[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]. ABDULLAH.
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]
An Illustrated Work on Conjuring and Magic In Ottoman Turkish.

[Creative Arts: An Encyclopedia on the Subject of Magic.]

Only edition of a remarkable illustrated work on magic and the conjuring arts published for a late-nineteenth-century Ottoman readership. Nothing is known today about the author, who went only by the name Abdullah, though he was evidently in demand as a performing magician in Istanbul. Abdullah reveals the secrets to many traditional tricks with cards and coins, but also more elaborate illusions featuring birds and other live animals. He  includes a fascinating section on modern magic tricks involving chemistry. The publisher, Mahmud Bey Matbaası, was active in Istanbul from 1889-1918, and was better know for his books on law. Works on magic are uncommon in Islamic societies; Abdullah's Creative Arts is a rare survival, and a most curious look at the state of conjuring in the period of decline of the Ottoman Empire, published at a moment of great civil conflict. A genuinely uncommon book, with only a single copy known in institutional libraries (Boğaziçi University, Istanbul).

Istanbul: Mahmud Bey Matbaası, 1895.

Octavo, 193 x 135 x 10 mm. 164 pp. Several dozen half-tone black-and-white illustrations, and two woodcut illustrations. Later marbled wraps. Interior: Leaves toned and somewhat delicate; some marginal tears not affecting text; a few leaves creased; soiling and minor stains passim.

Provenance:

Acquired by W. S. Cotter Rare Books from Dasa Pahor of Munich.

Seyfettin Özege, Eski Harflerle Basılmış Türkçe Eserler Kataloğu, Instanbul: 1971, #1749

Item #225

Price: $1,450.00