Risale-i Mi’mariyye

An Early Seventeenth-Century Ottoman Treatise on Architecture

Howard Crane

Published by Brill

£45.00 / $54.57 / 308.83 TL
($/TL approx)

Facsimile with Translation and Notes, Paperback, 126 pages with facsimile of text, fols. lr-87v in b. & w. photos, 2nd edition published 2014 [first edition 1987]
Book Description

The Risāle-i Mi‘māriyye by Ca’fer Efendi is the most extensive and detailed Ottoman literary source devoted to a particular architect. In addition to being an account of the life and works of the imperial architect Mehmed Ağa, builder of the Sultan Ahmed Complex in Istanbul, it serves to suggest something of the general character and career evolution of the entire class of Ottoman imperial architects of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries and includes as well a trilingual glossary of terms related to architecture. With the exception of the more abridged teẕkeres of Mustafa Sa’i Çelebi dealing with Sinan, the Risāle-i Mi‘māriyye is the only systematic Ottoman account of the life an imperial architect known to exist.

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