The first and only comprehensive Arabic bibliography

Schnurrer, Christian Friedrich von. Bibliotheca arabica. Auctam nunc atque integram edidit [...].

Halle/Saale, J. C. Hendel, 1811.

8vo. XXI, (3), 529, (1) pp. and pp. 515a-518a. Modern red library cloth.


First book edition; very rare. "The first and only comprehensive bibliography of Arabic texts and books on Arabic language and literature by European scholars, printed in Europe 1505-1810" (Breslauer-Folter). "Extremely diligent descriptions, for the most part based on autopsy" (cf. Fück). Dedicated to de Sacy, the bibliography was first published in 1799-1806 as a series of seven university programmes.

Some browning and brownstaining throughout as common, due to paper. Old shelfmark label to spine and title-page, with additional Canadian library stamp of the Ottawa Commissariatus, Terrae Sanctae. A good, tight copy of a standard work almost unobtainable in the original edition.

Breslauer-Folter 119. Besterman 152. Breslaueriana 1090. Fück 146. Zenker I, 1755.