By Paul Rycaut, the full title was ‘The Present State of the Ottoman Empire By Paul Rycaut, Esq. secretary to his Excellency the Earl of Winchilsea, Embassadour Extraordinary for His Majesty Charles the Second etc. to Sultan Mahomet Han the Fourth, Emperour of the Turks.’

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Michael Robinson  •  Link

Rycaut, Paul, Sir, 1628-1700.

The present state of the Ottoman Empire containing the maxims of the Turkish politie, the most material points of the Mahometan religion, their sects and heresies, their convents and religious votaries, their military discipline … : illustrated with divers pieces of sculpture, representing the variety of habits amongst the Turks : in three books by Paul Rycaut Esq. …
London : Printed for John Starkey and Henry Brome …, 1667.
2mo.; [12], 168, 50, [7] p., [2] leaves of plates : ill. Table of contents: p. [9]-[12] Wing (2nd ed.), R2412

Editions in 1668, ‘70, ‘75, 1701

PL 2372 — The copy bound in acid calf (now pitted) A note in SP’s hand verso of title ‘cost me 55s. whereas it was sold plain before the late fire for 8s., and bound and colored as is this for 20s.’ Receipt dated April 8th. 1667 for 55s. written in SP’s hand and signed by John Ford, servant of John Starkey.

According to Pepys one of only six copies finely bound and colored; The King, Duke of York, Duke of Monmouth, Lord Arlington, an unknown purchaser and this copy. See

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