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A miniature leaf-shaped Qur'an, copied by Mohammad: Quran.

Quran.

Published by Turkey, dated 1248 AH (1832/33). (1832)

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About this Item: Turkey, dated 1248 AH (1832/33)., 1832. An enchanting miniature Qur'an in an unusual découpe leaf-shaped style with jagged edges on dark green paper. While the Tuba tree is not actually mentioned in the Qur'an, it is commonly believed to be that which grows in Janna, the Islamic understanding of Paradise, and its leaves stand behind the shape of the delicate 'leaves' in this unusual codex. The use of silver and the presentation of the entire Qur'an in two tiny columns which mimic the veins of a real leaf, point to the quality of this manuscript and the wealth of the patron who commissioned it. - Only two comparable Qurans have appeared on the open market in the last few years: both at Sotheby's, 19 October 1994, lot 57, and 24 April 1996, lot 18. Seller Inventory # 47705

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A large découpé Juz' Qur'an.: Juz' Qur'an.

Juz' Qur'an.

Published by [Ottoman/Qajar Persia, no date, but 19th c.].

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About this Item: [Ottoman/Qajar Persia, no date, but 19th c.]. Small folio (c. 242 x 310 mm). 72 pp. of cut-out Arabic muhaqqaq script, mounted under thin paper to create embossed appearance, with ornamental borders to first 4 pp. using a similar technique. Leaves mounted on stubs. Contemp. calf over boards with fore-edge flap, blindstamped and gilt; decorative roundels with central six-pointed star motif to upper and lower covers as well as flap; inside covers blindstamped to show raised ornamental design. Excellent example of a découpage Qur'an juz' (one of thirty parts of equal length into which the Qur'an can be divided). The meticulously prepared calligraphic paper cutouts are painstakingly glued onto like-coloured backing paper and the sheet is covered with exceedingly thin, smoothed paper, creating a remarkable, tactile raised effect. The present juz' forms the second (Sayaqul) division of the Qur'an, encompassing large portions of the sura Al-Baqarah ("The Cow"). - Spine insignificantly rubbed; some scattered browning and waterstaining throughout; stubs slightly loosened in places. Altogether a very beautiful survival. Seller Inventory # 45232

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El Koran. Das heißt Die Lesung. Übertragen: Quran].

Quran].

Published by Berlin, Brandus, 1916. (1916)

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About this Item: Berlin, Brandus, 1916., 1916. Folio (285 x 392 mm). 214, (2) pp. With illustrated double title page and decorations after old manuscripts by Lazarus Goldschmidt. Original giltstamped morocco with two clasps. All edges gilt. No. 7 of 29 de luxe copies on Japanese vellum (total issue: 240 copies). "The finest German Qur'an produced in the 20th century" (Enay). Lavishly designed in the style of the old oriental manuscripts and printed in Delitsch's Roman type, specially cut for this work. Goldschmidt’s literal transcription follows the text of the Flügel edition. The magnificent binding is well preserved with only occasional minor rubbing. Formerly in the Ottoman collection of the Swiss industrialist Herry W. Schaefer. Rodenberg 445. Enay 121. Seller Inventory # 33479

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Illuminated Quran Manuscript: n/a

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About this Item: Kashmir, 1817. Small Octavo (7 7/8 x 5 2/8"). 566 leaves. Original red leather wallet binding incased in Indian brocade cloth with gilt threads. Gilt goffered edges. Hand colored light green endpapers. Arabic text in Nashki script in black ink with Persian interlinear translation in red ink Nastaliq. The text of eleven lines per page is centered with commentary written in margins. Richly illuminated Unwans and chapter headings with chapters designated by medallions in blue and gilt. Contains eight illuminated carpet pages, with loosely laid in tissue guards, seven of them are double page spreads. The colophon at rear states that the Quran was completed by the scribe Baha' Allah on Friday the 25th of Rabi' al-Awwal of the Islamic year 1232, corresponding to the 12th day of February 1817 A.D. It was ordered by a dignitary who's name has been erased from the colophon. Goffered gilt edges slightly faded, some minor stains and offsetting, else in fine condition. Seller Inventory # 43107

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

About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # G3VB4AYD4ZB1

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on Mohammedism, and the conduct of Mohammed.: Reflections

Reflections

Published by London , J. Roberts, 1735. (1735)

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About this Item: London , J. Roberts, 1735., 1735. 8vo. (2), 54 pp. (wanting half title). (Bound with) II: Henley, John. The Lord, He is God: or, The Atheist Tormented, by Sure Prognosticks of Hell Fire [.]. London, J. Roberts, 1730. 29, (1) pp. (Bound with) III: [Lewis, Thomas. The nature of hell, the reality of hell-fire, and the eternity of hell-torments, explain'd and vindicated. London, J. Hooke & T. Bickerton, 1720]. 38 pp., (2 pp. of ads), wanting 4 pp. of prelimns including the title. (Bound with) IV: [Oakes, Abraham]. The doctrine of hell-torments distinctly and impartially discussed. London, J. Noon, 1738. 72 pp. (Bound with) V: [Fludger, John]. The absolute and proper eternity of hell torments fully proved from scripture, from reason, and from the natural attributes of God. London, T. Gardner, 1739. (2), 36 pp. (Bound with) VI: Phileleutherus Dubliniensis [i.e., Patrick Delany]. Reflections upon polygamy, and the encouragement given to that practice in the scriptures of the Old Testament. London, J. Roberts, 1737. (2), 188 pp. (Bound with) VII: [Booth, George, Earl of Warrington]. Considerations upon the institution of marriage. With some thoughts concerning the force and obligation of the matrimonial contract. Wherein is considered, how far divorces may, or ought to be allowed. London, John Whiston, 1739. VI, 154 pp. (Bound with) VIII: [Clarke, Alured]. An essay towards the character of her late majesty Caroline, queen-consort of Great Britain, &c. London, J. & P. Knapton, 1738. (2), 46 pp. (Bound with) IX: [Hildrop, John]. A letter to a member of Parliament, containing a proposal for bringing in a bill to revise, amend or repeal certain obsolete statutes, commonly called the ten commandments. London, R. Minors, 1738. (2), 61, (1) pp. Contemporary full calf, gilt. Only edition; rare: an apology of Islam and its Prophet, inflenced by the writings of Pococke and Reland, and published a year after George Sale's "Koran", the first English Quran to be translated directly from the Arabic. The anonymous author counts among those "interested in revising 'imposture' theories by recasting Mahomet in a positive, Greco-Roman republican mold - a wise 'Arabian legislator' [.]. [This work,] occasioned by Sale's translation of the Qur'an, suggests that Islam anticipates the Protestant Reformation: Mahomet 'laid the foundations of a general and thorough Reformation, Conversion, and Re-Union in ages to come' (50)" (H. Garcia, Islam and the English Enlightenment, 1670-1840 [2011], p. 256). From the beginning the author cautions that "no disputes ought to be conducted with more temper and moderation than those about religion, but, unluckily, none have been managed with such warmth, bitterness, and inequality" (p. 1); he defends the Prophet against unjust accusations levelled against him by his Christian detractors and closes with the admonition that young British scholars of theology would do well "to apply themselves, among their other exercises, to the study of the oriental tongues, which, upon an impartial survey of the present state of religion, seems to claim much of their attention" (p. 53f.). - Bound with this are eight other English theological works (all first or only editions) concerned with hell-fire and heresies, several written with a decidedly free-thinking slant. Binding severely rubbed and bumped; hinges cracked. Variously browned throughout with occasional staining; contemporary handwritten table of contents on loose flyleaf; second flyleaf clipped with a handwritten title "A Vol. of scarce & curious Tracts" on verso; first title page has 19th century ownership stamp "R. Blackwell". ESTC T91614. Chauvin XI, 680 (note). Seller Inventory # 47180

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Illuminated Qur'an manuscript.: Quran.

Quran.

Published by [Ottoman Empire]., 1222 AH (1807 AD). (1807)

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About this Item: [Ottoman Empire]., 1222 AH (1807 AD)., 1807. 8vo (165 x 105 mm). Illuminated Arabic ms. on paper. 312 ff., 15 lines, Naskh script. Black ink on polished paper. Double-page 'unwan on first two pages shows elaborate gilt ornamentation; ornamental colophon. Borders in red, black and gold. Gold discs between verses, sura headings written in gold. Blindstamped and gilt calf. Signed by a copyist named Hafez 'Ahmad ibn Ahmad al-ma'ruf, "Ahmad the Hafez" (respect title bestowed on those who have proved to know the entire Quran by heart), son of the renowned ‘Ahmad’, as quoted (underlined) in the colophon: Kataba hada-l mushaf as-sarif adafu ibad-‘Allah al-Kabir al-Mutaal Hafez ‘Ahmad, ibn ‘Ahmad almaruf,ba-yawwab-e (?) halifa-zade Hamidu-lLah Taala [.] (literally, ‘he who wrote this noble Qur'an is a very foolish slave of God the Greatest, the Exalted, named Hafez ‘Ahmad, son of the renowned Ahmad, servant (?) of Hamidu-lLah Taala, offspring of the Caliph [ ]’), etc. - Binding partially restored, in good condition. Seller Inventory # 48525

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The Koran, commonly called the Alcoran of: Quran.

Quran.

Published by London, C. Ackers for J. Wilcox, 1734. (1734)

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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # 33478

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Arabic Qur’an (Ottoman Turkey).: Qur’an. Manuscript.

Qur’an. Manuscript.

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About this Item: 1860. Contemporary Full Calf. Condition: Good. (height: 20,5 cm ; width:13 cm ; depth: 3 cm.), complete in naksh calligraphy of 15 lines per page in black and red ink, and in white ink on gold background for the titles of suras.The verses are marked by golden rosettes, with marginal polychrome rosettes, manuscript opening on an illuminated bifolio with polychrome decoration in gold and silver, the morocco binding bearing a stamped and gilded decoration with a central part comprising an osmanli poem and a tughra-shaped mash-alla, dated 1266 hegira / 1850, is very close to a manuscript preserved in Matenadaran d Yerevan (Ms. 1701), the last page is also illuminated with the colophon giving the name of the calligrapher Shukri b. Hussein al-Khariuti (?), Pupil of the master Hafiz Ali al-Rahmi in the year 1276 Hegira / 1860. . Size: 4to. Seller Inventory # 012386

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Qur’an, an illuminated manuscript on paper (Syria).: Qur’an/ Arabic Manuscript.

Qur’an/ Arabic Manuscript.

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About this Item: 1785. Contemporary Hard Boards. Condition: Good. An Ottoman Qur'an, illuminated manuscript on paper, inscribed in Syria by Suleiman Kayyali, dated 1200 AH (1785/86 AD)] 303 leaves, single column, 15 lines of black naskh, some diacritics in red, surah headings in white thuluth against gold panels, opening bifolium with intricately illuminated headpieces above, along border and in panels below the text, surah headings in white thu luth against gold panels, over 30 illuminated palmettes and ornaments to the margins throughout (numbering all the Juz' individually), gold roundels marking the verses, catch-words, leaves ruled in gold and black, a few later ink inscriptions to the margins, some faint spots and stains but overall in excellent condition, 170 by 105 mm. (written space 110 by 63 mm.); later provincial carved leather boards, decorations filled-in with gold, resewn and spine and extremities repaired. This is a beautiful Ottoman Qur'an with an impressive array of individually designed marginal ornamentation, most employing unusual pink and purple colour schemes. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 012412

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Qur’an (Qajar Period).: Qur’an, Arabic Manuscript.

Qur’an, Arabic Manuscript.

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About this Item: Persia. Contemporary Full Calf. Condition: Good. Arabic manuscript with Persian interlinear version on polished paper. Leaf size: 18,9 x 11,6 cm, text layout: 13,8 x 7 cm, numerous ornamental marginal drawings in blue, heightened in gold, and 2 double-page headline in red and blue, heightened in gold, at the beginning and the end. Writing in black, shaded in gold, the 114 Suras headings in blue on gold, all text pages with triple blue and golden frame. 298 unnumbered leaves. Two leaves stuck together, a few places with slight damages due to glue adhesion, some finger marks and with signs of wear, contemporary half calf with ornamental lacquered gouache paintings heightened with gold on both covers and doublures (cover material with small scratches, cuts and defects; a little scratched and scuffed). Persia, early 19th century. Magnificent early Qajar Quran manuscript in a richly decorated lacquer cover, typical for this period, and with lavish ornamental layout. The Arabic main text in Naskh style has a Persian interlinear translation in red Nastaliq. There is no colophon and no concluding prayers. The very fine paper has obviously not been imported, but comes probably from a Persian manufacture, therefore no watermarks. Considering the decoration, it was probably the copy of a wealthy merchant or higher official. - The ornamentation of the boards was made in Boteh patterns, frequently used for Persian rugs. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 012919

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Lettres sur l'EGYPTE (3 vols. printed on: Savary, Claude-Etienne
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About this Item: Paris and Mecca, 1783. Hardcover. Condition: Very good. Dates: 1783-1799. 6 volumes, large 8vo. Contemporary French red morocco, smooth spines lettered direct, all edges gilt (some wear to binding extremities, spines a little darkened). These volumes include all of Savary's accounts of his traveld to Egypt and Greece, plus his very important translation of the Koran from the Arabic into French, with a biography of Mohamed; the present set was beautifully bound in the late 18th- or very early 19th-century. Claude-Etienne Savary (1750-1788) was an orientalist, pioneer of Egyptology and translator of Koran. In 1776 he departed for Egypt, and after having remained successively in Alexandria and Cairo, he explored (for nearly two years) several islands of Greece and the Archipelago, in particular those of Rhodes. Savary provided many details concerning the daily life of the population. A fluent speaker of Arabic, Savary's sensitive and vibrant account is a contrast striking with the austere description by Volney which appeared two years later. Savary's was the first literary voyage in Egypt, undertaken long before Chateaubriand, Lamartine or Flaubert. CONTENTS OF THE COLLECTION: LETTRES SUR L'EGYPTE; Ou l'on offre le parallele des miurs anciennes et modernes de ses habitans, ou l'on decrit l'etat, le commerce, l'agriculture, le gouvernement et la religion du pays, la descente de S. Louis a Damiette, tiree de Joinville et des auteurs arabes, et l'histoire interessante d'Ali Bey et de ses successeurs. Paris: Bleuet jeune, Paris An VII (1798). 8vo. Three volumes. 2 ff., xvi, 398 pp.; 2 ff., 291 pp., 2 ff.; 330 pp., 1 f. PRINTED ON FINE PAPER. "Nouvelle edition," revised and corrected. The learned description of Egypt (ancient and contemporary) by Claude Savary, which is notable for its extensive quotations of scarce and almost unknown Arabian writers. Illustrated with four folding, engraved plates: three maps, and one plan of the interior of the Great Pyramid. Savary travelled to Egypt from 1776 to 1779, and spoke Arabic. The first two volumes constitute the particulars of the voyage; the third is devoted to his study of the Egyptian religion and mythology, and is based on Arabian texts. WITH: LETTRES SUR LA GRECE pour servir de suite a celles de l'Egypte. Paris, Bleuet jeune, An VII (1798). 8vo. 2 ff., 382 pp. PRINTED ON FINE PAPER. Bound with: Les Amours d'Anas-Eloujoud et Ouardi. Conte traduit de l'arabe par Claude Savary. Ouvrage posthume. Paris, Bluet, 1799. 8vo. 2 ff., 58 pp., 1 f. PRINTED ON FINE PAPER. * Savary left Egypt in September 1779 to continue his travels in Greece and Asia Minor, where he spent nearly two years. His letters on Greece are descriptive of the places and inhabitants, especially the Dodecanese. This is a beautifully printed account of Savary's voyage to Alexandria, relating especially to the island of Rhodes, and Crete, decorated with a folding map and folding plate. Weber 584. Atabey 1092; Blackmer 1493 (first edition). WITH: [Claude Savary, translator]. LE CORAN, traduit de l'Arabe, accompagne de notes, et precede d'un abrege de la VIE DE MAHOMET. A la Mecque, l'an de l'Hegire 1165 [i.e. Paris 1783]. THREE WORKS IN TWO VOLUMES. 8vo. xvi, 230 pp., 269, [1] pp.; [4], 464, [4] pp. Some minor foxing. * First edition of this important, and highly enlightened translation, the second attempt to translate the Koran into French. According to Norman Daniel, this would have certainly been in the luggage of Napoleon when he went to Egypt (see: Daniel, "Islam and the West," p. 313). Savary is usually accredited with having introduced the word Koran (instead of Al Coran) as the standard (see his note 1 in the Preface). He prepared his translation in Egypt where he stayed from 1776 to 1779. In his opinion one could not separate the Koran from its surroundings, thus living in an Muslim environment would benefit his translation. Savary not only, as Daniel phrases it, "humanises and romanticises the old familiar way of looking at the Prophet" (p. 313), he also furthered and qu. Seller Inventory # 931

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Illuminated, complete Qur'an manuscript.: Quran.

Quran.

Published by [Ottoman area], 18th century.

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About this Item: [Ottoman area], 18th century. 8vo (208 x 150 mm). Contemporary blind- and goldstamped calf with fore-edge flap, decorated with corner stamps. Illuminated Arabic ms. on paper, 305 ff., single 15-line column, Naskh script on polished paper. Double-page 'unwan on first two pages shows elaborate gilt and coloured ornamentation. Text framed by three parallel golden and black lines. Gold discs between verses, sura headings written in gold. Seller Inventory # 48522

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Koran (Qur’an)

Published by 19th beginning century, Kashmir

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About this Item: 19th beginning century, Kashmir. Seller Inventory # A142

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Published by Tehran (1846)

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About this Item: Tehran, 1846. size circa 31 x 21 cm -- printed in Tehran, in the printing press of Haji Ali Mohammad-i in 1262 (1846) -- 220 leaves. - with handwritten dedication as a present in Ramadan dated from 1278 (1862) on title page. -- A very rare and early example of early book printing in Tehran, where the first lithographic printing press started not before 1837. "In Tehran the first lithographed item was the newspaper called Kagad-eakbar (lit. newspaper) published by Mirza Saleh in 1837. There were only three issues, and these came out in Moharram-Jomada I 1253/May-August 1837 (Sadr-Hasemi I, no. 37). As far as printing of books is concerned, the first publications are datable to 1838." (Encyclopaedia Iranica) -- modern half-linen binding, preserving the original leather boards. -- a few pages have old handwritten marginal notes, occasionally stained in places, finger soiling throughout, first and last leaves some more stained, 2 leaves loose, first and last leaves with marginal tears -- otherwise in good condition. -- Printed books from Islamic presses in Iran from the 19th century are extremely rare. Sprache: Deutsch Gewicht in Gramm: 550. Seller Inventory # 118877

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Qur’an (Ottoman Period).: Qur’an, Arabic Manuscript.

Qur’an, Arabic Manuscript.

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About this Item: 1831. Contemporary Full Calf. Condition: Good. 17.4 x 11.8 cm, Arabic manuscript on smoothed paper, Naskhi style with very small text frames, The colophon calls the date and the clerk, an El-Seyyid Mustafa el Hulûsî, a student of the Mustafa el Muhâlis. With double-sided. 'Unwan in gold and cover colours, three lines of text in gold and colours, and some "jes" signs in colour at the edges. Suras headlines in white in front of gold base with colour frame. Each page with a double text frame in red, black and gold. Coloured and golden dots; The illumination is somewhat rough, Gold colour was used instead of gold. small water marks on edges. light browning. At the end, a petitioner gives various instructions on cor’anci especially about what reading to take at a certain time, and a list of the Islamic months. Ottoman Empire 1247 (d. I. 1831/32). Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 012920

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Manuscript Koran .: KORAN (GU'RAN)

KORAN (GU'RAN)

Published by Kashmir AH = AD 1837-38 (1253)

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About this Item: Kashmir AH = AD 1837-38, 1253. 8vo. (15 x 8 cm.) 397 decorative manuscript leaves (including one blank and 4 bound upside-down) Handsomely bound in later full black morocco, spine gilt lettered, inner dentelles gilt decorated, marbled endpapers. Still with its original black roan leather carrying case. Highly decorative title, middle and end end pages, ruled in gilt and multiple colours throughout, many leaves further decorated margins. Seller Inventory # 53475

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Illuminated, complete Qur'an manuscript.: Quran.

Quran.

Published by [Kashmir], 18th century.

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About this Item: [Kashmir], 18th century. 8vo (149 x 94 mm). Illuminated Arabic ms. on paper, 211 ff., 20 lines, Naskh script. Double-page 'unwan on first two pages shows elaborate gilt and coloured ornamentation. Framed by strings of three gold and black lines. Gold discs between verses, sura headings written in gold. Original lacquer binding decorated with flowers. Traces of use, otherwise in good condition. Binding restored. Seller Inventory # 48523

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Illuminated Qur'an manuscript.: Quran.

Quran.

Published by [Ottoman area], 1265 AH (1848 AD). (1848)

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About this Item: [Ottoman area], 1265 AH (1848 AD)., 1848. 8vo (129 x 83 mm). Illuminated Arabic ms. on paper, 303 ff., 15 lines, Naskh script. Double-page 'unwan on first two pages shows elaborate gilt ornamentation; colophon shows coloured ornamentation. Text framed by three parallel golden, black and red wires. Gold discs between verses, sura headings written in gold. Contemporary blind- and giltstamped binding with fore-edge flap, decorated with borders and corner stamps. Some slight restoration to first leaves, otherwise in very good condition. Seller Inventory # 48524

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QUR’AN / ARABIC MANUSCRIPT.

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About this Item: Full-Leather. Condition: Good. (165 x 120 mm), [304 leaves], 15 lines to a page, Naskhi script, contemporary decorated leather, light to moderate wear, 2 richly coloured and gilt-decorated opening pages, gilt borders and illuminations throughout, approximately 30 gilt and colour shoulder devices, mostly marginal dampstaining throughout, many leaves dust smudged, a few leaves sprung, copied by Ibrahim Naf''i, one of the students of Hajji Wali al-Din Khalusi Anushahri, (c1850). Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 012558

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KORAN [1840]

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About this Item: 1840. First Thus. Octavo in Brown leather case, G+/G+ case; Leather Case separating at the edges and corners, embossed with metal designs front and rear; Book in full leather with repaired spine and gilt designs; Interior shows some spotting, beautifully hand-lettered in Arabic with illuminated designs, front page torn and repaired with tape. In handwritten Arabic, final page reads "Finished 9th of Jumada al-thani 1261" [1261 in the lunar calendar is 1840] .Unpaginated. Shelved in case 3. Dupont. Seller Inventory # 9-38-1256902

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Bergman, Franz Xaver, sculptor (1861-1936).

Published by [Vienna, ca 1930]. (1930)

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About this Item: [Vienna, ca 1930]., 1930. Coloured two-part bronze, cold painted. Ca. 205 x 117 x 105 mm. A scribe in oriental costume, seated on a carpet with a large removable Qur'an on a bookrest. - Recognised for his great attention to detail and use of wonderfully vibrant colours, works from Bergman’s foundry are highly prized today by collectors worldwide. F. X. Bergman was the son of a Bohemian metalwork chaser and finisher who had moved to Vienna in 1860, there founding a small bronze factory. At the turn of the century, his son Franz Xaver inherited the company and opened a new foundry, basing many of his early bronzes on designs from his father’s workshop and producing an eclectic mix of oriental, erotic and animal figure bronzes. Bergman used a cold painted technique, whereby cast bronzes were decorated in several layers of polychrome ‘dust paint.’ These layers were not fired to fix them to the bronzes, hence they are ‘cold painted’. - Very slightly rubbed. An appealing work, likely from the artist's late phase. Seller Inventory # 47515

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Illuminated Qur'an manuscript

Published by Ottoman Empire (1790)

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About this Item: Ottoman Empire, 1790. Hardcover. Condition: Very Good. Illuminated Qur'an manuscript from Ottoman Empire, undated - circa 1790 - 1810 - height 16 cm, width 11 cm, depth: 3 cm, 303 polished paper leaves, 15-line naskh script within gilt borders. Contemporary Full Calf. Condition: Very Good. Seller Inventory # 28

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QURAN

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About this Item: 1844. 12mo., unpaginated; VG; bound in brown leather, gilt tooling to front and rear covers; spine has been repaired, and is now brown leather with no lettering or tooling; title page is an elaborate blue, red, and gilt page; 15-line naskh, signed al-Buruduri, of the pupils od al-Hajji Ahmad al-Fawzi, dated A.H. 1260; text in Arabic; shelved case 3. Dupont. Seller Inventory # 9-114-1289904

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Koran

Published by London: Printed for W. Nicoll, 1766 (1766)

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About this Item: London: Printed for W. Nicoll, 1766, 1766. Hardcover. Condition: Good. 1st Edition. First Edition. An eighteenth century pot-boiler taking excerpts from Sale’s edition of the Koran in order to bash ‘Papists.’ In the introduction the unknown compiler suggests that Islam took hold in the Middle-East because Christianity had left a moral vacuum. ‘Mohammed arose at a most convenient time for a man of talents to give birth to anew reform of religion. Born in the midst of pagan darkness, and monkish barbarism, religion was debased to such a degree, as rendered the dictates of that subtle Arab really sublime, when compared with the grossness of pagan idolatry on the one hand , and with the then mixture of Christian idolatry and jargon on the other.’ [p. 10] Justification for this view is built from wide ranging excerpts from Soame Jenyns Free Inquiry into the Nature and Origin of Evil; William Warburton, Bishop of Gloucester The Divine Legation of Moses, Tournefort’s Voyages, Ockleys’s Conquest of Syria, Persia, and Egypt by the Saracens, the Bible and of course Sale’s translation of the Koran. To excite sales the compiler has chosen topics likely to be attractive to buyer of the work, not surprisingly the largest extracts are on Divorce, Marriage and Women. Probably the buyer could justify the purchase of such a work containing such titillating material so long as it strengthened and justified their own Protestant bias. The Monthly Review of 1766 gave the work a good puff but was slightly uneasy about introducing such topics of divorce into polite reading, it maybe this reticence on the subjects that accounts for the scarcity of the work. Ships from U.A.E. Seller Inventory # ABE-1531847481105

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Der Koran, Oder insgemein so genannte Alcoran: QUR’AN/ TRANSLATED BY

About this Item: Meyer, Lemgo, 1746. Contemporary Full Calf. Condition: Very Good. First Edition. (24.5 x 20 cm), [6], xxviii, 232 pp., (introduction), 693 pp., [20], [2 corrigenda & addenda], 2 steel folding engraved maps (1 of Arabia), 3 tables showing genealogy of Arab tribes (2 folding), 1 folding plan of Mecca, contemporary full calf, lightly rubbed, title printed in red and black, some worm holes on margins of several pages. "This is the first and only edition of the early German translation based on a translation by George Sale. The introduction to the so-called "Lemgo Koran" which comprises more than 200 pages was determined by the spirit of European Enlightenment. Although Theodor Arnold was convinced of the universal validity of the reformist doctrine, he acted and wrote according to the principle "Honour to whom honour is due". It is important to know that the controversy against Islam was rooted in the falsified and forged translations of the Qur’an. In his introduction Arnold intensively explained those falsifications. Therefore his book is even today up-to-date. The author lays down three rules for the proper approach towards Muslims, which are supposed to have commanded deep unease of the public opinion at that time. Translation of quote: "The first of these rules is to avoid any obligation, the other to avoid doctrine which are against one’s better knowledge. We might think about the Muhammadans what we want, they are not fools, who will be convinced by such arguments. The third rule is to avoid unclear statements.meet them with affability." "His statements on the Prophet and the propagation of his doctrine, too, were in complete contradiction to the popular ideas of his time and continue to be contradictory right through until today." [Enay 177]. Bibliographic references: Ebert 11525; Binark-E. 790/ 1; Schnurrer 430; Pfannmüller 209; Zenker I, 1398. Size: 4to. Seller Inventory # 012610

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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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About this Item: 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.". Seller Inventory # 26316

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Qur'an

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About this Item: Soft cover. Condition: Good. Handwritten Kashmir Qur'an This handwritten and illuminated single-volume copy of Qur'an was produced in Kashmir in the eighteenth century CE during the Mughal era. The manuscript opens with an illuminated double-page incipit with the verses of chapter 1 (Surat al-fatihah) and the initial verses of chapter 2 (Surat al-baqarah) decorated with interlinear illumination and framed by a polychrome border and headpieces of blue design on a gold ground. Arabic text is written in clear, handsome, and elegant vocalized naskh script in black ink with recitational marks in red. In total, there are six beautifully illuminated pages in gold and colors (two in the beginning, two in the middle and two at the end). Besides these illuminations, there are 14 illuminated border medallions (Shamsay) in gold outside the text. Condition: fair. Binding with wear, signs of use. Professionally restored in some locations. Scattered small holes throughout the manuscript. Few pages at the beginning are somewhat tanned and splodgy. With 7 pages masterfully illuminated with gilded and colored floral patterns. Dimensions: 19 x 11 cm - approx. 500 pp., complete 19 lines per page. Original binding. Seller Inventory # 000132

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Morale de Mahomet; ou recueil des plus: SAVARY, Claude-Etienne.
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About this Item: Brunet V, col. 154; cf. Gay 3357 note (1883 Savary ed. of the Qu'ran). First edition of Savary's French summary of the ideas of Islamic religion, based on his 1883 French translation of the Qu'ran. In a certain sense it may be considered an epitone of the Qu'ran. While Savary's Qu'ran was published in Paris (by Knapen & fils and Onfroy), this summary was also published in Constantinople. While only a few scholars would read the entire Qu'ran, even once it was available in their own language, this summary gave a much larger European audience (as well as French speakers in the Ottoman Empire) a notion of Islamic religion. Savary (1750-1788) began his career as physician to the Court of Provence, but became a leading orientalist and spent much of the years 1776 to 1780 in Egypt before returning to France, where he produced his French translation of the Qu'ran.With booksellers ticket. In very good condition, and virtually untrimmed. First edition, in a bibliophile production, of a French summary of key concepts in Islamic religion, published not only in Paris, but also in Constantinople. Seller Inventory # F7BGMB59HWF5

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

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About this Item: 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. Seller Inventory # 264337

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