Al-Bakri, Abu `Ubayd `Abd Allah ibn `Abd al-`Aziz / Slane, William MacGuckin (ed.). [Kitab al-Mughrib fi dhikr bilad Ifriqiyah wa-al-Maghrib. Wa-huwa juz min ajza al-kitab al-ma`ruf bi-al-Masalik wa-al-mamalik]. Description de l'afrique septentrionale.

Algiers, Imprimerie du gouvernement, 1857.

8vpo. 19, 212, (1) pp. Contemporary green half leather binding over marbled boards with giltstamped spine. Marbled endpapers.


The first printed edition of any part of the author's principal work, "Kitab al-mamalik wa-al-masalik" ("Book of Highways and of Kingdoms"), this extract giving an account of northern Africa and the Maghreb. The Andalusian Muslim historian al-Bakri (c. 1040-94) is hailed as the greatest geographer of the Muslim West. The crater Al-Bakri on the Moon is named after him.

The Irish scholar William McGuckin de Slane (1801-78), a disciple of Silvestre de Sacy, went on to serve as Principal Interpreter of Arabic of the French Army and Professor of Arabic at the École de langues orientales in Paris.

Corners bumped. Light browning due to paper stock; occasional insignificant edge flaws. Includes a contemporary handwritten pencil table of contents on the flyleaf and two inserted French letters in an Arabic interpreter's translation, dated Oran, 7 Sept. 1867, and Loches (Indre-et-Loire), 21 Oct. 1867.

GAL I, 476. OCLC 9294002.

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