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Beiträge zur Kenntniss der Poesie der Alten Araber.
Hannover: Carl Rümpler,, 1864. Octavo (240 x 155 mm). Early-20th-century blue cloth, gilt-lettered red morocco label and gilt fleur-de-lys to spine, marbled endpapers, top edge red. Frequent Arabic types. Shelf-mark label to spine, ink stamp of the Institut Catholique de Toulouse to the title page and p. 39. Extremities lightly rubbed, spine darkened, faint soiling to covers, marginal browning, the occasional spot or mark. A very good copy. First edition of this foundational study of early Arabic poetry, from the collection of Louis Desnoyers (1874-1928), noted professor of oriental languages at the Institut Catholique de Toulouse, with his ink-stamp to the title page. Nöldeke worked almost entirely from unpublished manuscripts holdings in the libraries of Berlin, Gotha, and Leiden. His account discusses the Mu'allaqat, the Lamiyat al-'Arab of al-Shanfarah, Ibn Qutaybah's Tabaqat al-Shu'ara', and works by lesser-known figures such as Arabian Jews and Mutammim ibn Nuwayrah, many of which are printed in the original Arabic. Nöldeke (1836-1930) was one of the greatest Semitists of the 19th century. He also wrote a highly influential study of the Qur'an, and numerous grammars. One of his main theses was that much early Arabic poetry was written at a later date. Uncommon: no copies traced at auction.
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