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. BIN WAHSHIH Ahmad bin Abubekr, Joseph Hammer, Ibn Wahshiyyah the Nabataean: Abu Bakr 'Ahmad bin 'Ali, Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall.
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.
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.
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.

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.

Salem, Massachusetts: Catalyst, 1986. Limited Facsimile Edition. Hardcover. Quarto (11 x 8.5 inches). (xxiv) 54 (translation); 136 - 1 (Arabic text). Original maroon binder's cloth with paper title-label to spine. Patterned paper. Hieroglyphics reproduced in text. Edition limited to 235 numbered copies. A limited edition facsimile reprint of the 1806 publication of this work on ancient languages by Ibn Wahshiyyah the Nabataean, the tenth century Arab alchemist, agriculturalist, historian and Egyptologist, born near Kufa in modern Iraq. Ibn Wahshiyyah is said to be the first historian to have achieved at least a partial decipherment of some of the Egyptian hieroglyphs by analysing them in relation to the Coptic language. His work was known to Athanasius Kircher, who used it in his own researches. This edition is a facsimile of the first English / Arabic edition of 1806, published by Joseph Hammer (Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, 1774-1856) the famous Austrian orientalist and historian. Most uncommon. Although the limitation suggests 313 copies were printed it seems likely that far fewer were actually distributed - we have been only been able to locate two institutionally held copies. A little light rubbing, very light foxing to top edge. Overall near-Fine condition. (no dust jacket issued). Heavy book may require additional shipping. Item #62357

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