Cairo: Bulaq Typ. 1248 H. . First Edition. Large Octavo (ca. 26,5x16,5 cm). 6, 637 pp. (numbered in Eastern Arabic system). Text in Ottoman Turkish, within double printed borders, first page of text decorated with traditional floral and geometric ornaments. Late 19th century Ottoman dark green quarter morocco with decorative stamped pebble cloth boards and gilt lettered title on the spine; marbled endpapers. Binding slightly rubbed on extremities, paper slightly age-toned, otherwise a very good copy.
“Ravzat ül-ebrar” is an important example of an Islamic overview of world history, popular in the 17th century Ottoman Empire. The book starts from the creation of Adam and consists of four parts, titled History of the Prophets, Life of Muhammad, History of the Islamic monarchs, and History of the Ottoman Sultans, the latter covering the history of the Ottoman Empire up to the reign of Sultan Ibrahim I (1640-1648). The author, Abdülaziz Efendi was a well-known Ottoman historian and scholar, researcher of the Islamic law, and a Kazasker, or Great Kadi. In 1611 he became a professor in the prestigious Hayreddin Medrese (Istanbul). Özege 16520.
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