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Classic description of Asia, Persia and Georgia with 66 engravings

DAPPER, Olfert.
Asia, of naukeurige beschryving van het Rijk des Grooten Mogols, en een groot gedeelte van Indiën: ... Beneffens ... Persie, Georgie, Mengrelie en andere gebuur-gewesten.
Amsterdam, Jacob van Meurs, 1672. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With an engraved title-page, 4 double-page engraved maps, 28 engraved plates (including 12 double-page) and 33 half-page engravings in text. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine. 1-177, 186-192, 176-276, [14], 277-379, [3], [1], [1 blank]; 1-16, 9-16, 17-184; 1-43, [5] pp.
€ 5,500
First edition of a splendidly illustrated 17th-century account of Asia, including Persia and Georgia, covering the mythology, religion, languages, potentates and topography of the regions. The first part covers the empire of the "Great Mogul" (Central Asia and northern India) and the second part (noted on the main title-page but with its own part-title) covers Persia and Georgia (the latter as appendix). The illustrations gave 17th-century Europeans a rare view of the Hindu gods and religious rites, portraits of the Asian potentates, Asian customs and clothing in general, a splendid double-page plate of the Mogul's court, views of several cities, and numerous elephants. The double-page maps include a nautical chart of the Caspian Sea.
With the bookplate of the great Dutch book collector Isaac Meulman (1807-1868). With some marginal water stains, some very tiny marginal wormholes, some leaves slightly browned and/or foxed. Binding worn along the extremities, hinges cracked. Otherwise in good condition. Cat. bibl. Meulman 1709; Cat. NHSM, p. 219; Graesse II, p. 335; Lipperheide La 5; STCN 843467398; Tiele, Bibl. 299.
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