PHILLIPPS, THOMAS, SIR. Erpenius, Thomas. The Arabic Alphabet, translated by Phillipps, 1822-1823
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Sir Thomas Phillipps: Thomas Erpenius: The Arabic Alphabet, translated by Phillipps, 1822-1823


Main Entry
Erpenius, Thomas, 1584-1624.

The Arabic alphabet; translated by Sir Thomas Phillipps, 1822-1823.

Physical Description
1 item; 22 cm.

Historical/Biographical Note
Thomas Erpenius was a professor of oriental languages at the University of Leiden and also collected manuscripts. He was the author of an Arabic grammar and his Alphabetum Arabica was published in Leiden about 1617. Sir Thomas Phillips was an English antiquary and bibliophile whose collection of over 60,000 manuscripts included many in eastern languages. He made this translation during a buying tour to France and Switzerland in 1822-1823.

General Note
Item No. 7 in the Miscellaneous Manuscripts section of the appraisal list of Harrison D. Horblit’s Sir Thomas Phillipps Collection prepared by Lionel and Philip Robinson of London.

General Note
Front end paper contains list of languages from Arabic to “Mexican.” Pencil note on rear end paper in hand of Sir Thomas Phillipps about a Major May who repulsed a French attack on Berne and inserted scrap of paper in his hand about Swiss superstitions.

Immediate Source of Acquisition
Gift; Jean Mermin Horblit, widow of collector Harrison D. Horblit; 1995.

Erpenius, Thomas. 1584-1624. Alphabetum arabicum. English.
Horblit, Harrison D., collector.
Horblit, Jean Mermin, donor.
Phillipps, Thomas, Sir, 1792-1872, translator.

Arabic alphabet.

Occupation (as reflected in collection)
Translators. England. 19th century.

Grolier Club, 47 East 60th Street, New York, N.Y. 10022-1098.

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