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Detailed descriptions of orchids from Dutch East Indies and Japan, with 70 plates

BLUME, Karl Ludwig. Collection des orchidées les plus remarquables de l'Archipel Indien et du Japon.
Amsterdam, C.G. Sulpke (back of title-page: printed by A.W/ Sythoff, Leiden), 1858[-1859]. Large folio (44.5 x 29 cm). With hand-coloured lithographed frontispiece and 70 lithographed plates (numbered 1-66, 9b, 9c, 9d and 12b, including 1 double-page plate), 56 hand-coloured. Contemporary brown half sheepskin, decorated paper (embossed flower pattern) sides. Full description
€ 17,500
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Comparative anatomy with detailed plates

CAMPER, Pieter. Oeuvres de Pierre Camper, qui ont pour objet l'histoire naturelle, la physiologie et l'anatomie comparée.
Paris, Jansen and Bertrand; Bordeaux, Melon, 1803. 3 text volumes (8vo) and 1 plate volume (folio). With stipple-engraved author's portrait by B. Roger and 34 numbered engraved plates with anatomical illustrations of animals by Picquenot and Vinkeles after Camper, including an orangutan and an elephant. Text volumes bound in contemporary mottled calf with richly gold-tooled spines, and the plates volume in contemporary half calf with green marbled sides. Full description
€ 2,000
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Travel account with magnificent series of views; a superb set in the most original condition possible

CHORIS, Louis. Vues et paysages des régions équinoxiales, recueillis dans un voyage autour du monde, par Louis Choris, avec une introduction et un text explicatif.
Paris, Paul Renouard, 1826. 6 parts. Folio. With 24 lithographed plates. Each part in original mauve printed wrappers, preserved in a green morocco box. Full description
€ 40,000
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Clusius’s important descriptions of exotic plants and animals

CLUSIUS, Carolus (Charles de l’ÉCLUSE). Exoticorum libri decem: quibus animalium, plantarum, aromatum.
[Leiden], Franciscus Raphelengius II (Plantin printing office), 1605. 3 parts containing 6 works in 1 edition. With a letterpress general title-page in an engraved architectural scrollwork border and more than 200 botanical and zoological woodcut illustrations in the text (including 1 full-page).
With: (2) CLUSIUS, Carolus. Curae posteriores.
[Leiden], Franciscus Raphelengius II (Plantin printing office), 1611. 2 parts in 1 edition. With a letterpress general title-page in an engraved architectural scrollwork border and 34 mostly botanical woodcut illustrations in the text. 2 editions in 1 volume. Folio. Portuguese black morocco (ca. 1850?), richly gold-tooled spine, gold-tooled boards, board edges and turn-ins (signed at the foot of the turn-in "M. Gomes"), gilt edges. Full description
€ 15,000
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The natural history, politics and medicine of India and Persia,
with a section on Muscat

FRYER (FREYER), John. Negenjaarige reyse door Oostindien en Persien.
The Hague, Abraham de Hondt, Jacobus van Ellinkhuysen and Meyndert Uytwerf, 1700. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, engraved author's portrait, 3 folding engraved maps and 7 folding engraved plates and views. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine, modern flyleaves. Full description
€ 3,750
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Javanese fruits & flowers, with 40 large chromolithographs

HOOLA VAN NOOTEN, Berthe. Fleurs fruits et feuillages choisis de l'ile de Java … Troisième édition.
Brussels, Leipzig, Librairie Européenne C. Muquardt (printed by Weissenbruch, Brussels), [1880]. 1mo (56.5 x 42 cm). With 40 chromolithographed plates by P. Depannemaeker in Ghent after Hoola van Nooten's original paintings, each accompanied by a page of letterpress text (English and French), giving a description as well as information on the plant's culinary, medical, religious and other uses. Contemporary red half goatskin; rebacked with modern endpapers. Full description
€ 12,500
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24 Japanese colour drawings of lilies,
with their romanized Japanese names, and prices of the bulbs

[NURSERY CATALOGUE]. Yuri hana shashin [= Drawings of lily flowers, from life].
[Yokohama?, ca. 1875?]. Very large 4to (39.5 x 27.5 cm). 24 Japanese flower drawings in black and grey ink with watercolour and gouaches, on Japanese (kozo/paper mulberry?) paper, with the romanized Japanese name, and the price of the bulbs (in francs and centimes) and sometimes colours or other information in French. Contemporary brown Japanese paste-paper wrappers with a bird and flower motif, stab-sewn at the head. Full description
€ 4,950
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Two voyages to China described by two pupils of Linnaeus

OSBECK, Peter, Olof TOREEN and Charles Gustavus ECKEBERG. A voyage to China and the East Indies, by Peter Osbeck ... Together with a voyage to Suratte by Olof Toreen ... and an account of the Chinese husbandry by Captain Charles Gustavus Eckeberg. Translated from the German, by John Reinhold Forster ... To which are added, a faunula and flora Senensis.
London, Benjamin White, 1771. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 14 full-page engraved plates. Contemporary gold-tooled calf. Full description
€ 3,500
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