Philadelphia: The Penn Publishing Company, 1930. First edition. Hardcover. Scarce first edition signed by the author in full, on a separate tipped in leaf at the front with a blind embossed rectangle in which the presentation is written. The presentation inscription reads, "Autographed and presented to his esteemed friends Mr & Mrs W. E. Finch Christmas 1931, by the Author and Painter George Wharton Edwards".
All of the illustrations in the volume were drawn or painted in Constantinople in the fall of 1928 by the author, from life. Each plate is accompanied by a guard sheet with descriptive letterpress
George Wharton Edwards (1859 - 1950) was a celebrated American Impressionist painter and writer, who wrote and illustrated this volume with the assistance of the Turkish Ambassador to the US. Contents include descriptions of the bazaars and coffee houses, palaces & minarets, mosques & cemeteries, fountains, Ankara (the new capital), Mustafa Kemal Pasha, the emancipation of women, and the separation of church and state.
4to, color printed frontispiece portrait Kemal Ataturk, 312pp, 23 color plates, 32 b&w plates. Title page printed in color with illustration. Original highly colorfully decorated dark green gilt cloth front cover in silver, red and pale green, top edge gilt.
A sumptuous book production, glorifying the young Turkish republic, of which there are no signed copies located at auction on Rare Book Hub. OCLC: 2522475. Very good + condition. Item #23278