Machumetis Saracenorum Principis, eiusque successionorum Vitae, ac doctrina, ipseque Alcoran... His adiecta sunt confutationes multorum, & quidem probatissimorum authorum Arabum, Gracorum, & Latinorum... Adiunctae sunt etiam, Tircarum, qui non tam sectatores Machumeticae vaesania. [Basel, Johann Opporinus & Nikolaus Brylinger, 1543].
3 parts in 1 volume in-folio (291 x 193 mm) of 14 (including 2 ff. of preface by Martin
Luther), 230 pp., 5; 4, 178 pp., 1 (white); 163 pp.; cold-decorated sow's half-skin on wooden ais, spine with ribs, 2 intact clasps, 'Alcoran' calligraphed in ink on the gutter (contemporary binding), modern green half-marocco case.
Original edition of the first Latin translation of the Qur'an by Robert de Ketton, given by
Theodore Bibliander.
The greatest humanists of the time (Guillaume Postel, Raffaele Maffei, Philip Melanchton,
Francesco Negro, Paolo Giovio, Jacopo Sadoleto) contributed to this important publication.
"The Latin translation presented here plays a particularly important role in the knowledge of the Muslim religion in the West from at least the twelfth to the seventeenth century.
This is the first complete version of the Koran ever composed in a Western European language. It is the work of Robert de Ketton and takes its place in the corpus of Cluny, a collection of texts relating to Islam commissioned and supervised by the Abbot of Cluny Pierre the Venerable
. This collection, completed in 1143, circulated in manuscript form throughout the Middle Ages
. In 1543, exactly four centuries after its creation, it was published as a printed book on the initiative of the Protestant humanist Theodor Buchmann, known as Bibliander. "(Paul Gaillardon, Smaranda Marculescu and Tristan Vigliano. The Latin translation by Peter the Venerable and
Robert de Ketton (1143), as edited by Bibliander (1543-1550) ).
Theodor Buchmann or Bibliander (1504 or 1509-1564) was a Swiss reformed theologian, biblist, philologist, humanist and orientalist. A figure of sixteenth-century universalism, he was Zwingli's successor in Zurich for the teaching of the Old Testament.
The collection, which brings together the essential knowledge of the time about Islam and the Ottomans, is divided into three parts, each with a particular title and separate pagination.
No institutional copies in the USA according to USTC.
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CATACUZENUS, Johannes. Constantinopolitani Regis Contra Mahometicam fidem Christiana & orthodoxa assertio, graece conscripta . Rodolpho Gvalthero
Tigurino interprets. Adiecta est eadem Graece scripta. Basel, Johannes Opporinus & Nikolaus
Bylinger, 1543.
2 parts in-folio, 6,124 pp., 2; 4, 108 pp., 1 (colophon), without the last blank.
Part I with pages 17 to 21 glued and torn.
Good copy of this important work; spine and body of the work damaged (gnawed) without loss of text, with renewed cover plates.
VD-16, K-2583 (with only 12 for the first part, without Luther's preface).
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