[HAMIDIAN ERA PERIODICAL BY ARMENIAN BOOKSELLER] Mekteb: Her on bes günde Persembe günleri nesrolunur edebî, hikemî ve fennî risâle. [i.e. School: Literary, scientific treatise published on Thursdays every fifteen days]
KARABET KESISYAN [THE BOOKSELLER], (Owned by), (1850-1911), Mahmud Bey Matbaasi, Istanbul, [AH 1307] = 1891.
COMPLETE TITLE: [HAMIDIAN ERA PERIODICAL BY ARMENIAN BOOKSELLER] Mekteb: Her on bes günde Persembe günleri nesrolunur edebî, hikemî ve fennî risâle. [i.e. School: Literary, scientific treatise published on Thursdays every fifteen days]. Edited by Ismail Hakki [Eldem] and Ebülfeyyaz Hakki
Contemporary half leather and quarter bdg. Two volumes. Five raised bands to the spine. Gilt lettering on compartments. Wear on the spine of the first volume. A label on the second's spine. Occasionally slight stains on thin papers. Overall very good volumes. 4to. (27 x 19 cm). In Ottoman script (Old Turkish with Arabic letters).
Extremely rare 29 issues of the second and third years in two volumes of this rare Hamidian period (1876-1908) Ottoman periodical, devoted to the circulation of contemporary prose and poetry, as well as criticism, Mekteb was edited by Ismail Hakki from 1891 to 1894, followed by Ebülfeyyaz Hakki from 1894-1898. The magazine was a particularly important voice for the Servet-i Fünun [i.e. The Wealth of the Sciences] generation of writers. Weekly; 26 Temmuz 1307 [8 August 1891] - 30 Kanun-i Sanî 1313 [12 February 1898].
This periodical was published by Ottoman-Armenian bookseller, publisher, and printer Karabet Kesisyan Efendi (Garabed Keshishian, 1850-1911), who is a prominent Armenian figure in the history of Ottoman printing. As a prolific and enterprising figure, he was one of the most famous printers of the Hamidian Era (1876-1909). His contributions in this field reflect the sociocultural changes that occurred gradually in the Ottoman Empire in the nineteenth century. His printing house published mostly Turkish language textbooks and became the sole provider for the Turkish military and civil schools from 1889 until the beginning of the twentieth century.