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Early Arabic Printing in the Dutch-Republic

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Grammatica Arabica.

Erpenius, Thomas (1613). Leiden: Officina Raphelangiana

Printing presses that printed in Eastern languages were established at first by the universities of Utrecht, Amsterdam, and mainly Leiden to provide training for preachers of the reformed church. The most important Arabic printing press in the United Provinces was that of the University of Leiden, which published, in 1595, an 8-page booklet designed to introduce the new Arabic characters. Thirty-eight books were published there between the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries, including the Grammatica Arabica of Thomas Van Erpe (known as Erpenius) of 1613.


 The Burke Library at Union Theological Seminary, Columbia University in the City of New York.

سورة يوسف وتهجي العرب

Historia Josephi patriarchæ: ex Alcorano, arabicè

Erpenius, Thomas (1617). Leiden: Ex typographia Erpeniana

Erpenius was an orientalist who studied theology at Leiden. He devoted himself to oriental languages. In 1608, he studied Arabic in England and Paris and chaired the Arabic department in 1613 in Leiden where he was appointed professor of Hebrew in 1619. He worked as a translator for the government of the Republic [9]


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Lexicon Arabico-Latinum, contentum ex probatioribus orientis lexicographis. Accedit Index Latinus

Golius, Jacob (1653). Leiden: Typis Bonaventurae & Abrahami Elseviriorum.

Among the Thirty-eight books published in Leiden between the sixteenth and the seventeenth centuries, The Book of Proverbs, 1614; The New Testament, 1616; Surat Yusuf, 1617; and the Golius Dictionary: Lexicon Arabico-Latinum, 1653.