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“Turkey and the Turks: being the present state of the Ottoman empire” (1840) by John Reid (1808-1841?)

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A historical and cultural study of the Turkish people, with five elaborately hand-colored plates of the Turks in traditional dress, two maps, and one engraving plate. Written in the middle of the 19th century, this work about Turkey focuses on subjects ranging from the history of Turkey, to its relationships with other sovereign states, to its cultural customs and sites. The author, John Reid, was an avid traveler. He developed this book from an 1838 trip to Turkey, during which he formed impressions about all aspects of life and culture there. Accordingly, Reid’s text offers a relevant and contemporary view of Turkey as it was in 1840.

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