Sword Bearer to the Grand Signior.
Dalvimart, Octavian (drawn by). Dadley, J. (engraved by).
London. W. Miller. Engravings dated 1802, but circa 1822.
Stipple engraving, handcolored, sheet size 14 x 10 inches. Very slight indentation at upper edge of sheet from vintage paperclip and two small (1/2 inch) squares of adhesive residue at upper corners on verso - neither affecting the image area in any way. Pin sized spot to mid upper margin. A couple of faint foxed spots in left margin. Very good condition, clean and bright. An attractive print together with a separate sheet of descriptive text in both English and French. An exquisitely engraved and handcolored image, plate number 45 from Octavian Dalvimart's "The Costume of Turkey" which was first published in 1802. This engraving has an 1802 date in the publishing line beneath the image, but the plate is from a later edition, the selection of prints presently available having watermarks from 1818 to 1822. The descriptive text gives brief but pertinent information: "This office is always held by the Selictar Aga, who is dressed in a superb habit of cloth of gold, which is almost the only Turkish dress, that fits close to the shape of the body..." etc. etc. A richly colored and detailed image from an important early study of Turkish costume and culture. Item #50597