Pitts | Religion and Manners of the Mahometams, 1731
Pitts | Religion and Manners of the Mahometams, 1731
Pitts | Religion and Manners of the Mahometams, 1731
Pitts | Religion and Manners of the Mahometams, 1731
Pitts | Religion and Manners of the Mahometams, 1731
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Pitts | Religion and Manners of the Mahometams, 1731

Estimate: 1,500 - 2,000 GBP

Pitts | Religion and Manners of the Mahometams, 1731

Estimate: 1,500 - 2,000 GBP

Lot Sold:5,625GBP

Lot Details

Description

PITTS, JOSEPH

A faithful account of the religion and manners of the Mahometans. In which is a particular relation of their Pilgrimage to Mecca, the place of Mahomet's birth; and a description of Medina and his tomb there. London: for J. Osborn and T. Longman and R. Hett, 1731


Third edition, corrected with additions, 12mo (164 x 94mm.), woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials, 2 folding engraved plates, 2 leaves of advertisements at end, contemporary panelled calf, C12 in expert facsimile, slight spotting and offsetting, neatly rebacked, corners repaired


RARE. FIRST ILLUSTRATED AND BEST EDITION, REVISED AND EXPANDED. We can trace only one copy of this edition sold at auction in the past 40 years (sale in these rooms, 12 June 2000, lot 190). 'The differences between the two authorized editions of 1704 and 1731 are perhaps more substantial than is generally realized. Besides improving and re-arranging the text, Pitts has added almost ten percent more material to the third edition of his book.' (Auchterlonie). One of the most important differences between the two authorised editions is that Pitts adds two engraved plates to this 1731 edition: the postures of Muslims at prayer, and a plan of the Haram al-Sharif at Mecca.


RARE. FIRST ILLUSTRATED AND BEST EDITION, REVISED AND EXPANDED. We can trace only one copy of this edition sold at auction in the past 40 years (sale in these rooms, 12 June 2000, lot 190). 'The differences between the two authorized editions of 1704 and 1731 are perhaps more substantial than is generally realized. Besides improving and re-arranging the text, Pitts has added almost ten percent more material to the third edition of his book.' (Auchterlonie). One of the most important differences between the two authorised editions is that Pitts adds two engraved plates to this 1731 edition: the postures of Muslims at prayer, and a plan of the Haram al-Sharif at Mecca.


LITERATURE:

Auchterlonie, P. Encountering Islam. Joseph Pitts: an English slave in 17th-century Algiers and Mecca. (Arabian Publishing, 2012)


PROVENANCE:

William Fuller Maitland, Stansted Hall, armorial bookplate

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