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WILHELM II - ISTANBUL: خاطره سياحت [Memory of a Voyage]. Zoom

WILHELM II - ISTANBUL: خاطره سياحت [Memory of a Voyage].

Place and Year: Istanbul: مهران مطبعه سى ١٣١٦ [Mihran Press, 1900].
Code: 67381

8°. 176 pp. with illustrations within text, reverse collation, contemporary red cloth with embossed lines (slightly age-toned and stained, old annotations in ink in Ottoman Script on the front white endpaper, small holes on the inner side of some of the leaves, binding slightly stained and worn, otherwise in a good condition).

A rare book in Ottoman script describes the visit of the German Emperor and King of Prussia, Wilhelm II and his wife Augusta Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein to the Ottoman Empire, starting on 18 October 1898. The illustrated book showcases the portraits of the royal couple, the ships they were traveling on and views of the cities they visited.

The official purpose of the trip was to strengthen the relations between the countries, but the Emperor's primary motivation was to construct the Baghdad Railway, which the Ottoman Empire could not afford. The railway would run from Berlin to the Persian Gulf. The Sultan Abdülhamid II. On the other hand, hoped that the German geologists, surveying the terrain, would discover oil on the Ottoman land.

We could not find any examples in libraries worldwide.

References: OCLC 784424607.