• Fine Printed Books and Manuscr auction at Christies

    Sale 8952

    Fine Printed Books and Manuscripts

    18 June 2013, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 121

    MÜTEFERRIKA PRESS -- MUSTAFA IBN ABD ALLAH KATIB CELEBI (1609-1657). Tühfet ül-kibar fi esfar il-bihar. [Concerning Naval Expeditions.] Istanbul: Ibrahim Müteferrika, 1141 [1729]. Small 2° (254 x 180mm). Foliated: 7ff prelims, 75ff text, 2ff index. Five double-page engraved plates including 4 maps. (Small worm track in the bottom margin touching some engravings and a few letters, occasional light dampstain, one gathering of maps neatly detached at the stub). 19th-century wallet-style red turkey, the sides tooled in blind (rubbed and soiled, hinges cracked, possibly recased). Provenance: illegible stamp on title verso; small printed scrap on verso of title-page, probably unrelated, referring to Ibrahim, second Khedive of Egypt; Ahmad 'abd al-Salam (inscription).

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    MÜTEFERRIKA PRESS -- MUSTAFA IBN ABD ALLAH KATIB CELEBI (1609-1657). Tühfet ül-kibar fi esfar il-bihar. [Concerning Naval Expeditions.] Istanbul: Ibrahim Müteferrika, 1141 [1729]. Small 2° (254 x 180mm). Foliated: 7ff prelims, 75ff text, 2ff index. Five double-page engraved plates including 4 maps. (Small worm track in the bottom margin touching some engravings and a few letters, occasional light dampstain, one gathering of maps neatly detached at the stub). 19th-century wallet-style red turkey, the sides tooled in blind (rubbed and soiled, hinges cracked, possibly recased). Provenance: illegible stamp on title verso; small printed scrap on verso of title-page, probably unrelated, referring to Ibrahim, second Khedive of Egypt; Ahmad 'abd al-Salam (inscription).

    FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST TURKISH ILLUSTRATED BOOK; the second book issued by the famous press of Müteferrika: the first Ottoman Turkish publisher. Kâtib Çelebi's work is a valuable historical survey of Ottoman sea-power both before the capture of Constantinople, and after the associated reorganisation of the fleet. The maps include a world map after Mercator-Hondius, the Mediterranean and Black Seas, the Aegean archipelago, and the Adriatic; the last plate shows two marine compass-roses, one with the winds named in Turkish, the other in Arabic and Persian. Blackmer 1176; Toderini III, pp25-34 (defective copy); Watson 2 (defective copy).


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