[YAKUTIAN LANGUAGE / RUSSIAN PHILOOLOGY] Yakut dili sözlügü I: A-M. (All published). [i.e., Slovar Yakutskogo yazika = The dictionary of Yakut language]

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EDUARD KARLOVICH PEKARSKII (1858-1934) & D. D. POPOV, V. M. IVONOV, TDK (Türk Dil Kurumu) - Ebüzziya Matbaasi, Istanbul, 1945.

Contemporary quarter black leather bdg. Folio. (32 x 24 cm). In Turkish and Yakut. 658 p.

First and only Turkish edition of this highly significant and lexicographic monument compiled by Pekarskii after he was exiled to Yakutia in 1881 for his participation in the Narodnichestvo movement, completed with the close participation of Archpriest D. D. Popov and V. M. Ionov between 1899-1930.

There he began compiling a dictionary of Yakut, the first fascicle of which was published in Yakutsk in 1899. From 1894 to 1896 he took part in an expedition of the East Siberian branch of the Russian Geographic Society; and in 1903 he participated in an expedition to Aian and Nel’kan. The Academy of Sciences aided in his return from exile to St. Petersburg in 1905. Pekarskii edited the journal Zhivaia starina (Living Antiquity) from 1914 to 1917, and in the last years of his life, he worked at the Oriental Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR. Pekarskii’s chief work was the Dictionary of Yakut (fascs. 1-13, 1907-30), written in collaboration with D. D. Popov and V. M. Ionov. A second edition of this work appeared in three volumes in 1958.

“Under the auspices of the Turkish Linguistics Society, this dictionary which originally was from the Yakut language to Russian, has been rewritten to be a dictionary from Yakut to Turkish.”

The Turkish Language Association or The Turkish Linguistics Society (Turkish: Türk Dil Kurumu, TDK) is the regulatory body for the Turkish language, founded on 12 July 1932 by the initiative of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk and headquartered in Ankara, Turkey. The Institution acts as the official authority on the language, contributes to linguistic research on Turkish and other Turkic languages, and is charged with publishing the official dictionary of the language, Güncel Türkçe Sözlük. (Wikipedia).

Pekarskii was born Oct. 13 (25), 1858, in Igumen District, now Cherven’ Raion, Minsk Oblast; died June 29, 1934, in Leningrad. He was a Soviet linguist, ethnologist, and folklorist and honorary member of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (1931; corresponding member, 1927). Pekarskii studied at the Kharkiv Veterinary Institute in 1877 and 1878.

Pekarskii also published ethnologic studies in Russian and Polish on the Yakuts and Evenki and edited Selections from the National Literature of the Yakuts (vols. 1-3, 1907-18; in Yakut). He also helped make the classification of epic genres in Yakut folklore more precise.

(Sources: Stepanovna: Slovar’ Yakutskogo Yazika E. K. Pekarskogo kak leksikograficheskiy pamiatnyk; Soviet Encyclopedia 1979; Series no. supplied from Türk Dil Kurumu yayınları sira listesi, 1932-1957; Wikipedia, Worldcat).

OCLC 577644881, 729264518, 252234208.

Provenance: Ali Çubuk (?-2020) Collection including mostly rare navigation and important books, manuscripts, historical documents, maps, and portolans.