ERPENIUS (THOMAS) Grammatica Arabica, small 4to

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ERPENIUS (THOMAS)
Grammatica Arabica, small 4to

Sold for £ 4,000 (US$ 5,586) inc. premium
ERPENIUS (THOMAS)
Grammatica Arabica, woodcut device on title, text in Latin and Arabic [Schnurrer 49], Leiden, Franciscus Raphelengius, 1613; ROUS (FRANCIS) Archaeologiae Atticae libri tres. Three Bookes of the Attick Antiquities, title within rule border, with final blank [ESTC S116252; Madan I, p.202; STC 21350], Oxford, Leonard Lichfield for Edward Forrest, 1637; CRINESIUS (CHRISTOPH) Babel [in Hebrew] sive discursus de confusione linguarum, tum orientalium: Hebraicae, Chaldaicae, Syriacae, scripturae Samariticae, Arabicae, Persicae..., woodcut device on title (short tear at fore-margin just touching device), Nuremburg, Simon Halbmeyer, 1629, 3 works bound in 1 vol., FIRST EDITIONS, contemporary limp vellum, lettered in ink on upper cover "Arabic Grammar", and on spine "Miscealla. 5...", soiled, small 4to

Footnotes

  • First edition of the Arab Grammar by Thomas Erpenius (1584-1624), "the first native European to achieve true greatness in Arabic" (Toomer, Eastern Wisdom and Learning, 1996), published in the year he was appointed Professor of Oriental Langauages at Leiden.

    Provenance: Laurence Palmer, inscribed twice on title and dated 1638, possibly the seventeenth century rector of Gedling, Nottinghamshire, author of Saints Pauls politiques, or, a Sermon against neutrality, 1644; Thomas Cursham, ownership inscription inside upper cover dated 1738.
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