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The historian’s puzzle: various differences between copies of printed periodicals that ought to be similar. The case of Dūstur
During the last years I have sprodically written about the various surprises of early Arabic and Ottoman printed books and particularly the vast differences in pagination, spelling, and even content between copies that ought to be identical if one was to believe the information on the cover or the metadata provided by library catalogues (on this blog: here, here, and here). This post is a first attempt to summarise my findings on the publication history of the first series (tertib-i evvel) of Düstur, the officially sanctioned collection of Ottoman laws and regulations, published in Istanbul between 1872 and 1879.continue reading ...
Solution to the historian’s puzzle?
Update to the historian’s puzzle
The historian’s puzzle: various differences between copies of printed periodicals that ought to be similar
Over the course of the recent days I discovered that contrary to my expectations libraries around the world hold numerous unmarked editions and print-runs of the first series Düstur (tertib-i evvel). Copies vary in pagination,spelling, and content. Yet, neither the people I asked nor the scholarly works citing copies of Düstur, seem to be aware of significant differences between copies of the same volume. In consequence, it isalmost impossible to confirm references found in scholarly literature. Over the past years I had come to consider the many seemingly wrong references in Aristarchi and Young as, well, erroneous references by careless printers, copy-editors, even the translators themselves, but as it stands, they could have just used a different copy.continue reading ...