La Céramique Musulmane de l’Égypte.

Bahgat, Aly Bey & Felix Massoul.

Book ID: 25551


Folio. [1], 96 pp., [2], 84 fine plates in heliotype, of which 62 are numbered I-LXI, with LIX bis, 8 in colour numbered 1-8, & 15 in b/w numbered A-O, original printed boards, rubbed and a little marked, spine browned, otherwise copy inside clean & in very good condition, Publication du Musée Arabe du Caire, L'Institut Français d'Archéologique Orientale, Cairo, first original edition, 1930.


A presentation copy prescribed and signed by F. Massoul on front fly leaf. Bahgat (1858-1924) was an archaeologist and epigraphy expert and the first director of the Egyptian National Museum of Arab Art in Cairo. From 1887, he translated into Arabic scientific publications and Bulletins of the Committee, for the preservation of the monuments of Arab art and the Arab Museum catalogue (1909). It is in this work that we must acknowledge Bahgat’s reinvention or adaptation of technical terms into Arabic in Islamic art. His approach to Arab art communities evolved during his visits to European Orientalists and decisive exposure to the exhibition of Muhammedanischer Kunst (Muslim Art) in Munich (1910).
He died without having finished his latest book with Felix Massoul (1869-1942), Ceramics of Muslim Egypt, 1930. He was an important translator and talented epigrapher, but is remembered largely for his archaeological work in Fustat, Egypt.
Bibliographic reference: Creswell, 740.

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