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The Alcoran Of Mahomet 1649 Quran Koran Qur'an 1st Ed In English Du Ryer Ross Nr For Sale

The Alcoran Of Mahomet 1649 Quran Koran Qur'an 1st Ed In English Du Ryer Ross Nr

OFFERED WITH is THE 1649 FIRST ISSUE OF THE TRUE FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH OF THE COMPLETE QUR’AN (QURAN, KORAN, CORAN, ALCORAN), TRANSLATED FROM THE FRENCH OF DU RYER (WHO TRANSLATED FROM THE ARABIC), WITH THE ‘LIFE OF MAHOMET’ AND ALEXANDER ROSS’ ‘A NEEDFUL CAVEAT OR ADMONITION FOR THEM WHO DESIRE TO KNOW WHAT USE MAY BE MADE OF, OR IF THERE BE DANGER IN READING THE ALCORAN, printed anonymously in quarto at London, complete in all respects, bound in full 10th century calf, in excellent to near fine condition, and IDENTIFIABLE AS THE FIRST EDITION BY ITS QUARTO FORMAT (rather than octavo), ITS 24 PAGES OF PRELIMINARIES,  407 PAGES OF TEXT AND 17 PAGES OF ADDENDA, BY ITS IDENTIFICATION AS WING K747 (rather than K747A), AND BY THOMASON HAVING NOTED THE DATE OF MAY 7TH 1649 ON THIS ISSUE AND NOT THE OTHERS. There was an octavo edition of this translation issued later in 1649, and another quarto edition issued later in 1649 with only 20 preliminaries, 405 pages of text and 15 pages of addenda. THIS TRUE FIRST EDITION IS EXTREMELY RARE. We provide free expedited, tracked and insured shipping throughout Canada and the United States. We also ship worldwide (outside of North America) at cost – the buyer pays our cost or less for shipment. Please see fuller details of our shipment policy at the foot of the description.  

 

THE TRUE FIRST EDITION OF THE QURAN IN ENGLISH, PRINTED IN QUARTO AT LONDON IN 1649. AN EXCELLENT TO NEAR FINE EXAMPLE OF THIS EXTREMELY RARE AND EXCEPTIONALLY IMPORTANT BOOK.

 

The full title reads as follows:

 

“The Alcoran of Mahomet, Translated out of Arabique into French; by the Sieur Du Ryer, Lord of Malezair, and Resident for the King of France, at Alexandria. / And newly Englished, for the satisfaction of all that desire to look into the Turkish vanities. / London Printed, Anno Dom. / 1649.”

 

There was, of course, a reason why no English Quran appeared prior to 1649 – it was a fairly dangerous venture in the 16th and 17th centuries to attempt to publish the Quran, given how firmly the security of the state was considered to be bound together with the security of the Christian religion. This is why no printer’s name appears on the title page of this 1649 first edition, and why the translator’s name is unknown. This is also why the warning of Alexander Ross (‘A Needful Caveat’) is appended to the text and why the English translator phrased the dedicatory epistle in the following highly cautious but fascinating terms: 

 

“There being so many Sects and Heresies banded together against the Truth, finding that of Mahomet wanting to the Muster, I thought good to bring it to their Colours, that so viewing thine enemies in their full body, thou mayst the better prepare to encounter, and I hope overcome them. It may happily startle thee, to finde him so to speak English, as if he had made some Conquest on the Ntion, but thou wilt soon reject that fear, if thou consider that this his Alcoran, (the Ground-work of the Turkish Religion) hath been already translated in to almost all Languages in Christendom, (at least the most generall, as the Latin, Italian, French, &c.) yet never gained any Proselyte, where the Sword, its most forcible and strongest argument hath not prevailed: And indeed the greatest Doctors of their Religion have never alledged any thing for the truth thereof; but the success of their wars, and greatness of their Empire, then which nothing is more fallacious: for that which both in former, and these latter Ages hath been common to the bad with the good, cannot be a certain evidence of the justice of a Cause, or the truth of Religion.”

 

Indeed, Michael Feingold relates a famous anecdote describing this difficulty in the current (winter 2012) issue of the Huntington Library Quarterly, in “The Turkish Alcoran, New Light on the 1649 English Translation of the Koran”:

 

“ON MARCH 19, 1648/9, COONEL ANTHONY WHELDON CAUTIONED THE HOUSE OF COMMONS ABOUT THE IMMINENT PUBLICATION OF A TRANSLATION OF THE KORAN INTO ENGLISH. OSTENSIBLY ALARMED, THE MEMBERS ORDERED THE SERJEANT-AT-ARMS, TOGETHER WITH AN OFFICER OF THE GUARDS AND SEVERAL SOLDIERS, TO ACCOMPANY WHELDON, ‘MAKE SEARCH FOR THE PRESS, WHERE THE TURKISH ALCORAN IS INFORMED TO BE NOW PRINTING,’ SEIZE THE EDITION, AND ARREST THE PRINTER.”

  Of course, there was more at issue. Wheldon, in particular, made his protest about the impending English Quran in order to gain the favour of Parliament and thereby recover arrears of pay or gain at least a new commission. Nevertheless, the translator, whom Feingold identifies as Thomas Ross, was interrogated by the Council of State and the printing was for many weeks stopped while it was determined whether the publication was in fact seditious.   Finally, when published, the Ross’s translation of the ‘Alcoran’ aroused considerable, if very partisan, hostility. As Feingold writes: “According to Alastair Hamilton, for example, the trouble encountered by the English translator of Du Ryer’s version ‘proved that it was still very far from safe to translate a work which caused such fear and aroused such prejudice.’ Malcolm concurs, conjecturing that ‘it seems reasonable to suspect that the popular outcry against the printing of the Koran might have had some influence’ on the abortive effort to publish the translation of Baudier’s ‘History of the Religion of the Turkes.’ Malcolm also believes that the translation of the Alcoran was not suppressed owing to ‘tolerationist sympathies in the Council of State, where Independents of various kinds formed the dominant element’ – further regarding the few instances of critical reception to be discussed below as reflecting a genuine concern ‘that England was moving down a slippery path towards the toleration of every sort of heresy, blasphemy, and infidelity.’ John Crouch’s anti-regime periodical ‘Man in the Moon,’ which was suppressed for its troubles, wrote the following verse in response: ‘BUT LET THEM RAGE, AND DOE THEIR WORST, / WEE’L MAKE THE REBELLS WORKE, / AND MAKE THEM IN THE PRESSE ACCURST, / THAT ALKARON PRINT FOR TURKE.’”  

Along with Ross’s ‘Needful Caveat,’ the volume also contains “A Summary of the Religion of the Turks,” which describes the religion of Islam as understood by the mid-17th century English translator. The text of the Quran is further augmented by ‘The Life and Death of Mahomet, the Prophet of the Turks, and Author of the Alcoran.’ The first page of the table of contents exhibits a 17th century manuscript correction replacing ‘Joachim’ with ‘Amram.’

 

The volume is complete in all respects and is paginated as follows: [24], 407, [17]. The volume measures about 18.5 cm by 14.5 cm by 3.2 cm. Each leaf measures about 177 mm by 135 mm.

 

The volume is in excellent to near fine condition internally and externally. It is bound in full 20th century polished calf, with the title in gilt upon the spine, and with the spine divided by raised bands into 6 compartments. The hinges and the book-block are very strong, and the binding shows only very slight wear at the edges and corners. Internally, the volume is also in near fine condition, with clean, bright pages, clear print and ample margins throughout. The title shows a very light and unobtrusive dampstain in the upper outer corner. The blank upper margin of the title has been restored in a manner that does not affect the text, as may be seen in the photos below. Otherwise, there is some slight and occasional marginal dampstaining, not affecting the text. PLEASE CONSULT THE PHOTOS BELOW IN ORDER TO GAIN THE BEST POSSIBLE UNDERSTANDING OF THE VOLUME’S CONDITION.

 

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Please take the time necessary to review the photos below in order to gain a better understanding of the content and condition of the volume. Please also take a moment to view my other sales of rare and desirable English and Continental printed books dating from the 15th through the 19th century.

 

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