Thursday, August 20, 2015

August Series of the Month: An Arabic-English Lexicon

"This marvelous work in its fullness and richness, its deep research, correctness and simplicity of arrangement far transcends the Lexicon of any language ever presented to the world."
--Dr. G.P. Badger

This August, Cosimo is excited to present An Arabic-English Lexicon as it's Series of the Month.

Compiled over many years in the 1800s by Edward William Lane, An Arabic-English Lexicon is a massive Arabic-English dictionary based on several medieval Arabic dictionaries, mainly the Taj al-'Arus, or "Crown of the Bride" by al-Zabidi, also written in the 19th century. The Lexicon was supposed to have consisted of two "books", Book I, the dictionary and Book II was to contain rare words and explanations. Volumes I to V, part of Book I were completed by Edward Lane,  but after he died, his great-nephew, Stanley Lane-Poole finished volumes VI to VIII. Book II was never started.

Presented here in eight volumes, this work is one of the most concise and comprehensive Arabic-English dictionaries to date. Volume I includes a Preface by the author, a Postscript to the Preface, and Book I of the dictionary, which includes the first through the fourth letters of the Arabic alphabet. 

Cosimo offers this educational series by individual volume at various online bookstores or as a full set in hardcover or paperback. This series is especially of interest to collectors of Middle-Eastern classics, readers who like to expand their personal library or professional librarians. If you are interested in purchasing the full set, please contact us.

The hardcover retail list price for the series is $399.92, but now our price is $319.99  (you save $79.93 or a 20 percent discount). The paperback retail list price is $142.92, but now our price is $114.92 (you save $28 or a 20 percent discount).

About the Author:

EDWARD WILLIAM LANE (1801-1876) was a British translator, lexicographer, and Orientalist. Instead of studying at college as a young man, Lane moved to London with his brother to study engraving, at which time he also began to study Arabic. When his health began failing, he moved to Egypt for a change of atmosphere and to continue his studies. While in Egypt, Lane began to study ancient Egypt, but soon became more entranced by modern customs and society. He relied on Egyptian men to help him gather information, especially on the topic of Egyptian women, on which he wrote many books. Lane also translated One Thousand and One Nights, though his greatest work remains The Arabic-English Lexicon. Born in 1854 in London, England, STANLEY LANE-POOLE was a British historian, orientalist, and archaeologist. Lane-Poole worked in the British Museum from 1874 to 1892, thereafter researching Egyptian archaeology in Egypt. From 1897 to 1904 he was a professor of Arabic studies at Dublin University. Before his death in 1931, Lane-Poole authored dozens of books, including the first book of the Arabic-English Lexicon started by his uncle, E.W. Lane.

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