Ancient oriental alphabets

Alphabets Orientaux Anciens. Caracteres et alphabets de langues mortes et vivantes.

[Paris, Robert Bénard, 1763].

Folio (238 x 302 mm). 25 large folio plates, folded horizontally. Marbled half calf with giltstamped red spine label; sparsely gilt spine.


The 25 plates from Diderot's "Encyclopédie" showing the "Characters and Alphabets of Dead and Living Languages", including Arabic, Ethiopian, Coptic and several other alphabets. Letterforms are shown in a variety of majuscules and cursives.

Upper spine-end chipped, otherwise fine. Old ms. ownership on verso of first plate, partially in Greek: "ek ton biblon tou Fl. Lécluse / 1806" (i.e., Fleury de Lécluse, 1774-1845, professor of Greek and Hebrew and scholar of the Basque language). Removed from the library of the Ducs de Luynes at the Château de Dampierre: their bookplate reproducing the arms of Charles Marie d'Albert de Luynes (1783-1839), 7th Duc de Luynes, on pastedown.


PMM 200. Lough 2-15. Darnton 33. Horblit 25. Norman 637. Dibner 85.

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