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A new passage to the Pacific and state-sponsored piracy

SPILBERGEN, Joris van and Jacob Le MAIRE. Speculum Orientalis Occidentalisque Indiae navigationum; quarum una Georgii à Spilbergen classis cum potestate Praefecti, altera Jacobi le Maire auspiciis imperioque directa, annis 1614, 15, 16, 17, 18. Exhibens novi in Mare Australe transitus, ...
Leiden, Niclaes van Geelkerck for Jodocus Hondius, 1619. Oblong 4to (19 x 25 cm). With a large engraving on title-page, and 25 numbered engraved plates with maps and views: 2 large folding (a map of the world and a map of the East Indian archipelago), 5 double-page (mostly bound as fold-outs) and 18 full-page, several with insets. Blind-tooled pigskin (ca. 1700? but probably the book's first binding), in a panel design with 2 large rolls, rebacked. Full description
€ 32,500
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Description of Siam, Java & Sumatra by a French Jesuit

TACHARD, Guy. Voyage de Siam des Peres Jesuites, envoyés par le Roy, aux Indes à la Chine. Avec leurs observations astronomiques, & leurs remarques de physique, de géographie, d'hydrographie, & d'histoire. Enrichi de figures.
Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1688. 12mo. With a woodcut illustration of a printing office as publisher's device on the title-page, engraved frontispiece and 30 engraved plates (17 double page). Also with 1 decorative woodcut initial, 1 factotum (plus repeats), 1 headpiece and 1 tailpiece. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,750
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Three works related to the first and second French embassies to Siam

TACHARD, Guy Voyage de Siam des Peres Jesuites, envoyés par le Roy, aux Indes à la Chine. Avec leurs observations astronomiques, & leurs remarques de physique, de géographie, d'hydrographie, & d'histoire. Enrichi de figures.
Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1688. With engraved frontispiece, 29 (of 30) engraved plates and maps (some folding); lacking plate 13, and plate 25 heavily damaged, both provided in facsimile.
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(2) TACHARD, Guy. Second voyage du pere Tachard et des jesuïtes envoyés par le roy, au royaume de Siam. Contenant diverses remarques d'histoire de physique, de geographie, & d'astronomie.
Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1689. With engraved frontispiece, engraving in text and 6 engraved folding plates.
(3) CHOISY, François Timoléon de. Journal ou suite du voyage de Siam en forme des lettres familieres fait en M.DC.LXXXV et M.DC.LXXXVI.
Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1688. 3 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Contemporary calf. Full description
€ 3,850
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The visit of a Siamese embassy to Rome, during the Siamese revolution of 1688

[TACHARD, Guy]. [Drop-title:] Breve ragguaglio di quanto è accaduto in Roma à Sig: Mandarini venuti co[n] il P: Guido Tasciard della compagnia di Giesù, inviato straordinario dal rè di Siam dopo l'Udienza hauuta da N.S. Innocenzo XI.
(Colophon: Rome, Domenico Antonio Ercole, 1689). Small 4to (21.5 x 15.5 cm). With decorated woodcut initial on the first page. Disbound. Full description
€ 3,800
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Tavernier's travels through Europe, the Middle East and Asia, with 2 maps and 68 engraved plates, some by Jan Luyken

TAVERNIER, Jean-Baptist and Jan Hendrik Glazemaker (translator). De zes reizen van de heer J. Bapt. Tavernier, Baron van Aubonne, die hy, gedurende de tijt van veertig jaren, in Turkijen, Persiën, en in d'Indiën, langs alle de wegen, die derwaarts strekken, gedaan heeft. Eerste [Tweede; Darde] deel; ...Amsterdam, widow of Johannes van Someren, 1682. 3 parts in 2 volumes. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece and engraved author's portrait in volume one, two folding engraved maps in volume 2, and a total of 68 engraved plates, including 27 folding. Some of the plates signed by Jan Luyken. Contemporary or near contemporary vellum, modern endpapers. Full description
€ 4,000
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Well-published world atlas with 109 engraved maps, all coloured by hand

TIRION, Isaak. Nieuwe en beknopte hand-atlas. Bestaande in eene verzameling van eenige der algemeenste en nodigste landkaarten; ... na de alderlaatste ontdekkingen van De L'Isle en anderen opgesteld.
Amsterdam, [widow of] Isaak Tirion, [1770]. Folio (42 x 26.5 cm). With 109 engraved maps (106 double-page and 3 larger folding; plate size mostly ca. 30 x 34 cm), all coloured as published. Contemporary half calf. Full description
€ 28,000
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Richly illustrated journey of Nicholas II of Russia through Asia

UKHTOMSKY (UCHTOMSKIJ), Esper Esperovich and Hermann BRUNNHOFER (translator). Orientreise seiner kaiserlichen Hoheit des Grossfürsten-Thronfolgers Nikolaus Alexandrowitsch von Russland, 1890-1891.
Leipzig, F.A. Brockhaus, 1894-1899. 2 volumes. 4to. With engraved portrait of Nicholas, 7 photogravures, 541 wood engravings after drawings and photographs and 5 chromolithographed maps. Publisher's cloth, richly blocked in black, gold and grey, gilt edges. Full description
€ 8,500
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The most comprehensive and authoritative source on the Dutch colonial empire in the East, with 268 engraved plates

VALENTIJN, François. Oud en nieuw Oost-Indiën, vervattende een naaukeurige en uitvoerige verhandelinge van Nederlands mogentheyt in die gewesten, ... Te zamen dus behelzende niet alleen een zeer nette beschhryving van alles, wat Nederlands Oost-Indiën betreft, maar ook 't voornaamste dat eenigzins tot eenige andere Europeërs, in die gewesten, betrekking heeft.
Dordrecht, Johannes van Braam; Amsterdam, Gerard onder den Linden, 1724-1726. 5 volumes. Folio. With engraved frontispiece, engraved dedication to Egidius van den Bempden, engraved author's portrait, 265 engraved plates (many folding), 8 letterpress folding tables, and 80 engravings in text. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine with a floral/ornithological tool in 5 of 7 compartments, gold-tooled board edges. Bound by the so-called Pentateuch Bindery, located in Amsterdam. Full description
€ 39,500
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The ill-fated voyages of two East Indiamen

[VOC - SHIPWRECK & PIRACY]. Twee-rampspoedige zee-reyzen, den enen ... met een Fransch Oost Indiesch Compagnie-schip, genaamt Le Prince, ... Den anderen, met het Hollandsche Oost-Indische Compagnie schip, genaamt Rustenwerk, ...
Amsterdam, Bernardus Mourik, [1752 or soon after]. 4to. With 2 etched plates. Disbound. Full description
€ 2,250
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Famous Dutch voyages of discovery, with 2 maps, 1 plan and 61 plates

[VOC - WIC]. Nederlandsche reizen, tot bevordering van den koophandel, na de meest afgelegene gewesten des aardkloots. ... Met plaaten. Eerste[-veertiende of laatste] deel.
Amsterdam, Peterus Conradi; Harlingen, W. van der Plaats, 1784-1787. 14 volumes bound as 6. 8vo. With 2 engraved folding maps, 1 engraved folding city plan and 61 engraved plates (56 folding) including many topographic views. Uniform half tree calf (ca. 1820?), gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 9,500
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