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BULGARIAN HISTORY / TRABZON IMPRINT: بولعار تاريخى [Bulgar Tarihi / History of Bulgaria]



Possibly the first detailed history of Bulgaria made after the proclamation of its independence


8°, 191 pp., modern black cloth with gilt lettering and debossed ornaments (light staining and sporadic water-staining in margins, sporadic tiny holes in white margins (paper deformations- as published), title page with stronger staining and a small hole in the margin, first pages with tiny losses of lower corner, otherwise in a good clean condition with a decorative modern binding).


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An exceedingly rare groundbreaking work on the history of Bulgaria, printed in a Turkish city Trabzon on the coast of the Black Sea was published less than two years after Bulgaria was proclaimed an independent state. The text is written in Ottoman and accompanied with Bulgarian names and expressions. Text also discusses Macedonia.

The author was a controversial Ottoman military officer Kiraz Ahmed Hamdi Paşa (1871 – 1935), born in Montenegro. As a supporter of the last Sultan Mehmed VI during the Turkish War of Independence, he was tried in his absence for treason and sentenced to death, after which he took a refuge at the British Embassy. He eventually settled in Constanta, Romania, and atht he end of his life took an Albanian citizenship.

We could only find one institutional example (Berlin State Library).


References: OCLC 251304763. Electronic reproduction: OCLC 682537981. MİL – ÖZEGE; 2623 – TBTK; 1397.

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