Description: COPTIC -- KIRCHER, A. Prodromus Coptus sive Ægyptiacus. (…) in quo cum linguae Coptae, sive Aegyptiacae, quondam Pharaonicae, origo, aetas, vicissitudo, inclinatio; tum hieroglyphicae literaturae instauratio (…) exhibentur. Rome, Typ. S. Cong. De propag. Fide, 1636. (24), 338, (2) pp. W. woodcut ti-vign., text woodcuts after hieroglyphs and woodcut diagram of the ancient Egyptian solar system on p. 270. Sm-4°. Mod. vellum w. gilt lettering & red edges. (New endpapers, some tiny wormholes in lower blank margins, a few underl., (a bit) browned/foxed in places). First edition of the first European grammar of Coptic; issue with Barberini arms on title. Pages 54-85 deal with the 8th-century stone inscription in Chinese and Syriac discovered at Hsi-an-fu recording the presence of Nestorian Christian communities in China. Use of Arabic, Armenian, Ethiopic, Greek, Hebrew, Samaritan, and Syriac types in addition to Coptic. - Dünnhaupt, Kircher 3; Brunet III, 667. - From the libraries of A. Wiedemann (1856-1936) and B. v.d. Walle (1901-88).
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