11th-century Arabic-Syriac-Latin word list
Rome Typis Sacra Congregatio de Propaganda Fide 1636
First edition, 8vo (19 x 13 cm), pp.[vi], 447, [1, blank]. Text printed in three columns in Arabic and Syriac. Lacking errata and the separately printed index. A very good copy rather too tightly bound in modern half calf over cloth boards. Edges untrimmed. Edge of title-page frayed, a few sections browned, a handful of faint marginal stains. Faint stamps of the Italian National Library on title and margins, marked duplicate.
Smitskamp PO 223; Brunet IV, 144
An Arabic-Syriac-Latin word list arranged by subject, first compiled in the 11th century by Barsinaeus, and revised for publication by Tommaso Obicini (1585-1632), the first lector of Arabic at the Convent of St Peter in Rome, who had previously served in Aleppo. The subjects range from the attributes of God to flora and fauna, the noises made by different animals to good and bad attributes. It was posthumously published by Obicini's student and successor as lector, Domenico Germano de Silesia (1585-1670). Printing was fraught with difficulty and the separately printed errata ran to more than thirty pages. An alphabetical index, also not present here, was produced to enable easier use for language students.