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Elaborately decorated and illustrated Islamic prayerbook

[AL-JAZULI, Muhammad ibn Sulaiman].

[Dala'il al-khayrat (Tokens of beneficial deeds)].
[Ottoman Empire], 1199 AH [= 1784/85 AD], with some later additions. Small 8vo (14.5 x 10 cm). Arabic manuscript prayerbook written in black ink in a neat naskh Arabic hand, with well over 50 headings in red, the opening of the main text decorated with a floral design, 2 full-page perspective views in coloured inks showing the Masjid al-Haram (the Great Mosque) in Mecca, with the Ka'ba in its central plaza, and the al-Masjid an-Nabawi (the Prophet's Mosque) in Medina, about 25 calligraphic roundels, the Prophet's handprint and footprint, several calligraphic seals, 4 pages each with 3 flags, about 20 other pages with pictorial or semi-pictorial images with calligraphic inscriptions, numerous other inscriptions in circular borders and nearly every page in a rectangular border. Richly gold-tooled, tanned sheepskin (ca. 1815) with a flap that wraps around the fore-edge, rebacked.

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€ 18,500
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The famous Mu'allaqat of Antarah

ANTARAH IBN SHADDAD. Antarae poëma arabicum Moallakah cum integris Zouzenii scholiis. E codice manuscripto edidit, in latinum sermonem transulit, et lectiones varietatem addidit Vincentius Elias Menil. Observations ad totum poëma subjunxit Joannes Willmet.
Leiden, Samuel and Johannes Luchtmans, 1816. 4to. With text in Arabic and roman types. Contemporary boards, covered with grey paste-paper. Full description
€ 4,500
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The life of Muhammad and a history of Arabia under the first four Caliphs

[ARABIAN HISTORY]. Hedendaagsche historie; of het vervolg van de algemeene historie; … Behelzende het leeven van Mohammed; en het begin van de historie der Arabieren, onder de drie eerste Khalifs …
Utrecht, Hermanus Besseling (vols. 1-2), Leiden, Amsterdam, P. van der Eyk, G. de Groot and Son, K. van Tongerloo and P. Schouten (vol. 3), 1760-1764. 6 parts in 3 volumes. 4to. With 3 engraved frontispieces, engraved coat of arms and 6 folding plates. Contemporary boards covered with sprinkled paper. Full description
€ 5,000
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Including a manuscript leaf by Burton

[ARABIAN NIGHTS]. BURTON, Richard F. The book of the thousand nights and a night[:] a plain and literal translation of the Arabian nights entertainments.
With:
(2) BURTON, Richard F. Supplemental nights.
(3) BURTON, Richard F. [Autograph manuscript book review of an 1881 Panchatantra edition].
(Colophons: U.S.A. [Boston, MA?]), The Burton Club, [ca. 1940]. 16 volumes (incl. 6 supplements). 8vo. With an original manuscript leaf written by Burton (with the manuscript heading: "Proof to Sir R.F.B. Hotel des Bains, Aigle, Canton Vaud, Switzerland" and a note “Long Primer Pressig.”) and each volume with a different frontispiece in two states (coloured and uncoloured). Contemporary richly gold-blocked green morocco, boards with Arabic script in gold, gold-tooled turn-ins. Full description
€ 25,000
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16th-century print series with more than 450 costumes from around the world

[BRUYN, Abraham de]. Omnium pene Europae, Asiae, Aphricae atque Americae gentium habitus. | Habits de diverses nations de l[']Europe, Asie, Afrique et Ameriqe[!].| Trachtenbuch: Der furnembsten Nationen und Volcker Kleydungen beyde Manns und Weybs personen in Europa Asia Africa und America.
[Antwerp, successors to] Joos de Bosscher, [ca. 1600]. Engraved print series with title-page, a leaf with a 10-line verse about clothing, a leaf with 2 portraitsm, and 61 costume plates (numbered 1-58 plus 28.1, 28.2 and 28.3).
With: (2) [BRUYN, Abraham de]. Exhibemus hoc libello Romani Pontificis, Episcoporum, Monachorum, aliorumque sacerdotum, quorum aliquid scire potuimus, imagines.
Antwerp, [successors to] Joos de Bosscher, "1581" [= ca. 1600]. Engraved print series with title-page and 18 numbered costume plates. 2 works in 1 volume. Small oblong 1mo (25.5 x 36.5 cm). 19th-century half red goatskin morocco, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 11,500
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Famous letters on Islam and Arabic by an outstanding humanist, with many quotations in Arabic

CLENARDUS (CLEYNAERT), Nicolaus. Peregrinationum, ac de rebus machometicis epistolae elegantissimae.
Louvain, Hieronymus Welleus (colophon: printed by Reinerus Velpius), 1561. 8vo. With woodcut printer's device on the title-page and last leaf, woodcut initials, with many quotations in Arabic in woodcut, and incidental use of Greek. Modern sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 4,500
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40 years of correspondence between two leading orientalists in Russia, often concerning Georgian matters

DORN, Bernard. [21 autograph letters, signed, to Marie-Félicité Brosset].
Saint Petersburg, ca. 1840-1879. 8vo (letters, mostly 21 x 13.5 cm) and folio (list of publications). Letters in French with an occasional (Persian?) word in Arabic script, written in black ink on paper, some with the address on the outside and one with Dorn's (Persian?) red wax seal in Arabic script.
With: (2) [Manuscript chronological numbered list of 34 publications by Dorn, 1843-1865].
[Saint Petersburg, ca. 1865]. Full description
€ 7,500
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