[FIRST BENJAMIN FRANKLIN BIOGRAPHY IN ISLAMIC WORLD] Benjamin Franklin.
EBÜZZIYA TEVFIK, (1849-1913).
Matbaa-yi Ebüzziya., Kostantiniyye [Constantinople - Istanbul], [1307 AH] = 1890.
Third Edition of this scarce first biography of Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) in the Islamic world, published as the 81st book of the Ebüzziya Tevfik Printing House, founded by Ottoman / Turkish journalist Ebüzziya Tevfik (1849-1913).
This brief biography of Franklin was initially published in Turkish, compiled by the Turkish publisher, journalist, printer, and intellectual Ebüzziya, who advocated freedom and westernization against the oppressive regime of Ottoman sultan Abdülhamid II (1842-1918).
Ebüzziya is particularly preeminent in this book when he narrates the publishing house that Franklin founded in 1728 together with Hugh Meredith (1697-1749); the following year he became the publisher of a newspaper called The Pennsylvania Gazette. Franklin, one of the most distinguished and famous figures of 18th century America, became known among Turks thanks to this brief biography.
Original well-designed wrappers. 12mo. (16 x 12 cm). In Ottoman script (Turkish with Arabic letters). 48 p., a hand-drawn portrait of Franklin, probably drawn by Ebüzziya Tevfik. Slightly chipped on extremities. Otherwise a very good copy. Four institutional copies in OCLC 1014858844, 165099855, 65799358.; TBTK 9384.; Özege 1840.; Library of Congress. Karl Süssheim Collection, no. 1442.