Bibliotheque Orientale, by HERBELOT, Barthelemy d' (1625-1695).GALLAND, Antoine (1646-1715).DESESSARTS, Nicolas…

HERBELOT, Barthelemy d' (1625-1695).
GALLAND, Antoine (1646-1715).
DESESSARTS, Nicolas Toussaint Lemoyne (1744-1810).

Bibliotheque Orientale, ou Dictionnaire Universel, Contenant tout ce qui fait connoître les peuples de l’Orient; leurs Histoires & Traditions, tant fabulsuses que véritables; leurs Religions & leurs Sectes; leurs Gouvernemens, Loix, Politique, Mœurs, Coutumes; & les Révolutions de leurs Empires, &c. Par M. d’Herbelot. Nouvelle Edition, réduite & augmentée par M. D.... Membre de plusieurs Académies. Tome Premier [-Sixième]. Paris, Moutard, 1781.

New Edition, Abridged. Six volumes, 8vo (195 x 115 mm), pp. [iv], [v]-xvi, 576; [iv], 591; [iv], 566; [iv], 555; [iv], 560; [ii], 605, [3], wanting the half-title to the final volume, text fairly browned in part, occasional tears and marks, small marginal tear on I, 1, with no loss of text, bindings a little sprung, strengthened at gutter with brown cloth, in contemporary calf with an indestructible (but alas not attractive) reback, black morocco labels lettered and numbered in gilt, with the heraldic bookplate of Francis Temple in some volumes.

An abridged edition of Herbelot’s great work of scholarship, usually hailed as the first western encyclopædia of the Islamic world. It was based on the Arabic bibliography (the Kashf al-Zunun) of Hadji Khalfa (Katip Celebi), of which it is in large part a translation, but it also contains material from numerous other Arabic, Persian and Turkish publications and manuscripts. First published posthumously in 1697, in a folio edition prepared by the eminent orientalist Antoine Galland. No further editions appeared until the folio edition of 1776, after which several editions followed. The present edition, the first to appear in octavo, is edited by Nicolas Toussaint Lemoyne Desessarts and contains a life of the author.

See Brunet II, 664.

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