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TRAVELOGUE / MIDDLE EAST & INDIA: سياحت ژورنالى. يستانبولسن بغداده و هندستانه من سنه ١٣٠٠ الى ١٣٠٤



[Seyahat Jurnali. İstanbul’dan Bağdat’a ve Hindistan’a. Sene 1300 ila 1304 / Travelogue. From Istanbul to Baghdad and Istanbul. From 1883-1887].


8°, 119 pp. with 12 interleaved black and white plates and one double-page plate, original yellow cloth boards with gilt and black lettering and decoration, later calf spine with gilt lettering, later marbled endpapers (minor foxing, endpapers slightly tool small, boards slightly dusty and rubbed, but overall in a good condition).


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An uncommon book in Ottoman language by Ali Bey, Ottoman governor and director of the Ottoman Public Debt Administration, is a travelogue from Istanbul to Mumbai through Baghdad.

The author traveled by boat to Izmir and Mersin and then took a difficult land route through Anatolia, through Aleppo, Cizre to Mosul, Samarra, Adamiyah, Baghdad, Kadhimiya, Musayib and Karbala, Tāq Kasrā, Hillah, Babylon and several other Iraqi cities on the way to Basrah. Ali Bey described all the cities and historical sites, which he visited on the way.

He also delineated the coastal cities on the route, such as Bandar Bushehr, Bandar Abbas and Muscat, and Karachi. After a stormy travel, the author finally arrived to Mumbai, where he describes the city and various inhabitants, such as Muslims, Hindus and Portuguese. From Mumbai the author travelled back home through Aden and the Suez Canal.

The photographs showcase: Ayvalık, Izmir, Mersin, Aleppo with various views, Diyarbakır, Mosul, houses, palaces and inhabitants of Mumbai, and Aden as the last city on the way back.

Ali Bey served as a governor (vali) of Iraq, Elâzığ, Varna and Trabzon, before he became a director of the Ottoman Public Debt Administration (Düyun-u Umumiye) in 1890. He was also a member of the Health Council and the first secretary of the Directorate of Quarantine.

Ali Bey was also active as an author. He wrote several humoristic articles for the Diyojen (ديوژن) magazine and was a great contributor to the late Ottoman theatre playwrighting. He cooperated with the Gedik Paşa Theater (Gedikpaşa Tiyatrosu), founded in 1866, who was the first one in the Ottoman Empire, to preform plays by Turkish writers and authors. For his humorous stage plays Ali Bay is often referred to as “Ottoman Molière” (Osmanlıların Molière’i). In 1897 he authored the first dictionary on the sarcastic meaning of words in the Ottoman Empire Language of Realities (Lehçetü’l Hakayık).

A reprint of the book was made in 2019.

References: OCLC 602878049, 56944884, 745146304, 879555766 (eBook).

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