Naukeurige Beschrijvinge der Afrikaensche Gewesten van Egypten, Barbaryen, Libyen, Biledulgerid, Negroslant, Guinea, Ethiopiën, Abyssinie… t’Amsterdam: By Jacob van Meurs… 1668. [Bound with:] Naukeurige Beschrijvinge der Afrikaensche Eylanden: als Madagaskar, of Sant Laurens, Sant Thomee, d’eilanden van Kanarien, Kaep de Verd, Malta, en andere…
t’Amsterdam: By Jacob van Meurs1668
2 parts in 1 volume, small folio, 4 leaves (including the engraved title), pp. 728, (18), 25 double-page engraved plates, and 7 double-page or folding maps; 1 leaf, pp. 120 [i.e. 128, pagination omitted in signature n], (4), 6 double-page engraved plates, and 3 double-page maps (a total of 43 plates and maps). First title printed in red and black and with an engraved vignette, 51 half-page engravings in the text of the first work and 5 in the second, woodcut headpieces and initials. A few leaves browned, small stain in upper corner of first few and last dozen leaves. Contemporary Dutch vellum, blind-stamped lozenge in centre of both covers, spine lettered in ink (very small crack at ends of upper joint, one lower corner worn, missing silk ties).
FIRST EDITION. A monumental description of Africa, unsurpassed in detail, illustration, influence and popularity. It covers every imaginable aspect of the entire continent as it was known at the time. Most of the double-page plates are views, and the 56 half-page engravings show botanical and zoological subjects, events, customs, views, and much else. The account of the islands (including Malta) is usually regarded as a part of the main work, though it has a separate title-page, series of signatures and pagination. The work was translated into German, English and French but the text of all these is abbreviated to a greater or lesser extent.