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Glorious voyages and expeditions undertaken by the Spaniards (large paper copy)

AA, Pieter van der (editor) and Johann Ludwig GOTTFRIED (falsely attributed to) De gedenkwaardige en al-om beroemde voyagien der Spanjaarden na West-Indiën, namentlijk in het Zuyder- en Noorder-gedeelte van het eertijds onbekende America ... Alles onlangs uyt het Spaans in 't Nederlands getrouwelijk vertaalt ... Het tweede stuk.
Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, [ca. 1711]. Second volume (of 2). 1mo. With engraved title-page, 14 engraved maps (7 leaves with 2 maps each), and 41 engravings in text. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum, boards with a large blind-tooled centrepiece with the initials H.B. Full description
€ 3,500
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The book that opened America

ACOSTA, José de. Historie naturael ende morael van de Westersche Indien.
Enkhuizen, Jacob Lenaertsz. Meyn (colophon: Haarlem, printed by Gillis Rooman), 1598. 8vo. With a woodcut decoration on the title-page. Vellum (ca. 1700?). [7], 398, [8] ll. Full description
€ 7,500
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First life-size facsimile of the greatest bird book of all time: binder’s copy, with the copper plates for its lettering

AUDUBON, John James. The Birds of America.
New York & Amsterdam, Johnson Reprint Corp. & Theatrum Orbis Terrarum (i.e. Nico Israel), 1971-1972. 4 volumes. Double-elephant folio (100 x 65.5 cm). With 435 plates containing 1065 life-size figures of North American birds. Finely bound in three-quarter calf. [14]; [10]; [10]; [14] pp. plus 435 plates. Full description
€ 59,500
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The second book printed in Arabic from movable type
and a primary source for Columbus's second voyage to America

[BIBLE - POLYGLOT]. Psalterium, Hebr[a]eum, Gr[a]ecu[m], Arabicu[m], & Chald[a]eu[m], cu[m] tribus Latinis i[n]terp[re]tat[i]o[n]ibus & glossis.
(Colophon: Genoa, Pietro Paulo Porro, November 1516). Folio (33.5 x 25 cm). Title-page and first double-page opening of the main text printed in red and black, the former with a woodcut arabesque border, Porro's white on black woodcut leek device on the final leaf. With parallel text in Hebrew, Latin (3 versions), Greek, Arabic and Chaldean Aramaic (set in roman, Greek, Hebrew and Arabic type), giving 8 columns to each double-page spread (the 8th for notes) with 41 lines per columns, and 13 woodcut floriated initials (5 Latin, 4 Hebrew, 2 Greek and 2 Arabic). 16th-century blind-tooled brown calf. Rebacked and with later endpapers. 200 ll. Full description
€ 48,000
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A catechism in French and Carib

BRETON, Raymond. Petit catechisme ou sommaire des trois premieres parties de la doctrine chrestienne. Traduit du françois, en la langue des Caraibes Insulaires.
Auxerre, Gilles Bouquet, 1664. 8vo. With a small woodcut on the title-page showing the Virgin and a woodcut of the Crucifixion on p. 16. Modern half maroon morocco, gold-tooled spine. 70 pp. Full description
€ 19,500
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Rare Dutch translation of a work on Spanish America, with 4 maps

CAMPBELL, John. De tegenwoordige staat der volken van het Spaansche ryk in Amerika, met een byzonder verhaal, van den koophandel uit Oud-Spanje, met de galjoenen, flota, &c.; en van den verboden handel der Hollanders, Engelschen, Franschen, Deenen en Portugezen, in de West-Indiën.
Amsterdam, Bernardus Mourik, [ca. 1745 or ca. 1748]. 8vo. With 4 folding engraved maps, showing the city and harbours of Veracruz, Havana, Portobelo and Cartagena. Contemporary red half sheepskin (roan). [8], 328 pp. Full description
€ 1,200
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Condemnation of the Spanish conquerors

CASAS, Bartholomeo DE LAS. Conquista dell' Indie Occidentali di monsignor Fra Bartolomeo dalle Case o Casaus, Sivigliano, Vescouo di Chiapa.
Venice, Marco Ginammi, 1645. 4to. Woodcut printer's device (Hope, with anchor) on title-page, woodcut initials. Later half red morocco, marbled sides gold-tooled spine, marbled endpapers. 8, [4], XVII, [1], 31-184 pp. Full description
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Plea for Indian rights in the 16th century

CASAS, Bartholomeo de las. Il supplice schiavo Indiano di Monsig. reverendis D. Bartolomeo Dalle Case, o Casaus, Sivigliano, del ordine de' Predicatori, & Vesouo di Chapa, citta Regale dell' Indie. Conforme al suo vero originale spagnuolo gia stampato in Siviglia. Tradotto in Italiano per opera di Marco Ginammi. Al molto illustre sig. sig. servandis il. sig. Bernardo Moro.
Venice, Ginammi, 1657. 4to. With woodcut printer's device on title, woodcut initials. Later red half morocco, gilt & ribbed spine with title lettered in gold, marbled endpapers. 96 pp. Full description
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