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Description des Monumens Musulmans du cabinet de M. le Duc de Blacas.

REINAUD M. (1828.)

£4500.00  [First Edition]

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First edition. With ten engraved plates (2 folding). 2 vols. 8vo. Contemporary quarter calf over mottled boards, four raised bands, gilt lettering and decoration to spines; spines slightly worn, front joint of vol. 2 splitting at head with a small section of loss, otherwise very good. [4], xv, [1]blank, 400; [4], 488 pp. Paris, Imprimerie Royale,

Joseph-Touissant Reinaud's best-known work; an exhaustive catalogue of Islamic art, collected by the Duc de Blacas (1771-1839). This copy is inscribed by Reinaud to the Duc de Luynes, another famous French antiquarian.

The Duke, a former member of the Conseil du Roi of Lois XVIII, was an enthusiastic collector who held a special interest in artefacts from the Arab world. His cabinet brought together works in many mediums, including coins, medals, seals, engraved stones and arms.

As a supporter of French study of the Orient, the Duke would have been aware of the growing reputation of Reinaud (who was working in the department of Eastern manuscripts at the Bibliothèque Nationale) and thus tasked him with describing the collection. Reinaud excelled, proving himself especially adept at linking the names on the works to their historical and/or legendary contexts. He later fulfilled several esteemed positions, including being named president of the Asiatic Society in 1847.

Provenance: The Library of the Ducs de Luynes from the Château of Dampierre.

 

Stock Code: 225728