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ABDOLLATIPHI HISTORIAE AEGYPTI COMPENDIUM, ARABICE ET LATINE. Partim ipse vertit, partim a Pocockio versum edendum curavit, notisque illustravit J. White
Oxford, J. Cooke, Hanwell and Parker. 1800.. 1800, 4to, approximately 265 x 215 mm, 10½ x 8½ inches, parallel text in Arabic and Latin on facing pages, pages (18), xxxii including Subscriber's list and Abdollatiphi Vita, 321, (55) Appendices and Latin Index, bound in full mottled calf, rebacked to style with gilt rules and gilt lettering, all edges speckled blue. Covers and corners slightly worn, attractive reference library bookplate on front pastedown, small library stamp on title page, another with ink number on verso, just showing through on recto, small brown stain to a few upper margins, occasional very slight foxing, slight browning to inner margin of a few pages towards the end. Binding tight and firm. A very good copy of a work which is scarce in any edition. The Arabian author born in Baghdad (1162-1231) was a celebrated doctor and historian. For a number of years he taught philosophy and medicine at the universities of Cairo and Damascus. In this work which is one of the earliest on Egyptology, he relates what he himself saw and learnt on his travels in Egypt, and is particularly full on the plants of the country; the historical part occupies only the two last chapters. The Arabic manuscript was discovered by the orientalist Edward Pococke in 1665 and published by him in the 1680s. His son, also Edward Pococke translated a small part of it into Latin, and the full translation was eventually published by Professor Joseph White of Oxford in 1788. MORE IMAGES ATTACHED TO TH IS LISTING.
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