Description, des principales villes, havres & isles du golfe de Venise du coté oriental [...].
Small oblong folio (284 x 180 mm). (2), 40 pp. of letterpress text with 110 (instead of 115) engraved plates plus 2 duplicates (Ormus and Abydos), including 87 city views, 20 maps and plans, a reproduction of a Turkish banner conquered by the Venetians in the 1685 Siege of Coron. Contemporary calf with giltstamped spine. All edges red.
This ample collection of views of the Mediterranean and Middle Eastern ports and cities contains 135 unnumbered descriptions in French and 87 city views as well as maps and plans. The engravings by Gaspar Bouttats the Elder (ca. 1640-1695/96) and some by Jacob Peeters include cities and islands in modern-day Greece (Athens, Sparta, Chios, Crete, Samos, Pathmos, Rhodes), Cyprus (Nicosia and Famagusta), Libanon (Tripoli), Palestine (Nazareth), and Syria (Aleppo and Damascus), as well as the pyramids of Giza, Mocha, Muscat and Aden in Arabia, Babylon, Nineveh and Baghdad in Iraq, locations in Turkey (Smyrna, Mardin, Ephesus), Yerevan and Ejmiatsin in Armenia, Persia (including Ormus), Mt. Carmel and Mt. Tabor in Palestine, and even India with Surat and Bijapur. Place names and legends on the plates vary between Italian, French, and Dutch. A Latin dedication to the Republic of Venice and a French description of the Turkish banner with a translation of its Arabic inscription precede the text.
Binding rubbed, scuffed, and somewhat brittle. Variously browned and brownstained, otherwise well preserved.