Gün, Recep
January 2006
Ekev Academic Review;Winter2006, Vol. 10 Issue 26, p165
Academic Journal
Ottomans who constituted one of the important periods of Turkish cultural history and civilization left unique handiworks in the field of bookbinding as in the other branches of art. These bindings prepared for protecting handwritten books are of great importance in point of the book and decorative arts. These handwritten books with their handwritings, generally leather-made bindings, the ornaments on them and their technical features are among the unique examples of Turkish Islamic calligraphy and decorative arts. A large amount of these books which were written in different languages have been protected in official libraries. The rest is in some private collections. In this paper seven handwritten books from Ottoman period in the private library of Ali Sırrı Kethüdaoğlu in Erbaa in Tokat have been searched with regard to the binding and decorative features. The purpose of this article is to contribute to the scientific studies by presenting these valuable artworks that remained hidden for years.


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