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TRIPOLI, LIBYA: طرابلس غرب ولايتى [TRIPOLIB GARAB VILAYETI / TRABZON OCCIDENTAL VILAYET]. Zoom



TRIPOLI, LIBYA: طرابلس غرب ولايتى [TRIPOLIB GARAB VILAYETI / TRABZON OCCIDENTAL VILAYET].

 


A very rare lithographed postcard map of the Vilayet Tripoli in Libya in Ottoman script was made in Istanbul by a Romanian born publisher Tüccarzâde İbrahim Hilmi Çığıraçan.


Author: Anon.
Place and Year: [Istanbul]: تجار زاده ابراهيم حلمى كتابخانه عسكرى [Tüccarzade İbrahim Hilmi Kitaphane-yi Askerı̂ / Military Press Tüccarzâde İbrahim Hilmi] [circa 1910].
Technique: Postcard. Lithography in colour (Very Good, slightly age-toned, verso traces of glue in margins, soft folds in corners) 13 x 9 cm (5.11 x 3.5 inches).
Code: 65985

A rare, well designed postcard map shows the Ottoman vilayet Tripoli, in today's Libya, around 1910, on the eve of WWI. In 1911 Italy declared war on the Ottoman Empire, announcing its intention of annexing Tripoli. 


Military Press Tüccarzâde İbrahim Hilmi

İbrahim Hilmi Çığıraçan (d 1876, Tulçe town, Romania - June 12, 1963, Istanbul), born in Tulcea, today in Romania, was one of the first publishers in the Ottoman Empire. Opening his publishing shop in 1896 in Istanbul, under the name Kitaphane-i Islami (Islamic Library), Hilmi Bey started publishing mostly religious books. 
Under the Young Turks regime, in the Second Constitutional Era, he became interested in military, geography and history, and changed the name of the press to Kitaphane-i İslam ve Askeri (Islamic and Military Library). Hilmi Bey published about 200 military books in 15 years. He was also publishing school books, which were during the war often sent for free to poor children in Anatolia. 
The first big loss for Hilmi’s workshop was the governmental change of the Ottoman letters for the Latin ones and a law, that all the law and school books should be printed by the government. During his lifetime Hilmi published more than 1000 books on history, literature, politics, religion and social issues.

€220.00