Ottoman traveller inspired by the Prophet
Narrative of travels in Europe, Asia, and Africa,
in the seventeenth century. Translated from the Turkish by The Ritter Joseph von Hammer. [First part of the first volume only.] London Oriental Translation Fund 1834
First edition, folio, pp.[ii], xviii, 186. A very good copy in original silk cloth. Largely unopened. Slight wear to top of spine.
The first part of Hammer-Purgstall's English translation of the renowned 17th-century Seyahatname of Evliya Celebi (1611-1682), whose Turkish travelogue describes his travels through Europe and the Ottoman world. A dream of the Prophet at the age of 21 kindled a desire to visit the tombs of the saints scattered across the Ottoman empire: he spent the next forty years travelling from city to city. This selected text includes Celebi's detailed topographical account of Istanbul, the revenues of the Ottoman provinces, from Georgia to Mecca, and the number of officers of different ranks stationed in each, and a sketch history of the sultans and and more prominent viziers. The descriptions of Istanbul's mosques, palaces, caravanserais, and monuments are particularly rich, and detailed. The second part of the first volume, not present here, was published in 1846, and the second volume published in 1850.