First Edition of Sale's
[Koran]. [George Sale, translator]. The Koran,
commonly called the Alcoran of Mohammed, translated into English
immediately from the original Arabic; with explanatory notes, taken
from the most approved commentators. To which is prefixed a
preliminary discourse. By George Sale, Gent. London:
Printed by C. Ackers ... for J. Wilcox, 1734. First edition of the
Sale translation. Quarto. xii, 187, , 508, [15, index] pages.
Engraved fold-out map of "Arabia", three genealogical tables (two
folding), and a folding plate illustrating "The Temple of Mecca."
Title page in red and black. Bound in half mottled calf over red
and black patterned cloth, five raised spine bands with gilt
lettered leather title label and gilt devices and decorations in
compartments, all edges red, marbled endpapers. Boards rubbed and
scuffed, corners bumped, front board professionally reattached;
small book store label on rear pastedown, few small edge tears,
smudges, soiling, and occasional stains; otherwise in very good
condition. From the Collection of Ambassador Asad Al-Faqih, the
first Ambassador and Minister Plenipotentiary from Saudi Arabia to
the United Nations and the United States of America.
Asad Al-Faqih graduated from high school at the top of his class then studied law at the leading French University in Lebanon, St. Joseph.
Upon completing his studies, he received a work offer from the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and was soon appointed attache, vice consul, then consul of the Saudi delegation to Baghdad, Iraq.
In 1945, Asad Al-Faqih was asked to join the Saudi delegation headed by HRH Prince Faisal to the San Francisco convention that created the United Nations.
In 1946, he was appointed by His Majesty King Abdul Aziz Al-Saud as the kingdom's first ambassador and minister plenipotentiary to the United States and the United Nations, then Canada, Mexico, and Cuba concurrently. Ambassador Al-Faqih and his family moved to Washington, DC, in 1947.
In 1955, he became a roving ambassador for the kingdom, serving as minister plenipotentiary and inspector of embassies and foreign missions.
In1960, he became Minister of State for Foreign Affairs.
After more than 30 years of service, he took early retirement in 1962 to be with his family in Lebanon. He died in April 1989 in California. He was survived by his wife of 58 years, five daughters and two sons. He was an avid book reader and had a collection of more than 5,000 books in his home library in Lebanon at the time of his death.
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