Cairo: Bulaq Typ. 1838. Item #404
8, 263 pp. (numbered in Eastern Arabic system). 23,5x17 cm. Text in Ottoman Turkish within a double border, first page decorated with traditional geometric ornaments. A small ink note on verso of the last leaf. Period Ottoman brown half sheep with black papered boards and gilt tooled ornaments on the spine; marbled endpapers. Binding slightly rubbed on extremities, corners slightly bumped, otherwise a very good internally clean copy in very original condition.
First and only edition. Very rare imprint (only six paper copies found in Worldcat). A biography of Alexander the Great (356-323 BC) compiled by an anonymous author for this ‘‘Bulaq’’ edition. The book consists of two parts, the first one dedicated to Alexander’s early years, the death of his father Philip II of Macedon, and the beginning of Alexander’s reign; the second part narrates Alexander’s conquest of the Persian Empire. The book also includes Alexander’s best speeches to his army and people, the author’s comments on Macedonia and its people, and a short glossary of Greek gods and heroes.
Library of Congress, Karl Süssheim Collection, no. 129. Özege 19837.