Rycaut, Paul. The History of the Turkish Empire from the year 1623 to the year 1677. Containing the reigns of the last three emperours, viz. Sultan Morat or Amurat IV. Sultan Ibrahim, and Sultan Mahomet IV his Son, the XIII. emperour now reigning.

London, printed by J. M. for John Starkey, (1679-)1680.

Folio (204 x 324 mm). 2 parts in 1 vol. (6), 89, (1) pp. 336, (16) pp. With 2 engr. portrait frontispieces and 3 full-page engravings in the text (2 portraits and "a Turkish pageant"); separate half-title: "The Memoirs of Paul Rycaut, Esq., Containing the History of the Turks from the year 1660 to the year 1678". Contemporary full calf with giltstamped red spine label.


First edition. "[D]edicated to the king. This was a continuation of Knolles's 'Turkish History', to the sixth edition of which (3 vols. 1687-1700) it was printed as a supplement. The whole work was abridged, with some addenda by Savage", in 1701" (DNB 50, p. 39). Sir Paul Rycaut (1629-1700) was first employed as private secretary to the British ambassador to Constantinople and later became British Consul and factor at Smyrna.

The portraits show the author and the Ottoman Sultans Murad IV, Ibrahim, Mehmed IV. as well as a splendidly decorated ornate palm, as high as a mast - a gift for the circumcision of the Prince.

Some brownstaining; hinges and edge defects professionally repaired. Bookplate of John Evans (d. 1724), Lord Bishop of Bangor and sometime adversary to Jonathan Swift.


Atabey 1074. Aboussouan 808. Wing R2406. Not in Blackmer.

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