2 volumes, folio (335 x 235mm), pp. I: , 372, [4 (blank)]; II: , 373-757, [3 (blank)]; colour-printed illustrations in the text, many full-page; original red boards, lettered and decorated in gilt, light-brown endpapers; a fine set.
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The Ottoman World. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps.
First and only edition, limited to 750 sets. A comprehensive catalogue of Sefik E. Atabey's remarkable library of some 1,370 pre-1854 books, manuscripts, and maps relating to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East. Each item is carefully described and annotated, and the catalogue is supplemented by indices of authors, editors, artists, engravers, binders, and subscribers; selected places and subject; and the titles of anonymous publications.
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