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Author
FERRIOL, Charles de.
Title
Wahreste und neueste Abbildung des Türckischen Hofes...
Published
Nuremberg, Adam Jonathan Felssecker for Chrisoph Weigel, 1719
Description
4to. (16), 112 pp. Title printed in red and black, 65 numbered full-page costume plates by Chr. Weigel, all in fine contemporary hand-colouring, 2 folding engraved plates with figs. I-III. Contemporary calf (re-backed and re-cornered; the original leather pasted over, lightly shaved) FIRST EDITION of the translation into German of this Turkish costume book. The series of plates is based on paintings made for the Count Charles de Ferriol, Marquis d'Argental (1637-1722), French ambassador to the Porte in Constantinople, by Jean Baptiste de Mour or Vanmour (1671-1737), a Flemish-French painter, remembered for his detailed portrayal of life in the Ottoman Empire and the rule of Sultan Ahmed III. His work attracted the attention of Marquis de Ferriol and he was invited to go to Constantinople when De Ferriol was appointed there as the French Ambassador in 1699. It was De Ferriol who commissioned Van Mour to do one hundred portraits of the local people, engravings of which he published in the Recueil de cent estampes representant differentes nations du Levant [...] mis au jour [...] par les soins de M. [Jacques]Le Hay (Paris 1714). - The book had a great influence in Western Europe and was published in at least five languages. The plates have been copied and/or adapted innumerable times for illustrative purposes, and the work has also been used as a pattern book for the many manuscript albums of costume plates sold to travellers in Constantinople and other cities of the Levant. - This first edition of the German translation of the 'Explication' of Jacques Le Hay is illustrated with copies in reverse and on a smaller scale of the plates of the Recueil, engraved by Christian Weigel. A second volume (with the plates 66-100 and 10 more plates of Greek costumes) was published later, in 1721 and is much rarer. Later German editions appeared in 1723 and 1789. The 1789 edition does not contain as many plates as the earlier editions. - Good copy, showing only minor soiling.

Coloured plates in order:

1. Der Gross - Sultan 1.
2. Der Gross - Sultan 2.
3. Sultane Asseki.
4. Kislar - Agassi.
5. Capi - Aga.
6. Ibriktar - Agassi.
7. Seliktar - Agasi.
8. Ich - Oglan.
9. Peik.
10. Zulufli - Baltadgi.
11. Beulouk - Bachi.
12. Ast - Chi.
13. Halvadgi.
14. Bach - Chiaoux.
15. Capidgi - Bachi.
16. Soulak - Bachi.
17. Soulak.
18. Bostangi - Bachi.
19. Kasseki.
20. Moufti.
21. Cadi - Leskier.
22. Emir.
23. Imam.
24. Effendi.
25. Dervich.
26. Saka.
27. Vezir - Azem.
28. Chatir.
29. Jannisar - Agassi.
30. Tchorbadgi.
31. Ast - Chi - Bachi.
32. Jannisar.
33. Jannisar.
34. Spahis.
35. Serdinguesti.
36. Capoutan - Bacha.
37. Bey.
38. Leventi.
39. Aga.
40. Tchelebi.
41. Ein Turck im Winter - Habit.
42. Ein bethender Turcke.
43. Ein verliebter Turcke...
44. Ein Turckischer Knabe der beschnitten werden soll.
45. Ein Turckisches Frauen - Zimmer so aus der Sophia Taback raucht.
46. Ein Schlafendes Turckisches frauen - Zimmer nach dem Bade.
47. Eine Spinnende Turckin.
48. Eine Turckin so Caffe trinckt.
49. Eine Turckin so sich die Haare im bade flechten lasset
50. Eine auf den Canon spielende Turckin.
51. Eine auf der Tehegour spielende Turckin.
52. Eine stickenden Turckin.
53. Mit Bohnen spielende Turckinnen.
54. Tchinguis.
55. Tchingui.
56. Ein herumgehender Caffe - Verkauffer.
57. Halvadgi.
58. Ein herumgehender Barbier.
59. Saka, ein Wasser - Trager.
60. Dgi - Gverdi.
61. Ein Europoeischer Kauffman in Constantinopel.
62. Eine Europoeische Kauffmans - frau, so ins Bad gehet.
63. Ein Jude in Constantinopel.
64. Eine gepuzte Judin in Constantiopel.
65. Eine Judische Macklerin so denen Turckischen...
References
Atabey 430-1. Blackmer 592. Colas 1821. Lipperheide 1415. Cf. Cohen-de Ricci 392 (first French edition of 1714-15).
Hand coloured plates
65
Binding/Size
M=4to
Category
Arabasia, Costume
Value
$5,001-25,000
Stock ID
1279