Gurar al-hasa'is al-wadiha wa-`urar an-naqa'is al-fadiha.
8vo. 12, 483, (1) pp. Contemporary half calf on four raised bands with sparsely gilt spine; pink cloth covers and marbled endpapers.
First printing of this prose and verse anthology on the subject of Islamic ethics, containing eight chapters on virtues and another eight on vices.
Al-Watwat al-Kutubi (1234-1318), celebrated as an entertaining compiler, lived in Mamluk Egypt all his life. Unlike many writers of his era was not a member of the Mamluk administration, but rather a wealthy bookseller (hence his byname "Al-Kutubi", "the Bookseller").
Binding slightly rubbed; paper evenly browned as common. Blank first page has contemporary ink ownership of Fernand Patorni (b. 1837), chief interpreter in Algiers and author of "Les Tirailleurs algériens dans le Sahara" (1884).
GAL II, 55. OCLC 253615769.