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BOCTHOR, ELLIOUS / CAUSSIN DE PERCEVAL, ARMAND PIERRE: - Dictionnaire francais-arabe. Revue et augmenté par A. Caussin de Perceval. Two volumes in one. Paris, Firmin Didot, 1828-29.

. 4to. Pp. viii, 461, (1); (iv), 435. Text browned throughout, partly some marginal staining. Some scribbling to the front end paper. Numerous marginal annotations in French and Arabic by a scholar. Contemporary marbled boards, new calf spine with old title label (worn) preserved. Scarce first edition of the first proper French- Arabic (Vulgar) dictionary compiled by two renowned Orientalists. Ellious Bocthor was an Egyptian Copt who left Egypt with the French army at the end of the Napoleon Bonaparte expedition (1798-1801) and became professor of Vulgar Arabic at the Royal Library in Paris. Bocthor died in 1821 at the young age of thirtyseven before the dictionary was finalised. It was completed by Caussin de Perceval, Bocthor's successor at the School of Modern Oriental Languages. Cf. Gay 3384 (third edition 1864). Bibl. de Silvestre de Sacy, no. 2859. Vater p. 457. Zenker BO i, 59.
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