KATIB CELEBI (Mustafa ibn Abd Allah, aka Hacci Halife, 1609-1657). Jihannuma [Mirror of the World], in Turkish in Arabic alphabet. Edited and with supplement by Ibrahim Mteferrika. Constantinople: Ibrahim Mteferrika, 1145H .
2o (293 x 188 mm). 40 (of 41) engraved plates, comprising 29 maps [13 double-page], and 12 astronomical plates [3 double-page], ALL HAND COLORED BY AN EARLY HAND. (Chart of the zodiac lacking and supplied in early facsimile, some maps repaired, some affecting image, maps 38 and 39 possibly partial only.) 19th-century green half morocco (rubbed, hinges cracked); green quarter morrocco slipcase.
FIRST AND ONLY EDITION OF THE 'JIHANNUMA'. Planned as a great cosmosgraphy, the work was never completed, although Katib Celebi wrote two versions. The text contained here is the second version, rewritten after the author had acquired a Mercator-Hondius Atlas minor (Koemans mistakenly considered the Jihannuma a translation into Turkish of that Atlas). It covers the world from Japan to the Ottoman borders and is well-illustrated with engraved maps, including: the World in twin hemispheres, the World in oval projection, Europe, Africa, Asia, America, the North and South Poles, Arabia, Japan and various other parts of Asia and Asia Minor. Several of the maps and diagrams had appeared in earlier books printed by Mteferrika.
The author, born Mustafa ibn Abd Allah at Constantinople in 1609, was a prolific scholar, historian, geographer, and bibliophile. Another of his works, Tuhfet l-Kibar fi esfar il bihar was published only 4 years earlier at the same press, and was the first geographical work to be printed in Turkey. Mteferrika added to the Jihannuma a section concerning the ideas of Copernicus and Tycho Brahe. Imago Mundi, 1935, pp. 44-47; Koemans II, 549 cites 37 plates; Toderini p.114ff. cites 39; and copies are known with 41. Sold as an atlas, not subject to return.