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Abidos in Asia ( Minor)

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Article ID ASI0871
Artist Dapper (1636-1689)
Olfert Dapper was a Dutch physician and writer. He wrote books about world history and geography, although he never travelled outside the Netherlands. In 1663 wrote a book on the history of Amsterdam. His Description of Africa (1668) is a key text for African studies. His book "is one of the most authoritative 17th century accounts on Africa published in German. Translations appeared in English, French, and German. Dapper never traveled to Africa but used reports by Jesuit missionaries and other (Dutch) explorers. Within a few years he published about China, India, Persia, Georgia, and Arabia. His books became well known in his own time. The fine plates include views of Algiers, Benin, Cairo, Cape Town, La Valetta, Marrakech, St. Helena, Tangier, Tripoli, Tunis, as well as, animals and plants.
Title Abidos in Asia ( Minor)
Year ca. 1680
Description
Decorativ view of the city Abidos in Turkeiy with ships in the foreground
 
Abydos or Abydus, an ancient city of Troad (Troas), in Asia Minor, situated at Nara Burnu or Nagara Point on the best harbor on the Asiatic shore of the Hellespont. Across Abydos lies Sestus on the European side, marking one of the narrowest points of the Dardanelles, slightly more than a nautical mile broad (the narrowest point is at Canakkale). The strategic site has been a prohibited zone in the 20th century. Hero and Leander's story took place near Abydos.
Place of Publication Amsterdam
Dimensions (cm)28 x 34
ConditionPerfect condition
Coloringoriginal colored
TechniqueCopper print

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