5 April 2016
HERBIN, Auguste François Julien (1783-1806). Développemens des principes de la langue arabe moderne. Paris: Baudouin, 1803.
4° (255 x 199 mm). Engraved Arabic title-page, interleaved with ruled sheets throughout. 16 folding letterpress tables, 10 engraved plates (3 hand-colored, 5 folding). (Engraved title trimmed just shaving border, a few short marginal tears, some light spotting, staining, or offsetting throughout.) Contemporary half calf, marbled edges, red morocco lettering-piece, spine gilt (repairs to spine ends, some light wear).
FIRST EDITION of Herbin’s Arabic grammar, which provides information about syntax and elocution, and which includes the fables of Luqman, and excepts from Abu Al-Fida’s works in Arabic with Latin translations. Also included is Herbin’s “Essay on Oriental Calligraphy,” a fine early account of Islamic calligraphy. Herbin intended to publish French-Arabic and Arabic-French dictionaries, but never completed the project before his untimely death. Brunet III: 110; Schnurrer 147.
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