[EXTREMELY RARE AMERICA MAPS IN OTTOMAN FOLIO ATLAS] Yeni cografya atlasi. [i.e. New Geographical Atlas].

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MIRLIVA ALI SEREF PASA, (1840-1907).; [AHMET] MUHITTIN [ERGÜVEN], (1883-1969). 

[Darüt-Tibaatü'l-Âmîre] Matbaa-i Âmîre., Istanbul, [1307-1310 AH - 1309-1312 AR - 1892-1894 AD].

First and Only Edition of this extremely rare Ottoman folio atlas including 42 fine chromo-lithographed maps. The present copy is the most complete with 42 maps. (Index shows 40; two copies in Worldcat have 40 and 41 maps located at Leiden and University of Chicago).

This atlas was published by the Matbaa-i Amire [i.e. Government Publishing House], a press that was the successor of Ibrahim Müteferrika's workshop. Almost every map has descriptive text (except for five) and is dated between 1892 to 1896. This atlas includes seven rare and attractive America maps (Amerika-yi Simâlî [i.e. North America], Amerika-yi Cenûbî [i.e. South America], Pasifik [i.e. the Pacific Ocean with North and South America], Kanada [i.e. Canada and North America], Cemahîr-i Müttefika-yi Amerika [i.e. United States of America], Meksika ve Antiller [i.e. Mexico and the Caribbean Sea], and Antil Adalari [i.e. the Antilles]). In addition, the atlas starts with a fine color world map. Then the Southern and Northern Hemispheres were depicted as well as with separate maps of Europe, Australia, Asia, Russia, Scandinavia, Africa (South with Madagascar, North, and West), Japan and Korea, Arabian Peninsula, etc which are very detailed.

The cartographer, Ali Seref, or Hafiz Ali Seref (or Esref) Pasha (1840-1907) was an Ottoman soldier and mapmaker who was schooled in Paris as a cartographer around 1862. While in Paris he published his first atlas with 22 maps, called the Yeni atlas. Upon his return to Istanbul, he became the chief cartographer at the Matbaa-i Amire Printing Press in Beyazit.

Contemporary cloth bdg. Mounted original pictorial front and back covers with chippings on extremities on contemporary black cloth. Maps are in excellent condition. Overall a very good copy. Folio. (40 x 31 cm). In Ottoman script (Old Turkish with Arabic letters). 42 chromo-lithographed maps on 84 unnumbered pages.

Özege 22999.; OCLC (Only two copies) 902814729, 1250316703.