Life and Works of the Turkish Admiral: Piri Reis. The Oldest …
Life and Works of the Turkish Admiral: Piri Reis. The Oldest …

AFETINAN, Dr. Prof. [Ayse Afet Inan]. Life and Works of the Turkish Admiral: Piri Reis. The Oldest Map of America, drawn by Piri Reis … Transalted by: Leman Yolac.

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AFETINAN, Dr. Prof. [Ayse Afet Inan]. Life and Works of the Turkish Admiral: Piri Reis. The Oldest Map of America, drawn by Piri Reis … Transalted by: Leman Yolac. Ankara, Türk Tarih Kurumu Basimevi, 1954.

8vo. Original illustrated wrappers; pp. [iv], 65, two plates (one in colour), illustrations in the text; light toning to wrappers and a few marginal traces of humidity, otherwise very good; presentation copy, inscribed to the title page: 12, XI, 1958 / To Lord Kinross / A cordial souvenir / Afetinan.
Very rare first edition in English celebrating 'the fourth centennial of the death of the great admiral and scholar'. Written by the 'mother' of modern historiography in Turkey, the historian and sociologist Ayse Afet Inan (1908-85, an adopted daughter of Kemal Atatürk) assesses one of the oldest maps of America still existing. It had been drawn in 1513, and was discovered in 1929 at the Topkapi Palace in Istanbul, were it is still kept. This maps shows extent of exploration of the New World by approximately 1510, and one of the sources used for the compilation might have been a now lost map used by Columbus.
Provenance: The historian John Patrick Douglas Balfour, 3rd Baron Kinross (1904-76) was noted for his biographies of Atatürk and works on the Ottoman Empire.
COPAC records only four copies, in the BL, at Oxford, in Leeds and Bristol.

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