Dapper, Olfert (Olivier)
1668

Antique view of a battle among galleys off Tripoli, Libya

De Stadt Tripolis

DESCRIPTION: Interesting antique elevation view of Tripoli, Libya by Olfert Dapper (1636 - 1689). Oared galleys battle in the foreground with at least one galley shown in flames and apparently sinking. Strong copperplate impression and a visible platemark close to the neatline support the early date of this engraved panoramic view.

From the original Dutch version of Olfert Dapper's "Description of Africa" or "Naukeurige beschrijvinge der Afrikaensche gewesten van Egypten, Barbaryen, Libyen, Biledulgerid, Negroslant, Guinea, Ethiopie╠łn, Abyssinie ..." Dapper was a Dutch writer and self-described physician best known for his books on Africa, China, Persia and Arabia.

Published by Jacob van Meurs from Amsterdam in 1668. Other later editions of Dapper's view of Tripoli exist with French and German text but those copies include an additional title in the language of publication. This example has a single title in Dutch. This plate corresponds to an example found in the Dutch version held in the collection of the Getty Research Institute. Internet.

Page 437. Verso is blank.

CREATOR: Dapper, Olfert (Olivier)

PUBLICATION DATE: 1668

GEOGRAPHIC AREA: Libya

BODY OF WATER: Mediterranean

CONDITION: Good.  Slight age toning. Single vertical fold with trace of binder's stub on the verso.

COLORING: None

ENGRAVER: 

SIZE: 14 " x 11 "

ITEM PHYSICAL LOCATION: 1

PRICE: $340

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