Tkalčević was a prolific and influential Croatian author of the 19th century, who in 1859 authored the first syntax of Croatian literary language, Skladnja ilirskog jezika. His illustrated travelogue to Istanbul starts in Samobor by Zagreb, Croatia, and continues through Serbia and Bulgaria, where he describes the cities, people, customs of the inhabitants and a mixture of nations on the way in the last decades of the falling apart Ottoman Empire in a light and entertaining manner. Tkalčević also includes dialogues and small anecdotes, which makes this book exceedingly pleasant to read more than a century, after it was written.
In Istanbul he describes the monuments and people and also his personal impressions of the atmosphere, streets and events. Especially valuable are reports on his encounters with the Croatian minority of Istanbul.
Worldcat only lists examples in the Slovenian Libraries and examples in The British Library, St. Pancras, University of Oxford and Northwestern University. The other appear to be eBooks.
References: OCLC 79037925, 79037925, 04710878.
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