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STEWART, Duncan.

A Practical Arabic Grammar.

Published: London: John W. Parker, 1841

Stock code: 98459

Price: £200

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First edition. “An Arabic grammar, which, taking a middle path between the obscure brevity of some of its predecessors, and the fulness of others, furnishes what has been so long wanted, a good manual for commencing the study of this beautiful and extensively useful language … Within the compass of three hundred pages of good and clear print, we have, besides the grammar, a century of proverbs from Maidani, and a series of historical extracts from Abdulfadá; a list of the most useful books for the study of the language, and a preface, containing an account of the chief Arabic grammars etc. already in existence” (The Asiatic Journal, May-August 1842, p. 54). Scarce in commerce.

Octavo (220 135 mm). Original dark blue fine-diaper cloth, spine blind-ruled in compartments with titles direct to second gilt, boards panel-stamped in blind, yellow surface-paper endpapers. Arabic and English types; 16 pp. of publisher’s advertisements to the rear, undated. Ownership inscription (Enriette A. Raymond, Clevedon, July 24th ’94) to front free endpaper. Extremities lightly bumped and worn, pale marking to boards, some foxing to endleaves, very occasional faint spotting to text. A very good copy.

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