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Engineering in the Late Ottoman Empire:



The two books published by the Ottoman Navy Press present the latest tactics, techniques and constructions on the field of naval warfare and defense.


2 volumes bound-in-one, Small 4°, [8 pp.], 163 pp.,13 illustrations of naval battles on thick paper, separated with blank papers. [8 pp.], 142 pp., [2 pp.], 6 folding plates.
Contemporary black cloth boards with debossed ornaments, original black calf spine with gilt decoration and lettering (minor age-toning and foxing, binding slightly stained with minor scratches on the spine, but overall in a good condition).


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William BAINBRIDGE-HOFF (1846-1903), author; Mehmed RASIM, translator.

صوك اصول فن حرب بحريى
[Son Usûl Fenn-i Harb-i Bahrî / Elementary naval tactics, lit. Latest Basics of the Art of Naval Warfare]

Istanbul: Matbaa-i Bahriye 1312 [1895]

[bound together with:]

İsmail ZÜDÜ

سواحل مدافعه سى
[Sevâhil Müdafaası / Defending Coasts]

Matbaa-i Bahriye 1318 [1902]


The first book is a translation of Elementary naval tactics, written by a US captain William Bainbridge-Hoff (1846-1903) and published in 1894. The plates showcase various ship maneuvers.

The second title is dedicated to the defense of the coasts, with military architecture. The six folding plates showcase the distribution of strategic rooms in a coastal fortification around the cannons, position of fortifications on islands, canals and bays, bastion-shaped fortifications and the positions of the cannons with their moving and rotating technology.

We could find two institutional examples of the second title (Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden, Atatürk Library).

References: ÖZEGE 18222; ÖZEGE 17844; OCLC 65805555.

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