1795 The Koran Commonly Called the Alcoran of Mohammed Translated From the Original Arabic With Explanatory Notes Taken from the Most Approved Commentators To Which is Prefixed a Preliminary Discourse
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This is a 'New Edition' of the work, which was first published in 1734. Four plates to volume I including three genealogical tables (two folding) and a folding plate featuring a view and the plan of the Temple of Mecca. In the publishers' original ribbed cloth binding. The Koran/Quran/Qur'an is the central religious text of Islam. Sale's translation of the Koran was the first to have been taken directly from the original Arabic. He also used Louis Maracci's Latin translation of the Koran from 1698 to help him with this translation. Prior to this the only English translation of the Koran was translated by Alexander Ross in 1649 and was a translation of the Sieur du Ryer's French translation. Printed by S Hazard of Bath.
In full cloth bindings with gilt stamping to spines. Externally, rubbed to the spines and joints. Loss to the cloth at joints due to rubbing. Backstrip to volume II is lifting at the head. Backstrip to volume I is lifting slightly at the rear joint. Spines to both volumes have faded. Front joint to volume II is starting but firm. All hinges are strained but firm. Both volumes are firmly bound. Pages are slightly age toned. Spotting to the first and last few pages, otherwise just the occasional spots.
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