Translated from an unknown Arabic source

Gurmendi, Francisco de (transl.). Doctrina phisica y moral de principes. [...] Traduzido de Arabico en Castellano.

Madrid, Andres de Parra & Gaspar Garcia, 1615.

8vo. (8), 164 [recte: 160], (4) ff. Early 20th century half vellum with giltstamped red spine label and marbled blue boards. Edges sprinkled in red.


First and only edition (not reprinted until 2004) of this rare and little-received example of the "education of princes" genre, translated into Spanish from an unknown Arabic source. "Francisco de Gurmendi learned Arabic in Madrid at the school of Marcos Dobelo, a Syrian who worked for a time as a translator of the 'plomos'. Gurmendi eventually achieved enough facility with the language to publish 'Doctrina phisica y moral de principes' (Madrid, 1615), a translation of an Arabic text" (A. K. Harris, From Muslim to Christian Granada [Baltimore 2007], p. 170). Recently, the work was the subject of a 2016 doctoral thesis at the University of Alicante: M. I. Llopis Mena, "Teoría política árabe y persa en la corte de Felipe III: la Doctrina Phísica y Moral de Príncipes de Francisco de Gurmendi".

Slight browning; paper flaws to title page (no loss to text). Exceedingly rare; not a single copy in auction records.


Palau III, 433. OCLC 804490168.

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