1686 The History of Hai Eb'n Yockdan, an Indian Prince: or, the Self-Taught Philosopher
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First Edition, Leather Binding, Very Scarce
A very scarce work.
The first edition thus, being the first edition of this very scarce translation.
ESTC citation number R19263.
Preliminary imprimatur leaf is present.
Collated, bound without the final thirteen leaves, which contain the section 'Theologia Ruis'. However the text of 'Hai Eb'n' is complete.
'The History of Hai Eb'n Yockdan' is an important Arabic philosophical novel, originally published in the early twelfth century.
The novel inspired Islamic philosophy, as well as many prominent Enlightenment figures, such as Isaac Newton and Immanuel Kant.
This was the first philosophical novel ever written.
Originally written in Arabic by Ibn Tufail, who is best known for this important work. He was also an early supporter of dissection and autopsy, the idea of which is shown in this novel.
Translator's dedication is by George Ashwell.
Bookplate to the Earl of Guildford to the front pastedown, from the library at Wroxton Abbey, Oxfordshire. The library is Wroxton Abbey is split across multiple rooms
In a full calf binding, rebacked with the original boards restored. Externally, smart. Minor marks and light patches of rubbing to the boards. Light bumping to extremities. Bookplate to the front pastedown. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with some spots. Bound without the final thirteen leaves. Repaired closed tear to the imprimatur leaf, repaired with tape to the reverse. Small closed tear to the tail of leaf E1, repaired to the tail, with no loss of text. Repaired closed tear to leaf N2, affecting thirty-three words of text with no loss.
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