Early Western Korans
The first installment includes the only surviving copy of the first printed Koran (Venice: Paganini, 1537/38). This Koran was long thought to be lost until in 1987 an Italian scholar discovered a copy of it at a monastery in Venice, Italy. Among the other highlights are a Latin translation from 1543 edited by the famous German Orientalist Johann Albrecht Widmanstetter containing his own handwritten notes, and Gustav Flügel's renowned Arabic Koran edition from 1834. The latter has formed the basis of modern Koran research and was the basis for several new translations into European languages. The first installment also comprises the first printed Koran editions in German (1616) and Hebrew (1857).
Title list installment 1.
The second installment features some extremely rare multilingual editions by Thomas Erpenius, Johann Georg Nissel and Johann Andreas Danz, all dating from the seventeenth century. It also contains a specimen for a polyglot Koran by Andreas Acoluth from 1701 as well as the first printed Koran editions in Latin (1543), Italian (1547) and French (1647). Another remarkable title is the Arabic translation printed in St. Petersburg in 1790, of which only a few copies have reached the Western hemisphere. This Koran was commissioned by Tsarina Catherine the Great, who wanted to give the new Turkish citizens in her Empire easy access to their holy book.
Internal Finding aids
Eye-legible headers on each fiche indicating the author, abbreviated title, place and date of printing of each item
Alcoranus Arabice. [Venice, 1537-1538]