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Ottoman Manuscript on Shipbuilding

3,200.00

 

A unique Ottoman manuscript on modern shipbuilding

 

Small 4°, [64 pp.] manuscript in black ink with annotations in pencil, drawings in pancil and water-colours, unbound (minor staining and folds in corners, some pages loose, but otherwise in a good condition).

 

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A unfinished unique manuscript by an anonymous author with eye-catching vignette and drawings is a late 19th century Ottoman translation of a British, German or French work on ship-building. According to the introduction it was commissioned by sultan, possibly as a project of the modernization of the army and the navy, which started with the Tanzimat just before the middle of the 19th centuy.

The translations in the late Ottoman empire were of high significance, as they brought first-hand information from the West to mostly Muslim controlled country and press. They were highly influential for the further development of knowledge and researches.

We could not establish, if the translation was ever finished or printed.

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