DAPPER, Olfert (ca 1635 - 1690). Asia: oder Genaue und Grundliche Beschreibung des gantzen Syrien und Palestins oder Gelobten Landes. Worinnen die landschafften Phonicien, Celesyrien, Commagene, Pierien, Cyrestica, Seleucis, Cassiotis, Chalibonitis, Chalcis, Abilene, Apamene, Laodicis, Palmyrene, etc., Neben den landern Perea oder Ober-Jordan, Galilaa, das absonderliche Palestina, Judaa und Idumea begriffen sind. Nuremberg: Johann Hofmann, 1688-1689
Folio (12 4/8 x 8 2/8 inches). Title-page printed in red and black (tipped-in, a bit stained). 3 double-page and folding maps, including one of Syria and one of the wanderings of the Children of Israel, the Holy Land, the Promised Land and Palestine, 4 double-page maps of the lands of the Tribes of Israel, 19 double-page views and plans, including 2 of Jerusalem, 5 full-page portraits, 3 full-pages each with 2 vignettes, and 35 vignettes in the text (WITHOUT the large folding panorama of Jerusalem, and one other plate, generally a bit sooty). Contemporary vellum (recased, endpapers renewed).
The second German edition of Dapper's major work on the Middle East, first published in Dutch in 1677, and in German in 1681. Although he did not travel to Asia himself, indeed is believed to have never left Holland, Dapper gathered more than 200 contemporary accounts. He also wrote extensively on Africa and China, and his books were translated into German, French and English. The first Dutch explorer to give account of his actual travels in the middle east was Cornelius Le Bruyn about 30 years later. Blackmer 449; Rohricht 1171; Tobler 212; Atabey 324 (Dutch edition 1677).