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SYRIA – ALEPPO / MIDDLE EAST / OTTOMAN CARTOGRAPHY: حلب ولآيت [Halep Viayet / Vilayet Aleppo]


Postcard. Lithography in colour (Very Good, slightly age-toned, verso small later annotations in the corner, a tiny piece of corner missing) 13 x 9 cm (5.11 x 3.5 inches).

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A rare, well designed postcard map shows the Ottoman vilayet Aleppo, in today’s Syria, around 1910, on the eve of WWI and just before the construction of the Baghdad Railway through the city in 1912.


Military Press Tüccarzâde İbrahim Hilmi


İbrahim Hilmi Çığıraçan (d 1876, Tulçe town, Romania – June 12, 1963, Istanbul), born in Tulcea, today in Romania, was one of the first publishers in the Ottoman Empire. Opening his publishing shop in 1896 in Istanbul, under the name Kitaphane-i Islami (Islamic Library), Hilmi Bey started publishing mostly religious books.

Under the Young Turks regime, in the Second Constitutional Era, he became interested in military, geography and history, and changed the name of the press to Kitaphane-i İslam ve Askeri (Islamic and Military Library). Hilmi Bey published about 200 military books in 15 years. He was also publishing school books, which were during the war often sent for free to poor children in Anatolia.

The first big loss for Hilmi’s workshop was the governmental change of the Ottoman letters for the Latin ones and a law, that all the law and school books should be printed by the government. During his lifetime Hilmi published more than 1000 books on history, literature, politics, religion and social issues.

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