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ASSEMANI, GIUSEPPE SIMONE. Bibliotheca orientalis Clementino-Vaticana. , 648, ; , 546, ; , 709, ; , 963 pages, including half-title and errata leaf in each volume, and engraved frontispiece in Volume 1 depicting the author before Pope Clement XI. 3 volumes in 4. Folio, 356x239 mm, later 1/2 vellum with spine titles in ink, spines soiled and worn with ink shelf numbers, ends chipped, Volume 1 front joint partly cracked; varying browning, occasional foxing, accession number on leaf after title in each volume, clean tear in t1 in Volume 2. Rome: typis Sacrae Congregationis de Propaganda Fide, 1719-28...
first edition of the author's magnum opus, a monumental bio-bibliography of Syriac literature based on the manuscript holdings of the Vatican Library. Graf III, 451-53.