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    The Ottoman Empire in Miniature

    A[ntoine] L[ouis] Castellan. Moeurs, usages, costumes des Othomans, et abrégé de leur histoire. Avec des éclaircissemens tirés d'ouvrages orientaux, et communiqués par M. Langlès. Six vol. in-18 ornés de soixante et douze planches. Paris: Nepveu, 1812.

    First edition. Six eighteenmo volumes (5.1875 x 3.125 inches; 132 x 79 mm.). 20, xxxi, [1, blank], 119, [1, contents], [2, ads]; [4], 225, [1, blank], [1, contents], [1, blank]; [4], 251, [1, contents]; [4], 282, [1, blank]; [4], 231, [1, contents]; [4], 235, [1, blank] pages. Seventy-three hand-colored stipple-engraved plates printed in brown, with tissue guards.

    Contemporary marbled calf. Covers with decorative gilt border, smooth spines divided into six compartments decoratively tooled in gilt with red and black morocco gilt labels, board edges ruled in gilt, turn-ins decoratively tooled in gilt, marbled endpapers. Bindings rubbed, spine extremities chipped away on some volumes, small piece missing at the foot of spine of Volume VI. Small bookseller's ticked on front pastedown of Volume I: "Potey, Libraire, / rue du Bac, no. 46, / près celle S.-Dominique, / A Paris."

    "The plates, coloured aquatints, are mostly reduced versions of Dalvimart's plates from The Costume of Turkey. These depict the costume of the functionaries of the Ottoman court; there are also illustrations of arms, standards and other objects as well as an interesting section on music and dance" (Blackmer).

    "If you want any more books, there is 'Castellan's Moeurs des Ottomans,' the best compendium of the kind I ever met with, in six small tomes" (Lord Byron to Thomas Moore, August 28, 1813).

    Ataby 204; Colas 545; Lipperheide 1427 (all describing copies with only seventy-two plates, as called for on the title-page; our copy has seventy-three plates). Blackmer 300 (calling for seventy-three plates).


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