Arabic text with Latin translation

Ibn al-Wardi, Umar / Hylander, Andreas. [Alpha kai omega]. Operis cosmographici Ibn El Vardi caput primum, de regionibus et oris.

Lund, Carl Gustaf Berling, 1823.

4to. XIII, (1), 310, (40) pp. (thus complete). Modern boards.


First edition thus, containing the Arabic text as well as the Latin translation. Based on a series of 39 dissertations inceived by Hylander in 1784, this is only the second European publication in book form of any extract from the great cosmographic treatise "Haridat al-'Aja'ib wa-Faridat al-Ghara'ib" ("The Pearl of Wonders") by the Arab historian Ibn Al-Wardi (1292-1349 CE), a compilation largely based on the works of Najmaddin al-Harrani and Al-Maqdisi's "Bad' al-halq". Arabia is discussed extensively on pp. 176ff. The 40-page index is alphabetized by the Arabic alphabet, from Alif to Ya'.

"Hylander commenca la publication de cet ouvrage en 1784 dans des cahiers separés, dont les 3 premiers (p. 1-32) ne contienent que la traduction latine, les cahiers 4 et suivantes le texte arabe avec la traduction latine. Il en a paru 39 jusqu'en 1809, les cahiers 40-44 contenant les régistres se sont suivis jusqu'en 1823. Le livre 'Alpha kai Omega' contient le texte arabe des trois premiers cahiers et la fin de l'ouvrage" (Graesse).

Light waterstaining in the lower margin; very light worming to upper gutter of a few quires; trimmed farily closely at the lower edge. In all a good copy.

GAL II, 131. Graesse III, 406. Brunet III, 397. OCLC 7535239. Cf. Ebert 10444 (32 dissertations only).