Various Authors. Ahmet İHSAN TOKGÖZ (1868 – 1942), editor.
Servet-i-Funoun-Illustration Ottomane. Politique, Littéraire et Commercial. (Nos. 225 – 234).
Constantinople: 22 June 1311 – 24 August 1311 (3 July 1895 – 5 September 1895).
Folio. 10 pp., ; 8 pp.; 8 pp.; 8 pp.; l2 pp.; 8 pp.; 8 pp.; 8 pp.; 8 pp.; 8 pp. With illustrations within text.
Bound together in contemporary red calf-backed cloth, blind-stamped spine with gilt title.
Condition report. Magazines in a good clean condition, with occasional light staining and foxing and one or two clean longer tears, some small tears in margins. Front endpaper torn, endpapers repaired in the gutter. Binding worn at spine ends and corners with pieces of spine missing.
Servet-i Fünun ( ثروت ف نون ) or Wealth of Knowledge was a famous Ottoman magazine, published between 1891 and 1944. Starting as an illustrated with scientific articles and reports, accompanied with humour and literature, it soon turned into a leading literary magazine, publishing modern Ottoman poetry and literature. The group of authors, which gathered around the magazine between 1896 and 1901, passed into the history of literature under titles “New Literature” or the “Servet-i Fünun Lietrarure”. These issues promote the western technology, especially in Germany, who at the time became the major ally of the Ottoman Empire. The interleaved hand coloured map shows the Kiel Kanal, finished in 1895, in the year of publication of our set of magazines. Other articles include texts on fashion, contemporary literature, medicine, artists on the Opera of Pera, archeological findings, an operation in the Constantinople hospital performed by Djémil
Bey, breastfeeding and babies, China, the work of draining the harbours and building new quays, new methods of farming, the Sudanese display at the Paris Exposition, the workings of the Kodak camera; the Khedive’s yacht, Séfaï-Bahir, and its interior, Turkish cyclists with their bicycles, the brick-making factory of Keuk-sou, thermal baths, a textile factory making ﬂannel etc.
References: Orhan OKAY, Turkish Literature During the Reform Period. In: Ottoman Civilization, 2, 2009, pp.581ff.