6003. Herbelot's Bibliothèque orientale 1697

HERBELOT, BARTHELEMY D'. Bibliothèque orientale, ou dictionnaire universel. Paris (par la Compagnie des libraires) 1697.

Folio (390x235 mm.). (32), 1059, (1) pp. Half-title, title printed in red and black, dedication.
Contemporary calf, spine richly gilt in compartments, split joints, some damages to spine, partly worn with damaged corners. Some spotting and browning, some notes in text. Bookplates. Owner's notes to inside of cover.

First edition, published posthumously. "It is a sort of abridgement of all the oriental books d'Herbelot had ever read, and it forms a sort of encyclopaedia of Arabic, Persian and Turkish literature and history in the widest sense of those words" (Atabey).