1630 Turkish Empire ELSEVIER Constantinople Islam Sultans Ottoman Montalbani

MONTALBANI, Giovanni Battista

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A rare work on the history of “The Current State of the Turkish Empire” by Gio Battista Montalbani. According to Dr. Nil Palabiyik on with Elsevier.com,

“In Turcici Imperii Status” (The Current Condition of the Turkish Empire), author Giovanni Battista Montalbano dwells on, among more serious topics such as the state formation and military structure of the Empire, the world famous Turkish hospitality and abundance of food in Constantinople. He reminds the “pleasure-seeking traveller” of the availability of “baths, taverns, inns and other places of delight.” As he moves on to giving a lavish catalogue of local drinks, he comments that the widely-held view that Turks abstain from drinking wine is a misconception. Even so, Turks preferred to drink “fiery wine,” a predecessor of today’s popular aniseed-infused spirit raki and an “ink-black, pungent and bitter” hot drink “prepared on a small pot over charcoal,” which the locals called café, marking our author’s first encounter with Turkish coffee. Other popular drinks mentioned by Montalbano include an alcoholic variety of boza, a milk-colored fermented drink made of ground cereals and ayran, a savory, yoghurt-based soft drink, both of which are fervently consumed in modern-day Turkey almost 400 years after the book’s publication.

This beautiful work includes an illustrated title page depicting a mounted Turkish sultan. According to Willems, this second edition is “a more complete edition of this work.”

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1630 Turkish Empire ELSEVIER Constantinople Islam Sultans Ottoman Montalbani

 

A rare work on the history of “The Current State of the Turkish Empire” by Gio Battista Montalbani. According to Dr. Nil Palabiyik on with Elsevier.com,

“In Turcici Imperii Status” (The Current Condition of the Turkish Empire), author Giovanni Battista Montalbano dwells on, among more serious topics such as the state formation and military structure of the Empire, the world famous Turkish hospitality and abundance of food in Constantinople. He reminds the “pleasure-seeking traveller” of the availability of “baths, taverns, inns and other places of delight.” As he moves on to giving a lavish catalogue of local drinks, he comments that the widely-held view that Turks abstain from drinking wine is a misconception. Even so, Turks preferred to drink “fiery wine,” a predecessor of today’s popular aniseed-infused spirit raki and an “ink-black, pungent and bitter” hot drink “prepared on a small pot over charcoal,” which the locals called café, marking our author’s first encounter with Turkish coffee. Other popular drinks mentioned by Montalbano include an alcoholic variety of boza, a milk-colored fermented drink made of ground cereals and ayran, a savory, yoghurt-based soft drink, both of which are fervently consumed in modern-day Turkey almost 400 years after the book’s publication.

This beautiful work includes an illustrated title page depicting a mounted Turkish sultan. According to Willems, this second edition is “a more complete edition of this work.”

 

Item number: #659

Price: $599

 

MONTALBANI, Giovanni Battista

 

Turcici imperii status, seu discursus varii de rebus Turcarum

 

Lugduni Batav. : Ex Officina Elzeviriana, 1630.

 

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  • Collation complete with all pages: 314p
  • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
  • References: Willems 340; not in Adams; Berghman 1903; Elsevier.com
  • Language: Latin
  • Size: ~4.5in X 2.25in (11cm x 5.5cm)

 

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Categories

Military & War

Asia, Africa, & Middle Eastern

Authors

MONTALBANI, Giovanni Battista

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

Latin

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete