[JAPAN / MIDDLE EAST] Nichi-To shinzen eiyū no kinen = Türk Nippon dostlugunun sonrasiz hâtirasi Ertugrul

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N. A., Türkiye Cumhuriyeti Tokyo Büyük Elçiligi, Tokyo, 1937.

Original cloth bdg. Demy 8vo. (22,5 x 16 cm). In Japanese and Turkish. 45, 59 p., 74 unnumbered pages of plates and ills. with tissue papers.

Scarce Japanese and Turkish bilingual book published by the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey in Tokyo, during Hüsrev Gerede's (1886-1962) embassy in the 47th commemoration year of the sinking of the Ottoman frigate Ertugrul.

This richly illustrated book includes a detailed historical account of the accident and sinking, with a map showing the cruise line that Ertugrul followed after she left Yokohama to return to Turkey, and the area of Kashinozaki Lighthouse, where she sank. Another map shows the area and its surrounding where the monument was erected in memory of Ertugrul. In addition to the 74 pages of plates showing presidents and dynasties of both countries, ministers in their cabinets, Ambassadors, as well as Ertugrul's making process, journey, and traditional commemoration ceremonies in Japan; a plan of the Martyrdom was added.  

The book was printed separately as paperback and hardcover, and the copy we have is a hard copy.

Ertugrul, launched in 1863, was a sailing frigate of the Ottoman Navy. While returning from a goodwill voyage to Japan in 1890, she encountered a typhoon off the coast of Wakayama Prefecture, subsequently drifted into a reef, and sank. The shipwreck resulted in the loss of more than 500 sailors and officers, including Rear Admiral Ali Osman Pasha. Only 69 sailors and officers survived and returned home later aboard two Japanese corvettes. The event is still commemorated as a foundation stone of Japanese-Turkish friendship.

OCLC shows only two printed copies in three libraries worldwide 633837567, 25341022, 28679707.