[Stock catalogues, hors série] Philologia orientalis. A description of books illustrating the study and printing of Oriental languages in Europe. I : Sixteenth century § [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 524] … II : Seventeenth century § [Stock catalogues, numbered series: 580] … III : Sixteenth and seventeenth centuries
Leiden, E.J. Brill, 1976-1991
Three volumes (22 cm), I (1976): xlvii, 1-87 (1) pp., illustrations (one printed red & black). Items 1-84; priced. Errata slip loosely inserted. II (1983): (4) pp., pp.93-220, illustrations. Items 85-232; priced. III (1991): (4) pp., pp.225-372, illustrations. Items 233-381; priced. Uniform publisher’s printed wrappers. - First editions of these erudite catalogues, which have found their due place among the most useful reference works in Arabic bibliography. Loosely inserted in our copy is the preface and cumulative indexes issued in 1992. After the closure of Brill’s antiquarian department in the early 1990s, Smitskamp continued trading as “Oriental Antiquarium” (that business ceased in February 2006, and the stock sold by the Leiden auctioneers Burgersdijk & Niermans, in May 2006; cf. Jan Just Witkam, “A Giant Fades Away” in Ezelsoor: Newsletter of the Department of Book and Digital Media Studies, Spring 2006, pp.1-8). ¶ Fine set.