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Spring Books, London (a reprint of original 1936 book), 1965. Hardcover, 9¾" x 6½", with dust jacket. Ours is a rebound ex-library copy in protective covering, with usual stamps, stickers, pocket, barcode etc. Pages beginning to discolour. GOOD book in FAIR price-clipped dust jacket. Tan cloth-bound boards, fold-out ancient reproduction, 21½" x 9½" ('Seraglio Hill from Galata'), 42 other old illustrations & photographs, and index. The term 'harem' properly applies to the women's quarters which formed only one part of the vast social, political and administrative unit represented by the Imperial Palace. The author carefully reconstructs the huge network of courts, living quarters, reception rooms, kitchens, baths, and dungeons which comprise this miniature empire. Some of the incredible stories of harem life here recounted - decades of solitary confinement, the orgies and crimes, the mutilation of the eunuchs, the murders of harem women - mark the decline of Turkish power, and the ignominious end of the harem.