Kitab `Iqd al-agyad fi 's-safinat al-giyad.
(8) pp., 1 blank f., 410 pp. Contemporary green half morocco over marbled boards with giltstamped spine title.
Only edition of this treatise about the Arabian horse ("hayl", referred to in the introduction as "the first and foremost of all mounts"), discussing their history, types, uses, domestication and breeding, as well as the various traditions of folklore, religion and literature attached to it in Arab-Islamic culture.
Muhammed al-Jazairi, or Muhammad Pasha (1840-1912/13), was a son of the famous Emir Abdelkader al-Jazairi (1808-83), an Algerian religious and military leader who led the struggle against the French colonial invasion in the mid-19th century.
Binding slightly rubbed; paper evenly browned as common. Contemporary ink ownerships of Fernand Patorni (b. 1837), chief interpreter in Algiers and author of "Les Tirailleurs algériens dans le Sahara" (1884). Very rare: only two copies in library catalogues internationally (Orient-Institut Beirut; Constance University, Germany).
OCLC 311370556. Not in Boyd/P.