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Reviews of The History of the Maritime Wars of the Turks

“Quintessential Ottoman intellectual and eminent travel writer Çelebi (1609-57) chronicled the wars Turks waged at sea during the entire span of the empire’s expansion from the conquest of Constantinople in the middle of the 15th century to the conquest of Crete in the middle of the 17th. Writer and librarian Svatopluk Soucek reprints James Mitchell’s 1831 translation, which encompasses the first two thirds of the original text, summarizes the missing third and translates some passages from it, comments on both parts, and provides maps and illustrations and a bibliography.”
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“A more correct translation of this title of this fascinating account of Ottoman naval battles and campaigns, written in the 17th century by a court intellectual, should begin with ‘As A Gift to the Great Ones’ — wording that better captures the writer’s triumphalist tone as a proud Turk witnessing great imperial success. The somewhat 200- year-old English translation of the text is somewhat dated and  incomplete, but the editor has included new chapter summaries, portraits of famous admirals and commanders, and useful illustrations of maps, warships and coastal forts.

“A highlight is the description of the Battle of  Lepanto, at which Miguel de Cervantes lost the use of his arm. Thanks to Katip Celebi, we know how the fighting looked from the Turkish side, and how close the world came never reading Don Quixote.”
— Lou Werner in Saudi Aramco World.