Handwritten Armenian-French-Turkish dictionary

[Armenian vocabulary book]. [Armenian, French, and Turkish manuscript dictionary].

[Ottoman Empire], 1904.

4to (150 x 210 mm). (2), 78 pp., paginated in a later hand. Original marbled wrappers, titled in manuscript.


A unique, handwritten dictionary of Armenian, French, and Turkish. The anonymous author, likely an Armenian speaker learning or teaching French and Turkish, has written in a careful, elegant hand a three-column dictionary. The manuscript is titled in Armenian, and the vocabulary lists are ordered alphabetically by Armenian terms. Each word is given first in Armenian, then in French, and then in Ottoman Turkish, using three different scripts: the Armenian alphabet, the French alphabet, and the Arabic script alphabet of Ottoman Turkish. Words are grouped by general category. One section is, for instance, on astronomy (star, planet, zenith, equinox, comet, amplitude, orbit). Another is medical (hypochondria, hernia, paralysis, indigestion), and yet another on chemistry and related sciences (detonation, molecule, conductor, microscope, pressure, chemistry). Also covered are food, mathematics, literature, geography, and the parts of the human body. An interesting survival of the late Ottoman period.

Light wear and browning, well preserved.