Kitab at-targuman fi ta'lim lugat as-suryan

Barsinaeus, Elias (Elija bar Shinaja) of Nisbis / Obicini, Tommaso (transl.) / Dominus Germanus de Silesia (ed.). Thesaurus Arabico-Syro-Latinus.

Rome, typis Sac. Congregationis de Propaganda Fide, 1636.

8vo. (8), 447, (1) pp. (48, last 4 blank), 66 pp. (last p. misnumbered 70, lacks last blank). Title with woodcut device. Contemporary reversed sheep, blank spine in five compartments.


An Arabic-Syriac-Latin glossary arranged by subject, originally compiled in the 11th century by the Nestorian Elias bar Shinaja of Syria (known as Barsinaeus in the Latin tradition) as "Kitab at-targuman fi ta'lim lugat as-suryan". The present text and translation, prepared by the Franciscan Obicini, was posthumously published by the monk's student and successor Dominicus Germanus de Silesia, "himself also the author of an Arabic grammar, and an Italian-Arabic dictionary" (Smitskamp). "Not actually a thesaurus, but rather a nomenclator, arranged not by alphabet, but by subject" (cf. Schnurrer). The French punchcutter Robert Granjon cut the Arabic type used for the glossary.

Binding somewhat worn; minor foxing. Ownership stamp (Germain: Jacobins P.B.S.) and signature of De la Roche (marquis) on title, last page with another owner's inscription. From the library of Swedish antiquarian bookdealer Björn Löwendahl (1941-2013).


Schnurrer p. 38 f. Smitskamp 223. Fück 77. NUC 425, p. 564. ICCU VEAE\003127.