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SHEIKHZADEH, 'Abd al-Rahman bin Muhammad bin Suleiman.

Majmua' al-Anhur fi Sharh Multaqa al-Abhur.

Stock Code
103873
Istanbul, Dar al-Khilafah al-'Aliyah, Under the supervision of Muhammad Labib,
£1,500

The text is a commentary on Burhan-al-Din al-Halabi's Multaqa al-Abhur, a compilation of Hanafi jurisprudence compiled in the 16th century considered a foundational work for Ottoman scholars and judges of the early modern period. This rare second edition of the text was preceded by an equally scarce first edition printed in 1842 both the first and second editions of this text are institutionally scarce, only two copies of the first edition are traced (at the BL and Pennsylvania) and two copies of this second edition are held at Toronto and Princeton only, with no copies in Europe or the British Isles.

This is a splendid example of the hybrid state of Istanbul book production in the 19th century. While Muteferrika's 18th century Istanbul press marked the introduction of printed Arabic script to the Ottoman world, it was not until the following century that Ottoman printers would be permitted to produce theological

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Second edition, printed in Arabic, two parts in one volume, complete, 4to (300 x 210 mm); two printed headpieces, text within double-ruled frames, a few spots, and a handful of slight marginal tears; in a contemporary blind-stamped Islamic binding, with flap, pastedowns of yellow glazed paper and blue marbled-paper; some early repairs to the joints, spine cracked; a remarkably crisp, clean copy in excellent condition.

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