Lancaster, PA: Sold by The Principal Booksellers in the U.S./ Printed for the Publisher by Boswell & M'Cleery, 1835. Fourth American printing*. Hardcover. 16mo. (x) 11-288pp. Period mottled brown leather boards. Gilt lettering, ruling, and a black label on the spine. This is an early American edition of the Quran, based on the third London edition (1824, Scatcherd and Letterman) of the famous translation originally from Arabic to French by Andre Du Ryer.
Du Ryer's pioneering translation from Arabic into French was originally published in 1647. Two years later Alexander Ross translated it into English based upon Du Ryer's work (London, 1649). Du Ryer's translation was the third western translation of this holy book by a Western scholar, and the first non-Latin edition. Ross's English translation was the only English translation of the work until the highly influential George Sale edition of 1734, which became the standard for nearly a century and half.
This edition includes a short contemporary preface from the publisher, stating that the purpose of the publication is to "invite the Christian believer to compare them with the lenient and spiritual character of the Gospel, and in the contrast, the clearness of the evangelical light will reveal the dark incongruities of Islamism". It is also interesting to note the archaic translation of Prophet's name as "Mahomet" throughout. Preceding the main text is a six page biography of the Prophet's life.
Binding with some rubbing to extremities, including the head and tail of the spine. Binding and book block relatively tight. Pages throughout with moderate water staining and foxing. Binding in very good-, interior in good condition overall. g to vg-. Item #49109
Full title: The Koran, Commonly Called the Alcoran of Mahomet. Translated from the Arabic - With Notes taken from the most approved commentators. To which is prefixed A Brief Memoir of Mohamet.
The earliest American printing of the Quran was in 1734 (published by A.L. Burt, New York), the same year as George Sale's original edition, and was based on that translation. In 1806 the so-called "first American edition", was printed by Henry Brewer for Isaiah Thomas (Springfield, MA) and was instead based on Andre Du Ryer's translation in French from the Arabic. Later an edition was published in 1833 in Philadelphia by T. Wardle, based on the Sale translation. This 1835 edition can thus be considered the fourth printing in America and the second American edition from Du Ryer's translation.