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OTTOMAN SCHOOL ATLAS: [Orta Atlas / Middle Atlas]



The first modern middle school atlas for children in Turkey was published in 1928 in Istanbul by a Turkish geographer and a founder of the department for Geography at the Istanbul University Faik Sabri Duran.

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A beautifully designed thematic and geographic atlas for education of children in Turkish middle schools, was made in 1928 by a Turkish cartographer Faik Sabri Duran and was the first Turkish atlas for middle schools, based on the western educational system.

The geographer Faik Sabri Duran was born in Üsküdar, Istanbul in 1882. He studied geography at the Sorbonne and was active in publishing articles for different magazines. He returned to Istanbul in 1912, but was invited to Germany as cartographer during WWI. With a German professor Erich Obst Duran established a department for Geography at the Istanbul University. He received 10 awards for his work by the sultan Abdülhamit. Duran participated at the First Geography Congress in 1941 and was one of the founders of the Turkish Geography Institute.After 1920 Duran spent a lot of time in Paris and London.


Faik Sabri Duran was an author of many books and atlases, which were the first modern school atlases for children. Duran believed in visual education and also included some tematical maps, based on the drafts he learned in his travelling abroad.

Faik Sabri Duran also insisted on same education of geography for boys and girls.

This is a rare first edition of the atlas. The second edition in Latin script was published in 1934. 

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