London: Printed for T. Cadell, jun. and W. Davies... 1798. First Edition. Leather bound. Octavo size, 544 pp. Near fine. Item #20091001
The Turkish Empire (Ottoman Empire) ended the Byzantine Empire in 1453 with the conquest of Constantinople; for almost seven centures they controlled much of Northern Africa, Western Asia,and Southeast Europe (n.b., info from Wiki).
The author of this work, William Eton, Esquire, per the title page was "many years resident in Turkey and in Russia." The title page lays out the areas considered: the Government; the State of the Provinces; Their Efforts Toward Emancipation; the Causes of the Decline of Turkey; the British Commerce with Turkey; and "Many Other Particulars". While some viewpoints may be outdated according to 21st-century values and norms, still a fascinating glimpse into how the British viewed the Turkish Empire in the eighteenth century.
___DESCRIPTION: Bound in full tree calf over boards, red leather spine label with gilt lettering and decorative borders, the rest of the spine heavily tooled in gilt, gilt diagonal decorations on the board edges, all edges stained yellow, armorial bookplate mounted onto front pastedown of "Sir Henry Bedingfeld of Oxburch, Bart."; octavo size (8 5/8" by 5 3/8"), pagination: [i-iii] iv-xxviii  2-516.
___CONDITION: Near fine, we had a professional (name available upon request) reinforce the joints and front hinge, repair all the corners and seal the board edges, the binding is now sturdy, the hinges solid, the text block strong and square, the interior is clean and bright, the only prior owner markings we see the armorial bookplate listed above; with a few marks to the leather but overall clean, the leather smooth and supple; the top edge stain now faded, a few light marks to the endpapers; overall a remarkable example of this eighteenth-century history.
___CITATION: ESTC no. T138674.
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