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Photograph No. III - Die Ka'bah

Historic photo from Snouck Hurgronje’s Bilder-Atlas zu Mekka, taken in 1885.
Photo 21 x 16.8 cm (Passepartout 37.7 x 27.4 cm)

Following his PhD with de Goeje in Leiden and further studies with Nöldecke in Strasbourg Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936) went on an extended research trip to Jiddah and Mecca during the years 1884 and 1885. He converted to Islam during his stay and lived in the Holy City of Mecca from February until August 1885. Snouck Hurgronje was the first European photographer in Mecca and the second photographer ever after the Egyptian Mohammed Sadiq Bey. Upon return to the Netherlands he became lecturer at Leiden University. ...


Panorama de Jérusalem (Panorama of Jerusalem). Albumen print, c. 1880.

Three part albumen print panorama (84.5 x 21.7 cm) backed onto linen.
Photographic title and numbers 298, 299, 300 in the negative.
Fair condition, some fading where prints are joined.

Panorama view of Jerusalem as seen from the Mount of Olives, with the dome of the Al-Aksa Mosque featuring prominently at the left. Félix Bonfils (1831-1885) was a French photographer and writer who was active in the Middle East. Having served in a French army expedition in 1860 he left France for Lebanon in 1867 and established Maison Bonfils photographic studio. Around 600 negatives were produced by Felix Bonfils, notably of Jerusalem, but also of Egypt, Syria, Greece and Constantinople. Today they offer valuable document...


Vekâyi-i Devlet-i Alîye (Events in the Sublime State / the Ottoman Empire)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Matbaa-i Osmaniye, 1309 [1892]
ÖZEGE 19772
12 Vol. I: 6, [2], 381 p., II: 6, 391 p., III: 6, 388 p., IV: 4, 365 p., V: 4, 370 p, 1 Illustration, VI: 7, 412 p., VII: 7, 367 p., VIII: 362 p., IX: 320 p., X: 278, 7 p., XI: 9, 275 p., XII: 8, 286 p.
Half-leather bound, 26 x 17 cm.

Ahmed Cevdet Pascha (* 1822 in Lowetsch; † 1895 in Istanbul)Ottoman statesman; historian and lawyer. His life’s work includes the participation on various law codifications (known as the Mecelle) and the creation of the “Grammar Book of the Ottoman Language” which he wrote together with Mehmed Fuad Pascha. Between 1854 and 1884 he published 12 volumes of Tarih-i Cevdet (‚Chronicle of Cevdet‘; originally Vekâyi-i Devlet-i Alîye‘) which was a continuation of Hammer-Purgstalls „Geschichte des osmanischen Reiches“. In February 1...


Mehâsinü’l-Âsâr ve Hakaikü’l-Ahbâr (The Charms and Truths of Relics and Annals)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Cairo: Bulaq, 1246 [1830] ÖZEGE 225192
2 Volums in 1 Vol., I: 14, 210 p.; II: 7, 190 pp. (The first 2 folios of the index of vol. 1 are damaged and some text is missing. A photocopy with the full text has been inserted)
Half-leather bound, 28 x 18 cm.

“The Chronicler Ahmed Vâsıf on Agency, Causality, and a Reformist Philosophy of History”18th century Ottoman court chronicles are rarely studied as products of active, inquisitive minds. Most often they are seen as factual records without larger aims or messages. Such an approach, it should be s aid, obscures the chronicler's role in bringing his own sense and form to history. This paper will explore some ways in which one prominent Ottoman historian came to terms with the past, above all the strange and inexplicable. Ahmed ...


Ravzatü'l-hüseyin fî Hûlâsat-ı Ahbâri'l-hafikayn(Garden of Elegance Containing Extracts of on the Orient and the Occident)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Matbaa-i Âmire 1259 [1843]
ÖZEGE 150876
3 Vols. + appendix about “Edirne Incident” 15, 462 + 15, 451 + 10, 460 + 6, 10, 465 + 6, 452 + 8, 442 + 58 p.
Half leather bound, 21.5 x 14 cm.

NAIMÅ (1655-1716). Historian. His real name was Mustafa Naim. Bom in Aleppo, he went to Istanbul at an early age, entered the bureaucracy, and rose to the position of secretary of the Imperial Council. In 1700 the grand vizier Amucazade Hiiseyin Pasha appointed him curt historian. After 1704 Naimå served as the director of the Registry of Landed Property (Defter Emini) and chief accomtant (Ba Muhasebeci 1713), and finally director of Land Registration for the Morea (1715), where he died (Patras, Greece). Naima became celebra...


Tarih-i Gülşen-i Maarif

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Matbaa-i Âmire 1252 [1836]
Not in ÖZEGE but AEKMK - BDK
2 Volumes. 8, 1-848 + 6, 849-1693 p.
Half leather bound, 22.5 x 15,5 cm.

History of the Ottoman Empire from the beginning to the Treaty of Karlowitz, signed on 26 January 1699 in Sremski Karlovci, in modern-day Serbia, concluding the Great Turkish War of 1683–1697 in which the Ottoman Empire had been defeated at the Battle of Zenta by the Holy League. It marks the end of Ottoman control in much of Central Europe, with their first major territorial losses after centuries of expansion, and established the Habsburg Monarchy as the dominant power in the region.Feraizcizâde Mehmed Said, died 1836 in B...


Tarih-i Nişancı Mehmed Paşa (History of Nişancı Mehmed Paşa)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Tab'hane-i Âmire, 1279 [1863]
ÖZEGE 198803
348 pp., cloth spine, leather covers, 18 x 13 cm.

The historical work, titled Tarih-i Ni ancı Mehmed Pa a, but originally titled Siyer-i Enbiya-i izam ve ahval-i hulefa-i kiram ve menakib-i selatin-i Osman, was written at the instigation of Sultan Suleyman and is still one of them today most popular most used historical manuals of the Ottomans. After a very short about one Quarter of the whole-filling treatment of world history (patriarchs, Muslim dynasties, etc.) is presented in more detail the Ottoman imperial history from Osman up to Suleyman, and indeed until the year 9...


Tarih-i Umûmî (General History)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Kasbar Matbaası, 1305 - 1306 [1888 – 1889]
3 Volumes in 1 Vol.
357 + 3, 384 + 392 p.
Half leather bound, 19.5 x 13 cm.

Ibrahim Hakki Pasha lived between the years 1863 and 1918. He was a scientist who lectured in the schools such as The Faculty of Political Sciences and The Faculty of Laws. He served as a legal advisor to the Ottoman Government and during this mission, he took charge in a lot of commissions dealing with political, judicial and financial issues. Besides, he served as an ambassador at Rome and Berlin after he ran The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Education. In 1910, he was appointed as Grand Vizier and during his office, he...


Mufassal Türk Tarihi (1. Kitab) (Turkish History - 1st Book)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Âmire Matbaası, Maarif Vekâleti Ne riyatı, 1341 [1923]
160 pp., 6 double pages, 2 folded maps (41x44 cm.)
ÖZEGE 14012
Full leather bound, guilded ornamental covers and guilded edges, 23 x 16.5 cm.

Mehmed emseddin Günaltay (1663-1961) was historian and politician. He was the the 8th prime minister in the Republic of Turkey in 1949-1950....


Hakaikü'l-kelam fî Tarihi'l-İslâm (Truths about the History of Islam)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Matbaa-i Âmire, 1297 [1880]
ÖZEGE 66205
3+357 pp.
Full leather bound, guilded ornamental covers, 19.5 x 13.5 cm.

[Abdüllatif] Suphi Pasha (1818-1886) was a historian and education specialist. He was the founder of the Faculty of Fine Arts (Sanayi-i Nefise Mektebi) and The Archological Museum (Müze-i Hümayun) in Istanbul.He planned in his work Hakaiku'l-Kelam fi Tarihi'l- slam a general history of the Islam in many vulumes, but only the first volume is published about the time from the beginning of Islam to the time of Caliph Ali....


Mekâtib-i Askeriye-i âhâneye Mahsûs Tarih-i Osmanî (Ottoman History. For Military Schools)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul: Mekteb-i Fünûn-u Harbiye-i âhâne Matbaası, 1308 [1891]
ÖZEGE 12728
309 pp., paperback, 23 x 16 cm.

Me rutiyet era history textboks are importance reliable resources not only they reflect the understanding of the Me rutiyet by the state but also of the effects of these boks on generations who later founded the republic. Therefore making research about these textbooks have great importance to understand the matter. This work aims to introduce Fatihli Mehmet Tevfik Pasa who wrote a history course book wich was studied among all military schools of Me rutiyet era. Mehmet Tevfik Pasa’s history book must be considered different...


Memâlik-i Devlet-i Âliye-i Osmaniye Co rafya-yı Sevkü'l-cey isi(History and Geography of the Ottoman Empire)

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul 1302 [1885] (?)
ÖZEGE 25207
218 pp + 186 pp manuscript

A rare book about the History and Geography of the Ottoman Empire.The first 218 pages are printed, the following 186 pages are a manuscript....


Sahīh al-Buchārī

Printed in Arabic
Istanbul: Matbaa-i Amire 1315 H. [1897]
8 vols. bound in 4 vols. 228, 260, 3235, 270, 242, 253, 240, 219 pp.

24.5 x 18 cm, Ottoman Style full leather bound with flip

Sahīh al-Buchārī is the common name of a collection of hadiths that goes back to the Islamic scholar Muḥammad ibn Ismāʿīl al-Buchārī (d. 870). The correct title of the work is al-Jāmiʿ as-sahīh / al-Ǧāmiʿ aṣ-ṣaḥīḥ /'The Comprehensive Healthy'. The work ranks first among the canonical six hadith collections and is held in the highest esteem in Sunni Islam to this day. In terms of its authority and sanctity, it stands here directly behind the Qur'an. The first publication of Bukhārī’s al-Jāmi‘ al-sahīh in the Islamic world w...


Ibrahim Hakki Erzurumi 1115-1194 H. [1703-80]

Printed in Ottoman Turkish
Istanbul 1310 H. [1893] Âmire Matbaası, Sahafiye-i Osmanîye
16 + 564 p., half leather binding
32.5 x 24 cm
ÖZEGE 12259

The famous scientific encyclopedia, published more than half a century after the death of its author, the Turkish Sufi philosopher Ibrahim Hakki Erzurumi (1703-80). The "Marifetname", or "Book of Gnosis", completed in 1756, is a compilation of astronomical, astrological, mathematical, anatomical, psychological, philosophical as well as mystical religious texts. The work is famous for containing the first treatment of post-Copernican astronomy by a Muslim scholar. Among the astronomical and geographica...


Research Library on Islamic Law and History (approx. 1800 titles)

of the late Professor Rudolph "Ruud" Peters, Emeritus of Islamic Law, University of Amsterdam

Ruud Peters (1943-2022) was one of the world’s leading scholars in Islamic Law. His working library reflects the distinct research areas of its compiler in a unique way: From the history of Jihad, to Egyptian history in Ottoman and Khedival times to Islamic Law which was his main field of research over a period of 40 years.

The library consists of three main subject areas and counts a total of c. 1800 titles: 1. Islamic Law: c. 640 titles, 46% Arabic, 33% English, 7% Turkish, 15% other languages 2. Islamic Studies: c. 500 titles, 22% Arabic, 42% English, 25% Dutch, 8% German 3. Islamic History: c. 660 titles, 31% Arabic, 48% English, 9% Dutch, 6% German Prices: 1. Islamic Law Collection: 29.800.00 EUR 2. Islamic Studies Collection: 22,200.00 EUR 3. Islamic History Collection: 28,000.00 EUR The three subject collections can be pur...