Very Good. Item #7302
La Haye: Adrien Moetjens, 1685. Small 12mo; 19th century full red morocco triple ruled in gilt, gilt-lettered spine in five compartments, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers; ,486,pp. (*6 A-V8 X5); added engraved title page. Leather a bit rubbed at extremities, small ink stain at bottom margin of rear cover affecting final few leaves, else a Very Good, internally fine, collated and complete copy.
One of several reissues of this popular and important translation of the Koran, first published in 1647, the first to appear in French and the first to appear in any vernacular European language. Undertaken by André du Ryer (ca. 1580-1660), the French ambassador to the Ottoman Sultan Murat IV, the work is additionally significant in its areligious tenor, the translator, unlike most of his confreres, simply putting the Koran into French without attempting to refute Islam. (See Sylvette Larzul, "Les Premières Traductions Française du Coran," in "Archives des Sciences Sociales des Religions," année 54, no. 147, pp. 148-9).
This copy in a sympathetic later binding, with the attractive 19th century armorial ex libris of Maurice du Parc, "Chambellan de S.M. L'Empereur d'Autriche."