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One of the earliest Antwerp records of Charles V’s Italian financier

AFFAITATI, Giovan Carlo (Johannes Carolus de AFFAYTADI). Ratificatio facta p[er] m[agnifi]cu[m] d[ominum] Jo[hannes] Carolu[s] de Affaytalis, in favorem m[agnifi]ci et r[everen]di d[omino]. Guidi d[e] Crema et Rafaelis Krumani p[e]r Castro S[anc]ti Laurentii et terris.
Antwerp, 20 January 1546. Manuscript notarial document in Latin, written in a Latin hand on one side of a single piece of sheepskin parchment (31 x 54.5 cm), opening with a large capital and closing with the notary's decorative signature, with the title and "M. Johan Carlo" on the back. Folded and loosely inserted in a paper folder (ca. 1690s?). Full description
€ 1,250
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Elaborately decorated and illustrated Islamic prayerbook

[AL-JAZULI, Muhammad ibn Sulaiman]. [Dala'il al-khayrat (Tokens of beneficial deeds)].
[Ottoman Empire], 1199 AH [= 1784/85 AD], with some later additions. Small 8vo (14.5 x 10 cm). Arabic manuscript prayerbook written in black ink in a neat naskh Arabic hand, with well over 50 headings in red, the opening of the main text decorated with a floral design, 2 full-page perspective views in coloured inks showing the Masjid al-Haram (the Great Mosque) in Mecca, with the Ka'ba in its central plaza, and the al-Masjid an-Nabawi (the Prophet's Mosque) in Medina, about 25 calligraphic roundels, the Prophet's handprint and footprint, several calligraphic seals, 4 pages each with 3 flags, about 20 other pages with pictorial or semi-pictorial images with calligraphic inscriptions, numerous other inscriptions in circular borders and nearly every page in a rectangular border. Richly gold-tooled, tanned sheepskin (ca. 1815) with a flap that wraps around the fore-edge, rebacked. Full description
€ 18,500
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Three letters written in 1539 on the Ottoman threat in the Mediterranean

ALVAREZ DE TOLEDO, Pedro and Maria OSORIO Y PIMENTEL. [Three letters to Ferrante Gonzaga, Viceroy of Sicily, two from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo and one from his wife Maria Osorio y Pimentel].
Andria (in the Kingdom of Naples), 13 August to 10 September 1539. Folio (21.5 x 30 cm).
(1) Letter in Italian, signed, from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo in Andria to Ferrante Gonzaga, 13 August 1539, with a 23 mm seal bearing Alvarez de Toledo's coat of arms (with a chain of flags) stamped on a slip of paper attached with red wax.
(2) Letter in Spanish, signed, from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo in Andria to Ferrante Gonzaga, 3 September 1539, with the 45 mm imperial armorial seal stamped on a slip of paper attached with red wax.
(3) Letter in Italian, signed, from Maria Osorio y Pimentel [in Andria] to Ferrante Gonzaga, 10 September 1539, with the remains of what appears to be her husband's 23 mm red wax seal.
Each letter, in brown ink, occupies one page, with the last page containing the address and the sender's seal. The two inside pages of the second and third letter are blank. Each formerly folded for posting, so that the address would have appeared on one side and the seal on the other. Full description
€ 15,000
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Natural history of Switzerland
with ca. 90 extra illustrations and a manuscript letter

ANDREAE, Johann Gerhard R. Briefe aus der Schweiz nach Hannover geschreiben, in dem Jare 1763. Zweiter Abdruk.
Zurich & Winterthur, Johann Casper Fussli the younger, 1776. 4to. With engraved map of Switzerland on the title-page, 10 engravings in the text, and 18 engraved plates (including 3 folding). Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,500
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Including a manuscript leaf by Burton

[ARABIAN NIGHTS]. BURTON, Richard F. The book of the thousand nights and a night[:] a plain and literal translation of the Arabian nights entertainments.
With:
(2) BURTON, Richard F. Supplemental nights.
(3) BURTON, Richard F. [Autograph manuscript book review of an 1881 Panchatantra edition].
(Colophons: U.S.A. [Boston, MA?]), The Burton Club, [ca. 1940]. 16 volumes (incl. 6 supplements). 8vo. With an original manuscript leaf written by Burton (with the manuscript heading: "Proof to Sir R.F.B. Hotel des Bains, Aigle, Canton Vaud, Switzerland" and a note “Long Primer Pressig.”) and each volume with a different frontispiece in two states (coloured and uncoloured). Contemporary richly gold-blocked green morocco, boards with Arabic script in gold, gold-tooled turn-ins. Full description
€ 25,000
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Graphically stunning 3-volume historical manuscript atlas

[MANUSCRIPT - ATLAS - HISTORICAL]. Atlas historique. - Souvenirs historiques. - Tableaux et cartes.
[Montpellier?], [date on spine of vol. 1:] 1851. 3 volumes. Folio (vol. 1) and large 4to (vols. 2-3). Neatly written manuscripts on paper with 23 graphically vibrant maps, coloured in outline with subtly shaded washes in grey (for the coasts) and numerous bright colours (for political boundaries), and with calligraphic headings. Contemporary bindings: vol. 1 red half goatskin; vol. 2 black half goatskin; vol. 3 black sheepskin. Full description
€ 4,250
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Original documents of an 18th-century lawsuit
against the murderer of a blacksmith in Zoeterwoude

BERGH, Johan van den. Eenige stukken concerneerende criminele procedures in cas d'appel voor het hof geventileerd tusschen den bailluw van Rhijnland contra Pieter Oostenryk in materie van manslag met de ms. schriftuuren.
[Leiden], 1726-1729. Folio. Manuscript, in Dutch, on laid paper, with 2 embossed seals. Later blue paper wrappers. Full description
€ 1,750
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Manuscript dictionary of erotica,
by the author of the 1678 "De prostibulis veterum"

[BEVERLAND, Adrianus]. Venus spinthria, seu libidinis in foemina, quae per omnia corporis cava molitur connexae descriptio.
[Leiden, ca. 1678]. Small 8vo (16.5 x 10.5 cm). Manuscript in Latin, written in a neat upright Latin cursive hand in brown ink on paper, with a decorated preliminary manuscript page containing the invocation of Venus from the 4th of Horace's 6 odes, and an engraving of Venus with Cupid from Hendrick Goltzius's 1597 print series of the planets. Loose leaves, never sewn or bound. Full description
€ 7,850
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Scholarly editions of numerous Arabic and other "oriental" manuscripts,
edited by Silvestre de Sacy and others, attractively bound

BIBLIOTHÈQUE ROYALE. Notices et extraits des manuscrits de la Bibliothèque du Roi [(vols. 1-3); Bibliothèque Nationale (vol. 4); Bibliothèque Nationale et autres bibliothèques (vols. 5-7), Bibliothèque Impériale et autres bibliothèques (vols. 8-9); Bibliothèque du Roi, et autres bibliothèques (vols. 10-14)], ... Tome premier[-quatorzième].
Paris, 1787-1843. 14 volumes, some in 2 parts. 4to. With woodcuts on title-pages; occasional illustrations, including folding plates (at least 1 hand-coloured), to show facsimiles of manuscripts, maps, miniatures, etc.; some texts (for example Manchu in vol. 13) printed in red and black. Set in roman and italic type, with extensive use of the printing office's extensive collection of non-Latin types (Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Samaritan, Syriac, Armenian, Sanscrit, Mongolian, Manchu (a variant of the Mongolian), Tibetan, Chinese and perhaps more). Uniform tree sheepskin (ca. 1835-ca. 1845), richly gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 25,000
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An extensive album amicorum of a German student from Stendal, with over 100 illustrations

BÖKEL (BÖCKELIUS), Wilhelm. [Album amicorum of Wilhelm Bökel junior].
Stettin (Szczecin, Poland), Helmstedt, Jena, Leipzig, Groningen, Leiden and Rotterdam, 1616-1651. 4to. Manuscript on paper, with most entries in Latin, and mottos also in Greek, French and German. Title-page with an elaborate cartouche in coloured gouaches highlighted with gold, with "GVIELMVS BOCKELIVS/IVNIOR" in silver below his coat of arms and above a scene perhaps showing Lucretia. Further with 49 coloured gouaches highlighted with gold showing coats of arms, costumes and various scenes (some cut out and mounted on the album's leaves), a pen and ink wash drawing, 23 full-page engraved portraits, 18 full-page engraved views, an engraved image of Mercury, and 12 full-page engraved emblems. Modern gold-tooled calf, gold-tooled board edges, new endpapers. Full description
€ 35,000
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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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2 unpublished botanical manuscripts, with illustrations and
descriptions of 30 flowering plants and 90 trees and shrubs

[MANUSCRIPT - BOTANICAL]. CARRIÉRE, Jan Ph. Herbarium van bloemen en planten. 1ste deel.
[Watergraafsmeer, ca. 1884]. 1 volume. Small folio (22.5×20.5 cm). With 30 drawings of flowers in watercolour and ink, each with a description in Dutch on a separate leaf. The whole preceded by a title-page, a table of contents (1 page), and an introduction (2 pages). Contemporary black cloth, rebacked, modern endpapers.
With: (2) CARRIÉRE, Jan Ph. Herbarium van naar de natuurgeteekende bladeren, "afdeeling boomgewassen". [Title volume 2:] Herbarium van boombladeren.
Watergraafsmeer, 1884. 3 volumes. Small folio (22.5×20.5 cm). With 90 drawings of tree leaves in watercolour and ink, with a description in Dutch on a separate leaf. The first two volumes each with a title-page, a table of contents (1 page) and an introduction (1 page), and the third volume without preliminaries. Contemporary blue (vols. 1-2) and black (vol. 3) half cloth. The third volume rebacked with original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 5,500
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Lavishly & finely engraved and pierced silver binding (ca. 1700?) on a 1759 Cicero manuscript

CICERO, Marcus Tullius. Consolatio liber, quo se ipsum de filiae morte consolatus est.
[copy imprint:] Paris, Nicolas Chesneau, 1583 ([Netherlands?], manuscript dated 1759 at end, binding probably ca.1700). Small 16mo (8.5 x 5.5 x 4 cm). The binding contains a Latin manuscript in dark brown ink on paper, written in a Latin hand. A very richly engraved and pierced silver binding (ca. 1700?), each board with 4 putti, 4 squirrels and about 30 very detailed flowers, all surrounding an oval cartouche, that on the front with an unidentified (imaginary?) coat of arms, that on the back left blank; the spine with 2 putti and about 22 very detailed flowers. The arms show: below, a square-rigged 3-masted ship in full sail (possibly alluding to the VOC or the Amsterdam city seal) and above, a hooded jacket, the whole with a king's helmet crested with a bare-chested man issuing. Two clasps with engraved flower decorations are hinged to the front plate and catch on the back plate. The bookblock is loosely inserted in the silver binding. Full description
€ 25,000
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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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Manuscript fortification plan of Sluis, signed by Napoleon's future Minister of War

DEJEAN, Jean-François-Aimé. Plan de la ville de l'Ecluse et de l'attaque de cette place par les Français.
[Netherlands, ca. 1800]. Manuscript fortification plan (54 x 49.5 cm) in ink on paper, with watercolour in green and red. With large panel at lower right with keys to important locations and the locations of the troops during the attack and title in large panel at the head. Scale ca. 1:9500. Signed "Vu Dejean". Full description
€ 2,250
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1558 declaration signed by the great botanist Dodoens
in his capacity as Mechelen churchwarden

DODOENS (DODONAEUS), Rembert. [Declaration of financial and other documents received as incoming churchwarden of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Mechelen].
[Mechelen], 27 December 1558. Oblong 4to (19 x 21.5 cm). A document written in dark brown ink on paper, with the opening words filled in afterwards in light brown ink and the signature in light brown ink. Full description
€ 12,500
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40 years of correspondence between two leading orientalists in Russia, often concerning Georgian matters

DORN, Bernard. [21 autograph letters, signed, to Marie-Félicité Brosset].
Saint Petersburg, ca. 1840-1879. 8vo (letters, mostly 21 x 13.5 cm) and folio (list of publications). Letters in French with an occasional (Persian?) word in Arabic script, written in black ink on paper, some with the address on the outside and one with Dorn's (Persian?) red wax seal in Arabic script.
With: (2) [Manuscript chronological numbered list of 34 publications by Dorn, 1843-1865].
[Saint Petersburg, ca. 1865]. Full description
€ 7,500
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Manuscript notes on archival documents concerning Abel Tasman

DOZY, Charles Marius. [Notes, annotations and references, used as source material for an important article on Abel Tasman, published in 1887].
[Amsterdam, Batavia, etc., ca. 1883-1887]. 2 single-leaf letters, 3 postcards and 40 leaves and slips, many pasted up on 6 leaves of a discarded printed catalogue. Kept together by a small contemporary folder with "Tasman" written on the front in Dozy's hand. Full description
€ 1,500
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Duhamel enthusiastically praises report (on Syrian earthquake?) by the French consul in Tripoli

[AUTOGRAPH]. DUHAMEL DU MONCEAU, Henri-Louis. [Autograph letter, signed, to Gabriel de Choiseul, Duc de Praslin].
[Paris], 21 June [1762]. 4to. In French, in brown ink on laid paper.
With: [PORTRAIT]. [DROUAIS, François-Hubert]. [Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau].
[Paris, ca. 1760?]. Folio. Engraved portrait of Duhamel on laid paper. Full description
€ 5,000
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9 letters from one of the leading naval figures of the 19th century

[AUTOGRAPH]. DUPERRÉ, Admiral Guy-Victor. [9 autograph letters, signed, mostly from the writer's time as Préfet maritime in Brest].
Brest, 22 February 1819 - 18 June 1829. Folio and 4to. Autograph letters in French, written in brown ink on single and double leaves of several laid and wove paper stocks.
With: (2) GHÉMAR, Louis-Joseph. Duperré [lithographic portrait].
Brussels, Charles Hen (printed by P. Degobert), dated 1842 by the artist. Full description
€ 7,500
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Unpublished calendar of historical events, especially the birth and death dates of Dutch artists
in richly gold-tooled morocco by the so-called Rocaille-and-flower bindery

DYLIUS, Joannes, compiler. Dagwyzer der geschiedenissen, kortelyk behelzende, een' aanteekening van verscheidene gedenkwaardige zaaken, op elken dag van 't jaar, door de geheele waereld; bijzonder in de Nederlanden voorgevallen. Benevens de geboorte, en sterfdagen, van hooge, en laage stands persoonen, zo geestelijke als waereldlijke: beroemde helden, geleerde mannen, en kunstenaaren.
[Amsterdam], [frontispiece: 1778]. Narrow 8vo (16.5 x 9.5 cm). Manuscript in brown ink on laid paper, written in Dutch in a neat and clear but minute Latin hand, forming a calendar of historical events from 17 AD to 28 November 1777, with a grey ink and ink-wash allegorical frontispiece title, dated 1778 but signed by the artist "A:C. 1777.", and a title-page in 8 styles of plain and decorated Latin and gothic lettering (signed "Dr. Waller.|scripsit."). Contemporary richly gold-tooled red goatskin morocco, each board with a centrepiece and frame, both built up from separate (mostly floral) stamps, the whole surrounded by a sawtooth roll, the spine with a green morocco label in the 2nd of 6 compartments and each of the others with a central floral stamp and 4 cornerpieces (further with some fillets and rolls), gold-tooled turn-ins and board edges (with a floral roll), altogether 83 or 87 impressions of 7 or 8 stamps, plus 3 rolls and the fillets. It appears to come from what Storm van Leeuwen calls the "Rocaille-and-flower bindery", active ca. 1775-ca. 1812. Full description
€ 4,950
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Primary source for the surgeons, doctors
and apothecaries in Brielle and their guild 1715-1783

FAUVARCQ, Noach, Christiaen Godfried HEINRICI and others. Cosmus en Damian[us] gild-boeck. ... 1715[-1783].
Brielle, 1715-1783. 4to (20 x 16.5 cm). Manuscript bookkeeping journal in Dutch, written in several Latin hands in dark brown ink on paper. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Recased in the original boards with new endpapers. Full description
€ 3,850
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Japanese manuscript showing 87 hand-coloured flags

[MANUSCRIPT - FLAGS]. [Japanese manuscript illustrating flags from all over the world].
[Japan, ca. 1837]. (28 x 21 cm). Japanese manuscript showing 87 hand-coloured flags, with names in Dutch and Japanese for the countries and only in Dutch for most cities, all except the first, measuring ca. 3.5 x 5.5 cm. Contemporary binding in traditional Japanese style heavy paper wrappers without spine. Full description
€ 12,000
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67 drawings of horses in harness, drawn by a leading Imperial harness maker as a sample book

FÖLSCH, Michael. [Sample book of harness designs and other elaborate and decorative carriage horse tack].
[Vienna, ca. 1790?]. 2 volumes. Oblong small folio (23.5 x 37 cm and 25.5 x 39.5 cm). With 67 pen-and-ink, watercolour and gouache drawings of horses, most highlighted with silver and gold , all signed, most trimmed and mounted on blank leaves ca. 1805. With 2 etchings added at the end of volume 1, executed by Friedrich Leopold Bürde and dated 1812. Volume 1 stab-sewn, volume 2 with the leaves mounted on stubs and sewn through the folds, each with marbled paper wrapped around the spine. In an early 19th-century half tanned sheepskin box in the form of a book, metal hook-clasps. Full description
€ 85,000
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Entomologists in the network of freemasons between American and the French Revolutions

FORSTER, Johann Reinhold. [Letter to an unnamed fellow freemason in Braunschweig, probably Ferdinand, Herzog von Braunschweig-Lünenburg or someone in his inner circle].
Halle (Saale), 9 August 1781. 4to. Autograph letter in German, signed, written in brown ink on laid paper in a clear German hand, with foreign words and names in a Latin hand. Full description
€ 12,500
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French fortification manual, probably from northern Germany

[FORTIFICATION MANUSCRIPT]. Traité de fortification.
[Northern Germany?, ca. 1685/1700?]. 4to & small folio (23 x 18 cm). Manuscript in French, written in black ink on paper in an easily readable cursive hand, with the title in a pen and ink decorated cartouche, about 45 pen and ink drawings (14 full-page and 8 larger folding, 2 of the folding ones in red and black ink with coloured washes, one of the colour folding leaves 36 x 27 cm), mostly showing fortification plans. Contemporary or near-contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 7,500
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Fortification and military architecture, with 32 folding colour drawings (plans, sections, etc.)

[FORTIFICATION MANUSCRIPT]. Traite des fortifications.
[France, ca. 1730?]. 4 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With 32 folding drawings in black and red ink and grey and coloured washes showing plans, sections and elevations of fortifications and of military buildings, bridges, gates, etc. Near contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 7,500
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Fortification ca. 1645, including 16 fine drawings of barriers, tools and other equipment,
with 3 other manuscripts on applied mathematics including many line diagrams and 2 sundials

[FORTIFICATION & APPLIED MATHEMATICS]. [4 manuscripts on fortification building, practical mathematics, navigation, the surveying of land and dikes, and sundials].
[The Netherlands, ca. 1645-ca. 1747]. 4 manuscripts. Folio (binding 38 x 22 cm; leaves 33 x 21 cm). 4 manuscripts (mostly in Dutch, but 1 in Latin and another partly in French) written in brown ink on laid paper in 4 different hands (plus a few later additions), the earliest with 16 skilfully executed illustrations of wooden barricades and tools and equipment for building fortifications, the others illustrated with line diagrams including 2 sundials. Loosely inserted in later limp sheepskin parchment (ca. 1794?). Full description
€ 2,250
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Magnificent atlas with 80 mostly coloured manuscript maps and fortification plans

[FORTIFICATION ATLAS]. [Collection of 80 manuscript maps and plans of fortifications, fortified towns and fortified estates].
[The Netherlands, ca. 1624-1628]. Large folio (42.5 x 29.5 cm). With 80 manuscript maps and plans, 75 double-page (2 with a flap folded in), 4 larger folding (including 3 assembled from 1 1/2 sheets), and 1 also double-page in size but assembled from 2 smaller sheets. Most include a scale and 71 are coloured, mostly in opaque gouaches. They show plans of fortifications and towns in the Netherlands (51), Germany (16), Italy (3), France (4), Poland (2), Belgium (2), Malta (1) and Brazil (1). Early 18th-century(?) sprinkled tanned sheepskin, rebacked and restored. Full description
€ 165,000
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Unpublished illustrated supplement to Duhamel du Monceau's Traité général des pesches

FRANCQ VAN BERKHEY, Jean le. [Autograph letter in French, signed, to Henri Louis Duhamel du Monceau.]
Leiden, 10 December 1771. 25 x 20 cm (letter) & 23.5 x 18.5 cm (manuscript). Never bound.
With: [MANUSCRIPT]. [FRANCQ VAN BERKHEY, Jean LE]. Memoires, pour servir a ce que l'illustre auteur de "L'histoire generale des poissons" Monsieur M. Du Hamel de Monceau, solicite a l'egard des morues.
[Leiden, 1771].
A letter and treatise in French, written in dark brown ink on paper in a neat and easily readable hand, the treatise with 9 tipped-in pen and ink illustrations drawn by the author (6.5 x 10.5 to 11.5 x 21.5 cm) and a few small illustrations in the text. Full description
€ 25,000
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Letters and related documents, 3 signed by Prince Frederik of Orange-Nassau, son of King Willem I

FREDERIK, Prince, of Orange-Nassau, Prince of the Netherlands. [Letter in German, signed, to General-Major Von Elderhorst]. 
The Hague, 24 December 1841. 24.5 x 20 cm. In pen and ink on wove paper. [1], [3 blank] pp.
With:
(2) FREDERIK, Prince, of Orange-Nassau. [Letter in Dutch, signed, to the jurist Mr. Jacobus Wertheim Jzn., with envelope sealed with red wax and the royal arms].
The Hague, 19 July 1851 (postmarked 20 July). 26.5 x 21.5 cm. Pen and ink letter thanking Wertheim for a copy of his doctoral thesis (De consulibus mercatorum Batavis, University of Utrecht, 1851). The paper is unusual, perhaps machine-made, but with a pattern of chainlines and wavy laidlines. [1], [3 blank] pp.
(3) FREDERIK, Prince, of Orange-Nassau. [Printed form letter in Dutch, signed, filled in and addressed to the jurist Mr. Jacobus Wertheim Jzn].
The Hague, 10 March 1863. 32.5 x  21 cm. Printed form letter on laid paper informing him that he has been made a member of a commission for the erection of a monument commemorating (the 50th anniversary of) the return of the House of Orange to the Netherlands in November 1813 after the defeat of Napoleon.  [5], [3 blank] pp.
(4). LOUISE OF PRUSSIA, Princess of Orange-Nassau. [Autograph signature, perhaps clipped from a letter to Mademoiselle de Viereck in Berlin, a lady in waiting of Louise's late mother, the Queen of Prussia].
The Hague? (stamped on envelope), [1826?]. 7.5 x 10 cm. Pen and ink signature on laid paper, mounted on wove paper. With envelope with black wax seal. The signature reads "Louise Prinzeß in der Niederlande geborene Prinzeß von Preußen". She and Frederik were married in 1825. The envelope is addressed "A Mademoiselle| Mademoiselle de Viereck Dame d'atour de feu S.M. la Reine de Pruße". [1] p.
(5). TIMM. [Autograph letter in German].
[No place], 18 January 1826. 24 x 19.5 cm. Pen and ink letter. [2] pp. A letter mentioning Prince Frederick and his recent bride Louise.
Full description
€ 650
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Splendid manuscript on the state, condition and organization of the
French Royal navy in 1732, from the library of Henri Beraldi

[MANUSCRIPT - MILITARY - FRENCH ROYAL]. [Binding title:] Abregé de la marine du Roy 1732.
[Paris?, 1732]. 13.5×19 cm. Manuscript in brown-black, red and blue ink on vellum, some of the lettering and borders gilt. With a beautiful frontispiece painting in coloured gouaches (14×9.5 cm) pasted on the page facing the opening of the text, showing a small warship at a shipyard in a small harbour being repaired by workmen. Contemporary red morocco, gold-tooled spine, gold-tooled fillets on boards and board edges, richly gold-tooled frame, gilt edges. Full description
€ 95,000
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2 offprints discussing De Froberville’s researches on languages and races in sub-equatorial East Africa,
with an autograph letter from De Froberville

FROBERVILLE, Eugène de, and [Louis BOUTON]. Analyse d'un mémoire de M. Eugène de Froberville sur les langues et les races de l'Afrique Orientale au sud de l'equateur.
[Port Louis, Mauritius], [Société d’Histoire Naturelle de Maurice], [1846]. Offprint, with its own pagination, from Procès-verbaux de la Société d'Histoire Naturelle de l'Ile Maurice, du 6 octobre 1842 au 28 aou^t 1845, [1846].
With: (2) FLOURENS, Pierre, [Louis-Isidore?] DUPERREY and Etienne SERRES. Rapport sur les races nègres de l'Afrique Orientale au sud de l'équateur, observées par M. de Froberville.
(Colophon: Paris, printed by Bachelier, [1850]). Offprint, with its own pagination, from Comptes rendus des séances de l'Académie des Sciences, XXX (1850).
2 works in 1 volume. Small folio & large 8vo. 19th-century black half morocco, with the blue paper back wrapper of the second offprint bound in. Full description
€ 1,950
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Elaborately calligraphic testimonial for a journeyman at the Imperial gardens,
with 4 botanical illustrations and the arms of the Erbschatzmeister

[GARDENING]. GEISSNER, Johan Georg. [Testimonial letter for Michel Bauman, journeyman to the master Imperial gardener Johan Georg Geißner, incipit:] Des hoch und wohll gebohrnen Herrn Herrn Phillibbuß Ludwiguß deß heiligen römll: reichs Erb-Schotz Maister Graff von Sintzendarff ...
Laxenburg (near Vienna), 1735. Illustrated baroque testimonial letter in black and brown ink on parchment (34 x 60 cm plus a 4.5 cm flap at the foot), with the Sintzendorf coat of arms above centre (12 x 12 cm), illustrations of 4 exotic potted plants, flanking the text, and the text in richly decorated German gothic calligraphy and handwriting. With the crown above the coat of arms highlighted with gold. With slits through the foot to attach the seal, but lacking the seal itself. Full description
€ 3,500
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Manuscript atlas and ownership records of parcels in the Prins Willem polder, northeast of Oostburg,
in the southwest corner of the Netherlands

GERSOM, Gerrit van. Caerte en omlooper van Prins Willem Polder. Bedijkt anno 1650 en 1651. Bij een versamelt en na neerstigh. ondersoek t'samen gestelt door Gerrit van Gersom dijkgraef van desen polder, anno 1723.
[Oostburg?], 1723. Royal folio (41 x 27.5 cm). With a hand-coloured title-page, a large folding map of the dikes along the border of the polder, a large folding general map of the polder showing the numbered parcels at a scale of about 1:18,000, and 17 folding detail maps showing the individual plots within the parcels at a larger scale, all executed in brown ink and watercolours and tipped onto the fore-edges of 19 of the 144 numbered text leaves. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 9,500
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Westphalian manuscript pharmacopoeia, ca. 1674,
bound with rare printed pharmacopoeia

GOGLER, Carl de. Erneuerte Hauß- und Feld-Apotheck, oder Stadt- und Land-Artzney-Buch, ...
Frankfurt am Main, Martin Hallervord; Königsberg, printed by Johann Andreae, 1674. With engraved illustrated title-page.
With: (2) SCHRÖDER, Johan (and others?). [Pharmacological recipes in manuscript].
[Westfalen?, ca. 1674]. A manuscript pharmacopoeia in German, written in dark brown ink on paper, in a Latin hand with gothic influences. 2 works in 1 volume. Narrow 8vo (18 x 9.5 cm). Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,950
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Certainly no horse-whisperer!

[MANUSCRIPT - HORSES & HORSEMANSHIP]. [GRISONE, Federico]. Ordini di cavalcare.
Including:
Scielta di notabili avvertimenti pertinenti a' cavalla, …
[Italy, ca. 1725?]. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to (20 x 15 cm). Manuscript in Italian, in dark brown ink on paper in a steeply sloped Italian hand, with a full-page ink drawing of a horse, 50 full-page ink drawings of elaborate bits, each different, and 2 ink-drawn plans of training grounds. Further with 3 pen-drawn baroque decorated initials. Later 18th-century sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 5,500
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18th-century manuscript map of part of the Lek River

HATTUM, Dirk van. Kaarte en aftekening van het rivier vak beneeden het Tienhovense Veer met de aanleggende krib, en rijswerken.
[Netherlands], August 1792. Manuscript map in pen, ink and colour washes on paper (52.5 x 73.5 cm), with a compass rose (north below right), the names of the regions, and a scale (ca. 1:2000) below left. Full description
€ 1,950
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1681 autograph letter about Van Leeuwenhoek's new discovery of blood cells,
from Anton de Heide to Theodorus Janssonius van Almeloveen

[AUTOGRAPH]. HEIDE, Anton(ius) de and Robertus ALTIUS. [3 signed autograph letters to Theodorus Janssonius van Almeloveen, 2 by De Heide and 1 by Altius].
Middelburg, 2 October 1681, 31 August [1681/87]; Harderwijk, 6 May 1697. 4to (20×16 & 21×16.5 cm). The 2nd and 3rd each with most of the writer's red wax heraldic seal and the 1st with a shadow of a lost seal. Full description
€ 5,000
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Manuscript course in fortification, with 19 large folding drawings (plans and sections) in colour

HOOFF, Cornelis Christiaan van. Grondbeginselen der vestingbouw, volgens de verschillende manieren van versterken van Pagan, Vauban en Coehoorn. Geconstrueerd getekend en beschreven door C C van Hooff.
[The Hague], 1796. Folio. With a calligraphic title-page and 19 folding drawings (mostly about 32.5 x 51 cm, 6 longer: 78 to 138 cm, the longest assembled from 2 pieces before drawing) with 45 numbered figures, showing fortification plans and sections in black and red ink with coloured washes. With an 1857(?) photograph of a (ca. 1795?) miniature oval portrait of the author and 4 documents concerning the manuscript and the author's family (1933-1965), all loosely inserted. Contemporary half, tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,000
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Detailed account of horses by a Dutch cavalry officer who served Prussia against Napoleon Bonaparte
with 31 beautiful watercolour drawings (30 in colour) showing 32 horses

[MANUSCRIPT - HORSES - MILITARY]. Anecdoten van paarde kenners, paarde liefhebbers, ruijters en ross-kammers. Naar waarheid en eijge ondervinding opgesteld. Door een gepensioneerd cavallerie officier.
[The Netherlands, ca. 1815]. Folio (38 x 24 cm). Manuscript on paper written in brown ink in a readable Latin hand, with the title on p. 72, illustrated with 30 small watercolour drawings of horses mounted on the leaves (mostly about 8.5 x 11 cm), and a washed pen drawing with 5 caricature figures before a monument (9.5 x 16 cm), mounted above the dedication. Half vellum (1930s?), gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 17,500
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Two illustrated standard works on Dutch painters,
annotated by the Belgian art connoisseur
Francois-Jean-Joseph Mols

HOUBRAKEN, Arnold. De groote schouburgh der Nederlantsche konstschilders en schilderessen. ... Den tweeden druk.
The Hague, Johannes Swart, Cornelis Bouquet, Mattheus Gaillard, 1753. With engraved frontispiece, engraved author's portrait and 47 engraved plates bound in a separate plates volume.
With: (2) GOOL, Johan van. De nieuwe schouburg der Nederlantsche kunstschilders en schilderessen: …
The Hague, for the author, 1750-1751. With engraved author's portrait and 22 engraved plates (1 folding). Lacking engraved frontispiece. 2 works (in 3 and 2 parts), bound in 11 text volumes (8vo interleaved with 4to, 25.5 x 20 cm) and 2 plate volumes (8vo interleaved with small folio, 28 x 20.5 cm). Uniform late 18th-century half sheepskin parchment (ad 1) and half vellum (ad 2). Full description
€ 12,500
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Humboldt asks to borrow a map from the Paris Académie des Sciences

[AUTOGRAPH]. HUMBOLDT, Alexander von. [Autograph letter to Le Chevalier de Rossel, director of the Dépôt des Cartes of the Paris Académie des Sciences].
[Paris, 1818?]. 4to (23 x 18.5 cm) Letter in black ink on laid paper, in Humboldt's somewhat cramped but still legible hand. Formerly folded for posting, with the address written on the otherwise blank final page and with traces of a paper seal. Full description
€ 6,500
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12 leaves from an incunable with an autograph letter by William Blades

[INCUNABLE - GERMANY]. [12 leaves from: Statuta synodalia herbipolensia].
[Würzburg, Georg Reyser, ca. 1486]. Folio. Printed in red and black in rotunda type (32 lines; printed area: 18 x 12 cm; type: 112a). With illustrations cut from 19th- or 20th-century reproductions of early woodcuts (ca. 21 x 14 cm) pasted on the front (Annunciation) and back pastedown (Christophorus, with the year "cccc xx tercio").. Later bound in two leaves from a 13th-century vellum theological manuscript, rubricated and decorated with alternating red and blue initials with penwork. Full description
€ 3,500
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Beautifully decorated diplomatic letter in Arabic:
peace between Christian England and Islamic Morocco

ISMAIL ibn SHARIF, Moulay, ruler of Morocco. [Diplomatic letter to the English emissary [Charles Stewart] acknowledging the English desire for improved diplomatic relations, and offering a truce and a peace treaty].
[Meknes (Morocco), 3 Safar 1133 AH (= 23 December 1720)]. Whole sheet (57 x 43 cm). An elaborately decorated letter in ink on paper, with the stylized architectural and arabesque decorations (including Arabic inscriptions) drawn in black outline, coloured and supplemented in green with some blue, and highlighted with gold, and the 8-line Arabic text of the letter itself in brown. Full description
€ 28,000
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German manuscript course in fortification, with numerous full-page fortification plans,
views of buildings in landscapes, and decorated cartouches

J.A.B. Architectura militaris oder fortification.
[Rhineland or elsewhere in western Germany?, binding dated 1742]. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Manuscript in German, written in brown ink on paper in a German gothic cursive hand (with foreign words in a Latin hand), with 9 full-page pen and ink-wash drawings in landscape format showing landscapes; about 45 full-page fortification drawings (about 30 with colour washes); many smaller fortification drawings, diagrams and other drawings in the text, about 5 with colour washes; and about 35 pen and ink-wash decorated cartouches. Contemporary gold-tooled, mottled calf with owner's (= author's?) initials "J:A:B:" on the spine and date "1742"on the front board, gilt edges. Full description
€ 5,000
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Journal of accounts of a Flemish cloth-dyeing factory 1734-1759

JOFFROY, Joannes Baptista. Daegelyksche aenteekening van alle de goederen te verwen komende bij Joannes Baptista Joffroy begonst 1734.
[Mechelen (Malines, Belgium), 1 April 1734-31 August 1759]. Folio (32.5 x 21 cm). Manuscript journal of accounts in dark brown ink on paper, written in Dutch in an upright gothic hand, with each page ruled in double and single lines to make 4 or 5 columns and up to 22 rows, decorated with hundreds of pen flourishes, three forming pictures of birds as tailpieces and with a decorative cross to begin 1750 (some other years with a simpler cross), a couple headings with additions in red. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 3,750
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Calligraphic copybook by a 14-year-old Dutch boy in 1761

JONG, Jacobus de. Geschriften.
Noordwijk-Binnen, 1761. Oblong folio (21 x 33 cm). Manuscript calligraphic copybook in brown ink on paper, with a calligraphic title-page followed by sample texts (mostly from the Old and New Testament) in Dutch in a roundhand script with decorative flourishes, and verses by Jacob Cats on the outside of the first and last leaves, the last illustrated with a penwork father, son and a large fish eating a small fish. Side-stitched, with the first leaf and last leaf serving as wrappers. Full description
€ 1,750
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Notebook of a pupil of the orientalist Louis-Mathieu Langlès, learning the Persian language

[LANGLÈS, Louis-Mathieu]. [Wrapper title:] Cahier de langue Persanne. Dicte par le citoyen Lenglés. An 7e de la Republique.
Paris, 1799. 4to (23 x 18.5 cm). Manuscript on paper, also including a leaf with a letterpress table of the Latin and Arabic alphabet, entitled "Alphabetum Arabicum". Contemporary plain paper wrappers. Full description
€ 5,000
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Drilling the Austrian Imperial infantry, with 49 manuscript formation plans in colour

LEEUWEN, Engelhard August Baron van. Plans des neu herrauss gegebene Exercittii nach den dermahligen Kayserl: Königl: kriegs Fuss Volck eingerichtet. Herausgegeben im Jahr 1765. Zugehörig Titl. Herrn Obrist Wacht M[ei]st[er] Baron v[on]: Engelhard.
Austria, 1769[?]. Oblong 4to (18.5 x 23 cm). With title and the explanation of the key letters used in the plans written in red, the key to the colour coding in the troop formations in 8 colours, and 49 (of 55) numbered colour-coded plans of infantry exercises. Each text leaf and each plan (except no. 26) in a frame of rules, nos. 2-35 in red, the rest in black. Plans 1, 24, 32, 33, 42, and 46 have been torn out, in 2 cases leaving a small piece of the drawing. Contemporary mottled tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 5,000
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96 letters from Dutch diplomats throughout Europe, 1715-1729

[LETTERS - DIPLOMATIC]. [Official contemporary copies of incoming diplomatic correspondence to the Dutch government in The Hague from Dutch ambassadors, envoys, diplomatic residents and others in Vienna, Graz, Schaffhausen, Turin, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Moscow, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dresden, Regensburg, Warsaw, Grodno, Maastricht, The Hague, Brussels and Ostend].
[The Hague], letters dated 26 January-17 December 1715 and 7 November 1725-22 November 1729. Folio (32.5 x 20.5 cm). 96 letters clearly written in dark brown ink on paper, 84 in Dutch and 12 in French, mostly in a Latin hand (the Dutch ones from 1715 in a semi-gothic hand). Loose leaves in a modern portfolio. Full description
€ 8,500
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Detailed eye-witness reports of a voyage around the world as it unfolded, 1847-1851

LORGE, Louis Anne Paul de Durfort Civrac, Comte de. [46 letters].
Chili, Macao, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Batavia, Ceylon, Calcutta, Delhi, etc., 1847-1851. 8vo & 4to. 46 autograph letters, mostly signed, written during a voyage around the world by the Comte de Lorge, to his father, the Duc de Lorge. Loose letters in clear plastic sleeves in a modern notebook. Full description
€ 9,500
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On manoeuvres and formations for rifle companies and battalions, well illustrated

[MANUSCRIPT - MILITARY]. Plans deren Maneuvres der koenigl-spanischen Tropen[:] Plans deren Maneuvres[,] Formacionen und Colocacionen deren Officiers und Sergenten wie es bey dem löblichen Schweizer-Regiment Baron De Reding geübt wird.
Madrid, 1772. Oblong Imperial 4to (29.5 x 40 cm). Extensively illustrated manuscript on paper, written mostly in German in brown ink. With large armorial device on title-page, in colour, with the crowned impaled arms of Sicily (dexter) and Austria (sinister); a preliminary leaf with 2 rows of 6 colour pictures; and XVI numbered leaves with colour plans of battle-formations, with 37 numbered marginal drawings in brown ink with grey and yellow washes on 7 of these leaves showing details of gunlocks and tools; and some of the leaves with colour drawings of landscapes with mountains, lakes, etc. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, decorated paper sides. Full description
€ 6,950
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Unpublished mycology manuscript covering 67 genera of fungi from France, with hundreds of illustrations

[MANUSCRIPT - MYCOLOGY]. [French mycology manuscript].
[France, 1920?]. 34 parts. 8vo. With each described species illustrated in watercolour and pencil and on nearly all occasions also illustrating details and other stages of development. Each part sewn as a single quire without title-page, covered in a modern transparent paper. Full description
€ 8,500
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Autograph awarding a Berlin chemist a prize
for his paper on potash from the ashes of plants

MARUM, Martinus van. [Autograph letter, signed, to Johann Friedrich John].
Haarlem, 27 May 1816. 4to (22 x 18.5 cm). Letter in French, in brown ink on one side of a folded half sheet of wove paper, with the address on the back with a stamp ("Haarlem"). The letter was originally folded four times more, displaying only the address at the outside. Full description
€ 1,500
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Dutch medicinal and culinary recipe book,
begun ca. 1720 in a ca. 1700 album

[MEDICINE - RECIPES]. Recepten boek.
[The Netherlands], album [ca. 1700], written [ca. 1720] to 1758 or possibly later. Large agenda 8vo (20.5 x 12 cm). Manuscript in dark brown ink on laid paper, with 1 printed and 10 manuscript slips with recipes loosely inserted (late 18th & early 19th centuries). Recased ca. 1720 in its own original ca. 1700 blind-tooled parchment, with a large centrepiece on each board. Full description
€ 2,650
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Practical geometry, fortification and artillery ca. 1750

[MANUSCRIPT - MILITARY]. Geometria of meetkonst ... Vestingbou of fortificatie ... [Artillerie].
[Netherlands, ca. 1750]. 3 related works in 1 volume. Folio. With numerous mathematical diagrams, fortification plans and measured drawings of artillery and ammunition, including 12 full-page watercolour drawings (3 fortification plans and 9 beautifully rendered canons) and many more watercolour drawings in the text. With a large folding fortification plan tipped in, a large folding artillery drawing loosely inserted, and several smaller drawings tipped in or loosely inserted. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 6,500
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Palaeontological and geological manuscript,
including the pioneering work of John Samuel Miller
with about 70 drawings, most after Miller’s lithographs of 1821

MILLER, John Samuel (Johann Samuel MÜLLER) and others. Crinoidea: lily-shaped animals [followed by texts by other contemporary palaeontologists and geologists, including William Buckland, Nicholas Nugent, John Cam Hobhouse, Dugald Carmichael, Giambattista Brocchi (in Italian) and others].
[England, ca. 1821-1822]. 4to. Manuscript mostly in English, with 10 pages containing more than 50 ink and watercolour drawings of fossils (for the Crinodea); a page with 9 ink and watercolour drawings of teeth of living and extinct species; a page of ink drawings of vases, implements, etc. from excavations at Albano; a folding slip with a colour profile of geological layers on the English south coast; and 2 ink and watercolour drawings of fossils in the text. Contemporary blind-tooled maroon sheepskin. Full description
€ 3,250
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Botanical manuscript describing nearly 200 Dutch poisonous plants,
with an unpublished pharmacological manuscript

MIQUEL, Friedrich Anton Wilhelm. Over de Noord-Nederlandsche vergiftige gewaschen.
[Rotterdam?, 1836?]. 4to. Manuscript in brown ink on laid paper, written in Dutch in a small but neat Latin hand.
With: (2) [MIQUEL, Friedrich Anton Wilhelm?]. Pharmacie.
[Rotterdam?, ca. 1845?]. 8vo. Manuscript in brown ink on wove paper, written in Dutch in a small but neat Latin hand. Near contemporary half cloth, with the second manuscript never sewn or bound and loosely inserted. Full description
€ 4,500
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Unique source for the early 19th-century Utrecht ceramic tile art industry

[MANUSCRIPT - MODEL BOOK - TILES]. [Model book of Dutch tile designs].
[Utrecht?, ca. 1810?]. Small square 4to (20 x 19 cm). With 111 pen and wash model drawings for Dutch tiles on the rectos of 105 leaves, most in greys but many in brown or a beautiful Delft blue. Several combine more than one colour, all in the actual size of tiles. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 35,000
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Ship's journal from Seychelles and Madagascar,
with numerous maps and earlier illustrated anatomical lecture notes

MORSE, Edward George. A journal of remarks and observations as kept by E. G. M. . ..
[mostly on board the barque Sarah of London], April 1831-14 March 1833 (with additions to 1835). with an engraved view as frontispiece, 15 full-page, 1 nearly full-page and 1 smaller manuscript maps and coastal profiles, plus a small engraved view ("Tomb of Napoleon") mounted on 1 page.
Including: MORSE, Edward George. Lecture Book [notes on anatomical lectures by Joseph Constantine Carpue].
[London], November-December 1828. with a matching pair of engravings of a scull on and facing the title-page, and 27 pencil and/or ink anatomical drawings (including 2 full-page), some also with red. 4to (19.5×16.5 cm). Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 35,000
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1598 ordinance for clearing trees around windmills,
signed by Johan van Oldenbarnevelt

OLDENBARNEVELT, Johan van. [Ordinance forbidding the planting of trees around windmills in the Land van Arkel (in the southwestern corner of the province of Holland) and requiring the removal of existing trees].
The Hague, 14 December 1598. Manuscript document in Dutch in brown ink on the skin side of a single piece of sheepskin parchment (36 x 48 cm, folded to 14 x 19 cm). Full description
€ 2,950
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Detailed illustrated manuscript journal of a voyage to India, the Gulf, the East Indies and China,
including detailed accounts of meetings with the Sultan of Muscat and Oman
and with the ruler of Bahrain

PAGE, Théogène-François. Campagne de la Favorite - Journal.
[In the Gulf and elsewhere at sea], 3 June 1841 - 5 January 1844. 2 volumes. Folio (33.5 x 22 cm). Manuscript ship's journal in French, in black ink on unwatermarked wove paper, closely written in a small but neat Latin hand, with more than 40 small pen or pencil drawings in the text, ranging from simple coastal profiles to detailed and skilfully executed views of cities and fortifications. With 11 inserted items, including a 27 July 1842 letter from Admiral Guy-Victor Duperré (Ministère de la Marine et des Colonies) to Captain Page, and a slip with neatly drawn Chinese characters. Contemporary plain-paper wrappers. Full description
€ 350,000
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Nepalese manuscript in Sanskrit, with 5 colour miniatures of the Buddhist female protective deities
and with the associated five great Buddhas carved on the upper wooden board

[PANCARAKSA]. [Pancaraksa sutra (Sutra of the five-fold protection)].
[Lalitpur(?) in Nepal, ca. 1840]. (9.5 x 35 x 11 cm). Nepalese manuscript in Sanskrit, written in black ink on sturdy haritalika paper (9 x 35 cm). With 5 miniatures (each 9 x 6.5 cm) delicately rendered in colour and silver, each showing a different female protective deity (in various colours, with 6 to 12 arms, each deity supported by a pair of animals or people). With at least five small rosettes in the text, apparently signalling points in the text. Loose between contemporary wooden boards (1 cm thick), the upper one elaborately carved with 5 decorated arches in a decorated border, each arch containing a figure of one of the pancatathagata (five great Buddhas) in lotus position. Full description
€ 6,950
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Kashmir manuscript: “five pearls” of Hindu literature,
including the Bhagavad gita, with 5 full-page miniatures

[PANCARATNAGITA]. Pancha ratnani.
[Kashmir, early 19th-century]. Oblong (9 x 15.5 cm). Manuscript in Sanskrit, written in Devanagari script with a reed(?) pen in red and black ink on both sides of the Asian paper leaves, with 5 full-page miniatures in many colours plus gold and silver with decorative borders, and each page of text in a border of multiple lines with orange predominating. 20th-century boards covered with decorated cloth. Full description
€ 6,000
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Religious manuscript in German in a fine binding

[PEIKHART, Franz (original compiler)]. Andachtsübungen eines Christen vor die Morgens- und Abendszeit, Heilige Mess, Beicht und Communion: mehrentheils aus denen Psalmen Davidis gezogen.
[Vienna?, ca. 1800]. 8vo. Manuscript in German on laid paper. 19th-century elaborately gold-tooled green morocco, spine with raised bands and red morocco label lettered "A.M.C.Z." in gold, gold-tooled turn-ins, paste-paper endleaves, gilt edges. Full description
€ 1,250
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Trade in Venetian cloth in early 18th-century Cairo

[PETEA(?)], Michiel. [Letter, signed, to Nicolò Caragiani in Venice concerning the trading conditions in Cairo for different woolen and silk fabrics].
Cairo, 22 October 1732. Manuscript letter in Italian, opening with a duplicate of an earlier letter, in a different hand, dated 26 September 1732, written in ink on one page of a bifolium originally folded 4 more times for sending (to 8.5 x 14 cm) with the address on one side and traces of a red wax on the other. Full description
€ 3,500
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King Philip II mortgages then sells his lands
of Voorburg and Voorschoten near The Hague
to help fund his wars

PHILIP II, King of Spain. [Mortgage agreement, granting Jan Hanneman, Steward General of North Holland, the rights to the tithes of the King's lands of Voorburg and Voorschoten].
The Hague and Brussels, 1557 (with additions to 1565). Folio (36 x 25.5 cm). Manuscript mortgage agreement, signed by King Philip's representatives, written in brown ink on parchment in a nearly upright cursive gothic hand. With a typescript transcription of the main text and an interlinear translation in Spanish. Full description
€ 6,500
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Extensive unpublished handbook of the art of navigation, Rotterdam, ca. 1649
with 41 illustrations and 5 decorative cartouches, mostly in colour

PLEMP, Joan J. (Jan Jansz.?). Konst der zeevaert.
[Rotterdam?, ca. 1649?]. Folio (32 x 21 cm). Manuscript in Dutch, written in a clear upright gothic cursive hand in brown ink on paper, with 41 illustrations (an equinoctial compass sundial, quadrants and numerous diagrams, more than half in colour and a few full-page or nearly full-page); 5 coloured cartouches with scales, brief tables, etc.; and more extensive tables of data. Two of the colour illustrations are dials with movable parts (now pasted down at their centres). Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 68,000
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2 signed autograph letters from a French privateer

[AUTOGRAPH - MARITIME - PIRACY]. PLEUC or PLEVE?, Jacques René. [Two autograph letters, signed, attempting to secure promised payments for the booty of the captured English frigate HMS Liverpool by the French privateer Le Grand Décidé, one addressed to Auguste-Anne de Bergevin, Commissaire principal de Marine in Bordeaux, and the other to the brothers Amédée & Eugene Larrieu in Bordeaux, who sold the booty].
Bordeaux, 30 June & 18 November 1820. Folio (32.5 x 21 cm) & 4to (19.5 x 20.5 cm). In dark brown ink on paper. Full description
€ 1,750
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Extensively illustrated manuscript course of practical geometry with more that 350 figures,
including perspective, projections, architecture, cartography & sundials

PRÉVOST, M. Cours de géométrie pratique professé par M. Prevost et suivi par C.F. Frenet. Comprenant 1o. La géométrie élémentaire avec ses applications au toisé, au cubage, géodésie, etc. 2o. La géométrie descriptive avec ses applications à la perspective, à la coupe des pierres etc.
[Lyon?, ca. 1825?]. Oblong folio (35 x 45 cm). With a flourished calligraphic title-page signed "[Charles] Esclozas scripsit", and 140 leaves with more than 350 figures in black ink and sometimes pencil, red ink or coloured washes (blue, yellow, red, green and grey), illustrating plain and solid geometry, projections, perspective, architecture, bridges, cartography, globes, sundials, etc., and with text and illustrations in black thick-thin borders. Contemporary green half morocco, spine richly gold-tooled. Full description
€ 25,000
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Promoting Catholicism through missionary work as the Jesuits lost power:
a manuscript from the Sir Thomas Phillipps collection

[PROPAGANDA FIDE]. Africa [-] Greci - Italo Greci [-] Armeni di Venezia [-] varie.
[Rome and perhaps elsewhere, ca. 1758-1764 (transcribing original documents going back to at least 1664)]. 4to. Collection of manuscript transcriptions of about 30 letters and other documents. Contemporary Italian sheepskin parchment over flexible boards. Full description
€ 39,500
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Original manuscripts of two influential essays on art and society

ROLAND HOLST, Richard Nicolaüs. Over de monumentale schilderkunst en hare beinvloeding door de maatschappij.
[Laren?, 1910].
With: (2) ROLAND HOLST, Richard Nicolaüs. Over het rythmische en het naturalistische element in de monumentale schilderkunst.
[Laren?, 1914]. Small 4to. Neatly written in dark brown ink on machine-made wove paper without watermark. Loosely inserted is a newspaper clipping with an article about Roland Holst's lectures in Paris, from the Nieuwe Rotterdamse Courant, 28 November 1923.  Sewn in quires and each essay formerly glued (now loose) in dark grey thick paper wrappers. Full description
€ 2,250
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Finely illustrated manuscript handbook for architects, engineers, etc.

SIMMONDS, J. Hints, tables &ca [for mining, military engineering, architecture, etc.].
[England], 1840. (16.5 x 12 cm). Manuscript in ink on paper, in English, with numerous architectural and other illustrations in pencil and ink, many with grey and/or pink washes, on 30 pages, numerous manuscript tables. Written and illustrated partly on rectos only and partly on both rectos and versos. Contemporary English dark green gold-tooled calf, gold-tooled board edges, gold fillets on turn-ins, green ribbon marker, gilt edges. Rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 2,500
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Invitation to see Paris's new elephants confiscated from the Dutch Stadholder Willem V

SPAENDONCK, Gerard van. [Autograph letter, signed, to Madame de Chalendray (Caloline Thérèse Jeanne Bordes de Chalendray?)].
[Paris], 12 Floréal VI [= 1 May 1798]. 4to. Autograph letter in French, signed, written in brown ink on one side of a single leaf of laid paper.
With: [PORTRAIT]. BOILLY, Julien-Léopold. Van Spaendonck, (Gérard) …
[Paris], [1821?]. Folio. Lithographic portrait on wove paper, mounted on laid paper (ca. 1830?) with a manuscript note at the head. Full description
€ 1,950
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Elaborately decorated doctorate, with the recipient's coat of arms,
in its original richly gold-tooled goatskin with
Padua University's large wax seal

[MANUSCRIPT - DOCTORATE]. STORCH, Josephus. [A doctorate in law from the University of Padua, granted under the auspices of the Doge of Venice, Aloysius Mocenigo II]. [Incipit:] In Christi nomine amen[.] Anno reparatæ salutis millesimo septingentesimo secundo, Ducatus . . . Aloysii Mocenico . . .
Padua, 25 February 1702. 24.5×18.5 cm. Manuscript authentication of the award of a doctorate in law, written in black ink and gold on sheepskin parchment, with the recipient's full-page coat of arms in red, blue, black, silver and gold, that page and the facing opening page of text with wide and elaborate borders in 5 colours plus black and gold, their decorations including a peacock, eagle, rampant lion holding a hat, fruits and flowers; the narrower floral borders of the remaining 3 pages in red and gold. Contemporary richly gold-tooled tanned goatskin in a panel design. Attached by braided cords is a flat metal canister covered with matching gold-tooled goatskin, containing the red wax seal of the University (5.5 cm diameter); metal corner pieces on the 4 fore-edge corners. Full description
€ 2,500
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8th-century Japanese Buddhist manuscript sutra scroll in Chinese

[SUTRA SCROLL]. Dá bõrê bõluómìduõ jing [English: Great perfection of wisdom sutra; Japanese: Daihannya-haramitta-kyô; Sanskrit: Mahaprajnaparamita sutra]. Dì [= number] 172.
[Japan (Nara?), ca. 730?]. 15-sheet scroll (25 x 826 cm). Japanese scroll written in Chinese with a brush in black ink on kozo (mulberry bark) paper, dyed yellow with a preparation from the kihada tree. With 20th-century brown Japanese paper extensions at the beginning and end, that at the end (left) attached to a Japanese dark brown wooden (walnut?) roller, and that at the beginning (right) with a mulberry-colour cloth tie. Full description
€ 45,000
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Complete manuscript course in pharmacological chemistry

[TROMMSDORFF, Johann Bartholomäus?]. Leerstelsel der algemeene en artsenijmengkundige proefondervindelijke scheikunde.
Including: [GRAHAM, Thomas?]. De bewerktuigde lighamen: scheikundige beschouwing aangaande de voornaamste bestaandeelen der planten benevens de meest belangrijkste[!] producten welke men door derzelver ontleding bekoomt.
[Amsterdam?], 19 October 1830. 4to. Manuscript in Dutch, written in black ink in a Latin hand on laid paper. Near contemporary half tanned sheepskin. Full description
€ 1,950
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Admiral Tromp sends 10 captured ships and their captains to the Admiralty

TROMP, Maarten Harpertsz. [Autograph letter in Dutch, signed, addressed to the Admiralty at Middelburg or Rotterdam].
On board the ship The Maid of Dordrecht, before Mardijk, 31 July 1642. Folio (31 x 20 cm). Letter written in brown ink on a folio bifolium, with the text on p. 1 (pp. 2-3 blank), originally folded 3 more times for sending (to 8 x 10 cm) with the address on one side and Tromp's red wax armorial seal (helmed and mantled, only the upper part surviving) on the other (now both p. 4), perforated below the seal through all 16 layers, for a ribbon or cord that does not survive. Full description
€ 4,000
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Last and most extensive Utrecht pharmacopoeia,
with a ca. 1790 Dutch translation in manuscript

[PHARMACOPOEIA - UTRECHT]. Pharmacopoea Ultrajectina nova.
Utrecht, Jacob van Poolsum, 1749. 8vo with 4to interleaving (22.5 x 17 cm). With a large engraved allegorical vignette on the title-page by Jan Goeree and an alphabetical list of pharmacological symbols on 2 folding engraved plates. Interleaved, with manuscript Dutch translations of the headings and texts on the interleaves and extensive additions and notes, mostly on the interleaves but sometimes also on the leaves of the printed book. Half reddish brown parchment (ca. 1790). Full description
€ 1,750
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Vanderbilt's hippodrome in watercolour

[MANUSCRIPT - PLAN]. VANDERBILT, William Kissam. Hippodrome de Carrieres-sous-Poissy, Seine et Oise, appartenant a Mr. Vanderbilt W. K.
Poissy, Ch[arles] Robin, 1903-1904-1911. Large hand-coloured four-sheet plan (90 x 170 cm as assembled). Drawn in pen and ink, graphite and watercolour on paper mounted on canvas. Framed (105 x 205 cm). Full description
€ 45,000
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Iron works and mining in Brazil and Portugal

VARNHAGEN, Frederico Luiz Guilherme de. [A petition to King Miguel I of Portugal for appointment as supervisor of mines, accompanied by 9 numbered notarized transcriptions of supporting documents, 2 related letters to his minister and Secretary of State for Justice, José António de Oliveira Leite de Barros, Conde de Basto, and an earlier letter to King João VI].
Marina Grande (in Monte Real, Portugal), 21 December 1825-11 March 1829. Folio and 4to. The petition, accompanying transcriptions and letters written in Portuguese. In an old brown paper folder and with a typescript list of the contents inserted. Full description
€ 4,500
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Beautifully illustrated heraldic manuscript of the Bruges family Van den Heede

VERPLANCKE, Jean François, and Karel Aenaes DE CROESER. Descriptio genealogica antiquissimae nobilisquae familiae nomine Van den Heede.
Bruges, 1775 (with additions to 1783). Royal folio in 4s (44 x 28 cm). Manuscript in black and brown ink on paper, nearly every page with a pre-printed letterpress border of rococo fleurons, with illustrations in coloured gouaches and/or watercolour. With an architectural title-page, 14 small coloured coats of arms and a coloured map; and the text illustrated with about 140 coats of arms (including about 8 blank shields), all but 1 of the arms coloured and about 20 full-page and elaborately decorated; and 5 full-page manuscript cartouches with text. Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 17,500
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Transcripts of official documents of the district Het Vrije van Sluis in Zeeland

[MANUSCRIPT - VRIJE VAN SLUIS]. Keuren van 't Vrye en 't Leenhof tot Sluys in Vlaanderen. Anno 1743.
[Sluis (in Zeeland), 1743]. Folio (33 x 21 cm). Manuscript written in Dutch, in brown ink on paper, with the coat of arms of the district Vrije van Sluis on the title-page coloured by a contemporary hand in opaque gouaches and gold. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,500
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Skilful calligraphic copy-book by a student of the Haarlem schoolmaster Hermanus van der Laan

WALBEEK, Willem. Livre d'ecrire ... a l'ecole de Monsieur Hermanus vander Laan ...
Haarlem, 30 October 1749-13 January 1750. Folio (31 x 20 cm). Manuscript calligraphic copy-book with Dutch texts (except for the French title-page and colophon), written in black ink on laid paper, with a calligraphic title-page followed by 43 pages of calligraphic examples on 23 leaves. An additional loosely inserted leaf has one additional full-page example, also by Walbeek. Contemporary decorated paper wrappers (block-printed flower pattern with a dotted background). Full description
€ 2,500
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Commemorative manuscript for the 1873 wedding of Carl August of Saxony-Weimar-Eisenach,
grandson of King William II of the Netherlands

[MANUSCRIPT - WEDDING BOOK]. Gedenk-Buch.
Including: [DEVRIENT, Otto]. Festspiel der Erholungsgesellschaft.
[Weimar or Friedrichshafen], 10 September 1873. Folio (33.5 x 21 cm). Written in brown ink in a neat and very legible German gothic hand, with the titles and the occasional word in the headings written in a Latin hand. Contemporary reddish-brown gold-blocked, textured cloth. Full description
€ 1,850
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17th-century plan of the battle of Woerden

[MAP - MILITARY - LOW COUNTRIES - WOERDEN]. La defaitte des Hollandois devant Voerden par les troupes du Roy commandez par le Duc de Luxembourg le 10e d'octobre 1672.
[Ca. 1672]. Manuscript plan (33 x 41.5 cm) on paper, in pen with bright watercolour and many coloured details. With unfinished panels in upper left and lower right corners. Full description
€ 1,500
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