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[MURTADA IBN AL-'AFIF] / VATTIER, PIERRE (TRANSL.): - L'Egypte de Murtadi fils du Gaphiphe, ou il est traité des pyramides, du débordement du Nil, & des autres merueilles de cette province, selon les opinions & traditions des Arabes. Paris, Lovys Billaine, 1666.

12mo. Pp. (lvi), 304. Modern paper covered boards. Title with small burn hole and some browning in parts. First edition which has been published many times in French and English. Another issue with imprint "chez Thomas Ioly Librairie Iuré" was published in the same year. Murtada ibn al-'Afif was an Islamic historian from Cairo who lived between 1154 and 1237. His account covers the history, antiquities, legends, etc. of Egypt and includes the stories of Noah, Joseph and Moses. The original Arabic manuscript (or a copy) was found in Cardinal Mazarin's library by the French Arabist Pierre Vattier (1623-67) who translated it into French. The work was translated into English in 1672. Ibrahim-Hilmy II, p. 54.
EUR 1000.00 [Appr.: US$ 1140.79 | £UK 893.25 | JP¥ 126467] Book number 120312

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