The most important Arabic dictionary

Ibn Sidah, Abu l-Hasan `Ali. Kitab al-Mukhassas.

Bulaq, Al-Matba al-Kubra al-Amiriya, 1898-1903.

4to. 17 parts in 5 vols. Contemp. half calf.


Principal work of Ibn Sîdah (1007-1066), the great blind Andalusian lexicographer: the most important Arabic encyclopedia and dictionary. Lemmas are arranged in groups based on different classes of words. Two manuscripts are preserved: one in Cairo (dated 1202) and one in the Escorial.

Occasional edge wear; some browning and brownstaining. A good copy.

GAL I, p. 308. EI II, 445. OCLC 20111625.

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