Erpenius, Thomas. Rudimenta linguae Arabicae. Florilegium sententiarum arabicarum ut et clavim dialectorum ac praesertim arabicae adjecit Alb. Schultens. Editio altera, aucta indicibus.

Leiden, S. & J. Luchtmans & Jean le Mair, 1770.

4to. (6), 374, (174) pp. With engr. publisher's device on t. p. Contemp. half calf with giltstamped red label to gilt spine. All edges red.


Re-issue of the 1733 4th edition (first published in 1620). "An important addition is Schultens' 'Clavis dialectorum', in which he discusses the lexicological relation between Hebrew and Arabic. Another new feature is the anthology of proverbs entitled 'Al-Nawabig' [...] The indexes are this time predominant, for Arabic alone 142 pages" (Smitskamp). Erpenius (1584-1624), professor of oriental languages at Leiden, is regarded as "one of the men whom the study of oriental languages owes its resurrection" (cf. ADB). His own private printing shop, equipped with Hebrew, Arabic, Syrian, Ethiopian, and Turkish type, produced its first specimens as early as 1615.

Some slight browning and brownstaining throughout due to paper. Contemporary bibliographical note to front flyleaf; ms. ownership "Fuchs" to pastedown.

Smitskamp, PO 76. Schnurrer 108. Gay 3400. Brunet II, 1050. Graesse II, 499. Ebert 6914.

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