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HAPPEL, Eberhard Werner.

Thesaurus Exoticorum.

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Hamburg, Gedruckt und Verlegt durch Thomas von Wiering, 1688

Superbly illustrated work on the Ottoman Empire with plates after Melchior Lorck and Nicolay. The greater part of this work, which is a sort of German Coryat, is filled with a history of the wars between Hungary and Turkey. The illustrations include a fine series of portraits, with battle scenes, trophies, and costumes. Two of the engravings, each printed from several plates depict views along the Danube and in the eastern Mediterranean, and a plate of Napoli di Romania by Romeyn de Hooghe.

In addition the work 'has also a special interest for the American collector, as it contains a series of fifteen curious representations of the aborigines of America, all with detailed descriptions of their manners, customs, religion, etc. We find among them representations of the natives of New-France, New-Netherland, Virginia, a King of Florida, Californians, Peruvians, Chilians, Mexicans, etc.' (Sabin).



First edition. folio (35.5 x 22.5 cm. approx.), 5 parts in 1 volume, (18), 120; (2), 192; (2), 160; (2), 288; (4), 115 pp., additional pictorial engraved title, title printed in red and black, 3 double page woodcut plates, 3 double page engraved maps, 26 engaved plates (19 folding or double-page, and 198 large woodcuts in the text, The fourth part with woodcuts by Lorck, Contemporary leather over wooden boards with clasps and rich spine gilt, very small wormhole to lower margin, an excellent, complete copy.


Atabey 563 (defective); not in Blackmer; Graesse III, 208; Koç I, 92. Borba de Moraes, I, 393; European Americana 688/117; Sabin 30279.

Stock ID:101387

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