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NEALE, Frederick Arthur.

Turkey and the Turks;

or Historical Sketches of the Rise, Progress, and Present Condition of the Ottoman Empire.

Published: London: James Madden, 1854

Stock code: 105420

Price: £850

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Early re-issue of Neale’s Islamism: its Rise and Progress (1854), with the addition of four costume plates, a cancel general title, and no title page to volume II. Uncommon in either issue, nine copies as here on OCLC, but none in the UK where Copac records six sets of the first issue. “The work is basically a history of Islam and includes the Arab caliphates, the Saracens, the Moslems in India, as well as the Ottoman Empire. It is carried up to the Crimean War and also contains an account of the Greek revolution … Neale was in the diplomatic service and had served in the Far East – Siam, Sumatra, Penang – as well as South Africa, Palestine and Turkey” (Blackmer).

2 volumes octavo, bound as one. Original red cloth, title gilt to the spine together with a panel incorporating a fountain, trophy of “Oriental” arms and two falcons, wide, ornate blind panels to both boards, large fountain centre-tool, gilt to the front, and in blind to the back, all edges gilt, pale yellow endpapers. Hand-coloured frontispiece and one other plate to each volume. Somewhat rubbed and soiled, but sound, hinges carefully repaired, light browning to the text-block, certainly about very good and not unattractive.

Bibliography: Atabey 862 for the earlier issue; Blackmer 1188

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