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Asia by Olfert Dapper. 1672.

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Naukeurige beschryving van Asie: behelsende de gewesten van Mesopotamie, Babylonie, Assyrie, Anatolie, of Klein Asie: ... - Dapper Olfert.

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Item Number:  24286
Category:  Books > Books with Maps

Dapper Olfert (1639-1689) . Asia, of Naukeurige beschryving van het rijk des Grooten Mogols, en een groot gedeelte van Indiën: behelsende de landschappen van Kandahar, Kabul, Multan, Haïkan, Bukkar, ... Beneffens een volkome Beschryving van geheel Persie, Georgie, Mengrelie en andere Gebuur-gewesten. Vertoont In de Benamingen, Grens-palen, Steden, Gewassen, Dieren, Zeden der inwoonders, Drachten, Bestiering en Gods-dienst. ... Amsterdam, Jacob van Meurs, 1672. Two parts in 1 vol., folio, contemporary marbled calf (skilfully restored), richly gilt-tooled decoration on covers and spine. 379-[3], [2]]]-184, 43-[5] pp. (a few pages slightly browned). Excellent copy.

Graesse, II, p.335

First issue of the first edition with the rare dedication to Cornelis de Wit (lynched 20 Aug. 1672) that was cancelled in most copies. Splendidly illustrated early account of Asia, including Persia and Georgia (Part II). Part I covers the empire of the "Great Mogol" (Central Asia and Northern India). Both parts deal with the topography, religion, mythology, languages and politics of various regions.
Engraved illustrations: frontispice, 16 double-page plates (4 maps) , 16 full-page plates and 33 half-page ills. General title in red and black, text in 2 cols.

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