François, Baron de Tott - Mémoires du Baron de Tott, sur les Turcs et les Tartares - à Amsterdam, 1785 - 222 pp., 207 pp., 183 pp., 152 pp. - period marbled full sheepskin bindings - duodecimo - 10 x 17 cm.
Condition: part of the headcap of the first volume is missing, joints in good condition, sound hinges, 2 blunt corners, ribbed spines adorned with gilded fleurons and title and volume number labels, some peeling on the surface of the cover of the first volume, fairly fresh inside, the title page of the third part is missing, a struck through bookplate on the title page of the first part, marbled edges. Complete, 4 parts in 2 volumes.
Baron de Tott, a French officer stationed in Turkey (an attaché to the embassy in Constantinople, ambassador to the Crimea and then Inspector General of the Levant) lived among the Turks for 23 years. This book is a testimony to this and constitutes his memoirs. It tells the story of Baron de Tott's career and is undoubtedly the first work that gives an objective picture of the Ottoman nation and the Turks. In his preface, the author, after considerations on the influence of the climate on the psychology of peoples (reference to Montesquieu), asserts the importance of knowing and speaking the language of a people and the need to avoid European prejudices in order to describe the customs and traditions of the Turks, something that had never been done before; This is why one will find in this book a lot of new knowledge and information about the Turks and the Tartars; the numerous dialogues between the Baron and some of the lords are notably particularly relevant in understanding the Ottoman psychology and culture.
A lovely example of one of the fundamental works on Turkey and the surrounding countries.
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- François, Baron de Tott
- Mémoires du Baron de Tott, sur les Turcs et les Tartares
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