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BULAQ IMPRINT: كتاب نهج السلوك فى سياسة الملوك [Kitap nehc üs-sülûk fi siyaset ül-mülûk also Nahj al-Suluk fi siyasat al-Muluk / An Ap-proach to Behavior in the Politics of Kings]


An Ottoman translation of an Arabic classic work on the politics, printed in Bulaq, Cairo.

8°: 153 pp. letterpress, later European binding with marbled boards an green cloth spine with gold lettering, marbled endpapers (binding slightly rubbed on the corners, but otherwise in a good condition).



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Abd al-Raḥmān ibn Naṣr Shayzarī (died 1193) authored several books, probably most famous of them being The book of the Islamic market inspector (Nihāyat al-Rutba fī Ṭalab al-Ḥisba), where he describes the slave trade of the time, together with other trading activities.

This is a first edition of a privately contracted publication. The second one was published in 1272 (1855).

For the full scan of the book, see the link of the Ohio State University Library:
Kitap nehc üs-sülûk fi siyaset ül-mülûk : Shayzarī, Abd al-Raḥmān ibn Naṣr, active 12th century, author : Free Download, Borrow, and Streaming : Internet Archive.

The Bulaq or Al-Amiriya Press (Amiri Press, Amiria Press), the first Muslim official and governmental printing press established in Egypt, was founded in 1820 by the viceroy of Egypt Muhammad Ali (1769-1849). Already in 1815, the first delegation was sent from Cairo to Milan to learn the printing techniques. After the construction of the press was finished in the autumn of 1820, it took another two years to transport the machines and school the employees. The first book, an Arabic-Italian dictionary, was published in 1822. In the next decades the Bulaq Press became the leading publishing house for the Arab world, also printing books in Ottoman Turkish.

References: OCLC 1047464443 (including eBooks); Hsu Cheng Hsiang, The First Years of Arabic Printing in Egypt 1238-1269. 1822-1851. The Checklist, p. 389, no. 295.

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