1795. London: Printed by T. Maiden for J. Johnson [etc.], 1801.
2 vols. 8vo, xv, (1), 248 (Preliminary Discourse), 264, (12, index); viii, 519, (12, index)pp. Engraved folding map of Arabia, three genealogical tables (two folding), and a folding plate illustrating "The Temple of Mecca." Early twentieth century half calf, marbled paper-covered boards, backstrip gilt. Scattered foxing, one or two instances of staining, plates with foxing and some splitting along plate folds but no loss. Occasional early marginal notes.
§ Later edition of Sale's translation of the Koran into English, first published in 1734. George Sale (c.1696-1736) was a British Orientalist, a solicitor, and an Anglican. His translation relied partly on Ludovico Maracci's Latin translation and partly on Arabic manuscripts. His work was widely respected and editions appeared for over 200 years (over 120 by 1975). The translation is prefixed by a long "preliminary discourse", in which he attempted to compile all that was then known to the British about the religion of Islam. Item #124766