The Koran. Commonly called the Alcoran of Mohammed, translated from the Original Arabic; with explanatory Notes, taken from the most approved Commentators. To which is prefixed, a preliminary Discourse. By George Sale, Gent.. A New Edition.
by Sale, George (translator).
2 vols. Bath:Printed by S. Hazard for J. Johnson [etc.], 1795. 2 vols. 8vo, xii, (2), 248 (Preliminary Discourse), 266; viii, 519, (12, index)pp. Engraved fold-out map of Arabia, three genealogical tables (two folding), and a plate illustrating "The Temple of Mecca." all from the 1735 first edition.Old calf rebacked, a good copy (tears in folding map repaired). Fourth edition (the first thus) of the first translation of the Koran into English. Peter Harrington notes: "George Sale (c.1696-1736), although a solicitor by profession, was also a leading orientalist, having acted as corrector to the SPCK's Arabic translation of the New Testament (1727). His translation is prefixed by a long "preliminary discourse", a compendium of all that was known about the religion of Islam, itself separately translated into and published in several languages... In 1921 Edward Denison Ross claimed that Sale's version had not yet been superseded, and more than fifty years later Sale's objectivity still guarded him from criticism in Edward Said's Orientalism (1978)." (Inventory #: 122723)
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