[THE MIRROR OF ARABIAN PENINSULA, YEMEN, MECCA AND MEDINA] Mir'ât al-Haramayn: Mir'at al-Mecca, Mir'at al-Medina; Mir'at al-Jazirat al-'Arab. 8 volumes set.

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EYÜP SABRI PASA [AYYUB SABRI PASHA], (?-1890)., Matbaa-i Bahriye [i.e. Naval Press], Istanbul, [AH 1301-1306 = AD 1885-1890].

A corpus of Ayyub Sabri Pasha including his account of the Arabian Peninsula consisting of eight volumes (Mir'at al-Mecca in two volumes, 1175 pp., Mir'at al-Medina in five volumes, 1343 pp., Mir'at Jazirat al-'Arab in one volume, 416 pp.). Each red, black, burgundy, and brown half morocco, raised bands to the spines with decorative gilded in compartments and boards. Medina part (five volumes) in separate red half moroccos with fine 'Basmalah' and 'Mir'at al-Haramayn' lettered gilt on front boards in fine decorative and calligraphic Kufic script. Mecca part (two volumes) in fine brown half morocco with traditional flowers embossing and gilded on boards, Jazirat al-Arab is in black half morocco with marbled boards. Endpapers and bindings aren't homogeneous. Roy. 8vo. (24 x 17 cm). In Ottoman script (Old Turkish with Arabic letters). 29 attractive color and b/w plates (Two are missing), four panoramic views, plates, and plans, and one folded map. 8 volumes set. Occasional marginal tears, a few tears repaired with adhesive tape, minor browning of text. Restored one volume's spine. Otherwise a very good set.

First edition of this extremely rare corpus consisting of eight volumes including a first-hand travel account of the Arabian Peninsula written by Ayyub Sabri Pasha who served as the second head of the Islahât-i Bahriyye [i.e. Improvements of the Naval Forces Commission] under the directory of Muhâsebât-i Bahriyye [i.e. Accounting of the Naval Forces] and was a civil servant in the Hejaz for a long time, was also interested in the history of the region. This information he collected as a result of his research with long and detailed observations in the Hejaz and other regions in the Arabian Peninsula formed the basis of his richly illustrated corpus, printed between the years 1885 and 1890. The corpus contains three chapters "Mecca", "Medina", and "Arabian Peninsula" in eight volumes.

This is one of the most comprehensive and original books set on the Arabian Peninsula.

Ayyub Sabri Pasha was an Ottoman naval officer. A graduate of the naval college, he held various appointments and served for a while in both the Ḥedj̲âz and Yemen. He died in Istanbul in 1308/1890. He was the author of a number of historical and descriptive works on Arabia, including the present account of Mecca and Medina (Mir'ât al-Ḥaramayn, Istanbul 1301-6), and a history of the Wahhâbîs (Ta'rîkh-i Wahhâbiyyân, Istanbul 1296) which includes details about the beginning and spread of Wahhabism in the Arabian Peninsula. Besides these, he wrote a biography of the Prophet titled "Mohammad al-Siyar" (Edirne 1287). (Source: Bernard Lewis: Encyclopaedia of Islam).

Özege 13760.; Not in OCLC as a set. A very attractive and rare set.