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SEAMAN, William.
Grammatica linguæ Turcicæ, in quinque partes distributa.Oxford, Henry Hall, printer to the University; [London], sold by Edward Millington (colophon: and by the author in London), 1670. 4to. Set in roman, Arabic and italic types and opening from the right, like a Turkish book set in Arabic type. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, rebacked in calf.
Blackmer 1518; ESTC R22626; Madan III, 2863*;Wing S2179; www.oxforddnb.com/view/printable/24986; not in Atabey. First and only edition of William Seaman's Turkish grammar, with the instructive text in Latin, the first Turkish grammar published in England, printed using Oxford University's Arabic type. Madan notes two issues, not distinguished in the ESTC. The present copy is Madan 2863* with a five-line Latin note on p. 183 noting that the present grammar and Seaman's Turkish New Testament can be purchased from Millington and from the author, giving the street addresses for both in London. The Blackmer copy was Madan 2863, which omits this note.Seaman (1606/07-1680) had worked for Peter Wyche, English ambassador in Constantinople, from ca. 1630. In 1637, more than thirty years before Oxford University began operating its own printing office, Samuel Brown, on behalf of the University, bought matrices for the present Arabic type from the heirs of Arent Corsz. Hogenacker in Leiden.With a 1670 donation inscription and a 19th-century bookplate. In very good condition. The binding somewhat worn, but still good. The first Turkish grammar in England, using Oxford University's Arabic type with extra Turkish sorts.
Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830) [Netherlands]
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