La Religion des Mahometans,
exposée par leurs propres Docteurs avec des Eclaircissemens sur les Opinions qu'on leur a faussement attribuées … augmenté d'une confession de Foi Mahometane, qui n'avoit point encore paru.The Hague: Isaac Vaillant, 1721 Stock Code: 126891
First edition in French, first published in Latin in 1705, an English edition was published in 1712, and a German in 1715. "Edited by David Durand this important work by the Dutch orientalist Reeland sets out to correct misconceptions in the popular about Islam, and to bring a better understanding of it. The work was based on Reeland's own collection of Arabic manuscripts and those to which he had access " (Atabey). Considered by Hamilton to be a "truly objective study of Islam besides reproducing a Muslim confession of faith, it gives a detailed account of Muslim practices, adding elegant representations of the ritual gestures of prayer by the Dutch engraver Jan Goerce" (The Arcadian Library, pp.238-9). An excellent copy of this important eighteenth-century study.
Duodecimo (161 x 97 mm) Contemporary calf, red morocco label to the spine, low bands with gilt foliate roll, double fillet panels to the compartments, hexafoil centre tools with stylised fleur-de-lys cornerpieces, single fillet panel in blind to the boards, edges stained red, marbled endpapers, blue silk page-marker intact.
Pictorial half-title, folding genealogy of Muhammad, and 4 other plates, 3 of them folding - Haghia Sophia, the Ka'ba, and "les diverses postures des Turcs en priant".
A little rubbed at the extremities, small chip from the head-cap, and short split at the head of the rear joint, old repair to the front pastedown, light browning, a very good copy.
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