8°. 339 pp. in Ottoman script, reverse collation, original silk binding, golden label with embossed title on the cover, original patterned end-papers (Very Good, paper slightly stained, spine slightly dusty).
The first edition of a novel by a late Ottoman / early Turkish author Burhan Cahit Morkaya (18921949), Ayten, was contemporary bound in a stunning rare to find elegant silk binding with a golden label, inscribed with a title in Ottoman.
The story of a stong, educated and sporty woman Ayten and her independant approach towards men was a typical example of the new, progressive Turkish literature, which started in the last years of the Ottoman Empire, and promoted emancipated women.
The copy has been signed by the author on the title page.
It seems that the book was issued with printed wrappers and in a limited edition of various silk bindings. The Duke Univerity Library holds another copy with a silk binding, but with a different pattern.
This is the first edition of the text, published as a book. The novel was republished in 1941 and 2006.
References: OCLC 898423132 & 283804816. Nüket ESEN, Modern Türk Edebiyatı Üzerine Okumalar, 2016.