'Ulum al-Qur'an An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur'an by Ahmad Von Denffer
This book is precise, brief, yet quite comprehensive. It deals with the traditional subjects such as meaning of revelation, history and transmission of the text, asbab al-nuzul, exegesis, etc. as well as issues of more recent origin, like recording of the Qur'an, orientalists' views, translations and others. The concluding chapter has valuable practical advise for reading and studying of the Holy Book of Islam.
Paperback 200 pages
The Islamic Foundation