One of the landmarks in Arabic studies

Herbelot, [Barthélemi]. Bibliotheque orientale, ou dictionnaire universel, contenant généralement tout ce qui regarde la connoissance des peuples de l'Orient.

Paris, Compagnie des libraires, 1697.

Folio (262 x 400 mm). (32), 1059 [but: 1057], (1) pp. T. p. printed in red and black. Contemp. calf on six raised bands with giltstamped label to richly gilt spine (rubbed).


First edition of this copious, variously reprinted dictionary of the culture and history of the Near East. "One of the landmarks in Arabic studies" (Hamilton 36). Continued by A. Galland after the death of Herbelot.

Somewhat brownstained; slight worming in lower margin near beginning. From the library of Ditton Park in Buckinghamshire (now Berkshire), owned by Ralph Montagu, 1st Duke of Montagu (1638-1709), with engr. bookplate on front pastedown.


Atabey 572. Fück 98. Graesse II, 376. Hoefer XXIV, 283. Zischka 15. OCLC 53777588.