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20 NAUKEURIGE BESHRYVINGE DER AFRIKAENSCHE GEWESTEN 195

€39,550.00

Description: NAUKEURIGE BESHRYVINGE DER AFRIKAENSCHE GEWESTEN VAN EGYPTEN BARBARYEN, LYBIEN, BILEDULGERID, NEGROSLANT, GUINEA, ETHIOPIEN, ABYSSINIE.Met Lantkaerten en afbeeldingen van Steden, Drachten, &c.Getrokken uyt verscheyde hedendaegse Lantveschrijers en geschriften.[With:] NAUKEURIGE BESCHRIJVINGE DER AFRIKANENSCHE EYELANDEN: ALS MADAGASKAR, OF SANT LAURENS, SANT THOMEE, DÕEILANDEN VAN KANARIEN, KAEP DE VERD, MALTA, EN ANDERE.Met Afteikeningen der Eilanden, en verscheide Afbeeldingen, &c.

Amsterdam Jacob van Meurs 1676. 1676.

Folio (330 x 220mm), Contemporary blind stamped vellum over wooden boards, brass clasps repaired, upper and lower covers with blind stamped panels enclosing medallions of eastern portraits, central blind tooled lozenge.

First Edition, Three parts in One Volume, pp. (viii), 428, 349, (17), (1), (1 blank), 121 (4), with engraved allegorical frontispiece, 2 printed title-pages, the first in red and black and each with a different woodcut vignette or device. 100 superb engravings including the very large folding map at the beginning of Part I and 98 fine copper plates including 14 double page maps, 28 double page plates, 56 text views and frontispiece in original colour .

A UNIQUE CONTEMPORARY COLOURED COPY

£35,000.00

A wonderful and perhaps, unique coloured copy of one of the most important early travel books concerning Africa. No other coloured copies have appeared for sale for the last fifty years

Dapper’s most sought after work of exploration in fine contemporary colour, covering the entire African continent: the Islamic North (from Morocco to Egypt), Abyssinia, Central and Southern Africa, and Madagascar, Malta, the Canaries and other islands of the African coast. The work contains "a [great] number of fine maps and engravings showing the flora and fauna, views of various towns and antiquities, costumes and local scenes" (-Hamilton) The fine double-page plates include views of Cairo, an illustration of a caravan marching out of Cairo to Mecca, the Pyramids of Egypt, a view of the Royal Palace of Morocco, a plan of Tangier, a plan of Capt. Kempthorn's engagement in the Mary-Rose with several men-of-war, views of Tunis and Tripoli, views of the castles of Mina and Cormantine, views of Lovango and Luanda and the Cape of Good Hope, views of Forts Nassau and Orange, a view of Pike Mountain on Teneriffe, a plan of Malta, and others.

Dapper threw himself into a vast undertaking, tackling first Africa (1668), then China (1670), Persia and Georgia (1672) and Arabia (1680).

Today, Description of Africa is his best-known work. Two years after the initial publication, John Ogilby produced what proved to be a rather unreliable translation. A German-language version appeared the following year, while the French translation was published in 1686.

Dapper spent three years researching his book on Africa, perusing a huge number of history and geography books, as well as numerous travellers' accounts. Not content with simply compiling facts, he produced an interesting synthesis of the documents he had consulted, and although some of the information it contains should be viewed with caution, his Description of Africa remains a key text for Africanists.

Far from making value judgements about the societies he described, Dapper avoided all ethnocentric connotations and became the first person to adopt an interdisciplinary approach, weaving together the separate threads of geography, economics, politics, medicine, social life and customs. Unlike some of his contemporaries, Dapper produced a genuine work for posterity, not just a compendium of exotic curiosities.

Cox 1, 361;
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