Reizen van Cornelis de Bruyn, door de vermaardste deelen van Klein Asia, de eylanden Scio, Rhodus, Cyprus, Metelino, Stanchio, &c. mitsgaders de voornaamste steden van Aegypten, Syrien en Palestina [...].
Folio (235 x 337 mm). (18), 398, (8) pp. With engr. half-title, engr. portrait of the author (after Godfrey Kneller), and 210 as well as several lettered or unnumbered engravings (many by Jan and Caspar Luyken after the author's drawings) printed on 57 plates, 24 double-page plates and 20 folding plates (most of which are panoramic views). Wants the folding map of the Eastern Mediterranean. Contemporary Dutch blindstamped vellum.
First edition, the only one to appear in the original language. The Dutch painter and traveller Cornelius de Bruyn travelled to Constantinople and throughout the Levant and the Ottoman empire between 1677 and 1685. "De Bruyn was primarily a landscape artist and this manifests itself in the several fine panoramas which include Smyrna, Constantinople, the Bosphorus, Rhodes, Tyre, Alexandria, Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Aleppo, Palmyra and others. De Bruyn's costume plates are mostly of the different types of Greek and Turkish head-dresses" (Atabey).
Some browning, fingerstaining and edge flaws throughout. Complete save for the map.
Atabey 159. Tiele 207. Gay 2101. Henze I, 378. Howgego I, p. 157, B177. Weber II, 402 (note). Röhricht 1184. Tobler 114. Cobham/Jeffery 7. Laor 967. Schwab 74. Cohen/de Ricci 610. Lipperheide Ci 48 (= 546). Graesse I, 552. OCLC 4619950. Cf. Blackmer 225 (2nd French ed.). Aboussouan 164 (1725 French 4to ed.).