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ATLAS AL-HURUB WA'L-GHAZAWAT AL-SULTANIYYA LI'L-BULDAN AL-URUBA
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ATLAS AL-HURUB WA'L-GHAZAWAT AL-SULTANIYYA LI'L-BULDAN AL-URUBA

OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED SAFAR AH 1170/1756-7 AD

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ATLAS AL-HURUB WA'L-GHAZAWAT AL-SULTANIYYA LI'L-BULDAN AL-URUBA
OTTOMAN TURKEY, DATED SAFAR AH 1170/1756-7 AD
On military theory, Ottoman manuscript on white paper, 36ff. plus 3 fly-leaves and 44 inserted maps, text pages with 31ll. or less of black naskh with headings and important words picked out in red, several pages with charts and tables, colophon dated safar 1170, the lithographs primarily of Germany and with French titles, later annotated in Ottoman Turkish in red and blue ink, minor areas of staining, green morocco binding with gilt edging, doublures of gold speckled green paper
Text folio 13¼ x 9 3/8in. (33.6 x 23.9cm.); largest map approx. 12in. (35cm.) long
Provenance
Anon sale, Sotheby's London 23 April 1997, lot 71
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Lot Essay

Godefroy Englemann (1788-1839), by whom the lithographs were done, despite being of German birth, published mainly in France. He was responsible for founding 'La Société Lithotypique de Mulhouse' and was instrumental in introducing lithography to France. Englemann's dates however, and the fact that the maps are lithographs, suggest conflict with the date of AH 1170 that is given at the end of the text section of the manuscript. This must suggest that either the maps or the date of the manuscript were added later.

Whereas this manuscript's previous cataloguing suggested that the maps depicted the battles between the Ottomans and the Austro-Hungarians, the maps are mostly of Germany where the Ottomans never fought. In addition, the maps do not give the names of any Generals, suggesting rather that they came from a training manual or a book of military theory and were inserted into this Ottoman manuscript as a training tool.

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