DAPPER, Olfert (ca 1635 - 1690). Naukeurige Beschryving van Asie: behelsende de Gewesten van Mesopotamie, Babylonie, Assyrie, Anatolie, of Klein Asie: beneffens eene volkome Beschrijving van... Arabie. Amsterdam: Jacob van Meurs, 1680.

$ 7,000.00

2 parts in one volume (12 4/8 x 7 6/8 inches). Letterpress title-page printed in red black. Additional engraved title-page. 2 folding double-page engraved plates, 14 double-page, and 22 vignettes in the text. Contemporary speckled calf gilt (expertly rebacked preserving the original spine, one or two wormholes in the leather).

First edition, and an attractive copy. A reliable, although not first-hand, account of the geography, history, and inhabitants of Mesopotamia, Asia Minor, and Arabia. Including dramatic views of Aden, Mocha, Muskat, Bagdad, Babel, Nineveh, Abydos, Smyrna, Magnesia, and Ephesus. Dapper was "a Dutch physician and scholar devoted to historical and geographical studies. His works are of especial importance because of the fine plates, which include maps, plans, beautiful views and costumes" (Blackmer). He also wrote extensively on India, Africa and China, and his books were translated into German, French and English Atabey 322. Catalogued by Kate Hunter