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The History Of The Turks. Beginning with the Year 1679. Being a full Relation Of the Last Troubles in Hungary, with the Sieges of Vienna, and Buda, and all the several Battles both by Sea and Land, between the Christians, and the Turks, until the End of the Year 1698, and 1699. In Which The Peace between the Turks, And The Confederate Christian Princes and States, was happily Concluded at Carlowitz in Hungary, By the Mediation of His Majesty of Great Britain, and the States General of the United Provinces. With the Effigies of the Emperors and others of Note, Engraven at Large upon Copper, which Compleats the Sixth and Last Edition of the History of the Turks. In Two Vol. in Folio. By Sir Paul Rycaut, Kt. Eighteen Years Consul at Smyrna, now His Majesty's Resident at Hamburg, and Fellow of the Royal Society.

Sir Paul Rycaut

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed for Robert Clavell, in St. Paul's Church-Yard, and Abel Roper against St. Dunstan's Church in Fleetstreet., MDCC.

Physical Description

[8], 607, [9] p., frontis. (port.), [6] pl.; 389 mm. (Quarto).

General Note

Pages 239, 240 are misnumbered as 249, 250.


[Frontis. (port.), t.p., dedic.] - The Preface To The Reader - [Text, with pl.] - An Alphabetical Table Of The Principal Matters Contain'd in this Book.

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece portrait is signed as painted by P. Leley and engraved by R. White. The first plate is unsigned; the remaining five are all signed as engraved by M. Vander Gucht.

The unsigned plate carries the imprint, 'Sold by Robert Clavell and Abel Roper'.

The work is dedicated by Paul Rycaut to King William III.


A. Grosrichard, The sultan's court: European fantasies of the east (1998); B. H. Beck, From the rising of the sun: English images of the Ottoman empire to 1715 (1987). On Rycaut see C. Heywood, Writing Ottoman history: documents and interpretations (2001), no.4; S.P. Anderson, An English consul in Turkey: Paul Rycaut (1989).
ESTC, R216646

Summary Note

The frontispiece is a portrait of the author; the other six plates are portraits of Ottoman sultans.


A microfilm version was published in 1987, 1989 (Ann Arbor, Mich.: University Microfilms International).


Acquired between 1769 and 1802. Recorded in RAA Library Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

Contemporary sprinkled calf, gilt-decorated spine lettered 'History Of The Turks'.

Name as Subject


Turks - Monarchs - Turkey - Balkans - Austria - Foreign relations - History - 17th century - Portraits
Portraits - Great Britain - 18th century


William III King of Great Britain, dedicatee
Sir Peter Lely, source artist
Robert Clavell, publisher
Michael van der Gucht, engraver
Abel Roper, publisher
Robert White, engraver