Rare Books on Show at 30th edition of Doha International Book Fair

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Laurens R Hesselink (right) of Antiquariaat Forum and Hugo Werscherek of Antiquariat Inlibris at the 30th Doha International Book fair at DECC yesterday.

A 430 years old-antique Italian bookwhich is the primary document of Qatar printed inside the West, is one of the rare tomes on display on the 30th edition of Doha International Book Fair which opened the day gone by at Doha Exhibition and Convention Center.

Published in 1590, the  book titled “Viaggio dell’Indie Orientali” is one of the most essential books in the series being showcased at the pavilion of rare e-book sellers Antiquariat Inlibris and Antiquariaat Forum.

“For the records of Qatar, this is the most important book we have brought here due to the fact this suggests that Qatar turned into already known within the West on the cease of the sixteenth century,” Laurens R Hesselink of Antiquariaat Forum told nearby media the previous day.

The book valued at €150,000 is the first edition of an crucial travelogue by means of the Venetian country jeweller and gem service provider Gasparo Balbi, detailing his 9-12 months voyage from Venice to the Far East among 1579 and 1588.

Sixteen years later, Balbi’s groundbreaking account of the Middle East which mentions Qatar become first translated to Latin that is included in “Indiae Orientalis pars septima” which is also on show at the pavilion.

Antiquariat Inlibris and Antiquariaat Forum have added a massive series of historical books, maps, manuscripts, drawings and pix celebrating Islamic way of life and the records and geography of the Arab world.

Also on show is the primary English edition of Lodovico di Varthema’ well-known travels to Arabia, Persia and India published in 1577.

“Lodovico di Varthema become an Italian tourist who become the first westerner to go into the holy town of Mecca,” stated Hesselink.

Another book on show which Hesselink considers “very rare” is a set of 250 hand colored plates depicting the specific customs, manners and costumes in India which became printed in Calcutta in 1796.

Other exciting pieces on display are a collection of pictures of calligraphers and scribes from Persia in the nineteenth Century, an Ottoman manuscript which is a translation from a French book about strength written in Istanbul in 1812, and an unique manuscript from 1475 of old astronomical tables.

“We additionally have right here the most lovely book on shells ever published revealed in 1758 in Copenhagen, Denmark. It is a presentation copy from the King of Denmark to Empress Josephine, the spouse of Bonaparte,” he stated. Asked on plans to collaborate with institutions in Qatar together with the Qatar National Library, he said, “We were coming right here for the closing 9 years so we have established proper courting with establishments and that is additionally the motive why we're hereno longer only to show the books to the public but additionally meet our buddies at QNL again.”