Wallin's edition of Ibn Malik, lithographed in Helsinki
Sharh Badr al-Din 'ala qasida walidihi al-'ulama Ibn Malik al-mashura bi-lamiyat al-af'al.
Helsinki F. Liewendal 1851
First edition, 12mo (16 x 13 cm), pp.[i], 41, lithographed Arabic text, 17 lines of naskh per page in single-ruled frames. Stab-sewn as issued. Short marginal tear to final leaf, text unaffected, and a small internal tear to final few leaves, just touching two lines. In very good condition.
A rare edition of the Lamiyat al-af'al, a didactic poem on the forms of Arabic verbs by the classical grammarian Ibn Malik (d.1274), edited by the redoubtable Finnish traveller Georg August Wallin a year before his death, presented together with the commentary of Ibn Malik's son, Badr al-Din. Ibn Malik's grammatical works were core texts in a traditional Islamic curriculum, particularly in Egypt, where Wallin had spent eighteen months living as a Muslim in 1844-5. This text was presumably lithographed because of the lack of Arabic type in Helsinki. This work precedes Volck's Leipzig edition of the text and commentary by more than fifteen years.