Koç University Libraries have invested in developing and further growing valuable collections of rare material. Unique items that include books, manuscripts, slides, photos, personal correspondence, official documents, architectural designs, maps, sound recordings, and more comprise a treasure which documents the past.
Among these, travel books of explorers, travelers, pilgrims, archaeologists, wanderers, expatriates, diplomats and scholars who documented their experiences from places their eyes saw and their soul captivated.
“To move, to breathe, to fly, to float,
To gain all while you give,
To roam the roads of lands remote,
To travel is to live.”
― Hans Christian Andersen, The Fairy Tale of My Life: An Autobiography
Selection of rare material
Books in the rare book collection include many materials originally written in languages other than modern Turkish, including Ottoman Turkish, English, French, Latin, Arabic and Persian. General subject boundaries are 19th and 20th century Turkish literature, İstanbul (written about by travelers from abroad), the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires and their foreign affairs, the Turkish revolution and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. These titles are highly valuable for researchers who work in these subject areas.
Here are some of the titles, for you to have a first glimpse of the treasures we will reveal in this thematic exhibition.