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CHIOS, GREECE: ساقز آطى سى [Sakız Adası / ISLAND CHIOS].


A very rare lithographed postcard map of Chios,Greece, in Ottoman script was made in Istanbul by a Romanian born publisher Tüccarzâde İbrahim Hilmi Çığıraçan.


A rare well designed postcard map of the Chios Island, today a part of Greece, was printed in Istanbul on the eve of the WWI.

The island belonged to the Ottoman Empire until 1913, when it was annexed to Greece at the Treaty of London.


Military Press Tüccarzâde İbrahim Hilmi

İbrahim Hilmi Çığıraçan (d 1876, Tulçe town, Romania – June 12, 1963, Istanbul), born in Tulcea, today in Romania, was one of the first publishers in the Ottoman Empire. Opening his publishing shop in 1896 in Istanbul, under the name Kitaphane-i Islami (Islamic Library), Hilmi Bey started publishing mostly religious books.
Under the Young Turks regime, in the Second Constitutional Era, he became interested in military, geography and history, and changed the name of the press to Kitaphane-i İslam ve Askeri (Islamic and Military Library). Hilmi Bey published about 200 military books in 15 years. He was also publishing school books, which were during the war often sent for free to poor children in Anatolia.
The first big loss for Hilmi’s workshop was the governmental change of the Ottoman letters for the Latin ones and a law, that all the law and school books should be printed by the government. During his lifetime Hilmi published more than 1000 books on history, literature, politics, religion and social issues.

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