The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps. The Ottoman

ATABEY, Sefik E., and Leonora NAVARI. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps. The Ottoman World.

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ATABEY, Sefik E., and Leonora NAVARI. The Sefik E. Atabey Collection. Books, Manuscripts and Maps. The Ottoman World. London: Bernard J. Shapero, 1998.

Folio (335 x 235mm), 2 volumes. Original red boards, lettered and decorated in gilt, light-brown endpapers; pp. I: [8], 372, [4 (blank)]; II: [4], 373-757, [3 (blank)]; colour-printed illustrations in the text, many full-page; a fine set.
First and only edition, limited to 750 sets. A comprehensive catalogue of Sefik E. Atabey's remarkable collection of books, manuscripts and maps prior to 1854 relating to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East, with each work carefully described and annotated. The catalogue is an important addition to the reference literature, supplementing Navari's Greece and the Levant: the Catalogue of the Henry Myron Blackmer Collection (London: 1989), and is particularly interesting for the number of works from celebrated libraries -- including those of Britwell Court, the duc de La Rochefoucauld at Roche-Guyon, the Duke of Portland, the Duke of Marlborough, the Earls Fitzwilliam, Charles X of France, and Czar Nicholas I of Russia; a number of these are in armorial bindings, which are illustrated and referenced in a separate index of provenances, making the work a most useful resource.

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