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OTTOMAN EMPIRE / BOOK BINDING

1,340.00

 

A highly decorative Ottoman portfolio with initials from the circle or institution of sultan Abdul Hamid II.

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Large 4°. Green morocco binding with gilt embossed decoration, dark green calf spine, inside white silk paper pastedowns (slightly rubbed and stained, white paper inside with minor foxing, otherwise in a good condition).
 


An elegant Ottoman portfolio, bound in green morocco and richly decorated with gilt tooling, bears a supralibros with Ottoman coat of arms and initials CH, accompanied with a crown.  

The lettering can be attributed to a royal bookbinder of sultan Abdul Hamid II, whose initials AH on book bindings in red morocco are identical in details to ours.  

The portfolio possibly belonged not to a person, but to one of the many royal palaces or institutions, founded by Abdul Hamid II. The sultan was known for his generous foundations of numberless libraries and offices, which would have a right to use a royal crown on the book bindings.

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