Although the library, as a place of gathering and research, remains a timeless value, digital publications contribute significantly to the dissemination and free access of knowledge. By participating in its own way in the creation of the large intangible library, the Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation is digitizing important books that are not yet offered on the internet and which several times complete important series. A pioneer in digital humanities and education, the Foundation aims to bring some of its treasures to the general public with this new venture.

Digitized Books Available: 18

1. Malo C., Constaninople (Paris c. 1830)

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A short tourist guide of Istanbul, part of Les capitales de l’Europe series, promenades pittoresques. The purpose of the publication is not to give a detailed description of the city, but transferring the atmosphere of the Ottoman capital, while the author tries to answer some original questions. This edition also reflects the prevailing trend of the era for “mass tourism” .

Author: Charles Malo
Title: Constantinople
Series: Les capitales de l’Europe, promenades pittoresques
Publisher: Marcilly Fils Aîné
Place of publication: Paris
Date of publication: c. 1830
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 36
Dimensions: 9,4 x 14,7 cm.
Language: French

2. Bartholomew J., The pocket Atlas of the World (London, 1890)

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A small world travel atlas published in the late 19th century in Great Britain. The maps included are very updated and in tune with the spirit of the era. It is a special book, published a few decades before the end of colonialism. Although our collection does not specialize in maps, it includes several atlases and rare cartographic material.

Author: John Bartholomew
Title: The Pocket Atlas of the World
Publisher: John Walker & Co.
Place of publication: London
Date of publication: 1890
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Maps: 63
Dimensions: 12,5 x 8,5 cm.
Language: English

3. Blum L., Pour être socialiste (Paris 1928)

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The author, André Léon Blum, has served as Prime Minister of France three times. He was deeply moved by the Dreyfus case that shocked Europe. This is a short book that reflects the ideological controversies of Europe in the early 20th century. Short and concise, it unfolds the author’s philosophy on major state issues.

Author: Léon Blum
Title: Pour être socialiste
Publisher: Librairie Populaire
Place of publication: Paris
Date of publication: 1928
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 32
Dimensions: 16 x 10,5 cm
Language: French

4. Camocio G. F., Isole famose, porti, fotezze e terre maritime sottoposte alla Ser.ma Sig.ria di Venetia, ad altri Principi Cristiani, et al Sig.or Turco… (Venezia c. 1574)

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One of the rarest and most important books of our collection. It belongs among the great tradition of 16th century isolaria, at a time when the conflict between the Ottomans and the Venetians over the Aegean Sea is at its height.

Author: Giovanni Francesco Camocio
Title: Isole famose, porti, fotezze e terre maritime sottoposte alla Ser.ma Sig.ria di Venetia, ad altri Principi Cristiani, et al Sig.or Turco..
Publisher: Libreria del segno di S. Marco
Place of publication: Venice
Date of publication: c. 1574
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 78
Language: Italian

5. Chronologie Universelle (c. 1760)

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This is a pocket chronology, which refers mainly to the monarchs since the creation of the world, emphasizing on the royal houses of Europe and the important battles until 1760. It is clear, due to its dimensions, that the user intended to have it on him/her at all times and certainly in travel so that he can look back on it immediately and easily. Such chronologies were very popular in Europe and circulated widely.

Title: Chronologie Universelle
Publication date: ca. 1760
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 122
Dimensions: 11 x 7 cm
Languange: French

6. Coronelli V., Repubblica di Venezia p. IV. Citta, Fortezze, ed altri Luoghi principali dell’ Albania, Epiro e Livadia, e particolarmente i posseduti da Veneti descritti e delineati dal p. Coronelli  (Venezia 1688)

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One of the rarest albums of the Venetian Vincenzo Maria Coronelli (1650-1718), whose maps had a huge impact in Europe and were systematically copied. In this work, Coronelli maps Venetian possessions. Of particular interest are the inserted representations inspired by the Venetian victories over the Ottomans.

Author: Vincenzo Maria Coronelli
Title: Repubblica di Venezia p. IV. Citta, Fortezze, ed altri Luoghi principali dell’ Albania, Epiro e Livadia, e particolarmente i posseduti da Veneti descritti e delineati dal p. Coronelli
Place of publication: Venice
Publication date: 1688
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 160
Language: Italian

7. Notice sur la Mer Noire, sur son littoral et sur les principaux forts (Βruxelles 1854)

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The Black Sea remained a “closed Ottoman sea” until about the 18th century. In the 19th century it came to fore and gained a special place in the travel literature. The book Notice sur la Mer Noire, sur son littoral et sur les principaux forts offers a short tour at the most important harbours-cities ot the Black Sea and includes rich historical and naval information.

Author: Van de Velde
Title: Notice sur la Mer Noire, sur son littoral et sur les principaux forts
Place of publication: Brussels
Publication date: 1854
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 33
Dimensions: 15 x 23 cm
Language: French

8. Αρχιμ. Κωνσταντίου, Αρχαία Αλεξάνδρεια. Περιγραφή της πόλεως ταύτης εν τη κατά πάροδον περιηγήσσι (Μόσχα 1803)

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Dedicated to Tsar Alexander I “(reign 1801-1825), the journey of Archimandrite Constantine to Alexandria, Egypt is an excellent presumption of printing and touring. This billingual edition (Russian and English) which was printed in Moscow in 1803,was intended to guide the visitor trhough the Alexandrian antiquities from the creation of the city until the early 19th century. 

Author: Archimandrite Konstantios [Konstantios, Byzantios. Arcimandrite of Mount Sinai, Ecumanical Patriarch] / Архимандрит Константин
Title (Gr.): Αρχαία Αλεξάνδρεια. Περιγραφή της πόλεως ταύτης εν τη κατά πάροδον περιηγήσσι
Title (Russ): Древняя Александрия. Путешествие
Title (En): Ancient Alexandria. Tour
Place of publication: Moscow / Москва
Publisher: Εν τη ελευθέρα τυπογραφία Γαρίου και Καμπανίας
Date of publication: 1803
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 94
Language: Russian and Greek

9. Σχινάς Ν., Οδιπορικαί Σημειώσεις Μακεδονίας, Ηπείρου, Νέας Οροθετικής Γραμμής και Θεσσαλίας (Αθήνα 1886)

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The first of the three parts of Nikolaos Schinas’ treatise on Macedonia. It includes detailed instructions for all locations and the road network in the area.

Author: Nikolaos Schinas
Title (Gr): Οδιπορικαί Σημειώσεις Μακεδονίας, Ηπείρου, Νέας Οροθετικής Γραμμής και Θεσσαλίας, Μέρος 1: Μακεδονία
Title (En): Travel Notes for Macedonia, Epirus, the New Boarder Line and Thessaly, vol. I: Macedonia
Place of publication: Athens
Publisher: Messager d’Athènes
Date of publication: 1886
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 200
Language: Greek

10. Ingigian L., von Klaproth J., Nachrichten über der Tragischen Bosporus – Beschreibung des Östlichen Kaukasus (Weimar 1814)

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Author: Lucas Ingigian, Julius von Klaproth
Title: Nachrichten über der Tragischen Bosporus – Beschreibung des Östlichen Kaukasus – Register über den XXXVII bis und mit L. band
Place of Publication: Βαϊμάρη
Publisher: Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs
Date of Publication: 1814
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 346
Dimensions: 21 x 12 cm
Language: German

11. Bordone B., Isolario di Benedetto Bordone nel qual si ragiona di tutte l’isole del mondo, con li lor nomi antichi & moderni, historie, favole, & modi del loro vivere, & in qual parte del mare stanno, & in qual parallelo & clima giaciono (Venezia 1547)

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One of the most famous isolaria of the 16th century, in a rare edition with several coloured maps.

Author: Benedetto Bordone
Title: Isolario di Benedetto Bordone nel qual si ragiona di tutte l’isole del mondo, con li lor nomi antichi & moderni, historie, favole, & modi del loro vivere, & in qual parte del mare stanno, & in qual parallelo & clima giaciono
Place of Publication: Venice
Date of Publication: 1547
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 168
Dimensions: 28.5 x 19.5 cm
Language: Italian

12. de Montalbo L., Astraudo A., Grèce. Ordre du Sauveur et distinctions honorifiques (Paris 1897)

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Authors: Luigi de Montalbo, Amédée Astraudo
Title: Grèce. Ordre du Sauveur et distinctions honorifiques
Place of Publication: Παρίσι
Date of Publication: 1897
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 39
Dimensions: 30.5 x 22.7 cm
Language: French

13. de Lunay M., L’architecture ottomane (Constantinople 1873)

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This is the first edition of a rare work on Ottoman architecture. The book, published in only a few copies, was created on the occasion of the international exhibition held in Vienna in 1873.

Author: Marie de Luney
Title: L’architecture ottomane
Place of publication: Constantinople
Publisher: P. Sébah
Date of publication: 1873
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 310
Dimensions: 49 x 33.8 cm
Language: French, German, Ottoman

14. Borotra H., Lettres orientales (Paris 1893)

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Author: Henry Borotra
Title: Lettres orientales. Premier Série comprenant la Turquie et Partie de la Grèce
Place of publication: Paris
Publisher: H. Simonis Empis
Date of publication: 1893
Προέλευση: Ιστορική Βιβλιοθήκη, Ίδρυμα Αικατερίνης Λασκαρίδη
Pages: 310
Dimensions: 19 x 12.5 cm
Language: French

15. Cherveau M., Une excursion en Macédoine (Dijon 1884)

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A tour of Macedonia by the forester M. Cherveau. The author gives a rich description of the cities with reference to the customs of the inhabitants and the Muslim holidays.

Author: M. Cherveau
Title: Une excursion en Macédoine
Place of publication: Dijon
Publisher: Imprimerie Darantiere
Date of publication: 1884
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 50
Dimensions: 15 x 23 cm
Language: French

16. Rosaccio G., Viaggio da Venetia, a Costantinopoli : per mare, e per terra & insieme quello di Terra Santa (Venezia 1598)

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Author: Giuseppe Rosaccio
Title: Viaggio da Venetia, a Costantinopoli : per mare, e per terra & insieme quello di Terra Santa, da Gioseppe Rosaccio, con brevità descritto, nel quale, oltre à settantadui disegni, di geografia e corografia si discorre, quanto in esso viaggio si ritroua, cioè : città, castelli, porti, golfi, isole, monti, fiumi è mari : opera utile à mercanti, marinari & à studiosi di geografia
Place of publication: Venice
Publisher: Giacomo Franco
Date of publication: 1598
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 38
Language: Italian

17. Lejean G., Ethnographie de la Turquie d’Europe | Ethnographie der europäischen Türkei (Ghotha 1861)

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Author: Guillaume Lejean
Title: Ethnographie de la Turquie d’Europe | Ethnographie der europäischen Türkei
Place of publication: Ghotha
Publisher: Julius Perthes
Date of publication: 1861
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 38
Dimensions: 21 x 25.5 cm
Languages: French, German

18. Fossati G., Aya Sofia Constantinople (London 1852)

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Gaspare Fossati (1809-1883) and his brother Giuseppe Fossati (1822-1891), were born in Switzerland to a family of architects. They studied in Venice and Milan. 

In 1847 Sultan Abdülmecid entrusted the Fossati brothers with the conservation and restoration of Haghia Sophia, as the monument had not been repaired in centuries. Works in Hagia Sophia lasted two years. More than eight hundreds men worked to reinforce the dome and surrounding semi-domes, cleaned the mosaics, replaced the chandeliers, and renovated the mihrab and the mimbar. Also, the huge circular tables with calligraphic elements were added to the four pillars.

The Fossati brothers published this edition in London in 1852, after the conclusion of the works and the magnificent inauguration of Hagia Sophia on 13th July 1849. It includes a series of lithographs with impressive views of the monument’s interior, which had been used as a mosque since 1453. The introduction contains an overview of the architectural stages of the building, and the lithographs are signed by Louis Haghe.

Source: Travelogues, Ioli Vingopoulou

Author: Gaspard Fossati
Title: Aya Sofia Constantinople, As recently restored by Order of H.M. the Sultan Abdul Medjid
Place of publication: London
Publisher: P. & C. Colhaghi
Date of publication: 1852
Provenance: Historical Library, Aikaterini Laskaridis Foundation
Pages: 32
Language: French