THE HISTORY OF THE MAHOMETAN EMPIRE IN SPAIN Containing a General History of The Arabs, Their Institutions, Conquests, Literature, Arts, Sciences, and Manners, to the Expulsion of The Moors

Murphy, James Cavanagh

Editorial: William Bulmer and Co., London, 1816
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Editorial: William Bulmer and Co., London

Año de publicación: 1816

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro: Good Plus



Large Quarto, app. 13" x 10.5". Contemporary three-quarter bound red, straight-grained morocco and bluish-green cloth. Top edge gilt. Gilt dentelles at inside edges of all corners, and along spine where leather meets cloth. Gilt lettering and designs to spine. Scuffing and cracking to leather, with fraying and chipping to .25 inch at bottom and top of spine. Hinges started, but textblock very solid. High quality paper, and quite handsome large serif typeface. Tri-fold pullout map engraved by J. Walker depicts "The principle Conquests of the Arabs under the Khalifs or Successors of Mahomet." Foxing to map, and just one or two other pages, (and lightly at that). Index at rear. Fore-edge untrimmed. This work is divided into two principle portions: 1 (pp. 29 - 202) the Political and Military History of the Arabs in Spain; 2) the History of their Civil Institutions, Literature, Sciences, Arts, Manufactures, Commerce, etc. The book is designed as an introduction to the antiquities of Spain. Contributors include John Shakespear, Thomas Hartwell Horne, The 23-page Introduction reviews the early history of the Arabs -- their institutions, religion, conquests, etc., previous to their invasion of Spain. Chapters in Part I discuss the authors from whose works this book has drawn upon, together with observations on the history, previous to the conquest, then present some account of the conquest of Spain; governance by Emirs and their dependence upon the Khalifs of Syria or Governors of Africa; Reigns of the independent Sovereigns of the House of Ummaiya; the fall of Granada; a topographical account of the principles Seats of the Mahometan Empire in Spain; historical accounts of Cordova, the Kingdom and City of Granada; Observations on the Arrangement of the Alhamra; and finally a short historical account of Seville.Part II (pp. 205-322) delves more deeply into the Literature and Sciences of the Arabs -- the colleges and academies, language and writing, grammar and eloquence of the Koran, Rhetoric; Poetry; and Dramatic Poetry. There follows considerable exploration of the Sciences: Anatomy and Chirurgery, Chemistry, Alchemy, Mathematical Sciences -- Arithmetic, Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Astronomy; Astrology, Geomancy, Optics, Mechanics, Hydrostatics, Jurisprudence, and Theology. Then in the section on Arts, Manufactures and Commerce, a discussion of useful arts, commerce, agriculture and horticulture, mining and metallurgy, gunpowder, money, weights and measures.Later sections address ancient architecture -- the great mosques and house design, Moorish edifices and building materials, etc. Finallydiscussion about Fine arts and music, manners, customs, amusements, government, naval and military forces, etc. An Appendix (i.––xxi) contains a collection of Historical Notices and Poems in the Alhamra of Granada. N° de ref. de la librería 72596

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