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The history of the Saracens. Containing the lives of Abubeker, Omar, Othman, Ali, Hasan, Moawiyab I. [and 5 more], the immediate Successors of Mahomet. Including : [CHAPPELOW, Leonard] . An account ... of the life of Mahomet, ... and : OCKLEY, Simon (trans). Sentences of Ali[,] son-in-law of Mahomet, ... Third edition.Cambridge, printed for Anne Ockley, by permission of Henry Lintot, 1757. 2 volumes. 8vo. With folding engraved plate. Contemporary calf. Rebacked, using the original spine-labels and new brown endpapers.
ESTC T134350; Gay, Bibl. de l'Afrique et l'Arabe 98; for background information: Arberry, "The pioneer: Simon Ockley", in: Arberry (ed.) Oriental Essays (1997), pp. 11-47. Third edition of Ockley's most famous work, presenting Islamic history from 632 to 705, based on Arabic sources. "One of the most important steps in the introduction of Arab culture to Europe was the decision to use Islamic sources in order to write a history of the Arabs. This step was taken by Simon Ockley. It is based mainly on a manuscript in Oxford [Bodleian Library] wrongly attributed to the historian of the eighth century, al-Waqidi, but in fact composed at the time of the Crusades. Ockley accepted al-Waqidi's authorship, but was also acquainted with other historians such as Ibn Duqmaq, Ibn Abd Rabbah, al-Suyuti and Abu al-Fida" (Hamilton).It was first published in one volume in 1708 as The conquest of Syria, Persia, and Aegypt by the Saracens, dealing with Islamic history under the first three caliphs. Ten years later Ockley published a continuation entitled The history of the Saracens. The present edition was augmented with a Life of Mahomet, sometimes ascribed to Roger Long, but most likely written by Leonard Chappelow. With a 1914 bookplate on pastedown with the owner's monogram "HJK", the motto "semper fidelis" and an open book with "Poles 1913". Some minor browning and in 1 leaf a marginal tear, but still in good condition. The binding is rebacked as noted, but otherwise good.
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