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Item Description: 2015. Leather Bound. Book Condition: New. 398 Leather Binding on Spine and Corners with Golden Leaf Printing on round Spine (extra customization on request like complete leather, Golden Screen printing in Front, Color Leather, Colored book etc.) Reprinted in 2015 with the help of original edition published long back [1822]. This book is printed in black & white, sewing binding for longer life, Printed on high quality Paper, re-sized as per Current standards, professionally processed without changing its contents. As these are old books, we processed each page manually and make them readable but in some cases some pages which are blur or missing or black spots. We expect that you will understand our compulsion in these books. We found this book important for the readers who want to know more about our old treasure so we brought it back to the shelves. Hope you will like it and give your comments and suggestions. Lang: - eng, Pages 398, Print on Demand. EXTRA 10 DAYS APART FROM THE NORMAL SHIPPING PERIOD WILL BE REQUIRED FOR LEATHER BOUND BOOKS. COMPLETE LEATHER WILL COST YOU EXTRA US$ 70 APART FROM THE LEATHER BOUND BOOKS. Language: eng. Bookseller Inventory # LB11001304241

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Item Description: J P Lippincott. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. No jacket. Hardcover; English language; No jacket; 8vo - over 7.75" - 9.75" tall; a fair reading copy; has owner name written on title page and front pastedown; HEAVY BOOK(S) 1.4kg. Your book will be securely packed and promptly dispatched from our UK warehouse. For buyers outside the UK we now offer significantly lower rates on our airmail shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 11946col024

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The Koran; Commonly called the Alcoran of: Sale, George
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Item Description: London, Printed for J. Walker; White & Cochrane etc, 1812. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. vol 1 of 2 only. xvi+256pp + 3 charts [2 folding]. pages yellowed with some foxing to endpapers. owner's name in pen. rebound in grey cloth with corners rubbed. Bookseller Inventory # 5sr614

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The Koran, Commonly Called The Alcoran Of: Mohammed and George

Mohammed and George Sale, (Trans. , Commentary)

Published by J. W. Moore, Philadelphia (1850)

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Item Description: J. W. Moore, Philadelphia, 1850. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good+. New edition. Plates, folding; Large 8vo 9" - 10" tall; 670 pages; A new edition. In 3/4 leather over marbled paper covered boards. This copy with heavy cloth tape reinforcement professionally applied as new spine backing. Prior ownership ink stamps of Loyola University to front endpages. Text complete and snugly bound. Toning and foxing generally throughout somethimes moderately heavy. Some light damp lines to the edges of the last 120 or so pages. Five folding engraved plates and maps at rear are complete with moderate foxing and light wear to folds. One plate starting slightly at the front edge with lightfurring. Solid copy. G+ thus. Bookseller Inventory # 32461

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The Koran, commonly called the Alcoran of: Sale, George

Item Description: London. Henry Washbourne, 1836. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Originally published 1734. Black cloth. Front cover is partially detached, spine is worn, corners rubbed. some notes in pen. xiv, 143, 517 p. ; 23 cm. Bookseller Inventory # 30091013

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Item Description: Printed for Thomas Tegg, London, 1825. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Translator. xxiv,[iv],255, 213pp 8vo early marbled boards, with a later (but not recent) plain leather rebacking; 3 genealogical tables (2 folding), large folding frontis. Some worming in the gutters of the tables and a few leaves; owner's name and date on endpaper. Book. Bookseller Inventory # q12102636

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Item Description: Printed for Charles Daly, London, 1838. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. New Edition. folding frontis (with two images), folding map, 3 genealogical tables (2 folding), index, xiv, 133, [1], 471p. Original cloth, recently rebacked in a different shade of stiff blue cloth. 23cm. Corner bumped (and frayed at tips). Minor foxing. A sound and clean edition of Sale's highly regarded translation which was first published in 1734 and often reprinted. Bookseller Inventory # 84194

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Item Description: London: Orlando Hodgson, 1840. 8vo, (xvi), 143, (1), 472 pp. Contemporary signature to title page. Contemporary black diced half calf, light rubbing to extremities otherwise very good. Bookseller Inventory # 30123

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Item Description: London: William Tegg., 1865. NEW EDITION [of Sale's English translation from Arabic] With a Memoir of the Translator. Octavo, pp.516. With large folding frontispiece engraving, fold-out engraved map, and three charts (two of which are folding). Bound in contemporary or near-contemporary quarter red cloth with gilt-titled green morocco title label. Light toning to flyleaves, spine sunned otherwise a clean copy. Listed in '100 Books That Shaped World History' [Raftery, 2002]. Bookseller Inventory # 47994

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The Koran; Commonly Called The Alcoran of: Sale, George
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Item Description: Printed for Charles Daly, 1838. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. A New Edition. Hardcover, bound in olive green cloth. Gilt lettering to spine surround by gilt decorated border, with plain boards. xiv, 114 chapters, 471pp (some pages are unopened) including index, eight chapters in the Preliminary Discourse. Pull-out frontispiece entitled 'View of the Temple of Mecca' along with 'Plan of the Temple of Mecca'. Following the table of contents are three pull-outs and one plate. The first two pull-outs deal with genealogical details of Arab Tribes. The third is a map of Arabia. The plate is entitled 'The Tribe of Koreish'. Slightly sunned to spine, with bumped corners. Some light marks on boards, with small drop of wax to front board. Some foxing throughout. Binding just becoming weakened. Gilt clear and bright, overall a very nice copy in good condition. Bookseller Inventory # 000065

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Item Description: London, 1921. 1/2 Leather. Book Condition: Very Good. 1st Edition Thus. "A New Edition", printed for Scatcherd and Letterman et. al. Both volumes are clean and sound, in the original binding with blue leather, gilt trim, marbled boards, matching marbled endpapers, and gilt edges. The red spine lable is missing from Vol. I and chipped on Vol. II. Hinges and spine ends are rubbed but solid. Light foxing and/or soiling to endpapers, and pencilled name on ffep of both volumes, else interiors are unmarked. Vol. I includes 3 Arabic geneology tables (2 fold-outs) and a fold-out diagram of Mecca. Sale's Koran was the first version translated directly from Arabic into English, in 1734. This relatively early edition of his work makes a handsome set, and remains a classic of Islamic studies. Vol. I: xxiv + 256 pages; Vol. II: iv + 523 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 585

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Sale, George, 1697-1736, ed.

Published by New Edition with a memoir of the Translator. Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle, 13 Minor Street / New York: John Wiley, Law Buildings, 1833 (1833)

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Item Description: New Edition with a memoir of the Translator. Philadelphia: Thomas Wardle, 13 Minor Street / New York: John Wiley, Law Buildings, 1833, 1833. , 406, 423pp., two volumes, good green cloth, covers scuffed, top 4cm of spine of volume two chipped away, spine labels worn, previous owner's name illegible on half-title in both volumes Translated into English immediately from the original Arabic, with explanatory notes taken from the most approved commentators. To which is prefixed a preliminary discourse by George Sale, Gent. A new edition with a memoir of the translator, with various readings and illustrative notes from Savary's version of the Koran. Bookseller Inventory # 39330

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Sale, George

Published by J. Walker, White And Cochrane; C. Law; J. Johnson And Co, London (1812)

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Item Description: J. Walker, White And Cochrane; C. Law; J. Johnson And Co, London, 1812. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fair. Dust Jacket Condition: No Dust Jacket. Spine leather deteriorated. Front board of Volume Two detached. Owner's inscriptions. Rubbing and wear to edges of boards and to spines. 2" split to leather at head of front spine joint on Volume One. 2 1/2" split to leather at tail of rear spine joint on Volume One. Up to 3/4" loss of leather at corners of boards on volume one. Internally good. ; Volume One: xvi, 256 pages + folding view of Mecca + 3 charts (2 folding). Volume Two: iv, 523 pages. Full leather boards with gilt decorations. Black spine labels. Gilt inner dentelles. Marbled endpapers and page edges. Title continues, "Translated From The Original Arabic. With Explanatory Notes, Taken From The Most Approved Commentators. To Which Is Prefixed, A Preliminary Discourse, By George Sale." Page dimensions: 212mm x 130mm. The preliminary discourse by George Sale takes up most of Volume One. ; 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 7640

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THE KORAN: COMMONLY CALLED THE ALCORAN OF: GEORGE SALE, GENT.

GEORGE SALE, GENT.

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Item Description: J. W. MOORE, PHIL, 1856. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. No Jacket. TITLE: THE KORAN: COMMONLY CALLED THE ALCORAN OF MOHAMMED 1856 with foldouts present Rare Edition AUTHOR: GEORGE SALE, GENT. PUBLISHER - (LOCATION) / COPYRIGHT: J. W. MOORE, PHIL 1856 EDITION: Reprint Edition with 'Fifth Edition' on the copyright page ISBN: NONE CATEGORY: Religion, Rare BINDING/COVER: Hardback without dust jacket COLOR: DARK BROWN SIZE: 6 ½ x 9 ½ (approximately) PAGES: 670 pages. CONDITION: The outside is in good condition; there is some fraying along the top edge of the spine; the corner edges have some scuffing. The first front free endpaper has some chipping to the edge. There are a couple of names written on the front pastedown. There is a name written on the second front free endpaper and light scribbles on the opposite side. Book is without other marks or writings, pages are clean and book is tight and sturdy. All the pages are present in book. BACKGROUND/DESCRIPTION: TRANSLATED INTO ENGLISH IMMEDIATELY FROM TEH ORIGINAL ARABIC WITH EXPLANATORY NOTES, TAKEN FROM THE MOST APPROVED COMMENTATORS. TO WHICH IS PREFIXED A PRELIMINARY DISCOURSE. By GEORGE SALE, GENT. FIFTH EDITION, WITH A MEMOIR OF THE TRANSLATOR. There are a few foldout maps present in the back. COMPETITIVE PRICING! Once paid, book(s) will ship immediately to customer (it's on the way), you are welcome to email about shipment date! REFUNDS: All ViewFair books, prints, and manuscript items are 100% refundable up to 14 business days after item is received. InvCodePrc E H V VIEWFAIR BOOKS: 008699. Book. Bookseller Inventory # 008699

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SALE, GEORGE, TRANSLATOR

Published by London: Charles Mason, 1836 (1836)

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Item Description: London: Charles Mason, 1836, 1836. Octavo, contemporary black morocco, decorated with gilt floral patterns, rules and lettering, a.e.g. Faint signs of a removed bookplate on the front paste-down; edges slightly worn; some light foxing; very good copy. A handsome reprint of Sale's classic translation of the Koran. Bookseller Inventory # 26910

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Published by J Johnson, Vernor and Hood, Ogilvy and Soeare, J Sewell, H Gardner, and C and G Kearsley,, Bath: London (1795)

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Item Description: J Johnson, Vernor and Hood, Ogilvy and Soeare, J Sewell, H Gardner, and C and G Kearsley,, Bath: London, 1795. Buckram. Book Condition: Very Good. New Edition. Vol 2 only (of 2), VG 1795. In modern buckram, gilt titles to red morocco label to spine. Internally, [8], 519 pp, [1], [12] contents, some light browning to page edges, refurbished by Delrue, new endpapers, faint edge browning. Sale, orientalist, whose 1734 edition was the only one that was published during his lifetime, but the translation was reprinted in 1746, 1764, and many times afterward, most recently in 1984. See ODNB for a full Bio. Title continues: The Koran Commonly Called The Alcoran of Mohammed Translated from the Original Arabic with Explanatory Notes Taken from the Most Approved Commentators to Which is Prefixed a Preliminary Discourse Vol Two. Bookseller Inventory # 000822

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The Koran : commonly called the Alcoran: George Sale (trans.)

George Sale (trans.)

Published by Printed for L. Hawes, W. Clarke, and R. Collins, and T. Wilcox ,London (1764)

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Item Description: Printed for L. Hawes, W. Clarke, and R. Collins, and T. Wilcox ,London, 1764. Hardcover. Book Condition: Poor. 8vo. vol. 1, 248(intro.) & 266 pages with fold-out view of Mecca.vol 2, 519 pages, with tables at rear. both vols. worn leather backed boards. edges dyed red. front covers are loose, back covers are missing. first (blank) leaf is loose with owner's inscription. pages yellowed. Bookseller Inventory # 5sr530

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The Koran, Commonly called The Alcoran of: Sale George

Sale George

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Item Description: Hazard, 1795. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. Volume II of a two part set. 519, 12 pp An interesting and rare old volume of the Koran. Translation by George Sale, and with extensive explanatory notes. 1 volumes. Refurbished full leather, flat spine with goldstamped title and ornamental blindstamped filets on the boards. Bookseller Inventory # 80508

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Sale, George

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Item Description: LONDON, 1838. HARD BACK GREEN. Book Condition: GOOD. Translated from the Original Arabi: with Explanatory Notes, taken from the most approved commentators; to which is prefixed, A Preliminary Discourse. Good Condition considering the age. Boards: gilt title on spine, book, shelf, edge wear, rubs, corner bumps, soil marks, front hinge crack/spine crack resulting in portions of the top spine cloth separating from the joint exposing the paper. Interior: ink signature from the previous owner on the front free end paper, pages browning, foxing, fold-out charts/maps, few uncut page top edges. DATE PUBLISHED: 1838 EDITION: 471. Bookseller Inventory # 047209

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The Koran. Commonly called the Alcoran of: QUR'AN; English.)
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Item Description: London: for Thomas Tegg and Son, 1838, 1838. Octavo (214 x 132 mm). Contemporary tan calf, spine gilt in compartments, red and black morocco labels, gilt frame to covers, edges dyed yellow with red sprinkling, marbled endpapers. Extremities rubbed, light craquelure to covers, mild finger-soiling to front, occasional light spotting. A very good copy. Folding frontispiece with engraved plan and view of Mecca, 3 genealogical tables of which 2 folding, folding map of Arabia. Later London edition of Sale's Qur'an, the first English translation of the Qur'an to be made directly from the Arabic on first publication in 1734, and the basis for all subsequent English editions until the mid-nineteenth century; previously the only complete English translation had been Alexander Ross's 1649 version, which relied solely on the 1647 French edition by Alexandre du Ryer. George Sale (1697-1734), a solicitor, was "the first notable English Arabist who was not in holy orders From 1726 to 1734 he was closely associated with the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, which he served in his legal capacity. Meanwhile he was working on a translation of the Qur'an a landmark in the history of Qur'anic studies" (Holt, Studies in the History of the Near East, p. 58). Sale was textually indebted to the 1698 Latin translation of Ludovico Marracci, confessor to Pope Innocent XI, and his citation of Muslim commentators is restricted to those already mentioned by his predecessor. Yet Sale's work, and in particular his extensive Preliminary Discourse discussing both the biography of the Prophet and the Arabian context of Islam, displays "an enlightened and objective attitude which may have been responsible for his gradual dissociation from the activities of the SPCK", in contrast to the openly polemical intentions of Marracci, whose prefaced offered a lengthy refutation of the Qur'an and Muhammad's prophethood (ibid.) Sale's balanced presentation of Muhammad and Islamic origins was much admired by his contemporaries, including Voltaire, Lessing and especially Gibbon, whose treatment of Arabian history and Islam in his Decline and Fall relies heavily on Sale. In 1921 Edward Denison Ross claimed that Sale's version had still not been superseded, and more than fifty years later Sale's objectivity guarded him from criticism in Edward Said's Orientalism (1978). Bookseller Inventory # 121378

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Item Description: London Orlando Hodgson [1840], 1840. A new edition with a memoir of the translator, a long preliminary discourse on Islam and its history and with various readings and illustrative notes from Savary’s version of the Koran. Engraved folding map, a number of genealogical tables, and a folding plan and view of the Temple of Mecca. 8vo, contemporary full polished honey calf, the spine in compartments filled with elaborate arabesque floral designs gilt, raised bands ruled in gilt, dark red morocco lettering label gilt, covers ruled in gilt, board edges gilt lined. (xvi), 143, 1-472 pp. (including index). A very nice copy, handsome and well preserved, bright and pleasing to the eye, internally quite fresh and clean. HANDSOME EXPANDED EDITION OF ISLAM’S HOLIEST BOOK. Sale's version, published initially in 1734, is the best early translation of the Islamic holy book, and the first English translation taken directly from the original Arabic. The only translation published previously to Sale's was "the despicable French version" of André Du Ryer, issued in 1649, and Alexander Ross’s English version derived from Du Ryer's published in the same year. Sale’s intent in translating the Q’uran was seemingly to educate English readers (and perhaps those in power) about Islam in an atmosphere of what he perceived to be ignorance and intolerance: ".it seems as if there was something more than what is vulgarly imagined, in a religion which has made so surprising a progress." He states, ".as Mohammed gave his Arabs the best religion he could, as well as the best laws, preferable, at least, to those of the ancient pagan lawgivers, I confess I cannot see why he deserves not equal respect, though not with Moses or Jesus Christ, whose laws came really from heaven, yet with Minos or Numa, notwithstanding the distinction of a learned writer, who seems to think it a greater crime to make use of an imposture to set up a new religion, founded on the acknowledgment of one true God, and to destroy idolatry, than to use the same means to gain reception to rules and regulations for the more orderly practice of heathenism already established." He goes on to argue that ".if the religious and civil Institutions of foreign nations are worth our knowledge, those of Mohammed, the lawgiver of the Arabians, and founder of an empire, which, in less than a century, spread itself over a greater part of the world than the Romans were ever masters of, must needs be so." Sale’s translation and prefatory statements were a landmark step towards education and understanding about unfamiliar religious beliefs and cultures as opposed to fear and persecution of them. This edition has been expanded with notes based on French author Claude Etiénne Savary’s translation of the Q’uran. Bookseller Inventory # 26445

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Item Description: London, William Tegg., 1869. 8°. Folded Frontispiece Illustration with original tissue-guard, XI, 516 pages including Index. Original Hardcover. Green cloth withgilt lettering on spine and frontcover. Beautifully, professionally rebacked with basically no trace of the repair. Excellent condition with only minor signs of wear. Text very clean. Binding firm. New endpapers. Bound with original endpapers. The very rare and often missing plan of the Beit Allah or Mosque at Mecca in excellent condition ! George Sale (1697, Canterbury, Kent, England – 1736, London, England) was an Orientalist and practising solicitor, best known for his 1734 translation of the Qur'an into English. He was also author of The General Dictionary, in ten volumes, folio. He was educated at the King's School, Canterbury, and in 1720 became a student of the Inner Temple. It is known that he trained as a solicitor in his early years but took time off from his legal pursuits, returning at need to his profession. Sale was an early member of the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. Sale became seriously ill for eight days before his death, and died at Surrey Street, The Strand, of fever on November 13, 1736. Sale was buried at St. Clement Danes. His family consisted of a wife and five children. He took the time to apply himself in the study of the eastern and other languages, both ancient and modern. Carolus Dadichi, the king's interpreter, helped Sale in his studies of oriental dialects. Sale reputedly spent 25 years in Arabia, thus acquiring his knowledge of the Arabic language and customs; this was the basis of Voltaire's statements in the Dictionnaire Philosophique (articles ‘Alcoran,’ ‘Arot and Marot’). On the other hand Harold Lyon Thomson, writing in the Dictionary of National Biography, stated that he never left his native country. In 1734, Sale published the translation of the Qur'an, dedicated to John Lord Carteret. Sale provided numerous notes and a "Preliminary Discourse" which was manifest with in-depth knowledge of Eastern habits, manners, traditions, and laws. Voltaire bestowed high praise on Sale's version of the Koran. Sale did not, however, place Islam at an equal level with Christianity. He stated: "As Mohammed gave his Arabs the best religion he could, preferable, at least, to those of the ancient pagan lawgivers, I confess I cannot see why he deserves not equal respect, though not with Moses or Jesus Christ, whose laws came really from heaven, yet with Minos or Numa, notwithstanding the distinction of a learned writer, who seems to think it a greater crime to make use of an imposture to set up a new religion, founded on the acknowledgment of one true God, and to destroy idolatry, than to use the same means to gain reception to rules and regulations for the more orderly practice of heathenism already established." Sale's translation of the Qu'ran has been reprinted into modern times. In January 2007, Keith Ellison, the first Muslim elected to the United States Congress, was sworn in on an old edition of Sale's Koran, donated to the Library of Congress in the early 19th century by Thomas Jefferson. Sale was also a corrector of the Arabic New Testament (1726) issued by the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge. He acquired a library with valuable rare manuscripts of Persian, Turkish, and Arabic origins (which is now held in the Bodleian Library, Oxford). (Wikipedia). Bookseller Inventory # 27501AB

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Published by Printed for the Koran Society by R. Carlile, 55 Fleet Street, London (1822)

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Item Description: Printed for the Koran Society by R. Carlile, 55 Fleet Street, London, 1822. Pp. iv, 386, [2, ads]. 1 vols. 8vo. One Copy in OCLC. Rare edition of the Koran issued by Richard Carlile (1790-1843), the tinsmith turned radical publisher and writer. As publisher of William T. Sherwin's 'Weekly Political Register', Carlile was imprisoned for seditious libel and blasphemy in 1817; he was a witness to the Peterloo massacre in 1819 and published accounts of the massacre. At his trial, Carlile read Thomas Paine's banned work, the Age of Reason "under the justification that the jury would have to judge whether it was blasphemous, an action that amounted to an attempt to secure its republication once again, since verbatim trial proceedings were allowed to be published (10,000 twopenny copies were subsequently sold)." His stock was frequenty confiscated and he served six years in prison (1819-1825). "Despite attempts by the Home Office to stop him Carlile was able to continue his career as a publisher, principally through the dedicated assistance of his wife and two printer friends, Thomas Davison and Thomas Moses" (ODNB). Carlile was a champion of press freedom and campaigned against superstition.This is the Sale translation without the footnotes or prefatory manner.A rare survival and an unusual imprint. OCLC: 174760792 (Wissenschaftliche Stadtbibliothek Mainz) Early half linen and drab boards, original printed spine label preserved, untrimmed. Some light foxing, owner signature Wm Bronson 1867 at head of title-page, else fine. Light brown full morocco solander pull-off case Pp. iv, 386, [2, ads]. 1 vols. 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 264337

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KORAN, Commonly Called The Alcoran of Mohammed,: Koran]; Sale George

Koran]; Sale George

Published by Bath Printed by S. Hazard for J. Johnson, Vernor and Hood, Ogilvy and Speare et al 1795 (1795)

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Item Description: Bath Printed by S. Hazard for J. Johnson, Vernor and Hood, Ogilvy and Speare et al 1795, 1795. 2 volumes. An early and very scarce printing of George Sale's great English translation. With three engraved genealogical tables (two folding), a map and a folding plate featuring a view and the plan of the Temple of Mecca, all as in the first edition. 8vo, very handsome full contemporary speckled calf, compartments of the spines elegantly decorated in elaborate panel designs with gilt decorated bands and fine central gilt ornamental devices, gilt rolled border designs, two compartments with contrasting red and green morocco labels ruled and lettered in gilt, board edges gilt stippled, covers with roll tooled borders gilt, marbled endleaves. Vol. I: xii, (2), 266, Table 14 pp. ; Vol. II: (8), 519, Table 12 pp. An especially fine and exceptionally handsome set in beautiful contemporary bindings. The bindings are in excellent condition, the text blocks and paper remain fresh, clean, unpressed and in beautiful condition, near as pristine. VERY RARE IN THIS CONDITION. Sale's version, originally published some years earlier, is the best early translation of the Islamic holy book, and the first English translation taken directly from the original Arabic. The only translation published previous to Sale's was "the despicable French version" of André Du Ryer, issued in 1649, and Alexander Ross published an English version derived from Du Ryer's in the same year. Sale’s intent in translating the Koran was seemingly to educate English readers (and perhaps those in power) about Islam in an atmosphere of what he perceived to be ignorance and intolerance: ".it seems as if there was something more than what is vulgarly imagined, in a religion which has made so surprising a progress." He states, ".as Mohammed gave his Arabs the best religion he could, as well as the best laws, preferable, at least, to those of the ancient pagan lawgivers, I confess I cannot see why he deserves not equal respect, though not with Moses or Jesus Christ, whose laws came really from heaven, yet with Minos or Numa, notwithstanding the distinction of a learned writer, who seems to think it a greater crime to make use of an imposture to set up a new religion, founded on the acknowledgment of one true God, and to destroy idolatry, than to use the same means to gain reception to rules and regulations for the more orderly practice of heathenism already established." He goes on to argue that ".if the religious and civil Institutions of foreign nations are worth our knowledge, those of Mohammed, the lawgiver of the Arabians, and founder of an empire, which, in less than a century, spread itself over a greater part of the world than the Romans were ever masters of, must needs be so.". Bookseller Inventory # 26316

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Item Description: printed by C. Ackers, for J. Wilcox, London, 1734. First edition in English taken directly from the Arabic, and "remarkably accurate ? the best in any language ? a very poor English rendering by Alexander Ross appeared in 1649, but it was taken from the despicable French version" (DNB) of Andre Du Ryer. 4to, pp. [6], iii-ix, [3], 187, [1], 508, [15]; title-p. printed in red and black, engraved folding map of Arabia, 4 engraved plates (3 folding); recent full brown morocco, gilt borders on cover, gilt-lettered direct on spine; very good and sound. Lowndes II, 1280. Bookseller Inventory # 44779

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THE KORAN, commonly called the Alcoran of

Item Description: printed by C. Ackers.for J. Wilcox, London, 1734. First edition in English taken directly from the Arabic, and "remarkably accurate ? the best in any language ? a very poor English rendering by Alexander Ross appeared in 1649, but it was taken from the despicable French version" (DNB) of Andre Du Ryer. 4to, pp. [6], iii-ix, [3], 187, [1], 508, [15]; title page printed in red and black, engraved folding map of Arabia, 4 engraved plates (3 folding); full contemporary gilt-ruled sheep recently rebacked in calf, red gilt morocco spine label, marbled endpapres; very good and sound. Lowndes II, 1280. Bookseller Inventory # 45735

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The Koran, Commonly called The Alcoran of: QUR'AN; English.)
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Item Description: London: by C. Ackers for J. Wilcox, 1734, 1734. Quarto (248 x 190 mm). Contemporary sprinkled calf, rebacked with the original gilt-tooled spine laid down, raised bands, title gilt to second compartment, rolled gilt border enclosing decorative blind panel to sides, red sprinkled edges. Light craquelure to darkened spine, sides and extremities lightly rubbed and scuffed, title page slightly browned, very small closed tear to folding map stub, a few trivial marks to contents, but otherwise remarkably crisp and fresh internally. A very good copy. Title-page printed in red and black, folding map of Arabia, 3 genealogical plates of which 2 folding, one folding plan of Mecca. First edition of Sale's Qur'an, the first English translation of the Qur'an to be made directly from the Arabic, and the basis for all subsequent English editions until the mid-nineteenth century; previously the only complete English translation had been Alexander Ross's 1649 version, which relied solely on the 1647 French edition by Alexandre du Ryer. George Sale was a solicitor and "the first notable English Arabist who was not in holy orders From 1726 to 1734 he was closely associated with the Society for the Propagation of Christian Knowledge, which he served in his legal capacity. Meanwhile he was working on a translation of the Qur'an a landmark in the history of Qur'anic studies" (Holt, Studies in the History of the Near East, p. 58). Sale was textually indebted to the 1698 Latin translation of Ludovico Marracci, confessor to Pope Innocent XI; notably, his citation of Muslim commentators is restricted to those already mentioned by his predecessor. Yet Sale's work, and in particular his extensive Preliminary Discourse discussing both the biography of the Prophet and the Arabian context of Islam, displays "an enlightened and objective attitude which may have been responsible for his gradual dissociation from the activities of the SPCK", in contrast to the openly polemical intentions of Marracci, whose prefaced offered a lengthy refutation of the Qur'an and Muhammad's prophethood (ibid.) Sale's balanced presentation of Muhammad and Islamic origins was much admired by his contemporaries, including Voltaire, Lessing and especially Gibbon, whose treatment of Arabian history and Islam in his Decline and Fall relies heavily on Sale. In 1921 Edward Denison Ross claimed that Sale's version had still not been superseded, and more than fifty years later Sale's objectivity guarded him from criticism in Edward Said's Orientalism (1978). Provenance: ownership inscription of "Wm Woodforde, Galhampton House" to the front pastedown, above the later ownership inscription "Jane Woodforde, Ansford House, 1845". William (1758-1844) was the nephew of the noted Somerset clergyman James (1740-1803), whose diaries (mentioning William) were rediscovered and published in the early 20th century as The Diary of a Country Parson, and have been widely studied for its "incomparably vivid picture of country life and manners" (ODNB): an interesting provenance hinting at Sale's wide contemporary readership and the growing interest in Islam across 18th-century England. Bookseller Inventory # 119927

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The Koran, commonly called the Alcoran of: Quran.

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Item Description: London, C. Ackers for J. Wilcox, 1734., 1734. Large 4to. (4), IX, (3), 187, (1), 508, (16) pp. With folding engr. map, folding engr. plate, and 3 (2 folding) engr. genealogical tables. Modern half calf with marbled covers, gilt. First printing of this important translation. "Showered with praise from the start" (cf. Enay). "The classic translation of the Quran [.] Sale worked from the original Arabic, but also used Marracci's Latin version, about which he said it was very precise, but too literal [.] Sale's translation is marked by a rather sober tidiness. Sale himself saw his work as a sort of defence of a much-maligned book [.] The translation's dispassionate, dry objectivity was an enormous step forward for western Quranic studies. Its deserved success was based to no little extent on the 'Preliminary Discourse', which provides a general introduction to the Quran as well as an overview of the most important Muslim denominations [.] For a century this account remained one of the principal sources from which the European educated elite drew its knowledge of all matters Quranic" (cf. Fück). - Title page slightly wrinkled and dusty. A good, very unobtrusively browned copy in an appealing modern binding. Chauvin X, 146. Schnurrer 429. Fück 104f. Enay 169. Graesse IV, 44. Ebert 11524. Bookseller Inventory # 33478

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The Koran, commonly called the Alcoran of: QURAN - ENGLISH].

Item Description: Fück, Die Arabischen studien, p. 104; P.M. Holt, Studies in the history of the Near East (1973), pp. 57-60; Schnurrer, p. 429. First edition of the first English Quran to be translated directly from the Arabic: a landmark not only in efforts to bring an accurate version of the Quran to the English-speaking world, but also in Western Quranic studies in general. It also includes Sale's 7-page note to the reader, with criticisms of earlier translations into English and other languages, his 187-page preliminary discourse bringing together a wealth of information about Islamic culture, and valuable scholarly footnotes, including material from the Islamic commentaries of al-Baydawi and al-Suyuti. Holt notes his "enlightened and objective attitude" in sharp contrast with most Western Arabists of his day or earlier: "His freedom from religious prejudice , his obvious conviction that Arabic writers were the best source of Arab history, and Muslim commentators the fittest to expound the Quran, marks an enormous advance ". Sale's English translation remains highly regarded today.In fine condition and only slightly trimmed. The binding is rebacked and has several restorations, but is otherwise good and remains structurally sound. A landmark edition of the Qur'an and the first good English translation. Bookseller Inventory # G3VB4AYD4ZB1

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