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RYCAUT, Paul.

Histoire de l'Etat Present de l'Empire Ottoman:

contenant les Maximes Politiques des Turcs; les principaux Points de la Religion Mahometane, ses Sectes, ses Heresies, & ses diverses sortes de Religieux, leurs Discipline Militaire, avec une supputation exacte de leurs Forces par mer & par terre,

Stock Code
105069
Paris, Sebastien Mabre-Cramoisy, 1668
£3,750

the first French edition in the preferred quarto format - a scarce edition, not in Atabey or Blackmer collections. The same publisher issued another edition the same year, in the much smaller duodecimo format.

The author, Sir Paul Rycaut, was the leading authority of his day on the Ottoman Empire. The present book was extremely important and influential and provides the fullest account of Ottoman government and society during the seventeenth century.

Rycaut went to Constantinople in 1661 as secretary to the Ambassador to the Porte, Heneage Finch. In 1667, he was appointed Consul in Smyrna, where he resided for eleven years. His information on the Ottoman Empire was taken from several sources including original records.

The engravings in the text depict Turkish costume; they are after the kiyafet or costume book which Rycaut had commissioned from an anonymous artist of the bazaar in Constantinople. These were a popular collector's item for

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Description

First French edition, 4to, xii, 382 pp., additional engraved title, 20 engravings in the text, 3 engraved head-pieces, contemporary sprinkled calf gilt, joints and corners neatly repaired, light toning to text, a very good copy.

Bibliography

Koç (Constantinople) I, 64a; Weber 330.

Stock ID:105069

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