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Engraved, illustrated perpetual wall calendar with 3 dials: for home or office

[ALMANAC]. Eeuwigduurende almanach 1815[-1823].
[The Netherlands, 1814?]. Oblong 4to (19 x 24 cm). Engraved perpetual almanac (engraved image 17.8 x 22.0 cm) with three engraved roundel scenes with windows cut out of them to view engraved dials mounted behind them that can be set to show the year (ranging from 1815 to 1823), the month (also the zodiac sign, the hour of sunrise and sunset, and the length of the day and night) and the days of the week (showing 7 days of the month simultaneously, each with the day of the week and one of the five planets or the sun or moon). The main engraving and the three dials mounted on millboard, each dial turning on a brass pin secured in a small iron plate, and the main engraving partly coloured in red, blue, green and black. In a contemporary wooden frame (21 x 26 cm), with 3 holes cut in the backing board for setting the dials. Full description
€ 2,750
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5 engravings of decors of the new Amsterdam city theatre

[AMSTERDAM - THEATRE DECORS]. [Collection of engravings of theatre decors of the Amsterdam city theatre:] "Het gothisch paleis", "De ouderwetse burgerkamer", "De legertenten", "De Romeinsche hofzaal", "De kerker".
[Amsterdam, Jan Willem Smit, 1787-1794]. Collection of 5 engravings (impression: 33 x 41.5 cm, image: 20 x 24 cm) by Cornelis Brouwer (fl. 1773-1802), Pieter Hendrik Jonxis (1757-1843) and Izaak Jansz. de Wit (fl. 1759-1809) after drawings by Jan Bulthuis (1750-1901) and Daniël Kerkhoff (1766-1821), after the original paintings by Jan Gerard Waldorp (fl. 1758-1808), Pieter Barbiers (1717-1780), Jurriaan Andriessen (1742-1819) and Hermanus Numan (1744-1820). Full description
€ 475
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Jamestown on the island Saint Helena, seen in 1805, painted in oils on brass

[BELLASIS, George Hutchins, after]. [Jamestown, Saint Helena, seen from the sea in 1805].
[Place of production unknown, ca. 1815? after an 1806 print]. Oil painting on a thin brass plate (11.5 x 15.5 cm) showing the town of Jamestown on the island Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, with 2 ships and a smaller sailboat in the bay before the town, the fortress on the promontory to the left, the houses, governor's residence and church in the centre with the valley and mountains behind. In an ebonized wooden frame and gilt inner frame (24 x 27.5 cm). Full description
€ 7,500
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A series of 44 gouache drawings of carnations

[BOTANICAL DRAWINGS]. Unicolour, bicolour and tricolour carnations].
[The Netherlands or England?, ca. 1790?]. Imperial 16mo (16 x 11.5 cm). With a series of 44 gouache drawings on laid paper, each showing a single carnation on a black flower-shaped background, in three series, designated with letters and numbers. Mid-19th-century half tanned sheepskin. Full description
€ 5,800
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Eyewitness account of a 1570 diplomatic mission to the Ottoman court,
with 28 fine original colour drawings and samples of Turkish decorated paper

BRAECKLE, Jacques de. Memoires du voiage de Constantinople de Jacques de Bracle seigneur de Bassecourt.
[Various places, [1570 or very soon after]. 4to (main text & decorated paper) & 8vo (transcription & drawings) (21.5 x 14.5 cm). Manuscript in French, written in brown ink on paper in a Flemish bastarda gothic hand, with about 26 lines per page. With 8 contemporary half-sheet specimens of Turkish decorated "silhouette" paper (folded to make 16 leaves in 2 quires), a series of 28 drawings in brown ink and coloured gouaches, highlighted in gold (mostly costume figures, some showing the Sultan and other leading figures, others showing anonymous types from various ethnic and religious groups), plus a ca. 1800, transcript of the complete text and biography of the author (with his arms in colour). Modern sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 250,000
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On the archaeological dilemma of the rock painting of "the white lady",
author’s presentation copy to his collaborator Mary Boyle

BREUIL, Henri, Mary BOYLE and Dr. E.R. SCHERZ. [Half-title: The rock paintings of Southern Africa: volume one]. The white lady of the Brandberg.
London, The Trianon Press; William Clowes and sons, (back of title page: 1955). Folio (37.5 x 29 cm). With a coloured frontispiece, a small map in text, 13 coloured plates (2 folding, images numbered I-XXII), and 5 collotype plates with photographs (1 folding, each plate with several photographs). Original half leather. Full description
€ 1,850
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