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Book Number 5351 
Author Kamal-al-Din al-Damiri  
Title Hayat al-Haywan (Vol. I only) 
Date c. 1857-58 (AH 1274) 
Place of Publication Cairo 
Volume Information  
Cover Contemporary red full calf. Covers with blind tooled ornamentation and rules.  
Size 4to (285x200mm).  
Condition The book is in good condition. The text is crisp and clear.  
Pagination P. 1-9, 1-436.  
Translation Info  
Notes Text is in Arabic. Volume 1 of Al-Damiri’s famous work on animals which treats, in alphabetical order, 931 animals mentioned in the Quran, traditions, and the poetical and proverbial literature of the Arabs. The work is a compilation from over 500 prose writers and nearly 200 poets. The correct spelling of the names of the animals is given with an explanation of their meanings. The use of the animals in medicine, their lawfulness or unlawfulness as food, their position in folklore are the main subjects treated, while occasionally long irrelevant sections on political history are introduced. Al-Damiri (1344–1405), the common name of Kamal al-Din Muhammad ibn Musa al-Damiri, was an Egyptian writer on canon law and natural history. This work, “Hayat al-Haywan” was the first work to elaborate, systematically, Arabic zoological knowledge. 
Price (US$) 750  
Short Description Book Africa Egypt; Book Religious Islam; Book Natural History General;  

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