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From The Treasures Of The Library Exhibition To Mohammed Bin Rashid Library's Pavilion At The Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

(MENAFN- Dubai PR Network) From the Treasures of the Library Exhibition to Mohammed Bin Rashid Library's Pavilion at the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair

18 rare pieces embody the world's greatest intellectual works over the centuries

Mohammed Bin Rashid Library's participation in Abu Dhabi International Book Fair Once inside the Abu Dhabi International Book Fair (ADIBF) venue, visitors will be overwhelmed by the great diversity of pavilions, booths, and publishing houses, most notably the Mohammed Bin Rashid Library (MBRL) pavilion, housing around 18 rare pieces, which are displayed for the first time outside the Library's premises. MBRL's participation in the 32nd ADIBF, to be held from 22 to 28 May 2023 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre (ADNEC), comes in line with the Library's constant desire to keep track of the latest developments across all fields and disciplines, while supporting its plans to inform the public and the visitors about the knowledge treasures in the Treasures of the Library Exhibition, including its rare pieces, manuscripts and atlases that embody the world's finest intellectual works over the centuries.
Explore the 18 Rare Pieces at Display in MBRL's pavilion: MBRL displays 18 rare pieces from the Treasures of The Library Exhibition collection, which houses around 300 collectibles, including ancient and rare books, atlases, and manuscripts, some of which date back to the 13th century, in addition to rare early copies of the Holy Quran, early editions of classic prints, and Latin translations of scientific sources dating back to the Islamic Golden Age.
1- Ibn Khaldun Muqaddimat Ibn Khaldun (Ibn Khaldun's Prolegomena) Paris, 1858 First Edition of the Arabic text, published by the French orientalist Étienne Marc Quatremre
2- Ibn Sina (Avicenna)
Liber canonis. De medicinis cordialibus Venice, 1562, and early illustrated Latin edition of Ibn Sina's al-Qanun fi'l-Tibb (Canon of Medicine)
3- Holy Qur'an
Section of a Qur'an
Egypt or Syria, 8th Century AH / 14th Century CE A large example of a Juz (Part of the Qur'an) written during the Mamluk period
4- Braun and Hogenberg Civitates Orbis Terrarium (Atlas of Towns and Cities)
Cologne, 1593-1594
A gem of urban cartography with plates that offer vast panoramas of cities across Europe, Asia, Africa and Latin America
5- J. K Rowling Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone London, 1997 First Edition of the first book in the infamous Harry Potter series
6- Walt Disney
The Adventures of Mickey Mouse Philadelphia, 1931 First Edition of the first Mickey Mouse Book
7- Ghessin Saito and Hasgawa Settan Edo meisho zue (Famous sites in and about Tokyo) Tokyo, 1834-1836 One of Japan's greatest illustrated books which highlights the country's famous landmarks.
8- Arabian Nights
The Alif Laila or Book of a Thousand and One Nights
Calcutta, 1839-1842 Rare and Early complete Arabic Edition of the Arabian Nights published by Sir William Hay Macnaghten in Calcutta
9- Leo Tolstoy Voyna i Mir (War and Peace) Moscow, 1868-1869 This first edition of War and Peace absorbs the quality of a novel, poem and a historical chronicle all at once.
10- Abu-l Qasim Firdawsi Shahnameh (The Book of Kings) Lucknow, 1874 Large lithographic edition of this beautifully illustrated edition of the Shahnameh, the great Persian epic
11- Girault de Prangey Monuments arabes et moresques de Cordoue, Sville, et Grenade Paris, 1836-1839 An impressive hand-coloured publication on the Arabian Antiquities in Spain
12- Miguel de Cervantes
Don Quixote de la Mancha Madrid, 1780 The famous Ibarra Edition known for its fine illustrations which were produced by Spain's foremost artists at the time.
13- Robert Melville Grindlay Scenery, Costumes and Architecture Chiefly on the Western Side of India London, 1826-1830 First Edition of one of the most beautiful color plate books on India

14- Abu 'Abdullah Muhammad ibn Isma'il al-Bukhari
Sahih al-Bukhari Egypt, 8th Century AH / 14th Century CE
A section of the most authentic collection of Hadith written during the Mamluk period
15- Du Fu
Du Gongbu shi ji (Anthology of Du Fu's poems) Songling, Qing Dynasty, 9th year of Kangxi (1670) First edition of Zhu Heling's commentary on the poems of Du Fu; considered the greatest Chinese poet of all time.
16- Aḥmad ibn Muḥammad Ibn ʻArabshah Kitab ʻAjaib al-maqdur fi akhbar Timur (The History of Tamerlane) Leiden, 1636 First Arabic edition of this important eyewitness account of the life of Tamerlane (Timur), the Turco-Mongol conqueror who founded the Timurid Empire
17- Johann Bayer Uranometria (Celestial Atlas) Augsburg, 1603 First Edition. The first work to cover the entirety of the celestial sphere.
18- Shaker Solomon As-Salwa 'The Entertainer'
Detroit, 1950
An issue from an Arab Diaspora Magazine published in the United States
The Treasures of The Library Exhibition... a unique journey inspiring the human love for knowledge. The Treasures of The Library Exhibition displays a unique collection of knowledge treasures, including ancient and rare books, atlases and manuscripts, and lifesaving medical treatises, some of which date back to the 13th century. Each piece represents a rich human experience that invites us to broaden our minds and learn from others. Among the pieces on display is the first edition of Atlas Maior, the celebrated achievement of the 17th century Dutch cartographer Joan Blaeu. Published in 1662 in 11 volumes, the atlas includes around 600 individual maps. Experts believe that the Atlas Maior is the richest atlas ever, and it is certainly one of the most beautiful atlases of all time.
The exhibition also includes the first edition of Napoleon's Description de l'Égypte, an 18-century encyclopaedic register of Egyptian history and archaeology. Published in 34 volumes, the register was co-produced by a team consisting of hundreds of artists, scholars, critics, and other specialists during Napoleon Bonaparte's military campaign in Egypt 1798-1801. Thus, this masterpiece remains a highly-significant milestone across the history of French publication, as well as a valuable record of 18th-century Egypt.
The Treasures of The Library exhibition also features first editions of Arab and international cultures, rare Arab periodicals from the Arab world and beyond, in addition to an impressive collection of signatures of international figures, as well as traditional tools for calligraphy and bookbinding, etc.


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