WELLS (CHARLES) Ilm Tedbiri Milk. "The Science of the Administration of a State":, or Essay on Political Economy, in Turkish, Being the First Ever Written in that Language, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED, 1860
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WELLS (CHARLES) Ilm Tedbiri Milk. "The Science of the Administration of a State":, or Essay on Political Economy, in Turkish, Being the First Ever Written in that Language, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY INSCRIBED, 1860
£600 - 800
US$ 950 - 1,300

Lot Details
WELLS (CHARLES)
Ilm Tedbiri Milk. "The Science of the Administration of a State", or Essay on Political Economy, in Turkish, Being the First Ever Written in that Language, AUTHOR'S PRESENTATION COPY, inscribed "To the Royal Society of Literature with the author's compliments" on front free endpaper, 88 pages of lithographed text in Arabic letter, printed in red and black, publisher's purple cloth gilt (with "Bone & Son" binder's ticket), g.e., spine fading and rubbed at extremities [Atabey 1325; not in Blackmer], 8vo, Williams and Norgate, 1860

Footnotes

  • Charles Wells was an Arabist and Turkish scholar at King's College, London (where he won a prize for this composition), and author of The Literature Of The Turks (1891). Wells had the work attractively lithographed in red and black "in the running hand of the Turks, very different from print, [as] I knew few if any printers in England could read it" (Preface). See illustration overleaf.
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