With a calligraphical basmala in bird shape

Schieferdecker, Johann David (praes.) / Schmid, Johann Martin (resp.). [Timar al-`arabija]. Fructus linguae arabicae, inclutae facultatis philosophicae indultu, dissertatione philologica in alma Lipsiensi [...].

(Leipzig), Christian Götze, 1692.

4to. (24) pp. Early 19th century marbled wrappers.


First edition of this rare and prettily produced philological dissertation on the Arabic language, on Arab scholarship and the use of Arabic studies, written by the Saxon professor of theology and oriental studies J. D. Schieferdecker (1672-1721). Numerous passages are printed in Arabic type (in imitation of those of Erpenius). Separate chapters discuss the influence of Arabic in jurisprudence, medicine, philosophy, astronomy, optics, arithmetics, geography, geometry, and music, as well as in history and literature. A set of subjects for discussion by the doctoral candidate, printed at the end of the volume, includes theses about Muhammad and the Qur'an, on the role of the Messiah in Islam, on the difference between Turkish and Arabic (said to be comparable to that between French and Latin), and on the special regard given in Islam to the first sura of the Qur'an, which is likened to the Lord's Prayer in Christianity. "The 'Fructus' was first defended in 1692 and opens with a calligraphical basmala in bird shape [... It has] a woodcut Arabic title on the title-page" (Smitskamp).

Well preserved.

VD 17, 12:142720G. OCLC 930345148. Cf. Smitskamp, PO 361b (1695 edition).

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