Evliya Çelebi (1611-1684) traveled through the Ottoman Empire in the seventeenth century. He grew up in Istanbul and reportedly spent forty years traveling across Anatolia, as well as reaching Cairo, Vienna, the Crimea, and the Caucasus.
His 10-volume travel narrative, the Seyahatname, or Book of Travels, provides an unmatched record of his eyewitness experience, as well as reported incidents, of all walks of Ottoman life. While some reports are clearly invented and fantastic, the book is considered a forerunner of scientific geography and ethnography. An alternate title is the Tarihi seyyah, "Chronicle of a Traveler."
The manuscript was completed in 1683 in Turkish, and in the 1740s, it was known to total over 4,000 pages. The first full Turkish publication came out piecemeal from 1896-1938. Portions appeared in German in the 1810s-1850s and in English in the mid-twentieth century.
A new, authoritative English-language edition of selected portions, translated and edited by Robert Dankoff and Sooyong Kim, was published in 2010.