With a folding panorama of Constantinople

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

Paris, Merigot & Piget, 1747.

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


Second issue in the year of first publication. "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" (Chatzipanagioti-Sangmeister). The first edition was published by Coustelier in Paris, 1746-47; the same year saw the second edition (Merigot and Piget in Paris) as well as the third (Mortier in Amsterdam).

Inconspicuous repairs to folds of Constantinople view; occasional slight browning. Formerly in the Ottoman collection of the Swiss industrialist Herry W. Schaefer.


Atabey 534. Auboyneau 301. Blackmer 762. Weber II, 761. Chatzipanagioti-S. 382. Cohen/R. 465. Colas 1348. Hage Chahine 2000. Navari (Greek) 308. Sander 872. Cf. Aboussoan 308. Lipperheide Lb 31 (Mortier). Brunet II, 1783 (1746).