Guer, Jean-Antoine. Moeurs et usages des Turcs, leur religion, leur gouvernement civil, militaire, et politique, avec un abrégé de l'histoire ottomane.

Paris, Coustelier Merigot & Piget, 1746-1747.

4to. 2 vols. (4), XXIV, 453, (19) pp. (2), VIII, 537, (2) pp. With engr. title vignette, 10 engr. initials, 20 engr. text vignettes, 2 engr. frontispieces, and 28 engr. plates. Contemp. calf gilt with giltstamped spine labels.


First edition (vol. 2: second ed.). "This work is especially valued for its engravings of Turkish costume figures and genre scences by Duflos after Boucher and Hallé" (Navari Greek), as well as for "its fine folding panorama of Constantinople" (Atabey). "The French writer and jurist Guer (1713-64) had not travelled. His work is based on a wide knowledge of historiography and travel literature. It is singled out by the high quality of its wealth of illustrations" (cf. Chatzipanagioti-Sangmeister). The first edition was published by Coustelier in Paris, 1746-47; the same year saw the second edition (Merigot & Piget in Paris) as well as the third (Mortier in Amsterdam). Nearly all sets in the trade are mixed copies.

A good, nearly unbrowned copy from the library of Baron Karl Ludwig von Pöllnitz with his autograph ownership to titles.


Atabey 534. Auboyneau 301. Blackmer 762. Weber II, 761. Chatzipanagioti-S. 382. Cohen/R. 465. Colas 1348. Hiler 401. Hage Chahine 2000. Navari (Greek) 308. Sander 872. Brunet II, 1783. Cf. Aboussouan 308. Lipperheide Lb 31 (Mortier).