Arabic papyrology

Karabacek, Joseph Maria von. Das arabische Papier. Eine historisch-antiquarische Untersuchung.

Vienna, Kaiserl. Königl. Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1887.

4to. (4), 92 pp. Printed on thick paper with 2 text illustrations and 1 plate (counted as III). Contemporary brown half cloth over marbled covers with old paper label pasted on the spine.


First edition of this important study of Arabic papyrology, exceedingly rare. With quotations and interspersions in Arabic. The orientalist Joseph Maria von Karabacek (1845-1918) was professor at the University of Vienna and director of the Imperial Court Library. This is the first and only independent, monographic edition in German, an offprint (with separate pagination) from vols. II and III of the "Mittheilungen aus der Sammlung der Papyrus Erzherzog Rainer" (1887). The book was translated into English in 1991 (republished in 2001); it remains a classic textbook referenced by specialized literature such as Adam Gacek's handbook on Arabic manuscripts (Leiden: Brill, 2009).

In very good condition: title-page showing light foxing; contemporary library stamp of the Brünn German Technical University on the cover, their bookplate on the pastedown. Binding slightly rubbed; extremeties bumped. A wide-margined copy.


OCLC 17791658. Cf. Gacek, Arabic Manuscripts, pp. 191f., 306 (citing the serialized edition and the English translation).

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