Wallich, Johann Ulrich. Religio Turcica et Mahometis vita. Das ist: Kurtze, warhafftige, gründ- und eigendliche Beschreibung türkischer Religion, Wie auch Leben, Wandel und Tod des Arabischen falschen Propheten Mahometis [...].

No place or printer, 1664.

4to. (14), 264 pp. With engraved illustrated title-page and 12 engraved plates; one line of musical notes showing the melody of the muezzin's call "la 'ilaha 'illa -llahu" (There is no deity but Allah). 19th century marbled half leather with giltstamped red spine label. Marbled endpapers. All edges sprinkled red.

 4,000.00

Second edition of Wallich's account of Islam, written in 1659 following his mission to the Porte. "The first part is a description of Turkish religion and customs [...] together with seven of the plates. The second part is a life of Mohammed, and the third part is a comparison of Pope Alexander VII with Mehmed IV (the two antichrists, oriental and occidental)" (Blackmer). The biography of the Prophet includes a genealogy and an engraving showing Ali with the Zulfiqar presenting the written Qur'an to the faithful.

Johann Ulrich von Wallich (1624-73), a Thuringian jurist in Swedish services, participated in several diplomatic missions, including the Swedish embassy to Constantinople in 1657/58, where he got to know the Muslim religion.

Binding very insignificantly rubbed along the hinges, corners a little bumped. A fine copy bound for the Ottoman-Greek diplomat Stephanos Carathéodory (1834-1908), who served as secretary to the Ottoman delegation at the 1878 Congress of Berlin and as Ottoman ambassador to Brussels, with his printed bookplate and motto ("Meden agan" - "nothing in excess") to front pastedown and spine.

VD 17, 39:134505B. Chauvin XI, p. 197, no. 720. Cf. Atabey 1761; Blackmer 1309.

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