Kitab Muhit al-Muhit. TWO VOLUMES.

Al-Bustani, Butrus.

Book ID: 9954


4to. Volume I: 1151 pp., / Volume II: 1152-3208 pp., Arabic text within borders, double column per page, contemporary full calf with raised gilt spine, rubbed covers, some spotting throughout, Printed at the American Press, Beirut, 1870.


“Lebanon was the centre of Arabic lexicography in the nineteenth century. In 1867-70 the celebrated dictionary “Muhit al-Muhit” by the distinguished scholar Butrus al-Bustani was published, compiled in the modern arrangement. In the introduction the author stated that the Arab world needed a dictionary so arranged, and the “Qamus” [of Fairuzabadi], for all his popularity was hard to use because of its rhyme arrangement. He therefore took the material of the “Qamus”, and supplemented it from other lexicographers, using post-classical authors for some of his examples.
This dictionary was highly praised by Arab scholars, and its fame eclipsed that of another dictionary written during the same period “Aqrab al-Mawarid” by Sa’id  al-Sartuni”. (John A. Haywood “Arabic Lexicography”. p. 109]. 

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