[THE FIRST HAND ACCOUNT AND CHRONICLE OF THE HIGHEST PERIOD OF THE IMPERIAL OTTOMAN] Tarih-i Peçevî. 2 volumes set. [i.e. Pechevi's history].

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IBRAHIM PEÇEVÎ, (1572-1650).

Matbaa-i Âmire., Ist., [AH.: 1283] = 1866.

Original leather bdg. Roy. 8vo. (24 x 16 cm). In Ottoman script. 2 volumes set: ([10], 504 p.; [12], 487 p.). Extremely rare first printed edition and two-volume complete set of the Imperial Ottoman chronicle from the beginning of the reign of Suleiman the Magnificent until 1640. Ibrahim Peçevi (In Bosnia known as "Ibrahim Alajbegovic Pecevija") was an Ottoman Bosnian historian (chronicler) of the Ottoman Empire. He was born in Pécs (Peçuy), Ottoman Empire (today Hungary), hence his name, Peçevi ("from Pécs"). His mother was from the Sokolovic Bosnian family. The name of his father is unknown. His paternal great-grandfather was a Turkish sipahi called Kara Davut Agha who was at the service of Mehmed II. He was a provincial official in many places and became a historian after his retirement in 1641. He spoke Turkish and Bosnian very well. The year of his death is not known. According to Katip Çelebi, he died in the Islamic year of 1061 (1650 AD). But some historians think he died before 1649. Peçevi Efendi is famous for his two-volume book Tarih-i Peçevi ("Pecevi's History") of the history of the Ottoman Empire, the main reference for the period 1520-1640. The information about older events Peçevi took from previous works and narrations of veterans. His times are described first hand and from tales of witnesses with an attractive account. Peçevi carefully references all quotations. Peçevi also was one of the first Ottoman historians who used European written sources; he makes references, e.g., to Hungarian historians. First Edition. Extremely rare. OCLC 13150797.; Özege 19889.