The Unveiled Ladies of Stamboul

VAKA, Demetra. The Unveiled Ladies of Stamboul.

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VAKA, Demetra. The Unveiled Ladies of Stamboul. Boston and New York, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1923.

8vo. Original decorative maroon cloth, lettered in red; pp. x, [2], 260, [2], plates after photographs; lower outer corners with bumps, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition, rather rare. The Greek Demetra Vaka (born in 1877) married the American novelist Kenneth Brown and wrote a number of books between 1911 and 1923, both fiction and non-fiction, dealing mainly with Islam and life in the Turkish empire. She died in 1946. The present book tells of her return to Constantinople and the changing role of women in the city, the advancement of Atatürk's reforms and adverse reactions to them, as well as the drive to create a monoethnic modern republic.