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WEIL, Gustav.
Geschichte der Chalifen. Nach handschriftlichen, größtentheils noch unbenützten Quellen.
Mannheim: Friedrich Bassermann, , 1846-51. 3 volumes, octavo (218 x 136 mm). Near-contemporary green half calf, marbled boards and endpapers, title gilt direct to spine, top edges gilt others uncut, original wrappers bound in to rear of each volume. From the library of British Arabist and colonial agent Col. S. B. Miles (1838-1914), with printed bookplates noting his widow's bequest of the collection to Bath Public Library in 1920, and associated manuscript shelf-marks and blind-stamps as usual. Light browning and some spotting, but overall very good indeed. First edition of Weil's path-breaking history of Islam, which relied in large part on Muslim sources still in manuscript. Sets are fairly common in institutions, but rarely encountered on the market. Weil (1808-1889) was born in Sulzburg in Baden, and was originally destined for the rabbinate, but at a young age found that he had little taste for the theological life and in "1828 he entered the University of Heidelberg, devoting himself to the study of philology and history; at the same time he studied Arabic under Umbreit. Though without means, he nevertheless went to study under De Sacy in Paris in 1830, and thence followed the French military expedition to Algiers, acting as correspondent at Algiers for the Augsburger Allgemeine Zeitung. This position he resigned in 1831, and journeyed to Cairo, where he was appointed instructor of French at the Egyptian Medical School of Abu-Zabel. He utilised the opportunity to study with the Arabic philologists Mohammed Ayyad al-Tantawi and Ahmad al-Tunsi. Here also he acquired … [Click Below for Full Description]
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