Including the first translation of the Quran into German

Happel, Eberhard Werner. Thesaurus exoticorum. Alßdann eine kurtzbündige Beschreibung von Ungarn.

Hamburg & Frankfurt, Wiering & Hertel, 1688.

Folio (221 x 352 mm). 5 parts in 1 vol. (10), 120, 192, 160 (but: 156), 288 (but: 388), (4), 115, (1) pp. (without 4 ff. of index). With engraved t. p., 26 double-page-sized engravings (mostly folding), 3 folding engr. maps, 3 folding woodcut plates, and numerous text engravings. Marbled pastedowns. Contemp. calf.


A complete copy of the first edition, noted for its illustrations, half of which are devoted to the Islamic World. This exceptionally wide-ranging collection of politics and travel reports, anecdotes, scientific discoveries, and experiments is a testament to Happel's shrewd journalistic understanding of popular taste. The woodcuts constitute the principal work of Thomas Wiering (cf. Thieme/Becker XXXV, 537). "Has special interest for the American collector, as it consists of a series of 15 curious representations of the aborigines of America, all with detailed descriptions of their manners, customs, religion" (Sabin). Mainly concerned with the Turkish Wars in Europe (and also mentions the campaigns in southern Greece from 1684 to 1688). "The last part of the work is of particular interest in that it contains the first complete transcription of the Qu'ran into German language" (Koc, 164).

Engraved title page shows ink censorship to pudenda of allegorical figure; four-line ms. inscription (dated 1690). Several plates trimmed closely or remargined (occasional slight loss to image). Formerly in the Ottoman collection of the Swiss industrialist Herry W. Schaefer.

VD 17, 39:131766W (citing 25 plates and 2 engr. maps). Ömer Koc Collction, I, 92 (pp. 163-173). STC H 315. Dünnhaupt 15.1. Borba de Moraes 393. Hayn/Gotendorf III, 84. Jantz 1291. Alden 688/117. Sturminger 1464. Sabin 30279. Graesse III, 208.