[19TH CENTURY OTTOMAN POLITICAL UTOPIA] Turfanda mi yoksa turfa mi? Millî roman. [i.e. The First Crop or the Carrion]
MIZANCI MEHMED MURAD, (1854-1917), Mahmud Bey Matbaasi, [Istanbul, AH 1308] = 1891.
Contemporary brown half leather, five raised bands to the spine, including title and decorations. Slight fading on spine and stains on the first pages. Demy 8vo. (21 x 14 cm). In Ottoman script (Old Turkish with Arabic letters). 420 p.
Rare first edition of this utopian novel, in which he tells the reasons that led to the destruction of the Ottoman Empire and the remedies for recovery through the idealist protagonist Mansur Bey.
The word "Turfanda" is the name given to the vegetables and fruits that grow first and early in their season in Turkish culture. The origin of word in Turkish culture comes from the city of Turfan in China, where fruits and vegetables were first grown in Central Asia and Turkestan by Turks.
Mizanci Murad [or Murat] was an Ottoman monarchist, democrat, historian, and politician, who was renowned for his work on reviving the concept of Ottomanism during the Second Constitutional Era.
Özege 21333.; OCLC has no first edition with its correct imprint details. (Utopias from the Middle East 8).