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Giovanni Paolo Marana – (Mahmut)

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Giovanni Paolo Marana or sometimes Jean-Paul Marana (1642 – 1693) was a noble Genoese, who participated in 1672 in an unsuccessful conspiracy for passing the town of Savona under the rule of the Dukes of Savoy, moved to France in 1683. It is mutually agreed upon that he is the leading author of the work Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy.

Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy is a collection of fictional letters claiming to have been written by an Ottoman spy named “Mahmut”, in the French court of Louis XIV.

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1715 Turkish Spy Ottoman Persian Empire Constantinople Turkey Illustrated 6v SET

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Giovanni Paolo Marana or sometimes Jean-Paul Marana (1642 – 1693) was a noble Genoese, who participated in 1672 in an unsuccessful conspiracy for passing the town of Savona under the rule of the Dukes of Savoy, moved to France in 1683. It is mutually agreed upon that he is the leading author of the work Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy.

 

Letters Writ by a Turkish Spy is a collection of fictional letters claiming to have been written by an Ottoman spy named “Mahmut”, in the French court of Louis XIV.

 

Main author: Giovanni Paolo Marana – (Mahmut)

 

Title: L’espion dans les cours des princes chrétiens : ou, Lettres et mémoires d’un envoyé secret de la Porte dans les cours de l’Europe : où l’on voit les découvertes qu’il a faites dans toutes les cours où il s’est trouvé, avec une dissertation curieuse de leurs forces, de leur politique, & de leur religion

 

Published: A Cologne : Chez Erasme Kinkius, 1715-1716.

 

Language:  French

 

Notes:

  • The Spy…is a fictitious narrative and collection of letters which the author pretends was translated from Arabic into its original language, Italian. This ‘external’ perspective was directly inspired by Montesquieu and his Persian Letters.
  • While Giovanni Paolo Marana is considered the main author of this work, many other names have been attributed to other portions of it including Barbier, Daniel Defoe, Midgley, William Bradshaw, and Roger Manley. Marana is typically only credited with the first 5 volumes of this work. These other authors are considered those who dealt with the continuation of the work.
  • 20 engravings including 6 folding plates of city views
    • Gallipolis
    • Constantinople
    • Perpignan
    • Casal
    • Valenciennes
    • Dunkirk
  • The letters cover the period of 1637 to 1682 in France, from the last years of the Regency of Anne of Austria and Cardinal Richelieu through the long reign of Louis XIV and his minister Cardinal Mazarin. The Letters form a rambling journal of gossip on current politics and satire on society. Mahmut sends reports from Paris to Constantinople on politics and current events in France, but corresponds privately on other subjects including religion, and adds stories and anecdotes for diversion
  • Complete 6 volumes

 

 

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Binding: tight and secure leather binding

Pages: complete with all pages; plus indexes, prefaces, and such

Illustrations: 20 exquisite copper engravings

Publisher: A Cologne : Chez Erasme Kinkius, 1715-1716.

Size: ~ 6.75in X 4in (17cm x 10cm)

 

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Authors

Giovanni Paolo Marana – (Mahmut)

Printing Date

18th Century

Language

French

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Good

Collation

Complete