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    Sale 2395 | Lot 113
    Price Realized: $1,875With Buyer's Premium
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    • Sale 2395 Lot 113

      KIRCHER, ATHANASIUS, S.J. Prodromus Coptus sive Aegyptiacus . . . in quo cum linguae Coptae, sive Aegyptiacae, quondam Pharaonicae, origo, aetas, vicissitudo, inclinatio; tum hieroglyphicae literaturae instauratio . . . exhibentur. Text woodcuts after hieroglyphs; woodcut diagram of the ancient Egyptian solar system on page 270. [24], 338, [2] pages. Use of Arabic, Armenian, Ethiopic, Greek, Hebrew, Samaritan, and Syriac types in addition to Coptic. 4to, 220x158 mm, blind-tooled leather dated 1660 over wooden boards with brass catches, lacking clasps, spine ends damaged, front cover detached; contents foxed with occasional browning, Jesuit inscription and St. Charles Borromeo Seminary stamps on title, accession number on next leaf, portion of front free endpaper torn off. Rome: typis S. Cong. De Propag. Fide, 1636

      Estimate $800 - 1,200

      first edition of the first European grammar of Coptic; issue with Barberini arms on title. Pages 54-85 deal with the 8th-century stone inscription in Chinese and Syriac discovered at Hsi-an-fu recording the presence of Nestorian Christian communities in China. Dünnhaupt, Kircher 3; Merrill 3; Streit-Dindinger V, 327.

      Price Realized (with Buyer's Premium) $1,875