Foundational document of the University of Vienna's College of Oriental Languages

Podesta, Johann Baptist. Prodromus novi linguarum orientalium collegii: Jussu, Augustißimi, Potentißimi ac Invictißimi Romanorum Imperatoris Loepoldi Primi Germaniae, Hungariae, Bohemiaeque regis &c. Archiducis Austriae. Erigendi, in Antiquissima ac Celeberrima Universitate Viennensi, post ferias Autumnales: Per Ioannem Baptistam Podesta, summedictae Caesareae Majest. à Secretis, in linguis Orientalibus. Ad Excelsorum Inferioris Austriae, caeterarumque Provinciarum Statuum, Augustißimae Domni Austricae parentium, nec non ad Fidelissimorum, Nobilitumque Civium Viennesium reliquarumque Urbium Austriaci Dominii respective Illustrißimos, Nobilissimos, Perillustres, Praenobiles, Generosos, optimosque Filios. Accessit discursus de requisitis in interprete ad servituim Principis alicujus adspirante.

Vienna, Leopold Voigt, (1674).

4to. (56) pp. With woodcut tailpiece. Marbled papered spine.

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Foundational document of the University of Vienna's College of Oriental Languages, inaugurated in 1674. As in most Catholic countries, the study of Arabic had long been neglected in favour of the more urgent Turkish. The talented linguist Podesta (1625-88) from Fasano on Lake Garda had been made Vienna's first professor of oriental languages. "He had studied Arabic with Maracci in Rome in 1673, had a good command of Turkish and knew, as did Meninski, that for a proper understanding of Turkey's administrative language a solid understading of Arabic and Persian was indispensable" (cf. Fück, 93). Vienna's famous Oriental Academy would not be founded until 1754.

A few Arabic interspersions and a few lines of Arabic and Persian type specimens in the text, apparently printed from wooden blocks, while the respective passages in the copy in the Austrian National Library are inserted in handwriting (cf. Mayer). A good, insignificantly browned copy. Extremely rare; only three copies in libraries internationally (ÖNB; British Library; UB Augsburg).

Weiss 1839, 26f. Mayer I, 298, 1921. OCLC 630185768.

Stock Code: BN#49796