THE BIBLE IN ARABIC, SCARCE 1811 QUARTO EDITION
(BIBLE IN ARABIC). The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments, in the Arabic Language. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Sarah Hodgson, 1811. Quarto, contemporary full paneled calf sympathetically rebacked in calf-gilt, red morocco spine label. raised bands. $2850.
Early 19th-century quarto edition of the Bible in Arabic, printed for distribution by British evangelists in Africa and Asia, in attractive contemporary paneled calf.
"This edition, produced under the patronage of the Bishop of Durham (Shute Barrington), was at first undertaken by Joseph Dacre Carlyle (1759-1806), Cambridge Professor of Arabic in 1795, and vicar of Newcastle in 1801. On Carlyle's death Henry Ford, Lord Almoner's Reader in Arabic at Oxford, took up the work, and saw the book through the press in 1811. The text is based, apparently, on the London Polyglot of 1655-57. The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel contributed £250 for 1000 copies to be distributed in Africa and Asia. The British and Foreign Bible Society also gave £250, and in addition purchased, or received for distribution, over 1000 copies" (Darlow & Moule). Text in Arabic (and therefore reading right to left, "back" to "front"). Darlow & Moule 1663. Early owner signature, dated 1816.
Occasional light foxing, first few and last few leaves with light expert cleaning. Expert restoration to contemporary boards.