The author Mehmet Emin Derviş Paşa (1817-1878) studied engineering in Istanbul, London and Paris. After his return to the Ottoman Empire he became a teacher of physics, engineering, geometry and chemistry at the Military and Medical Schools. In 1863, Mehmet Emin Derviş Paşa became the first professor of modern applied physics at the Istanbul University.
This book, being the first printed book on modern physics in the Ottoman Empire, gathered the contemporary Western knowledge on hydraulics, compass, sound, gravitation, pressure, temperature, light, camera obscura, projections, optics, use of mirrors, telescope, surveying with modern equipment, electricity, lightnings and natural phenomena in the sky.
The book includes 24 folding plates, which the bibliography of the Ottoman printed books, written by Özege, fails to mention. We have encountered several incomplete examples on the market.
Note on Rarity
The book is very rare. There were two editions of the book, ours, dated 1281(1865) on the last text page, and a second, 1287 (1871) edition, printed by Mekteb-i Sanayi Matbaası.
We could only trace one example of this first edition (The British Library, OCLC 1064656565) and three examples of the second edition (Leiden University Libraries, Princeton University Library, OCLC 49368193 and National Library of Israel, OCLC 1285864743).
References: OCLC 1064656565; ÖZEGE 22161.