Theoria & Praxis Linguae Arabicae, by CLODIUS, Johannes Christian (1676-1745).

CLODIUS, Johannes Christian (1676-1745).

Theoria & Praxis Linguae Arabicae, h.e. Grammatica Arabica. Leipzig, J. Grossius, 1729.

First edition thus. 4to (210 x 160 mm), pp. 46, 6-230, [10], light toning throughout, sometimes fairly browned, edges a bit dusty, small worm trail to lower blank margin of first few leaves, bound in contemporary vellum, spine lettered in ink, a little soiled, with small loss to spine, foot of spine chipped, with a couple of early annotations, pencil annotations on front endpaper and some in text, with the ownership inscription of Walter Fisher on the title-page.

The first edition of this important Arabic grammar by Johannes Christian Clodius, professor of Arabic at Leipzig. It is an enlarged version of his Compendium grammaticae arabicae, 1722, of which it features the first four elements: the basics of the language (with technical terms), three dialogues in the Arabic language of his time, two chapters of Genesis translated into Arabic by R. Saadia, and a discussion of the use of Arabic in theological exegesis. The fifth - a study of the book of Job - was added by the Arabist Johann Abraham Kromayer.

OCLC lists a handful of copies in Continental Europe and BL, Bodleian, Cambridge, SOAS, Harvard and Chicago.

Schnurrer 95.

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