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DAVID-WEILL, Jean.

Catalogue générale du Musée Arabe du Caire....

Les Bois à épigraphes depuis l'époque Mamlouke.

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Published: Cairo Imprimerie Nationale, 1936

Stock Code: 127353

£450
OR On display in 100 Fulham Road

Notes

First edition, one of 325 copies. This is the second volume of a two volume catalogue of inscribed wood in the Cairo Museum of Arab Art compiled by David-Weill, expert on Arabic epigraphy who worked in both Cairo and Paris. In 1941 he was expelled from his job at the Louvre under the country's racial laws but was reinstated as a curator in the Islamic department in 1945. The Cairo Museum of Arab Art (now called Islamic Art) was founded in 1884 and "houses one of the world's richest collections of artefacts from all periods of Islamic history and all parts of the Islamic world" (Illustrated Guide to the Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo). The author has transcribed the texts of the inscriptions into Arabic and translated them into French.

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Description

Large octavo. Original grey cloth and paper boards, title black to spine and front cover, photographic image affixed to front cover, white endpapers.

Illustrations

43 photogravure plates printed by the Survey of Egypt. Mounted photographic image of a Mamluk cartouche taken from plate 31 on front board.

Condition

Paper ticket to head of spine, shelf wear to top and bottom of spine and extremities, some rubbing and soiling to spine and boards, couple of ink spots to photographic image, corners worn, number inked to title page, library stamps removed from front free endpaper, title and half title only, internal binding slightly strained around plates, cords showing but still sound. Remains a very good copy.

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