1591 first edition of the Gospels in Arabic and Latin
Arba`at Anajil Yasu` al-Masih Sayyidina al-Muqaddasah. Sacrosancta quatuor Iesu Christi D. N. Evangelia. Arabice scripta, Latine reddita, figurisq[ue] ornata.Rome, Typographia Medicea, (1591)-1619. Folio (26 x 36.5 cm). Title-page printed in red and black, with the woodcut Medici coat of arms 81 woodcut illustrations in the text (plus 68 repeats), some initialled LP for the block cutter (Leonardo Parassole or less likely Lucas Pennis) and some also AT for the artist (Antonio Tempesta). Set in naskh Arabic type with the interlinear Latin text in roman. Contemporary Italian flexible boards with manuscript title on spine. [4], 9-462, [2] pp. One of two simultaneous 1619 issues of the first edition of the four Gospels in Arabic with the interlinear Latin text, containing all leaves of the 1591 first issue, but adding two preliminary leaves. The main text was prepared at the same time and printed by the same press as the first edition of the Gospels in Arabic only. These were the first books produced by the Typographia Medicae Orientale established by Cardinal Ferdinando de Medici (from 1587 Grand Duke of Tuscany) in 1584, initially under the auspices of Pope Gregory XIII, to spread the word of Christ in the Orient. Supervised by the able scholar Giovambattista Raimondi (1536-1614), its strength lay in oriental, especially Arabic, printing. The press printed 3900 copies of the Arabic and Latin Gospels, intending for missionaries to distribute most of them in non-Christian lands. There were four issues, the first in 1591, two in 1619 (the distinction between these two seems to ha … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: ASHER RARE BOOKS [Utrecht, The Netherlands]

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