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Ahmad Ibn Muhammad Ibn Arabshah

Published by Martino Publishing (2007)

ISBN 10: 1578986923 ISBN 13: 9781578986927

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About this Item: Martino Publishing, 2007. Hardcover. Condition: New. Hardcover. Fine Good binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily. Seller Inventory # 81267881

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IBN ‘ARABSHAH, AHMAD IBN MUHAMMAD.

Published by Leiden: Typographia Elseviriana 1636. (1636)

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About this Item: Leiden: Typographia Elseviriana 1636., 1636. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. Arabic Text with Latin preface by J. Golius. Title in red and black within woodcut architectural border. [8], 448 pages, including half-title. 4to, 191x148 mm, contemporary brown-dyed vellum boards, white ink shelf number on spine; marginal foxing, scattered stains, accession number on leaf after title, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary stamp on last page. First Arabic edition of this important eyewitness account of the life of Tamerlane (Timur Lenk), the successful and barbaric Turkish conqueror in the 14th century, printed entirely in Arabic. “An interesting feature of the book is the use of blue ink for the printing of the word ‘Tamerlanis’ (between two red lines) on the half-title, as well as for one typographical ornament on leaf 3 recto” (Smitskamp). Based on the original Arabic manuscript completed in 1437-38 by the Syrian author Ahmad lbn ‘Arabshah who was secretary to Sultan Ahmad of Baghdad. In the 16th century Timur was made famous in Europe through Christopher Marlowe’s play “Tamburlaine” (publ. 1590). – The present work was edited by Jacob Golius and includes a preface by him. The Arabic manuscript used by him is still preserved at Leiden University library and contains many notes in his hand. A French translation by Pierre Vattier appeared in 1658. A very clean, attractive copy. Extremely rare: the last copy on the market was the Burrell copy in 1999 (sold at Sotheby’s for £8400). Ships from U.A.E. Seller Inventory # ABE-1536091091651

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Kitab ‘Aja’ib al-Maqdur fi Akhbar Timur.) Ahmedis: Ibn Arabshah, Ahmad

Ibn Arabshah, Ahmad ibn Muhammad / Edited by J. Golius).

Published by Lugduni Batavorum, Leiden (1636)

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About this Item: Lugduni Batavorum, Leiden, 1636. Contemprary Vellum. Condition: Good. First Arabic Edition. 448 pp., of Arabic text within borders, [4 foreword in Latin], contemporary full vellum, lightly soiled, title in Latin and Arabic printed in red and black with nice woodcut border by C. van Sichem, editor’s foreword with top border printed in blue, occasional mild foxing, two small closed marginal tears not affecting text, Lacking half title, hinges slightly weak. Extremely rare. First Arabic edition (not translation) of this historical work by Ahmad Ibn Arabsah (1392-1450), describing the conquests of Timur (Tamerlane) in the 14th century and the conditions under his successors. The Syrian author (died in Damascus 854/1450), who was captured with his mother and brother by Timur’s forces in Damascus in 803/1400, was deported to Samarqand, where he studied theology and philology and gained a thorough knowledge of Turkish and Persian (he translated Arabic books into Persian at the court of Sultan Muhammad Othman). He completed this work in 841/1437-8 when he returned to Damascus. It contains first hand observations of unparalleled frankness, showing Timur as an oppressive tyrant - a depiction which contrasted vividly with European views of his character prior to this work. In the 16th century, Timur was made famous in the English-speaking world through the English playwright Christopher Marlowe’s play "Tamburlaine" (1590). Like other Renaissance writers and scholars, Marlowe’s information on Timur derived indirectly from a letter by the Italian humanist, Jacopo Poggio, published in his Oratoris et Philosophi Opera in Basel in 1538. Poggio’s admiration for Timur derived from and supported the notion that not only classical figures, such as Alexander, but also contemporary leaders were capable of great achievement and conquest. The origin of this work is based on an Arabic manuscript which was completed in 1437-1438 and is still preserved at Leiden University library, Holland, and contains many notes in Golius’s hand. The work was edited and prefaced by Jacob Golius who used this text extensively for his lectures and intended to publish a supplementary volume with a translation and commentary, but the notes found among his papers at his death thirty years later were not ready to be published. "An interesting feature of the book is the use of blue ink for the printing of the word 'Tamerlanis' (between two red lines) on the half-title, as well as for one typographical ornament on leaf 3 recto" (Smitskamp). A French translation by Pierre Vattier appeared in 1658, after he had also translated Erpenius’s edition of the Historia Saracenica. Bibliographic references: Schnurrer, 166; Willems, 434; Fück, 81 f; Smitskamp, PO 313; De Nave, 90; Lambrecht; 1774. Size: Small 4 to. Seller Inventory # 012214

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