The second copy known

[Ottoman World Atlas]. Hafiz Ali Esref. Yeni cografya atlasi.

Dersa'adet (Istanbul), Matba'a-i 'Amire, 1307-1309[-1314] Rumi Calendar [1891-98].

Large folio (268 x 400 mm). 42 double-page maps, lithographed in colour throughout. Modern half-cloth binding using the original printed and illustrated boards.


Rare Ottoman-produced world atlas, containing maps of the world as well as of the continents and of numerous countries. Printed in Ottoman Turkish throughout.

The editor Ali Seref Pasa (or, Hafiz Ali Esref), a former soldier, trained as a cartographer in Paris ca. 1862, and it was during his time in France that he published his first atlas, "Yeni atlas", with 22 maps. Upon his return to Istanbul he became chief cartographer at the Matbaa-i Amire Press in Beyazit, successor to Müteferrika's press, founded in 1727. Among other efforts he translated the large Kiepert map of Anatolia into Ottoman Turkish. He died in 1907, leaving unfinished his project of a gigantic map of Anatolia in 100 sheets.

Binding professionally repaired with modern spine re-using the original boards. Interior clean; a single slight edge tear to the brittle paper (not touching the map). Old ballpoint annotation "9821" to upper cover. A single copy known in libraries internationally (University of Chicago, Roger Baskes Collection: only 41 colour maps).

OCLC 902814729.

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