SULALAT SALATIN (Or The Malay Annals) by Abdoellah Munshi (1885)
SULALAT SALATIN (Or The Malay Annals) by Abdoellah Munshi (1885)
SULALAT SALATIN (Or The Malay Annals) by Abdoellah Munshi (1885)

SULALAT SALATIN (Or The Malay Annals) by Abdoellah Munshi (1885)

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The first obtainable printed version of “the most famous, distinctive, and best of all Malay literary works”, Sulalat Al-Salatin or the Genealogy of Kings, printed in Jawi script, issued in Leiden in 1884.
2 printed title pages with titles in calligraphy and gilt and red decorative ornamental border, contemporary black and red marbled boards, red calf spine with gilt lettering (old owner’s signature and a stamp on the endpapers, binding slightly scuffed on the corners, a tiny tear in the lower margin of the first title page, minor staining, missing original wrappers with Dutch title, but overall in a good condition).

bdullah bin Abdul al Kadir was one of the pioneering and most influential Malay writers of his time. His most famous works were an autobiography Hikayat Abdullah (1849), Kisah Pelayaran Abdullah ke Kelantan (1838), an author’s travelogue from Singapore to Kalantan, which was the first commercially published Malay literary text, and Kisah Pelayaran Abdullah ke Mekah, a posthumously published travelogue to Mecca. For his realism, Abdullah bin Abdul al Kadir is regarded as one of the first reporters of his time and area.

As Abdullah bin Abdul al Kadir’s edition of the Sulalat Al-Salatin, first published in Singapore in 1841, is today almost unobtainable and does not appear in any auction records nor in any institutions in Worldcat, the Leiden edition from 1884 becomes the first obtainable printed example on the market.

We could only trace around six examples of the book on Worldcat (Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg, University of Melbourne Libraries, Bibliothèque nationale de France, New York Public Library System, Utrecht University Library, Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden). The title is sometimes listed under the Dutch translation Sadjarah Malajoe of de Maleische Kronieken. Other examples appear to be electronic copies.

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