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History of the Dominion of the Arabs in Spain.

Translated from the Spanish by Mrs Jonathan Foster

Published: London: Henry G. Bohn, 1854-5

Stock code: 95147

Price: £1,750

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First edition in English, first published Madrid 1820-1. Far from common in the market. Condé was the director of the library of the Escorial his work is “characterized by a strong sympathy for Arab culture. For the first time a complete survey, based on Arab sources, was provided of the history of Islamic Spain from 711 to 1492, and a framework was established which has been followed ever since” (Hamilton, The Arcadian Library, p.271). Bookplates of Catholic scholar Joseph M. Gleason to the front pastedowns, and his pencilled critique at the beginning of the text of volume I; “It has become the fashion to decry this work in our times, but most of the criticism is parrot-like. Yet Gayangos [Spanish Arabist Pascual de Gayangos y Arce, author of The History of the Mohammedan Dynasties in Spain] calls it the foundation of all our knowledge of Moslem Spain”.

3 volumes octavo (174 109 mm) . Contemporary half calf, red and green labels, low gilt milled bands, floral centre-tools, stylised foliate corner-pieces, marbled boards, edges and endpapers. Steel-engraved frontispiece to volume I. A little rubbed, small gold inked pressmarks to the tails of the spines, light browning, but overall a very good set.

Bibliography: Hamilton, Arcadian Library 9214

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