[WORLD HISTORY BY HADJI KHALIFA] Fezleke-i Kâtib Chelebi. 2 volumes set.

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Ceride-i Havadis Matbaasi., [AH 1286-1287] = [AD 1869-1870], Ist.

Original handsome 1/3 leather bdgs. with attractive decorations at spines. A chipped on the second, and a period label on the first volume's spines. Spines are not homogeneous in their artistic style. Roy. 8vo. (24 x 17 cm). In Ottoman script. 2 volumes set: (412 p.; 398 p.). Katip Çelebi was the celebrated Ottoman-Turkish polymath and leading literary author of the 17th-century Ottoman Empire. He compiled a vast universal encyclopedia, the famous Kashf az-Zunûn, and wrote many treatises and essays. “A deliberate and impartial historian... of extensive learning", Franz Babinger hailed him "the greatest encyclopaedist among the Ottomans.". His father was a sipahi (cavalrist) and silâhdâr (sword bearer) of the Sublime Porte and secretary in the Anadolı muhasebesi (financial administration) in Istanbul. His mother came from a wealthy Istanbul family. From age five or six he began learning the Qur'ân, Arabic grammar and calligraphy, and at the age of fourteen, his father found him a clerical position in the imperial financial bureaucracy. He taught medicine, geography, geometry, the Si fasl ('Thirty Sections') and the Bîst bâb ('Twenty Chapters') on the astrolabe, Elements of Accidence, al-Fanârî, the Shamsîya on logic, Jâmî, Mukhtasar, Farâ'id, Multaqâ, Durar, and Ali Qushji's treatises titled al-Muhammadiya on arithmetic and al-Fathîya on astronomy. He wrote his teaching method was “to enter every plurality by way of unity, and to master first principles by comprehending universals. The astronomer Mevlana Mehmed ibn Ahmed Rumi al-Aqhisar was among those who attended his lectures. His research ranged across lexicology, fiqh (jurisprudence), logic, rhetoric, tafsīr (Qur'ânic exegesis) and hadîth (Qur'ânic tradition), mathematics, medicine, mysteries of religion, astronomy, genealogy, history and chronicling. This work titled Fadlaka, is a world history, written in Arabic, continuing a tradition of world histories started in the late 10th/16th century, arranged by dynasties. The last representative of this tradition seems to be Müneccimbasi (d. 1113/1702). Hadji Khalifa mentions Cenabi's chronicle (d. 999/1590) explicitly as the model, while Mehmed b. Mehmed's (d. 1050/1640) Nuhbetü't-tevarih is another important source. The reason for the emergence of this distinct historiographical form among the Ottomans more or less throughout the 12th/18th century is unknown. Just as Müneccimbasi's work in its Arabic version never found a wider audience, Hadji Khalifa's work, which covers history from creation to the year 1000/1592 did not make an impact. Though the work appears to be largely a compilation, a few presumably original chapters deal with rebels in Islam from the Kharijites to the Celalis, and with historiography and chronology. An index of names is also included, while the announced bibliography is missing. (Sources: Historians of the Ottoman Empire - University of Chicago / Wikipedia). OCLC lists only three sets: 1030930786, 1030930787 (One copy as a  set in Orient-Institut in Istanbul); 634635343, 634635657 (Two copies as a set in Berlin and München).; Özege 5707. First Edition. Extremely rare as a set.