|Ms. orient. A 2094 / 1r / 1|
Description of a manuscript note
|Classmark||Ms. orient. A 2094 / 1r / 1|
|Type of entry||ownership entry|
|↳ Name||Aḥmad al-Kutubī|
|↳ Data of life||† 19th ct.|
|↳ Literature||Anon.: "A Cairo bookseller" in Chambers’s Edinburgh Journal No. 261, New Series, Saturday, December 30, 1848, pp. 428-430.|
|↳ Remarks||He knew several Western visitors, like Gardner Wilkinson and Jacob Burckhardt.
He recounts how the Egyptian edition of the Arabian Nights rose in value right after its publication (18s at first, then 2 pounds), different than in Europe, where books gain in value only as antiquarian rarities.
Aḥmad urges the servant of the author to always display a copy of the 1001 Nights on the table before them and not a Qur'an: „This was a striking proof of his fear lest it should be suspected that he had sold a copy of the Koran to a Franck.“
Besides his income as a bookseller, he also received a „small daily stipend from gouvernment as valuator of books“ in estates.
Probably identical with the owner of Gotha orient. A 2094 (bought by Seetzen in Cairo in 1807).
دخل في ملك احمد
|Author of record||Liebrenz|
|MyCoRe ID||GothaMSSecentry_secentry_00001508 (XML view)|
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