Specimen Historiae Arabum; Auctore Edvardo Pocockio, Accessit Historia Veterum Arabum Ex Abu’l Feda: Cura Antonii I. Silvestre De Sacy.

ABU AL-FARAJ, Grighor, Called Bar Hebraeus / Translated and edited by Edward Pococke.

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4to. xv, 573 pp., [1 errata], Latin and Arabic text within borders, steel engraved frontispiece portrait, vignette on title page, 1 steel engraved plate, partly unopened, re-backed, new vellum spine with rubbed boards, scattered foxing mainly on front and last few pages, bookplate of Peter Fraser verso front cover, small stamp at top corner of title page, E. Typographeo Clarendoniano, Oxford, second edition, 1806.


Edward Pococke (1604-1691), whose notes enrich this work, did perhaps more than any other man of his day to promote Oriental scholarship in England, travelling and collecting rare manuscripts. He became Master of Arabic and first professor of the Arabic studies at Oxford University, and published valuable scholarly works like the present one. The “Specimen Historiae” is an excerpt from the Mukhtasar-fi-d-duwal (Universal History) of Grigher (897-967), an Arab scholar who rose to a prominent position in the Jacobite Church in Aleppo and Azerbaijan, and was the most valued authority for the Arabs for pre-Islamic and early Muslim times. Pococke uses the Arabic work as a centrepiece for an elaborate series of essays on Arabic history, literature, religion and science.
Bibliographic references: Wing G2025; Madan 2629; Schnurrer 168; Balagna, p. 78; Saqqar, p.198; DNB, XVI; Holt, pp. 11; Roper, pp. 15-16; Aqiqi, II, pp. 467-68; EI, III, pp. 804-05; Brockelmann, I, pp. 349-50; Sarkis, col. 340.

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