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Jean-Henri CASTÉRA (1749-1838), author. Iakovos ARGYROPOULOS (Yakovaki Efendi (1776-1850), translator.
CATHERINE THE GREAT / BULAQ IMPRINT: اجمال اوائل دولت روسيه [İcmal-i eva'il-i devlet-i Rusiya [or] Katerina Tarihi] [General Overview of the Russian Empire [or] The History of Catherine]
Bulaq, Cairo: مطبعة صاحب الفتوحات الباهره ببولاق مصر القاهره [Matbaatu Sahibi'l-Fütuhati'l-Bahire fi , 1246 [1830]. 8°. [10 pp], 225 pp., later brown cloth binding with lettering on the spine (sporadic small repaired tears in margins, light staining an foxing, old written price on the inner side of the rear board, otherwise in a good condition).This early Bulaq book is a translation of a French biography of Catherine the Great Vie de Catherine II, Impératrice de Russie, by Jean-Henri Castéra (1749-1838), published in 2 volumes in Paris in 1797. The book was exceedingly popular in Europe and was translated to many languages. The text was the first Western text translated to the Ottoman Turkish and printed by the Bulaq press in Cairo, at the time of complex relations between the Ottoman Empire, Russia and consequentially Egypt.The translation has been made by the order of the governor of Egypt, Muhammad Ali (1769 - 1849), who admired Catharine the Great as a political leader. He also had published biographies of Napoleon and Peter the Great, whose politics he also held in highest regard.The first edition of the text was published in by the Bulaq Press in 1244 (1828) with 160 pages. This enlarged second edition, with annotations by the editor Sadullah Said Amedi was issued two years later, in 1246 (1830).There appears to be two versions of the second edition, differing in the pattern of the heading and numeration of the index pages. Possibly the heading was replaced with a new one, after the first printing plate broke.The translator was Iakovos Argyropoulos ("Yakovaki Efendi" … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Antiquariat Dasa Pahor GbR [Germany]
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