A Christian legend which survives only in Arabic translation

Wallin, Georg. [Qissat Yusuf an-Naggar] sive historia Josephi Fabri lignarii. Liber apocryphus ex codice manuscripto regiae bibliothecae Parisiensis.

Leipzig, Andreas Zeidler, 1722.

4to. (16), 110, (2) pp. Contemporary full calf.


First edition of the Arabic text of the "History of Joseph the Carpenter", one of the oldest New Testament Apocrypha. A compilation of traditions concerning Mary, Joseph, and the "holy family", it probably was composed in Byzantine Egypt in Greek in the late 6th or early 7th century but is preserved only in Coptic and Arabic versions. The Arabic text was edited by Georg Wallin (1686-1760), the learned Lutheran archbishop of Göteborg.

Some browning, more pronounced in margins of title-page. Binding lightly rubbed at extremeties. Old Swedish deaccessioning note ("Duplett") on pastedown. Wants first free endpaper. Rare.


Schnurrer 413. OCLC 165689104.

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