[A RARE HISTORY AND ACCOUNT & DESCRIPTION OF KASHGAR (KASHI), SOUTHERN XINJIANG OF CHINA] Kasgar tarihi: Bais-i hayret ahvâl-i garîbesi.

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MEHMED ATIF

 

Mihran Matbaasi., Istanbul, [H.: 1300], 1884.

Original full lether bdg. Roy. 8vo. (24 x 17 cm). In Ottoman script. 464 p. With special block-printed endpapers with patterns in a dark-red combination. A "Luzac & Co." bookseller label on block-printed paper.

First Edition of an early account of Kashgar (Kashi), Southern Xinjiang of China.

A delegation was sent to the region in 1874 by the Ottoman State at the request of Kashgar ruler Yakub Khan against the politics of Turkestan of Russia. This delegation had Military Officer Ali Kâzim Bey, Infantry officer Mehmed Yusuf Bey, Çerkes Yusuf Bey, and Ismâil Hakki Bey. Ismâil Hakki Bey wrote a book including an account of their Kashgar travel, which also contains the events that they witnessed, and that he also transferred these impressions and memoirs to Mehmed Atif Efendi.

At the beginning of his work, Atif Bey, who provided ethnographic and geographical information to Kashgar, then conveys the wide and detailed history of the region, starting with the Hegira [i.e. Islamic Migration]. He writes about the struggles of Turks in the region with China and the complete history of the region until the work was written from its beginning. The work also has an important place in terms of Ismail Hakki Bey and his Turkish delegation, conveying his descriptions, account of Kashgar, and their travels.

OCLC 13298608.; 976570260.; Not in Özege. First Edition.

(Sources: "Kasgar tarihi", Atif, Mehmet, Prep. by Ismail Aka, Vehbi Günay, Cahit Telci.; "Binbasi Ismail Hakki Bey'in Kasgar'a Dâir eseri", Yusuf Halaçoglu - Kafesoglu Hatira Sayisi).

 

History Kashi (China) Kashgar Turkestan Asia Xinjiang Travel