Publisher: Patavii [Padua, Italy]: Typographia Seminaria, 1698.
Edition: First edition.
Condition: Vellum boards a little bowed and worn; vellum worn at the corners, with some loss at the head and feet of the spines (particularly on volume two); light scattered foxing and stains; two leaves with minor paper flaws in the margins; very good copy, in original state.
Book ID: 28498
Description2 vols, folio, 36 x 25 cm, contemporary vellum, spines with five raised bands, titling, dates and shelf numbers in manuscript. Woodcut head- and tailpieces and decorated initials.
CommentsThe famous work of Quranic scholarship by Ludovico Marracci. Marracci's Quran was the first to publish the entire Arabic text with a Latin translation, to which Marracci added extensive notes. In the second volume, Refutatio Alcorani, Marracci systematically refutes the tenets of Islam and its holy book. Islamic scholars rejected Maracci's pro-Catholic scholarship as biased, but his work nonetheless influenced Western editions of the Quran for decades. Marracci (1612-1700) was a professor of Arabic at the College of Wisdom at Rome. Though best known for this translation of the Quran, he also contributed to a translation of the Bible into Arabic in 1671. 20th century bookplate of the Prince of Liechtenstein, Liechtensteinianis, inside each front board; early manuscript shelf label laid in.