Les khouan. De la constitution des ordres religieux musulmans en Algérie.
8vo. 36 pp. Contemporary red half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine.
First edition of a work on the khouan, the brothers of Islamic "religious orders" in Algeria, written by Charles Brosselard (1816-1889). He describes the origin, hierarchy, organization and (initiation) rituals of seven influential Sufi brotherhoods. "A work of great learning and value" (Playfair). Brosselard had studied Arabic and later became a prefect at Tlemcen.
With author's presentation inscription to the French general Charles Cousin-Montauban, Comte de Palikao (1796-1878), who served as a cavalry officer in Algeria, on half-title. With an armorial bookplate on paste-down. Overall in very good condition, binding only very slightly rubbed along the extremities.
Levtzion & Pouwels, The history of Islam in Africa, pp. 170, 184. Playfair, Bibliography of Algeria, 2099.