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Astronomy in the Ottoman Empire / Moon: قمر [Kamer / The Moon]



8°, 206 pp. with black and white photos, contemporary red boards and black calf spine with gilt decoration and lettering, old small paper stamp with annotations in Ottoman on the cover (minor age-toning and foxing, old collector’s rubber stamp on the title page, otherwise a very good example in highly decorative original binding, with only slight wear to the corners).


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A rare Ottoman translation of Amédée Guillemin’s La Lune is the first separately published text on the Moon in the Ottoman Empire and includes the history of its explorations and the latest discoveries.

The translator Mahmud Esad studied mathematics, physics, astronomy and law in Istanbul and later worked as a higher official at the Ministry of Finance and as a teacher of science and law in Izmir and Istanbul. Around 1914 he became the first professor of law at classes for girls at Darülfünun (University).

Worldcat only lists one example (Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden), the others appear to be eBooks.

References: OCLC 67057811, 780179406 (eBooks).

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