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Title: Early Arabic Studies in Western Europe
Subtitle: Letters from Marcus Welser to Marquard Freher, 1611-1612, on Arabic Epigraphy
Author(s): BOTLEY, Paul
Volume: 45 Issue: 2 Date: 2018
The article provides annotated Latin texts, and modern English translations, of two previously unpublished letters from Marcus Welser to Marquard Freher. The letters, dated 1611 and 1612, show two well-connected German scholars attempting to make use of Arabic inscriptions for their historical research. The letters throw light on Freher’s lost work on coinage, Pomponius, and on the Arabic learning of Bernardino Baldi, Jakob Christmann, Isaac Casaubon and Diego de Urrea.