The History of the Turkish Empire by RYCAUT, Paul (1628-1700).

RYCAUT, Paul (1628-1700).

The History of the Turkish Empire from the year 1623. to the year 1677. Containing the reigns of the three last emperours, viz. Sultan Morat or Amurat IV. Sultan Ibrahim, and Sultan Mahomet IV. his son, the XIII. emperour now reigning. By Paul Rycaut Esq; late Consul of Smyrna. London, John Macock for John Starkey, 1680.

First Edition. Folio (294 x 170 mm), engraved portrait frontispiece and pp. [vi], 89, [1], 336, [16] index and advertisements, with one other full-page engraved plate and three full page engravings within the text, in modern buckram, spine ruled in gilt with red label lettered in gilt, with numerous library stamps of Dorset County Library, withdrawn.

A working copy in a sturdy modern binding of Paul Rycaut’s fascinating work on the Turkish empire: ‘An extremely important and influential work, which provides the fullest account of Ottoman affairs during the 17th century’ (Blackmer). Sir Paul Rycaut was a considerable scholar and much respected in his day. Rycaut was first sent to Turkey in 1661 as private secretary to Heneage Finch, British Ambassador to Constantinople, and remained there for some years before being appointed as the British Consul and factor at Smyrna. The frontispiece portrait of Rycaut is after Sir Peter Lely. The other illustrations are portraits of the Ottoman Sultans Murad IV, Ibrahim and Mehmed IV and a depiction of an enormous decorated palm presented to the prince on the occasion of his circumcision. A separate title to the second part reads ‘The Memoirs of Paul Rycaut, Esq; Containing the History of the Turks, from the Year 1660 to the Year 1678. With the most Remarkable Passages Relating to the English Trade in the space of Eighteen Years’, London, John Starkey, 1779.

Wing R2406; ESTC r7369.

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