anon. Pocket Atlas - Jab Atlasi
Tüccarzâde İbrahim Hilmi Çığıraçan Istanbul 1324 = 1908
colour printed atlas; overall 7,5 x 10 cm. cover: red cloth; some wear and tear; back hinge slightly broken; o/w vg cond. maps very clean; one map split; o/w vg cond.
A small world atlas in Ottoman script, dated 1324 which equals 1908. It consists of title page, 26 text pages, 2 illustrations and 35 map published by Tüccarzâde İbrahim Hilmi Çığıraçan for Military Press Scarce!
Military Press and 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.
*Young Turks (Turkish: Jön Türkler, from French: Les Jeunes Turcs) was a Turkish nationalist party in the early 20th century that consisted of Ottoman exiles, students, civil servants, and army officers. They favoured the replacement of the Ottoman Empire's absolute monarchy with a constitutional government. Later, their leaders led a rebellion against the absolute rule of Sultan Abdul Hamid II in the 1908 Young Turk Revolution which also led to the genocide of Armenians and other minority groups. With this revolution, the Young Turks helped to establish the Second Constitutional Era in 1908, ushering in an era of multi-party democracy for the first time in the country's history. [W]
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