Ancient Alphabets and Hieroglyphic Characters explained;
with an account of the Egyptian priests, their classes, initiation, and sacrifices, in the Arabic language by Ahmad bin Abubekr bin Wahshih; and in English by Joseph Hammer. London G. and W. Nicol 1806
First edition, pp.xxi, , 54; 136 (Arabic text). Small hole in title page not affecting text. Pages lightly toned. A very good copy stoutly bound in recent half calf, cloth boards. Top edge of first few pages dust soiled.
Joseph Hammer, later known as Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, 1774-1856, entered the Austrian diplomatic service at the age of 22, and was appointed to Constantinople three years later. He returned to Vienna in 1807, and published numerous Arabic, Persian and Turkish texts.