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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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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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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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Manuscript report advising the Portuguese government
on the dangers of Dutch incursions in Portuguese colonies, especially in Brazil

[BRAZIL - DUTCH INCURSIONS]. Vas nestes a pontamende de mistura as cauzas originaes que tem lancado a perder este Reino, e a India posta no stado que se ve e juntamende vão os meyos, que pode haver para se tirar dinheiro para o soccorro d[']ella.
[Lisbon?, 1628?]. Folio. Manuscript document in Portuguese. Disbound. Full description
€ 3,950
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Manuscript table of the provisions on board the French frigate “Amphitrite”

LAPLACE, Cyrille Pière Théodore. La frégate de Roi L'Amphitrite. États des consommations faites pendant le mois de Décembre 1824 et que restent abord le 1e Janvier 1825.
[On board, December 1824-1 January 1825]. Manuscript table in brown ink on a whole sheet of laid paper (40 x 52 cm), with the title at the head and signed at the foot right by Laplace. Folded twice. Full description
€ 3,500
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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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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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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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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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Photo-chromolithographic facsimile of one of the most important pre-Hispanic Mexican manuscripts

PASO Y TRONCOSO, Francisco del and Franz EHRLE. Il manoscritto Messicano Vaticano 3773 riprodotto in fotocromografia ...
Rome, Stabilimento Danesi (financed by Joseph Florimond, Duc de Loubat), 1896. 3 unnumbered parts plus the facsimile, bound as 4 volumes. Oblong large 16mo (12.5 x 15 cm). With an accordion-fold photo-chromolithographed facsimile (96 pages on 49 leaves, with page numbers added for the facsimile in red in square brackets) of the polychrome codex with 104 pictures and a Nahuatl text in Mexican hieroglyphs including calendrical data. With 3 text parts in the original publisher's boards covered with printed paper; the facsimile in accordion-fold with the first and last leaves pasted to thick, rounded walnut(?) boards as a facsimile of the manuscript's pre-Hispanic Mexican wooden boards. It is kept in a book-shaped wooden box partly covered with gold-tooled dark brown calf, with a crowned rampant lion (the Duc de Loubat's bearing) on the front. Full description
€ 4,750
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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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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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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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Fine calligraphic manuscript teaching traditional science to the son of Comte de Choiseul-Gouffier,
French ambassador to the Ottoman Empire,
finely bound in contemporary gold-tooled morocco

REMY, Claude. Traité des elemens présenté à M. Raoul de Choiseul-Gouffier.
Paris, 1786. Small 8vo. Calligraphic manuscript written in French in dark brown ink on paper, in a formal Latin script hand (a French-style "batard"), with an ornamental, calligraphic title-page in reddish brown, green, dark brown and black ink, each page in a thick-thin-thin border with circular decorations in each corner and centred at the head, running heads in the border, the heading of the "Avertissement" in a decorative script, and calligraphic chapter headings in circular or rectangular decorations and sub-headings in decorated horizontal bands. Contemporary red, gold-tooled morocco, the smooth spine divided into 6 panels (separated by lines flanked by dotted lines), the 2nd with a dark green title-label, each of the others with an 8-petalled flower, 10 dots, a decoration in each corner and another at each side, and a decorated band at the foot; each board with a border of thin-thick-thin fillets with a decoration stamped on each corner and a 6-petalled flower inside each corner; gold-tooled turn-ins, gold fillets on the board edges (altogether about 130 impressions of 13 tools), gilt edges. Full description
€ 16,000
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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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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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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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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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Manuscript weaving instructions, illustrated with about 2000 cloth samples and colour-coded patterns

[WEAVING]. Schnürungsbuch.
“Vaals-Aachen” [on the Dutch-German border], Höhere technische Schule für Tuchfabrikation, [ca. 1900]. Oblong folio (24 x 32 cm). Manuscript in German, written in black ink in a neat and legible Latin hand on paperboard leaves, comprising short instructional texts and about 2000 colour-coded weaving patterns and small samples of woven cloth mounted on both sides of the leaves. Contemporary beige half cloth. Full description
€ 7,500
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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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21 points for discussion at a meeting of the directors of the WIC, several concerning the slave trade

[WIC - MANUSCRIPT]. Poincten van deliberatie op welke de Heeren Gecommitteerden uyt de resp[ectiev]e ... cameren van de generale geoctr[oyeerd]e West Indische Compagnie, door prosidiale camer beschreven sijn, ter vergaderinge van de Thienen, omme sig op den 4e ... July te laten vinden tot Amsterdam, ende dinsdagh daeraenvolgende sullende wesen den 5 dito, precise int besoigne te treeden.
Amsterdam, 10 June 1678. Folio (36.5 x 24 cm). Manuscript in Dutch, written on laid paper in dark brown ink. Sewn, with the final blank and its conjugate stub forming a wrapper. Full description
€ 4,750
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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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