First edition of Dal Medico’s rare Ottoman Turkish grammar, 1885/1888
Moïse M. DAL MEDICO: MÉTHODE THÉORIQUE ET PRATIQUE POUR L’ENSEIGNEMENT DE LA LANGUE TURQUE. 2 vol. Constantinople: 1885/1888.
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Moïse M. DAL MEDICO: MUʿALLIM LISĀN OṮMANĪ. MÉTHODE THÉORIQUE ET PRATIQUE POUR L’ENSEIGNEMENT DE LA LANGUE TURQUE. Par Moïse M. Dal Medico, Interprète du Ministère Impérial de la Marine. Ouvrage adopté par les ecoles de l’Alliance Israélite Universelle en Turquie. 2 vol. 1: Langue usuelle. 2: Langue officielle et littéraire. Constantinople: Imprimerie du Ministère de la Marine and K. Bagdalian, 1885 and 1888.
Small-8vo.[6 (pre-title, title, preface in Turkish)], IV, 340 pp.; [2 (title)], IV, pp. 7-352 (as issued). Lithography (vol. 1, pp. 9-29) and letterpress, bound in contemporary half morocco over cardboards, thread-stitched over 4 raised bands, gilt title and blind stamp of Vienna medical bookshop Josef Šafar on spines, marbled cut.
First edition of this early Turkish grammar in print, compiled by Sephardic scholar Moïse Dal Medico and particularly rare in trade.
Contents: Comprehensive Ottoman Turkish grammar in French and Ottoman Turkish with Latin and Arabic script, which also includes accounts on relating parts of Arabic and Persian grammar. Vol. 1 is dedicated to the everyday language and contains a table with the Ottoman Arab alphabet as well as 12 pages with lithographed writing patterns. Vol. 2 deals with the official and literary language. A 2nd, less comprehensive edition of this work was published in 1908 in Constantinople by Der-Nersessian.
Author: Moïse Dal Medico was Lieutenant Colonel of the Ottoman navy and acted as an interpreter to the Ministry of Maritime. He also was a dedicated member of the Constantinople Sephardic community, thus translated e.g. the Ottoman Civil Code into Judaeo-Spanish, taught at the Jewish School in Galata and also edited Judaeo-Spanish journals.
Condition: Spine and and corners of cover in parts bumped and worn, former owner’s library label on front-boards, paper time-stained and occasionally foxy, book-block cut by the bookbinder for the Vienna medical bookshop Josef Šafar.
Reference: Moise Franco, Essai sur l’histoire des Israélites de l’Empire Ottoman depus les origines jusqu’à nos jours, Paris 1897, pp. 260, 275, 277.