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REELAND, Adriaan.
La Religion des Mahometans,
The Hague: Isaac Vaillant,, 1721. Duodecimo (161 x 97 mm) Contemporary calf, red morocco label to the spine, low bands with gilt foliate roll, double fillet panels to the compartments, hexafoil centre tools with stylised fleur-de-lys cornerpieces, single fillet panel in blind to the boards, edges stained red, marbled endpapers, blue silk page-marker intact. Pictorial half-title, folding genealogy of Muhammad, and 4 other plates, 3 of them folding - Haghia Sophia, the Ka'ba, and "les diverses postures des Turcs en priant". A little rubbed at the extremities, small chip from the head-cap, and short split at the head of the rear joint, old repair to the front pastedown, light browning, a very good copy. First edition in French, first published in Latin in 1705, an English edition was published in 1712, and a German in 1715. "Edited by David Durand Â… this important work by the Dutch orientalist Reeland sets out to correct misconceptions in the popular about Islam, and to bring a better understanding of it. The work was based on Reeland's own collection of Arabic manuscripts and those to which he had access Â…" (Atabey). Considered by Hamilton to be a "truly objective study of Islam Â… besides reproducing a Muslim confession of faith, it gives a detailed account of Muslim practices, adding elegant representations of the ritual gestures of prayer by the Dutch engraver Jan Goerce" (The Arcadian Library, pp.238-9). An excellent copy of this important eighteenth-century study. The Arcadian Library, 8836; Atabey 1024; Chauvin XII, 1387; Schnurrer 432-435. [Attributes: First Edition … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Peter Harrington [United Kingdom]
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