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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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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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With 91 hand-coloured plates of Turkish costumes

[DALVIMART, Octavien (illustrator)]. The costume of Turkey, illustrated by a series of engravings; with descriptions in English and French.
London, for William Miller by T. Bensley, 1802 [=after 1817]. With hand-coloured stipple-engraved illustration on title-page and 60 hand-coloured stipple-engraved costume plates (the first as frontispiece).
With: (2) [WAGEMAN, Thomas Charles (illustrator)]. The military costume of Turkey. Illustrated by a series of engravings, from drawings made on the spot.
London, for Thomas McLean by B.R. Howelett, 1818. With hand-coloured engraving of the dedicatee "His excellency Antonaki Ramadani, minister of the Ottoman Porte to his Britannic Majesty", and 30 hand-coloured aquatint costume plates (the first as illustration on the engraved title-page). 2 works in 1 volume. Folio (37.5 x 28 cm). Contemporary half morocco, with gold-tooled spine and gilt edges. Full description
€ 6,000
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Traditional Arabia just before the changes due to oil-wealth

DICKSON, Harold Richard Patrick. The Arab of the desert. A glimpse into Badawin life in Kuwait and Sau'di Arabia.
London, George Allen & Unwin, 1951. 8vo. With a portrait of Sheikh Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as frontispiece, numerous wood-engravings in text, including some maps, 46 pages with mostly reproductions of photographs, 9 colour plates (including 1 map), 12 maps (of which 8 folding and loosely inserted in the rear pocket), and 6 folding genealogical tables, also inserted in the rear pocket. Publisher's cloth. Full description
€ 450
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First edition of a history of the Ottoman Empire and Egypt
with a collection of Turkish and Egyptian tales

DIGEON, J.M. Nouveau contes Turcs et Arabes. Précédés d'un abrégé chronologique de l'histoire de la maison Ottomane & du gouvernement de l'Egypte, & suivis de plusieurs morceaux de poésie & de prose, traduits de l'Arabe & du Turc.
Paris, Dupuis, 1781. 2 volumes. 12mo. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spines, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins. Full description
€ 2,750
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