Pococke, Edward. Specimen historiae Arabum [...]. Accessit historia veterum Arabum ex Abu'l Feda: cura Antonii I. Sylvestre de Sacy. Edidit Josephus White.

Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1806.

Large 4to. XV, (1), 573, (3) pp. Title-page with engraved illustration, aquatint frontispiece (author's portrait) by W. N. Gardiner after S. Harding and 1 full-page plate, drawn and etched by J. Storer. Set in roman and Arabic types, with incidental Greek and Hebrew. Contemporary boards, spine with printed label. Untrimmed, leaving all deckles intact.


Second edition of Pococke's elaborate "Specimen historiae Arabum", first published in 1650. Based on Bar Hebraeus's "Mukhtasar fî'l-Duwal", it includes detailed essays on Arabic science, literature, religion, and history. The main text set in Richardson's long-bodied English Arabic, with the notes in Caslon's Arabic types.

Slightly browned, otherwise in very good condition and wholly untrimmed. From the library of the Ducs de Luynes at the Château de Dampierre: their bookplate reproducing the arms of Charles Marie d'Albert de Luynes (1783-1839), 7th Duc de Luynes.


Schnurrer 140. OCLC 643939358. Cf. Fück 88 (1650 ed.). Graesse V, 373 (1648 ed.).