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Grammatica arabica, dicta Gjarumia, & Libellus Centum Regentium [auctore 'Abd al-Qahir, al-Jurjani]. Cum versione latina & commentariis Th. Erpenii.
- Leiden, Ex Typographia Erpeniana, 1617. 4to. [viii],157,[2 = Index] pp. Modern tacket vellum. (sporadic marginal slight waterstains, but a very good copy.) Erpenius, the well-known scholar and professor in the near eastern languages at Leiden since 1613. He died in 1624. Edition of two Arabic grammatical treatises: 1. The Ajurrumiya or Gjarumia, compiled by Muhammad bin Muhammad al-Sanhaji (+1323), a classic introduction to phonology. This is the FIRST VOCALIZED EDITION (earlier unvocalized editions published in 1592 and 1610). 2. The Hundred Rules of Syntax or Mi'at'al-amil by Abd a'-Quahir al-Jurjani (+1078). EDITIO PRINCEPS. "Erpenius was the first to fully comprehend the terminology of the Arab grammarians, and with this work, that was intended for scholars well versed in Arabic, he translated these in Latin. In this way he was the first to demonstrate the grammatical principles of Arabic to the Western world."(F.de Nave, Philologia Arabica p.160-161) Since the Raphelengius family was not capable anymore of printing Hebrew, Arabic etc. books, Erpenius decied to found his own near eastern printing press. The Arabic, Hebrew, Coptic etc. types he had made were quite elegant, and more economic and practical in use than the ones of Raphelengius. Erpenius' type was sold posthumously to the Elsevier printers, and later the Enschedé family. Of the type used for this Grammatica Arabica, 142 stamps and 143 moulds are still extant. (F. de Nave, Philologia arabica, pp.150-51). [Attributes: First Edition]
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