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The most important source for the Moluccas in the early colonial period

ARGENSOLA, Bartolome Leonardo de. Conquista de las islas Malucas.
[Madrid, Alonso Martin, 1609]. Small folio (22 x 30 cm). With an engraved architectural title-page showing an allegorical scene (the Moluccas represented by a native woman with feather headdress, cornucopia and sword, riding a crocodile, with the Spanish royal coat of arms in the sky) and a sleeping lion (representing the author?) in a separate cartouche below. Early 18th-century richly gold-tooled red morocco, each board with a large centrepiece a petit fers made partly with pointillé stamps. Full description
€ 35,000
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Detailed description of the Spanish in the Moluccas

ARGENSOLA, Bartolomé Leonardo de. Histoire de la conquète des isles Moluques par les Espagnols, par les Portugais, & par les Hollandois.
Amsterdam, Jacques Desbordes, 1706. 3 volumes. 12mo. With 3 engraved frontispieces, engraved portrait of the dedicatee and 32 engraved folding plates, maps and views. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 2,500
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A Batak shaman’s divination manual
written in the secret Hata Poda language in a split-wood, accordion-fold book

[Northern Sumatra, ca. 1860/1920?]. A manuscript (16 x 11.5 x 6 cm) in the old esoteric Hata Poda language used by the Batak "datu" (shamans), with the text written in the Batak script and the decorations and illustrations drawn, both in black ink on both sides of thin split-wood leaves (1.3 mm thick), with about 45 illustrations in the text and a few additional decorations. Made from a single long strip of thin split-wood, scored vertically across the (horizontal) grain and accordion-folded at the score lines, with the blank outside surface of the first and last leaf given a dark stain to serve as a front and back cover. Full description
€ 4,750
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Compelling account of shipwreck and survival

BONTEKOE, Willem Ysbrantsz. Journael ofte gedenckwaerdige beschrijvinge van de Oost-Indische reyse. Begrijpende veel wonderlijcke en ghevaerlijcke saecken hem daer in weder-varen. Begonnen den 18. December 1618. en vol-eynd den 16. November 1625. Waer by gevoegd is het Journael van Dirck Albertsz Raven, als oock verscheyden gedenckwaerdige geschiedenissen, op veel plaetsen verbetert en een groot deel vermeerdert.
Amsterdam, Joost Hartgers, 1648. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With a double-page engraved plate with 6 views of the ship at fire and in a storm, the islands St. Mary, Samatra and Princes Eyland, and an image of flying fishes. Modern marbled wrappers. Full description
€ 6,500
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First edition of a sumptuous account of a voyage to Russia, Persia and the East Indies, with large folding views of Moscow and Isfahan (194x42 cm)

BRUYN (LE BRUN), Cornelis de. Reizen over Moskovie, door Persie en Indie: verrykt met driehondert konstplaten, vertoonende de beroemste lantschappen en steden, ook de byzondere dragten, beesten, gewassen en platen, die daer gevonden worden ...
Amsterdam, Willem and David Goeree for the author, 1711. Folio (40x25.5 cm). With engraved frontispiece by Bernard Picart, engraved author's portrait, 2 folding engraved maps, 109 engraved plates (13 folding, 55 double-page, 41 full-page) and 36 engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 9,000
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Piracy and shipwrecks: travelling to the Indies via the Cape of Good Hope in the 18th century

BUCQUOY, Jacob de. Sechzehenjährige Reise nach Indien; Aus dem Holländischen nach der 2. Ausg. übersetzt: Nebst einem Auszuge aus Jakob Frankens unglücklichen Reise in den Jahren 1756-1760.
Leipzig, Christian Gottlob Hilscher, 1771. 8vo. With 2 folding engraved plates (a map of the coast of Malabar & Coromandel, and a map & coastal view). Modern mottled boards with grey label on spine. Full description
€ 2,950
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273 coats of arms 1266-1753,
including the Governors of the Dutch East Indies 1610-1743

[MANUSCRIPT - COAT OF ARMS - LOW COUNTRIES]. [Armorial of the Bishopric of Liège and of officials of and associated with the Low Countries].
[Utrecht or vicinity?, ca. 1740-ca. 1753]. Folio (33 x 21.5 cm). Manuscript armorial with 273 coats of arms (plus 7 with names and information but with the arms left blank), nearly all coloured and (where appropriate) with gold and silver, the dated ones ranging from 1266 to 1753. Contemporary blind-tooled sprinkled calf. Full description
€ 7,500
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“The most important Dutch collection of travel literature” with 232 engraved plates

[COMMELIN, Isaac]. Begin ende voortgangh, van de Vereenighde Nederlantsche Geoctroyeerde Oost-Indische Compagnie. Vervatende de voornaemste reysen, by de inwoonderen der selver provincien derwaerts gedaen.
[Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius], 1646. 2 volumes. Oblong 4to (18.5 x 23.5 cm). With 2 engraved frontispieces and 230 engraved plates, including a folding world map, folding map of the East Indies, maps, views, plans and other illustrations. 18th-century mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spines. Professional restorations to the hinges, ends of the spine and to the extremities of the boards; although they are done in sheepskin, they remain subtle. Full description
€ 75,000
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Magnificent showpiece of medical botany, with 223 large botanical plates

COMMELIN, Jan and Caspar COMMELIN. Horti medici Amstelodamensis rariorum tam Orientalis, quam Occidentalis Indiae, aliarumque peregrinarum plantarum ... descriptio et icones [= on the following leaf:] Beschryvinge en curieuse afbeeldingen van rare vreemde Oost- West-Indische en andere gewassen vertoont in den Amsterdamsche kruyd-hof. [vol. 2 titles differs, adding references to African plants].
Amsterdam, Pieter & Joan II Blaeu, Abraham van Someren [vol. 2 with Van Someren replaced by his widow], 1697-1701. 2 volumes. Large folio (41.5 x 28 cm). Each volume with an engraved title-page, 5 full-page engraved coats of arms of the botanical garden's commissioners (including Jan Commelin himself), and 225 engraved botanical figures on 223 plates printed on 222 leaves. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 22,000
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The classic history of the Dutch East Indies

DU BOIS, Johann Peter Isaak. Vies des gouverneurs généraux, avec l'abrégé de l'histoire des etablissements hollandois aux Indes Orientales; ...
Including: IMHOFF, G.W. van. Considerations sur l'etat present de la compagnie hollandoise des Indes Orientales.
The Hague, Pieter de Hondt, 1763. Royal 4to (27.5 x 22.5 cm). With 34 engraved plates, 1 engraved allegorical headpiece and 28 numbered headpieces with portraits of the Gouvernors-General of the Dutch East Indies. All plates were drawn and presumably engraved by the artist and engraver Jacob van Schley (1715-1729). 19th-century half cloth. Full description
€ 4,500
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