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VAN DYCK, Edward A.

History of the Arabs and their Literature

before and after the rise of Islâm, within the limits of their peninsula and beyond it. An outline for the use of the pupils of the Khediviah School, compiled from Arab and European sources.

Ig. v. Kleinmayr & Fed. Bamberg, Ljubljana , 1894 Stock Code: 108183
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First and only edition in English of this uncommon late Khedival-period course-book for Cairene students, originally published in Arabic the previous year as Ta'rikh al-'Arab wa-adabihim, scarce in commerce and just five copies in UK libraries, of which two are in the British Library.
Van Dyck was an American diplomat who served as consular clerk and vice-consul in Beirut and Cairo, taught at Cairo's Khediviah (Khedival) school and translated a number of early Arabic texts into English, including Avicenna's Compendium on the Soul. He was the son of Cornelius van Dyck, a missionary best remembered for his Arabic translation of the Bible.

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Description

Octavo (220 x 146 mm). Original brown morocco-grained half cloth, blue paper boards printed in black.

Condition

Glasgow University library-stamp to front pastedown, associated shelf-mark label to the same and to front board and ink-stamp to p. 222. Extremities slightly rubbed and bumped, irregular toning to boards, contents tanned, surface splitting to front inner hinge and between pp. 208-9, label sometime removed from front free endpaper. A very good copy.

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