London: C. Ackers for J. Wilcox, 1734. First Thus. First appearance of the Sale translation into English. Quarto: xii, 187, , 508, [15, index]. Engraved foldout map of "Arabia," three genealogical tables (two folding), and a folding plate illustrating "The Temple of Mecca." Title page in red and black. Bound in half mottled calf over red and black patterened cloth, five raised spine bands with gilt lettered leather title label and gilt devices in compartments; all edges red, marbled endpapers. Front board professionally reattached; small book store label on rear pastedown. The few slight smudges and stains aside, a lovely copy overall. From the collection of Ambassador Asad Al-Faqih, the first Ambassador and Minister Plenipotentiary from Saudi Arabia to the United Nations and the United States of America.
"The Koran is certainly the greatest literary work in classical Arabic, and for all Muslims it stands as the definitive word of God (Allah) spoken to the prophet Muhammad by the angel Gabriel" (Hooker). Originally an oral text, the Koran was committed to paper by the caliphate of Abu Bakr following the death of Muhammad. "The Koran has one overriding theme, endlessly repeated and elaborated throughout the text: complete submission to the word of God and the Will of God, who is one God and the only God" (Hooker). Near Fine (Item #2416)