The early Caliphs and Kings of Egypt, the Hejaz and the Levant

Hasan bin Omar bin Habib al-Halabi, Badr ad-Din. Al-Khalaf'a wa Muluk al-Amsaar [A historical and geographical account of the Caliphs and Kings of Islamic lands].

[Ottoman Levant, [1713 CE] = Sha'ban 1125 H.

Small 4to (174 x 223 mm). Arabic manuscript on paper. (91) ff., possibly lacking a fihrist at the beginning of the volume, else apparently textually complete. 24 lines, per extensum, written in cursive naskh, headings and key words in red, with catchwords, contemporary marginalia and annotations throughout. Waqf inscriptions for a private collector named Haj Ibramin Efendi Arabi (dated 1135 H / 1723 CE), with his seal stamped to final leaf. Contemporary leather-backed boards with fore-edge flap.


An historical and geographical account of the early Caliphs and Kings of Egypt, the Hejaz and the Levant, possibly inspired by the author's travels in these regions. The volume not only describes the rulers but also offers insights into the geographical locations where they settled, their "Amsaar" (garrison towns), and the physical proximity of these locations to each other.

Habib al-Halabi (1310-77 CE) was a Damascus-born historian who lived in Aleppo. He travelled extensively during his lifetime, notably visiting Egypt and Arabia, twice performing the Hajj. Manuscript copies of his works are uncommon: his two best-known works are "Durrat al-Aslak fi Dawlat al-Atrak" and "Tadkirat al-Nabih fi Ayaam al-Mansur wa Banih", recorded in several manuscripts in institutional collections; the present work, by contrast, is an exceptionally rare text, with no other copies traced in libraries or sold at public auction.

Binding rubbed and worn, extremeties bumped, covers and edges repaired. Some light water-staining to upper margins and a few scattered marks and stains, but overall a good copy.

Cf. GAL I, 36f. & S I, 35.

Cat. no.: 17 Catalogue: ABAA California Virtual Book Fair