"Description Exacte des Isles de l'Archipel, et de Quelques Autres Adjacentes …", Dapper, Olivier
Subject: Greece, Greek Islands
Period: 1703 (published)
Color: Black & White
9.8 x 14 inches
24.9 x 35.6 cm
Dapper's account of the Greek islands was first published in his native Dutch in 1688. This French edition, published in Amsterdam by George Gallet, features the same maps and wonderful engravings that include city and archaeological site views, costumes, floral and fauna illustrations, and ancient coins. Includes an engraved frontispiece, 22 (of 34) folding and full-page plates, and 40 (of 43) text illustrations. Missing the large folding map of the archipelago, maps of the northern and southern archipelago, Cyprus, Crete and Negrepont, view/plans of Stampalie & Nicarie, Samos & Scio, Pelagnisi & Dromi, Tine & Chateau de Tine, and Pelagnisi & Dromi, and three text illustrations of Candie, Canee, and Retimo. Half title, title page (printed in red and black), 556 pp, tables of contents and plates. Recently rebound in brown calf with raised bands and gilt title on spine. A beautiful book with lots of interest despite the missing plates.
Plates and text very good to fine with nice impressions and minimal toning. Binding fine. See description for the list of missing plates.