CASIRI, Miguel (1710-91). Bibliotheca Arabico-Hispana Escurialensis sive librorum omnium Mss. quos Arabicè ab auctoribus magnam partem Arabo-Hispanis compositos Bibliotheca Coenobii Escurialensis complectitur, recensio & explanatio. Madrid: Antonio Perez de Soto, 1760-70.
Median 2o (347 x 233 mm), 2 volumes. With half-titles, errata-leaves. Printed in single and double columns. Roman, italic, and arabic types. Woodcut vignettes and initials, typographical ornaments. (Minor dampstaining.)
ORIGINAL MADRID BINDING, ATTRIBUTED TO ANTONIO DE SANCHA: gilt-tooled red morocco, roll-tooled dog-tooth border surrounding a fine dentelle composed of small tools, arms-block of Charles III of Spain in the center, spines decorated in compartments with floral tools, blue morocco lettering pieces, roll-tooled board-edges, marbled endpapers, leaf-edges gilt, (repair to joints, spine-ends and one corner of volume 1.) Provenance: Joseph Alvarez de Toledo, Duque de Alba, Marqués de Villa Franca (vol. 2: presentation inscription from Juan de Santander, chief librarian to the King, engraved bookplate by J. Ant. Salvador Carmona after Ysidro Carnizero) -- Roque Pidal and Bernaldo de Quiros (vol. 2: inscription by A. Pidal, dated Madrid 1942, recording the gift from the Marquesa de Molina, a Medina-Sidonia widow, for having made a valuation of her ancestral library).
FIRST EDITION of this important catalogue of the Arabic manuscripts in the Escorial, including numerous long extracts illustrating the Arab history of Spain. The work was dedicated by its editor to the King of Spain, but the arms of Charles III on the binding do not indicate Royal ownership. A number of sets were provided with such bindings for distribution among the Royal household. The evidence for the Duke of Alva's ownership can be seen in vol. 2 only, but the two volumes may have formed the original pair as the bindings are identical and the size of both volumes is precisely the same. For bindings by Antonio de Sancha, see Matilde Lopez Serrano, Biblioteca del Palacio (1950). Palau 47287.