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Théologie musulmane El Ktab des lois secrètes de l'amour
Paris: Georges Carré,, 1893. D'après le Khodja Omer Haleby, Abou Othman. Traduction, mise en ordre et commentaires de Paul de Régla. Large octavo (245 x 160 mm). Contemporary red half morocco, raised bands to spine forming compartments richly gilt with floriate centre-tools and curlicue cornerpieces, title gilt to second, marbled sides and endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed. Armorial bookplate of Mark Dineley to the front pastedown. Extremities lightly rubbed. An excellent copy. First edition of this supposed translation of an erotic manual in Arabic by one Omer Haleby, an Algerian mystic whom the French "translator" claims to have met in Istanbul in 1865, and who on his death bequeathed to him the manuscript of a guide to the occult, which included "El Ktab des lois secrètes de l'amour" ("The book of the secret laws of love"). Paul de Régla was the pseudonym of Paul-André Desjardin, a French military physician born in Algiers in 1838 and subsequently resident in Turkey. He was the author of several works on Turkey and a libertine biography of Jesus. No Arabic original of El Ktab is known and Omer Haleby, who Desjardin claims was born in Algiers of Turco-Moorish parentage and emigrated to Istanbul after the French capture of the city in 1830, has all the appearance of a literary persona.
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