London: Williams and Norgate, 1863. First edition. Hardcover. Folio. xxxiv, 837, -1757, -2475, ii, 3064pp. Rebound in neon green cloth with gilt lettering on spines. Title pages in Arabic and English. Comprehensive Arabic-English dictionary that was never surpassed, comprising a very large collection of words and significations omitted in the Kámoos, with supplements to its abridged and defective explanations, ample grammatical and critical comments, and examples in prose and verse: composed by means of the munificence of the most noble Algernon, Duke of Northumberland, K.G., etc., etc., etc., and the bounty of the British Government.
"The object proposed was not to do in English little more than what Golius and others had already done in Latin, by translating and composing from a few Arabic lexicons of the class of epitomes or abstracts or manuals; but to draw chiefly from the most copious Eastern sources; one of which, comprising in about one seventh part of its contents the whole of the celebrated Kámoos, I knew to exist in Cairo. There, also, I had reason to believe that I might find other sources unknown in Europe, and obtain more aid in the prosecution of my design than I could elsewhere; an d thither, therefor, I betook myself for this purpose." (Author). Text in Arabic and English. Bindings with minor wear along edges but slightly rubber. Barcodes and library stickers on front covers and spines. Library stamps on top and bottom edges. Library plates on inside front covers. Library sticker and numeric stamp on back covers. Block slightly age-toned. Binding and interior in overall very good condition. vg. Item #44432