Hüseyin Cahid [Yalçın]
Niçin Aldatırlarmış… / Why are They Cheating…]
Istanbul: Akşam Teşebbüs Matbaası 1922.
4 EXAMPLES. 8°. 296 pp., original silk bindings with various patterns.
(1: Very Good. 2: Very light water staining, binding slightly discoloured with remaining of an old paper label, old Ottoman annotations on the front loose endpaper. 3: sporadic staining, old owner’s signatures on the front loose endpaper and title page, binding slightly scuffed around the spine with tiny loss of material, repaired cracks in the gutters inside. 4: First blank page and title page with two photographs cut from 1920s magazines and representing fashionable women, a stamp and signatures by Hamza Osman Erkan (1897- 1968), a Turkish economist, old Ottoman annotations, spine srecked with tiny loss of material. Overall in a good condition).
Burhan Cahit MORKAYA (1892 – 1949).
Istanbul: Burhan Cahit ve Şürekâsı Matbaası 1927.
2 EXAMPLES. 8°. 339 pp., original silk binding, golden label with embossed title on the cover, original patterned end-papers
(Very Good, spines slightly discoloured, 1: cracked in the gutter after the title page. 2: signed by the author).
A collection of 6 Ottoman books on modern Turkish women is bound in original silk bindings with vivid 1920s patterns, which emphasize the presence of a woman as a central motif.
This is a collection of six Ottoman books on women with repeating titles Ayten [female name], here present in 2 examples, and Niçin Aldatırlarmış… (Why are They Cheating…), present in 4 examples. All the books are bound in original silk bindings, a material at the time used for female dresses.
The text in both titles focuses on the roles of a modern strong young woman in the post-Ottoman period and changes in the traditional social structure. After the foundation of the Turkish Republic women gained a series of revolutionary new rights, which enabled them the enjoyment of the western 1920s lifestyle.
Although frowned upon by traditionalists, who preferred the old Ottoman system, many Turkish men saw this female emancipation as exciting and even erotic. The authors of our texts embraced the subject of the new women’s liberation in Turkey with much enthusiasm and curiosity.
A woman as a central motif is emphasized by soft silk book-bindings with fashionable patterns, which are made of material, used for contemporary women’s dresses, what gives the books an additional erotic connotation.
Books in Focus
The book Niçin Aldatırlarmış… or Why do They Cheat… discusses the reasons, why women cheat on their husbands and men on their wives. The women in this text are put on the same level as the men and cheating on a partner is considered as equally common with both sexes.
The other book is the first edition of a novel by a late Ottoman / early Turkish author Burhan Cahit Morkaya (1892-1949), Ayten, is a story of a strong, educated and sporty woman Ayten and her independent approach towards men. The novel was a typical example of the new, progressive Turkish literature, which started in the last years of the Ottoman Empire, and promoted emancipated women.
References: 1: OCLC 162431035, 1003499927, 22198921. ÖZEGE 15468. 2: OCLC 898423132 & 283804816. Nüket ESEN, Modern Türk Edebiyatı Üzerine Okumalar, 2016.