First Edition of Sale's Translation with a Fold-Out Map of Arabia[Islam]. 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. London: Printed by C. Ackers for J. Wilcox, 1734.
First edition of Sale's translation, and the first scholarly version in English taken directly from the original Arabic. Large octavo. Title page, Dedication, iii-[xii], 508, [509-524, "A Table of the Principal Matters contained in the Koran"] pages. With an engraved fold-out map of "Arabia," three Arab genealogical tables (two folding), and a folding plate illustrating "The Temple of Mecca."
Eighteenth-century mottled calf with gilt spine titles on a brown leather spine label and decorations in compartments and decoratively tooled boards. Textblock edges sprinkled red. Housed in a custom green cloth slipcase and chemise shelf-backed in gray leather with gilt spine titles. Spine rebacked, perhaps in the Nineteenth Century. Moderate wear to the binding, including the spine folds (creasing), edges, and raised bands. Rubbed corners. Still a sturdy and substantial binding. Internal contents with very minor scattered toning, but mostly clean and bright. Very short closed tear to the Arabia map, not affecting the contents of the map. Insignificant marginal dampstain from page 497 to the end, not affecting any text. A very good copy of Sale's landmark translation.
Signature and armorial bookplate of Rev. Thomas Salwey, L.L.D. (1791-1877), a renowned Shropshire botanist.
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