Auction 111, Lot 767

"Beschreibung des Konigreichs Persien", Dapper, Olivier

Subject: Exploration - Asia

Period: 1681 (dated)


Color: Black & White

9 x 13 inches
22.9 x 33 cm

Dapper's comprehensive treatise on Asia was one of the best works on the Near East published in the 17th century. Olfert Dapper (1636-1689) was a Dutch physician and scholar who produced a number of popular historical and geographical studies. His travel accounts are drawn from various other sources, including eyewitness accounts. This is the first German edition after the original edition published in Amsterdam in 1672. This volume describes travels to Persia and its surrounding countries including the Caucasus region and Central Asia. Contents - title-page, 170 pp., 4 text-illustrations, 1 full-page engraved plate, 7 engraved double-page folding plates, 5 partial-page engraved plates, and 3 engraved double-page folding maps, Index. The maps include: "Persia Sive Sophorum Regnum," "Die Caspische oder Hydcanische See," and "Tabula Colchidis Hodie Mengrelie." Each map is approximately 13" x 11.5". The double-page plates are fine panoramic views of major cities including Isfahan, Kaschar, Kom, Soltania, and Ardedil. The text is printed in two columns and has woodcut ornaments and initials throughout. Unusual, early 20th century rebound with wooden covers, new end papers, spine in quarter red leather with raised bands and gilt titling.


Condition: B

Occasional toning to text and plates.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $550

Closed on 6/8/2005