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BULAQ IMPRINT / BINDINGS: تذكرة الحكم في طبقات الأمم [Tadhkirat l-Hikam fi Tabaqat al-Umam also Tadhkirat al-Umam]



[Note on the Judgement in Periods of Nations]


8°, [2 pp.], 318 pp (wrongly printed 813), [4 pp.] errata and blank, original embossed brown calf with a flap, original pasted-down endpapers with blue stenciled patterns, blank loose endpapers, hand-written title on the spine and on the foot edge (slightly age-toned with minor staining, old minor annotations on the first blank pages, front loose endpaper with a scratched-out word, minor scratches to pasted-down endpapers, binding with two contemporary filled-in holes and with later surface scratches, but overall in a charming used original condition).


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The literary-historical religious work in Ottoman language by a 18th century Muslim scholar Abd al-Rahman Efendi Ashaf starts with the linguistic of the Greeks, Romans, Hebrews and pre-Islamic Indians, Persians, Syrians, Egyptians and Arabic Tribes and continues with the development of the Islamic poetry, exegesis of the Quran, the development of the Islamic law etc.

This is a charming example in a contemporary binding, made in the early period of the Bulaq Press.

The work is rare. It was printed in 508 examples as a privately contracted publication. We could not find any institutional examples on Worldcat.

References: Hsu Cheng Hsiang, The Checklist; no. 455, pp. 492. Cf.: Gustav Leberecht Flügel, “Die” arabischen, persischen und türkischen Handschriften der Kaiserlich-Königlichen Hofbibliothek zu Wien, 1865, no. 32, p. 46-47.

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