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AL-ISTAKHRI, Abu-Ishak al Faresi (known as). Liber Climatum...codicis Gothani..curavit J.H. Moeller. Gotha: libraria Beckeriana, 1839.

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AL-ISTAKHRI, Abu-Ishak al Faresi (known as). Liber Climatum...codicis Gothani..curavit J.H. Moeller. Gotha: libraria Beckeriana, 1839.

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AL-ISTAKHRI, Abu-Ishak al Faresi (known as). Liber Climatum...codicis Gothani..curavit J.H. Moeller. Gotha: libraria Beckeriana, 1839. 4° (256 x 195mm). Letterpress title in arabic, coloured lithographic maps on 18 leaves, 2 folding, pp.1-126 of arabic text printed in black/brown and red, pp.127-132 letterpress addenda, 1p. index, 23pp.text; 2pp. 'Benevolo Lectori'; title in Latin. Original boards (lightly stained and scuffed at extremities). A very rare lithographic facsimile of the Al-Istakhri manuscript in the Forschungs bibliothek, Gotha, dated 569 (1173), the earliest surviving manuscript of Al-Istakhri's famous Atlas of Islam. Al-Istakhri's work forms one of the Balkhi School of geographers, but of his work and life little is known. His maps of the Islamic world soon became popular and several later versions in Persian have survived. With the absolute rarity of all manuscript Islamic maps, facsimiles such as this have become the surviving relics of a fascinating period of cartography. Despite the relatively early date, this lithographic work by J.I.Uckermann, is of the highest quality with the page numbering in roman the only obvious variation from the manuscript original. Graesse III, 438; Lexikon z. Geschichte der Dartographie I, 341 (giving date as 1849).
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