ANQUETIL-DUPERRON'S COPY (1721)

RELAND

La religion des mahometans, exposée par leurs propres docteurs avec des eclaircissements sur les opinions qu’on leur a faussement attribuées. Tiré du Latin de Mr. Reland et augmenté d’une confession de foi mahometane, qui n’avoit point encore paru.

Published: Hague, Isaac Vaillant, 1721

Date: 1721

First edition in French of Reland’s De religione Mohammedica, translated, and with an extensive preface (dated, at London, 16 July 1720) by the Huguenot refugee David Durand. First published in 1705, no previous European publication had given such a reasoned view of Christendom’s greatest neighbour and rival. Reland’s book is a model of enlightened scholarship in Holland, equalling in tolerance and reasoning the historical writing of his English contemporary, Simon Ockley. This edition follows the second Arabic/Latin edition of 1717 in containing the plates which include surprisingly accurate illustrations of the positions of prayer and of the Holy Kaaba. Provenance: from the library of the French Indologist Abraham Hyacinthe Anquetil-Duperron (1731–1805), with his ownership inscription on title. Atabey 1024; Chauvin XII 1387.

£500

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