History of Muhammad's Campaigns.
[bound with] The Footoh Al-Sham; being an account of the Moslem conquests in Syria. By Aboo Ismaail Mohammad bin Abd Allah, Al-Azdi Bacri. Edited by Ensign W.N. Lees. Calcutta printed by J. Thomas, Baptist Mission Press. 1856-54
First edition, pp.12, 40, 439; viii, 43, 257, 58. Text in Arabic. Bibliotheca Indica; Nos 110, 112, 113, 121 and 139. A handsome set bound in contemporary half calf, marbled boards, neatly rebacked preserving original spine.
See Hammer-Purgstall's Literaturgeschichte III. p. 403.
Aboo Abd Allah Mohammad Ibn O'mar Ibn Wakid-al-Wakidy was born at Medinah A.H. 130 (777). He migrated to Baghdad, where he obtained the post of Kadi. At his death he left a library of six hundred chests full of books, which were sold for two thousand dinars. Wâkidy always kept two slaves, who were continually busy copying manuscripts for his library. He wrote thirty-two works which were renowned for their high literary character. "The original manuscript was discovered by the editor at Damascus in 1851, and as no other copy of this work is known to exist in any library, it is presumed to be the only one of Wakidy's works, which has escaped the all-destroying tooth of time."