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Ottoman Book of International Naval Flags: دولت عليه عثمانيه سنجاقلريله دول اجنبيه بانديره لرينى حاوي البومدر

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[Devlet-i Âliye-i Osmaniye Sancaklarıyla Düvel-i Ecnebiye Bandıralarını Hâvi Albümdür / Album of the Flags of the Sanjaks of the Ottoman Empire and Foreign Countries]

 

A rare and lavishly illustrated Ottoman folio book depicting the naval flags, jacks and standards of 50 nations as they appeared on the eve of World War I, published in Constantinople by the Ottoman Navy Office.

 

Folio: [1] title and [129 pp.] starting on the title page verso, with odd page numbers (right-side) blank, except of page no 1, two pages numbered with 19, after that every even page blank, page 63 followed by p. 70, 67, 66, 71, 68, 69, 74, 71; p. 86 instead of 90; after 94 pages wrongly numbered starting with 91. IRREGULAR PAGINATION, BUT COMPLETE, featuring 66 full-page colour lithographed plates, some with details heightened in gold and silver (pages printed single-sided with blank versos, save for first plate which is printed on verso of title), modern red calf with gilt debossed decoration and title, mimicking the printed title from the title page (Good, minor staining, title page slightly stained with old repaired tears, glue stains and two mounted printed annotations, irregular pagination corrected with mounted page numbers).

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This Ottoman folio work features 66 resplendently-coloured full-page plates depicting the naval flags, jacks and standards of 50 nations as they appeared on the eve of World War I. It was published in Constantinople in 1913 by the Ottoman Navy Office. In addition to being affine decorative work, the book would have been of vital practical use to Turkish mariners during the upcoming global conflict, where it would have been critical to distinguish friend form foe at sea.

The work depicts the naval flags of the Ottoman Empire, Argentina, German Empire, United States of America, Austro-Hungarian Empire, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Ecuador, Great Britain, Uruguay, Italy, Persia, Brazil, Belgium, Bulgaria, Bolivia, Peru, Paraguay, Portugal, Tunis, Chinese Empire, Dominican Republic, Denmark, Russian Empire, Romania, Japan, Siam, Chile, Serbia, El Salvador, Morocco, Guatemala, France, Netherlands, Colombia, Costa Rica, Korea, Liberia, Cuba, Belgian Congo, Mexico, Monaco, Norway, Venezuela, Nicaragua, Honduras, Haiti, Greece and Montenegro. For the more important naval powers, numerous standards are list, along textual explanations.

Worldcat lists four institutional examples (University of Cambridge, Princeton University
Library, Deutsches Schiffahrtsmuseum – Bremerhaven, Library of Congress).

References: OCLC 835394978, 79565895, 41126647, 956435641.

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