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HAJJ / TATAR PRINTING IN FINLAND: حاج حاطره لرى [Hac hatıreleri / Memories of the Hajj]

550.00

 

2 Volumes, both 8°, 20th century green cloth binding with lettering on the cover and spine.

Vol. 1: [2] frontispiece and title page printed in green and black, 94 pp. mimeographed text with black and white illustrations, [6] with a portrait, original illustrated wrappers. Vol 2: [2], 89 pp., mimeographed text with black and white illustrations, 6 illustrations printed on colour paper, [2], original illustrated wrappers. (sporadic leaves loose, paper slightly age-toned, old price written in the inner side of the back covers, in vol pp. 71-72 bound in twice, otherwise in a good condition).

 

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An attractive publication in two volumes, combining colour printing and colour leaves was elaborately made by the author upon his return from the Hajj in 1968.

The text describes his travelling through the Beirut, Bagdad and Cairo to Mecca and is accompanied with images of buildings, monuments, maps and documents.

 

Hasan Hamidulla (1895-1988) was a Finland-based Tatar publisher, writer and entrepreneur. He was born in Nizhny Novgorod and moved with this father to Finland in 1915. In 1926 and 1927 Hasan served a military service in Turkey, after which he returned to Finland, where he was running a business with batteries and radios. In 1950 he moved to Helsinki.

From the mid 1920s on, Hasan was publishing books and magazines in Tatar language and was distributing them for free to the Muslim immigrants. He was closely involved with the Islamic religious centers in Finland and outside its borders.

All the publications were printed or mimeographed by the author in his private press in limited editions and today rarely appear on the market and no or only sporadic examples survive in the institutions.

Our examples come from an outstandingly curated private collection of unusual Tatar and Turkic printing and are bound in attractive privately made cloth binding.

 

We could find two examples of the books on Worldcat (Universiteitsbibliotheek Leiden, Orient-Institut Istanbul).

References: OCLC 503076365, 1030932787, 1030932593. Harry HALÉN, A Bibliographical Survey of the Publishing Activities of the Turkic Minority in Finland, 1979, no. 12.

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