07-23-2019 07-23-2019
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3269B Boston
July 23, 2019 11:00AMCalender
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Kirsten, Peter (1575-1640) Notae in Evangelium S. Matthaei Ex Collatione Textuum Arabicorum Aegyptiac: Hebrae: Syriacor: Graecor: Latin

$738$600
Auction: Books & Manuscripts - 3269B Location: Boston Date / Time: July 23, 2019 11:00AM

Description:

Kirsten, Peter (1575-1640) Notae in Evangelium S. Matthaei Ex Collatione Textuum Arabicorum Aegyptiac: Hebrae: Syriacor: Graecor: Latinor. Breslau: Typis Arabicis ac sumptibus Autoris in Officina Baumanniana, 1611. Folio, title page with diamond-shaped ornament, text printed in Latin with text in Greek, German, Hebrew, Syriac, and other languages, most notably in the special Arabic types cut by Kirsten, bound in modern half leather with marbled paper boards, 12 x 7 3/4 in.

The Brandeis University Library exhibition catalog, Typographica Arabica, reads, "a physician by profession, Kirsten strongly believed that a good medical practitioner must by necessity be familiar with the works of the Arab philosopher and physician Avicenna. [...] In order that he could be read and understood in the original language, Kirsten published a grammar of Arabic in three parts. [...] For this end he cut his own type, far superior to any that existed in Germany before his time. He designed an elaborate system of ligatures. The form of the letter 'ain is peculiar to this font. This type was later used by Hieronimus Megiser for printing his Turkish grammar in 1612."

*4, A-R4, S2.
Estimate $400-600


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