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With 16 large tinted lithographs of lie at the Ottoman court

[ARIF PACHA, Muchir].
[Les anciens costumes de l'empire Ottoman, depuis l'origine de la monarchie jusqu'a la reforme du Sultan Mahmoud. Volume I = all published].
[Paris, Lemercier, 1863]. 1mo (54.5 x 40 cm). With lithographic portrait of Arif Pacha, drawn on stone by M. Julien, printed on India paper, cut in an oval and mounted on a leaf of stiff paper, with caption and imprint lithographed directly on the leaf, 16 tinted lithographic plates after Arif Pacha (image size 24.5 x 34 cm). Lacking lithographed title-page. Contemporary black half morocco.
€ 25,000
A valuable and beautifully-illustrated survey of the costumes worn at the court of the Ottoman Empire. It portrays 80 forms of costume worn by Ottoman functionaries and was published in two issues, the present with the text in French and another with the text in Turkish. Although each plate is labelled "Tome 1er", no further volume was published in either language. It was also available either with the plates printed in colour and finished by hand (80 Francs), or (as here) with tinted plates (40 Francs). Arif Pacha fought against the Greeks at Athens and at Euboea (1826-1828), and in Syria against Mehmet Ali. In the course of his career carried out missions for the Sultan, who appointed him governor of the province of Silistria in 1861.
Lacking the lithographic title-page, the text leaves somewhat browned and with some plates foxed, mostly in the margins (a couple also with marginal waterstains). The sewing has broken, leaving some leaves detached, and the spine is worn.
Atabey 30; Blackmer 43; Colas 148; Lipperheide 1440m.
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