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FARIS, Nabih Amin.

The Antiquities of South Arabia,

being a Translation from the Arabic with Linguistic, Geographic, and Historic Notes of the Eighth Book of Al-Hamdani's Al-Iklil. Reconstructed from Al-Karmanli's Edition and a MS in the Garrett Collection, Princeton University Library.

Published: Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1938

Stock code: 94791

Price: £650

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First edition, first printing, institutionally inevitably well-represented, but uncommon on the market. An important publication. Al_Hamdani (893?-945?) was an Arab geographer, poet, grammarian, historian and astronomer “whose chief fame derives from his authoritative writings on South Arabian history and geography… His encyclopaedia Al-Ikul (“The Crown”; Eng. trans. of vol. 8 by N. A. Faris as The Antiquities of South Arabia [the present volume]) and his other writings are a major source of information on Arabia, providing a valuable anthology of South Arabian poetry as well as much genealogical, topographical, and historical information” (Encyclopaedia Britannica).

Octavo. Original black cloth, title gilt to the spine. One plate, illustration to the text, full-page map. A little rubbed, ink-stamps of the British Institute at Amman for Archaeology and History to the endpapers, light toning, touch of foxing to the fore-edge, else very good.

Bibliography: Macro 917

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