Bound in Perfect Glory

A new study of the art of book binding in fifteenth-century Turkey reveals the literary tastes and passions of three powerful Ottoman sultans. Cornucopia is dazzled by the contents of the Renaissance libraries of Istanbul and Bursa.

Other Highlights from Cornucopia 6
  • Palaces of Diplomacy, Part 2

    When the summer heat made cool-headed diplomacy impossible, the ambassadors to the Sublime Porte retired to remarkable residences lining the Bosphorus. Patricia Daunt probes their rich diplomatic history, while Fritz von der Schulenburg captures the faded glory of the buildings and their grounds

  • Sheets of Marble

    The ancient art of ebru, or paper marbling, creates sinuous, swirling patterns of subtle colour which owe their appearance to processes as mysterious as the technique’s very beginnings. Ebru apprentice Ali Suat Urguplu shares his master Fuad Basar’s secrets. Photographs by Simon Upton


  • The Land of the Flowering Penguins

    They are smelly and poisonous, but arums and aristolochias are among the most striking wild flowers in Turkey. Andrew Byfield tracks them down.


  • Fruits of victory

    Cherry jam is slightly runny. Rather than adding pectin, it is better to accept that this ruby-coloured jam drips from the toast when you eat it.
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Issue 6, 1994 Palaces of Diplomacy II
£12.00 / $15.88 / 98.64 TL