Browse Exhibits (3 total)

Rycaut, Paul. The Present State of the Ottoman Empire. 1668.


This 1668 text contains the following, as outlined by the title page:

"The Present State of the Ottoman Empire. Containing the Maxims of the Turkish Politie, the Most Material Points of the Mahometan Religious, their Sects and Heresies, their Convents and Religious Votaries, their Military Discipline, with an Exact Computation of their Forces both by Land and Sea.

Illustrated with diverse pieces of sculpture, representing the variety of habits amongst the Turks.

In three books.

By Paul Rycaut, Esq; Secretary to his Excellency the Earl of Winchilsea, Embassador Extraordinary for his Majesty Charles the Second, to Sultan Mahomet Han the Fourth, Emperour of the Turks.

London, printed for John Starkey and Henry Brome, at the Mitre between Middle-Temple-Gate and Temple Bar in Fleet-street, adn the Star in Little-Britain. 1668."

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Wheler, George, A Journey into Greece By George Wheeler in the Company of Dr. Spon of Lyons in Six Books, 1682


This text is an account by George Wheler of his trip to Greece, separated into six parts:


1. A voyage from Venice to Constantinople

2. An account of Constantinople and Adjacent Places

3. A voyage through the Lesser Asia

4. A voyage from Zant through several parts of Greece to Athens

5. An account of Athens

6. Several journeys from Athens, into Attica, Corinth, Boeotia, &c. 


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A Renaissance Account of the Flora and Fauna of the Middle East


This exhibit looks at a selection of illustrations from Pierre Belon's book, Les observation de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouuées en Grece, Asie, Iudée, Egypte, Arabie, et autres pays estranges redigées en trois liures, written in 1553. Belon's illustrations detail the flora and fauna found in present day Turkey and Egypt. Also included is Belon's map of the Ancient city of Abydos in Turkey. This exhbit shows the author's, and by extension the French public's, interest in not only understanding the plants and animals that existed in the Middle East, but also how the inhabitants of these foreign lands interacted with the natural world in their everyday lives.