40 years of education
WASHBURN, George. Fifty Years in Constantinople. Boston, Houghtom Mifflin, 1909.
8vo. Original chocolate-brown ribbed cloth, spine and front cover lettered in gilt, top edge gilt; pp. xxx, , 316, , plates after photographs; a near-fine copy with contemporary etched pictorial bookplate.
First edition of this history of Istanbul and the Ottoman Empire from the foundation of one of the most austere higher education colleges in Turkey, Robert College, in 1863 to 1903, seen through the prism of the founder, the American philanthropist Christopher Robert and his successor as administrator, George Washburn, the author. The college produced numerous famous alumni, among them Orhan Pamuk, two Turkish and two Bulgarian Prime Ministers.
'Robert College stands as a token of the close cooperation between Turkey and the USA. It is an institution which has made important contributions to the cultural life of this country and will continue to play a valuable part in the promotion of culture and education' (Cemal Gürsel, President of the Republic of Turkey, Message for the Centennial Celebrations of Robert College, 1963).