[Arabic title.] Maured Allatafet, seu Rerum Aegyptiacarum annales, ab anno Christi 971, usque ad annum 1453.
E codice MS. Bibliothecae Academiae Cantribrigiensis textum Arabicum primus editit, Latinè vertit, notsique illustravit J. D. Carlyle.printed by J. Archdeacon for the University, and sold at the shops of B. White and Sons, London, J. & J. Merrill, Cambridge; J. Fletcher, and J. Cooke, Oxford, Cambridge , 1792 Stock Code: 116745
NotesFirst edition of this noted history of Egypt from the Fatimid conquest to the mid-15th century. Ibn Taghribirdi (c.1410-1470) was the son of a Mamluk amir and himself a close companion of a son of Sultan Jaqmaq (r. 1438-53); his work is generally critical of the Shi'ite Fatimids and apologetic with regard to the Sunni Mamluks, though together with his predecessors al-Qalqashandi and al-Maqrizi he is considered one of the most important chroniclers of the Mamluk era. Ibn Taghribirdi is best remembered for a multi-volume chronicle entitled al-Nujum al-Zahirah, printed between 1851 and 1862, but the present text, Mawrid al-Latafah ("Source of Sweetness") was his first to be published. The Arabic text is accompanied by a Latin translation and extensive notes by the Cambridge Arabist Joseph Dacre Carlyle (1758-1804), who, during his residence at Cambridge,"profited from the instructions of a native of Baghdad, who passed in Britain under the name David Zamio. As a result, Carlyle became so proficient in oriental languages that he was appointed professor of Arabic on the resignation of Dr Craven in 1795" (ODNB).
Quarto (222 x 176 mm). Rebound to style in half calf preserving the original early 19th century dark red morocco label, marbled sides, speckled edges, endleaves renewed.
A very good, wide-margined, complete with the errata leaf.
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