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The Dutch Republic bans the export of military goods to territories under Spanish control

[AERSSEN, Cornelis van]. Placcaet vande Staten Generael der Vereenichde Nederlanden, inhoudende scherp verbodt van opte steden, havenen, ... onder t'gebiedt vanden Coninck van Spaingien, ... geen toevoer uyte Vereenichde Nederlanden te doen van salpeter, buspoeder, ...
The Hague, Aelbrecht Hendricksz., "1591" [=1591/94?]. Disbound. Full description
€ 650
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Aesop edited by Heinsius and illustrated by Van Sichem, in a prize-binding with the Amersfoort arms

AESOP. Fabulae ... Graecè & Latinè, nunc denuo selectae: eae item quas Avienus carmine expressit. Accedit Ranarum & murium pugna, Homero olim asscripta. Cum elegantissimis in utroque libello figuris, & utriusque interpretatione plurimis in locis emendata.
Leiden, Joannes Maire, 1632. 8vo. With 47 woodcut illustrations (5 x 6.5 cm) by Christoffel van Sichem II in the text. Contemporary vellum, each board with a panel stamp (59 x 50 mm) of the Amersfoort coat of arms. Most endpapers later. Full description
€ 3,500
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Of lasting value of the history of Arabic literature

AHLWARDT, Wilhelm. Verzeichniss der Arabischen Handschriften der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin.
Berlin, A. W. Schade (I) and A. Asher & Co. (II-X), 1887-1899. 10+1 volumes. 4to. With 12 photographic halftone plates of 62 manuscript specimens in vol. X. Added: separate atlas issue of the 12 plates. Altogether 11 vols. in publisher's light blue printed boards. Full description
€ 8,500
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Rare early edition of a popular book of botanical, mineralogical and zoological wonders
with a large woodcut of the author among his books

ALBERTUS MAGNUS (pseudo). Liber secretorum ... De virtutibus herbarum: & animalium quorundam. Eiusdemq[ue] liber De mirabilibus mundi: & etiam de quibusdam effectibus causatis a quibusdam animalibus &c.
(Colophon: Venice, Johan Baptist Sessa, 12 February 1502). Small 4to (21 x 15.5 cm). With a large woodcut portrait of the author at his desk. Gold-tooled maroon morocco (ca. 1870/90?) for James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk (1827-1905), gilt edges. Full description
€ 12,500
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The "Doctrinale" with authoritative commentary by Johannes Synthen,
one of two known copies

ALEXANDER DE VILLA DEI and Johannes SYNTHEN. [Doctrinale part 1, with the commentary by Johannes Synthen]: Glosa super prima parte doctrinalis Alexandri. Per Joannem Synthen Daventriae extremo labore collecta.
Deventer, Jacobus de Breda, [between 5 April and 21 May 1490]. 4to. With only 2 initials executed: first chapter: a red R with red pen work and a red V at the beginning of Chapter 5 (damaged). Lacking 4 leaves. Binding lost except front cover: a vellum leaf from an early 15th-century rhetorical manuscript, rubricated in red. Full description
€ 6,500
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Rare 17th-century writing book & instructions, for learning without a master

ALLAIS, Jean Baptiste. L'art d'ecrire.
Paris, chez l'auteur, 1680. Folio. With large woodcut vignette on letterpress title-page, a woodcut headpiece, 2 woodcut decorative initials, decorations built up from cast arabesque fleurons, an engraved calligraphic title-page and 22 (of 23) engraved leaves with calligraphic writing samples and illustrations, all engraved by Louis Senault. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine, and unusual marbled paste-downs. Full description
€ 2,250
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A dissertation from Manilla's Jesuit University
on practical mathematics for the military

ARAYA, Fernando de. Conclusiones mathematicas, practicas, y especulativas defendidas en el principio del segundo año ... 
Manila, Nicolas de la Cruz Bagay, 1758. 4to. With engraved frontispiece equestrian portrait of Ferdinand VI, King of Spain and Emperor of the Indies. Contemporary salmon-coloured silk over flexible boards, preserved in modern portfolio. Full description
€ 8,750
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The most important source for the Moluccas in the early colonial period

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

ARISTOTLE (Pseudo), Gregorius CYPRIUS, Paulus SILENTARIUS. De mundo, Graece: cum duplici interpretatione Latinâ. Priore quidem L. Apulei; alterâ verò Guilielmi Budaei. Cum scholiis & castigationibus Bonaventurae Vulcanii tam in Aristotelem, quàm in utrunque eius interpretem. Accessit seorsim Gregorii Cyprii, encomium maris, Gracè, nunquam antea excusum. Et Pauli Silentiarii Iambica.
Leiden, Officina Plantiniana/Franciscus Raphelengius, 1591. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,800
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Biography of a famous abbess and reformer of Port-Royal. With notes on the history of Port-Royal, Maubuisson and other monasteries

ARNAULD D'ANDILLY, Angélique de Saint Jean. Relations sur la vie de la Reverende mere Angelique de Sainte Magdelaine Arnauld, ou receüil de la mere Angelique de Saint Jean Arnauld d'Audilly, sur la vie de sa tante la mere Marie-Angelique de Sainte Magdelaine Arnauld, & sur la réforme des abbayes de Port-Royal, Maubuisson & autres, faite par cette Sainte Abbisse.
With: (2) ARNAULD, Angélique de Sainte Magdelaine. Mémoires pour servir à la vie de la R. Mëre Marie Angélique de Sainte Magdelaine Arnauld, reformatrice de Port Royal.
[France], 1737. 2 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine with red morocco title-label, marbled edges and marbled endpapers. Full description
€ 3,500
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Unidentified humanist's selections from St Augustine
to defend the Catholic faith against reformers and heretics

AUGUSTINE, Saint. Collectanea, ex universo opere librorum D. Aurelii Augustini passim decerpta, semitam quanda[m] media[m] Christianis, nu[n]c misere dissentie[n]bus[!] mon[s]trantia, qua unanimiter ad ecclesiam Christi redeant.
Deventer, Albert Paffraet, 1529. 8vo (16.5 x 10.5 cm). With the title in letterpress in a woodcut border and one woodcut initial. With a contemporary manuscript index (31 1/2 pp.) and contemporary manuscript notes (1 1/2 pp.) giving quotations from Saint Augustine on 16 leaves bound at the front. Contemporary blind-tooled brown calf over wooden boards (the back board replaced with paperboard), with a brass catch-plate in the middle of the fore-edge (clasp and anchor plate lacking and binding repaired). Full description
€ 12,500
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Two rare editions of sermons, printed and published at Cologne ca. 1502 and in 1505

AUGUSTINUS DE LEONISSA. Sermones pulcherrimi sup[er] d[omi]nica[m] or[ati]o[n]em Pater noster & angelicam salutat[i]o[n]em Ave Maria. Unicuiq[ue] ad populu[m] vole[n]ti declamat[i]o[n]es facere acco[m]modati. editi p[er] venera[n]du[m] patre[m] Augustinu[m] de Leonissa ...
(Colophon: Cologne, heirs of Heinrich Quentel, 1505). With 3 decorated woodcut initials, many 3-line and 2 larger Lombardic initials. With the first decorated initial hand coloured, and rubricated throughout.
With: (2) BONAVENTURA, Saint (pseudo). Sermo[n]es Quattuor novissimorum perutiles et n[e]cc[ess]arii. unu[m]que[m]que in devot[i]o[n]is ardorem dei quam timore[m] i[n]ducentes. a Beato Bonaventura editi.
(Colophon : Cologne), [Cornelis de Zierikzee, ca. 1502]. With a small woodcut of Christ at the Last Judgement on the title-page framed by 4 decorative woodcut strip borders, a full-page woodcut of King David meeting Christ at the Last Judgement (repeated at the end), a few 3-line Lombardic initials and spaces left for a few larger manuscript initials (not filled in). 2 works in 1 volume. Small 8vo (14.5 x 10.5 cm). Modern blind-tooled brown goatskin morocco. Full description
€ 4,850
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First edition of the "Divisiekroniek", with 239 woodcut illustrations, in an interesting binding

[AURELIUS, Cornelius]. Die cronycke van Hollandt, Zeelandt en[de] Vrieslant beghinnende va[n] Adams tiden tot die geboerte ons heren Jh[es]u[m] voertgaende tot de[n] jare M.CCCCC. ende Xvij.
Leiden, Jan Seversz., 18 August 1517. Folio. With the title-page printed in red and black with a large woodcut between different woodcut borders, and 239 woodcuts in text, including 121 woodcut portraits. Black blind-tooled goatskin (1637), with gold-tooled title and binding date on side. Full description
€ 45,000
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Standard biography of Saladin

BAHA' AL-DIN IBN SHADDAD (BOHADIN) and Albert SCHULTENS (translator). Vita et res gestae sultani, almalichi alnasiri, Saladini ... nec non excerpta ex historia universali Abulfedae.
Leiden, Johannes le Mair, 1755. Folio. With the title-page printed in red and black and with a woodcut device. Text in Arabic with parallel Latin translation. 19th-century boards covered with brown pastepaper. Full description
€ 7,000
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Important history of ancient astronomy, with chapters on Egyptian, Chaldean and Persian astronomy

BAILLY, Jean-Sylvain. Histoire de l'astronomie ancienne, depuis son origine jusqu'a l'établissement de l'École d'Alexandrie.
Paris, Debure brothers, 1775. 4to. With 3 numbered folding engraved plates. Beautifully bound in contemporary gold-tooled red morocco, each board with coat of arms of Simon-Pierre Merard de Saint-Just in the centre, marbled endpapers. In modern slipcase covered with marbled paper. Full description
€ 25,000
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16th-century recipes and advice on all possible matters

BAPST, Michael. Ein newes und nu¨tzlichs Ertzney, Kunst, und Wunderbuch, deszgleichen hiebevorn nicht gesehen, darinnen neben allerley Alchymistischen und andern Ku¨nsten, wunderbarlichen Sachen, und Historien, ...
(colophon: Mühlhausen, printed by Andreas Hanksch for Henning Gross,) 1590.
With: (2) BAPST, Michael. Gifftjagendes Kunst unnd Haussbuch, darinnen zu befinden, wie man allerley gifftige schedliche Würme vertreiben, auch mancherley wilde Thiere, Fische, und Vogel künstlich fangen, unnd tödten sol; ...
Leipzig, (colophon: printed by Zacharias Bärwald for Henning Grosse), 1591. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 2,250
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Facsimile of Alunno of Ferrara's "Cartoni", plates with calligraphic examples

BARKER, Nicolas. The glory of the art of writing: the calligraphic work of Francesco Alunno of Ferrara. - Facsimile of the Cartoni.
Los Angeles, Cotsen occasional press, 2009. 2 volumes. Folio. Text volume with a frontispiece and small decoration on title-page, both in colour, and two black and white illustrations in text. Facsimile with the same decoration on title-page, and 231 facsimile leaves in colour. Dark blue cloth, with a matching slipcase. Full description
€ 200
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Treatise on education and pedagogy based on the Christian religion

BASEDOW, Johann Bernhard. Methodischer Unterricht der Jugend in der Religion und Sittenlehre der Vernunft nach dem in der Philalethie angegebenen Plane.With: (2) BASEDOW, Johann Bernhard. Methodischer Unterricht in der überzeugenden Erkenntniss der biblischen Religion, zur vorgesetzten Ausführung des in der Philalethie angegebenen Plans.
Altona, David Iversen, 1764. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. With an engraved illustration on both title-pages. Slightly later brown pastepaper boards. Full description
€ 2,000
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73 proof impressions of all 12 illustrations

BAYARD, Émile. [Proof impressions of illustrations for Alphonse Daudet's Fromont jeune et Risler aîné].
[Paris, 1885]. Folio (35 x 29 cm). Proofs of 12 engraved plates in many different states, giving 73 prints in total, engraved by Jules Massard and Eugène Abot after Emilé Bayard (image size 10.7 x 7.3 cm; plate size 19 x 14 cm). Contemporary half goatskin morocco. Full description
€ 4,750
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The pedagogical essentials of the Renaissance collected,
together with Greek epistles

[BECH, Philipp, ed.]. De disciplina puerorum, recteque formandis eorum & studiis & moribus, ...
Basel, Joannes Oporinus (colophon: Bern, Samuel Apiarius, March 1556).
With: (2) [MOREL, Guillaume, ed.]. Graecorum veterum selectae brevesque epistolae.
Paris, Guillaume Morel, King's printer for Greek, 1562. With a remarkable woodcut device on the title-page. With the Greek text set in Claude Garamont's famous Grec du Roi and the Latin translation set in his Aldine-style italic. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo (15 x 10 x 4.5 cm). Richly gold-tooled tanned sheepskin (ca. 1700), gilt edges. Full description
€ 12,500
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­­­The first history of Christianity in England
in contemporary blind-tooled calf with a roll showing Reformation portraits

BEDA VENERABILIS (The Venerable BEDE). Ecclesiasticae historiae gentis Anglorum libri quinque diligenti studio à mendis, quibus hactenus scatebant, vindicati.
Including: BEDA VENERABILIS. Epitome sive breviarium totius praecedentis historiae Anglorum ...
Antwerp, Joannes de Grave (Gravius), 1550. Folio. With De Grave's woodcut armorial device on title-page (repeated on the otherwise blank final leaf) and 30 woodcut decorated initials. Contemporary blind-tooled calf, each board with a double border made from a roll with 4 heads in profile, not labelled but showing Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, Desiderius Erasmus and apparently the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V rather than the more common Jan Hus, each in an oval wreath and separated by foliage (bilaterally symmetrical both vertically and horizontally). With a ca. 1680 endleaf and early 19th-century spine labels and marbled paste-downs. Full description
€ 4,000
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Bellarmino's Arabic catechism with the rare Arabic instructions for confession and communion

BELLARMINO, Roberto. [Title in Arabic] | Dichiarazione piú copiosa della dottrina cristiana.
Rome, [Propaganda Fide], 1770. 8vo.
With: (2) BORGIA, Stefano. Irsad li-ajl al-i'tiraf wa-tanawul al-qurban, … [= Instructions for confession and communion]
[Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1770?]. Both works are set entirely in Arabic type. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo (18 x 12 cm). Contemporary half sheepskin. Full description
€ 4,500
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First edition of one of the most important natural history books of the Renaissance

BELON, Pierre. L'Histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naifs portaicts retirez du naturel: escrite en sept livres.
Paris, Guillaume Cavellat (colophon: printed by Benoit Prévost), 1555. 7 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a woodcut portrait on the back of the title-page (apparently of the dedicatee King Henri II, though copied in other books as a portrait of the author), large woodcuts of the skeletons of a man and a bird on pp. 40-41, plus 158 woodcuts (157 birds, 1 bat) in text. Contemporary blind- and gold-tooled calf (rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down). Full description
€ 29,500
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First edition of one of the most important natural history books of the Renaissance,
with 158 hand-coloured woodcuts

BELON, Pierre. L'Histoire de la nature des oyseaux, avec leurs descriptions, & naïfs portaicts retirez du naturel: escrite en sept livres, ...
Paris, Gilles Corrozet (colophon: printed by Benoit Prévost), 1555. 7 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With woodcut portrait (apparently of the dedicatee King Henri II), large woodcuts of the skeletons of a man and a bird on pp. 40-41, and 158 woodcuts (157 birds, 1 bat). All coloured by a contemporary hand.  Late 19th-century gold-tooled parchment, each board with the coat of arms of Count of Goblet d'Alviella, probably the Belgian lawyer, senator and professor at the University of Brussels, Eugène Félicien Albert, Count Goblet d'Alviella (1846-1925), in a frame of fillets, spine with gold fillets, gilt edges. Full description
€ 65,000
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Catherine the Great's enlightened ideas on education, edited by Diderot

BETZKY (BETSKOI), Ivan Ivanovitch. Les plans et les statuts, des différents établissements ordonnés par sa Majésté Impériale Catherine II. pour l'education de la jeunesse, et l'utilité générale de son Empire.
Amsterdam, Marc-Michel Rey, 1775. 2 volumes bound as 1. 4to. With 2 engraved allegorical frontispieces, engraved allegorical plate, 3 large folding engraved plans, 4 folding tables, and 64 large engraved head-pieces, tail-pieces and allegorical engravings in text, including the coat of arms, medal and seal of Catherine the Great of Russia. Contemporary tree calf, rebacked with gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,000
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The second book printed in Arabic from movable type
and a primary source for Columbus's second voyage to America

[BIBLE - POLYGLOT]. Psalterium, Hebr[a]eum, Gr[a]ecu[m], Arabicu[m], & Chald[a]eu[m], cu[m] tribus Latinis i[n]terp[re]tat[i]o[n]ibus & glossis.
(Colophon: Genoa, Pietro Paulo Porro, November 1516). Folio (33.5 x 25 cm). Title-page and first double-page opening of the main text printed in red and black, the former with a woodcut arabesque border, Porro's white on black woodcut leek device on the final leaf. With parallel text in Hebrew, Latin (3 versions), Greek, Arabic and Chaldean Aramaic (set in roman, Greek, Hebrew and Arabic type), giving 8 columns to each double-page spread (the 8th for notes) with 41 lines per columns, and 13 woodcut floriated initials (5 Latin, 4 Hebrew, 2 Greek and 2 Arabic). 16th-century blind-tooled brown calf. Rebacked and with later endpapers. Full description
€ 48,000
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Large folio Bible with 6 maps and 336 illustrations
in contemporary colouring with extensive gold

[BIBLE - DUTCH]. Biblia, dat is: de gantsche H. Schrifture, vervattende alle de canonijcke boecken des Ouden en des Nieuwen Testaments.
Amsterdam, widow of Paulus Aertsz. van Ravesteyn, 1660. 3 parts in 1 volume. Large folio (47.5 x 32 cm). With an integral engraved general title-page, 6 double-page engraved maps, including a world map and a plan of Jerusalem, and 336 Bible-illustrations by Claes Jansz. Visscher (after Matthäus Merian?) on 42 numbered single-page plates. The maps and illustrations coloured by an early hand with extensive use of gold. 18th-century black so-called sharkskin over bevelled wooden boards (ca. 1770?), with 8 large silver corner-pieces and 2 large silver clasps with catchplates and anchorplates, all with matching stamped relief decoration, gilt and gauffered edges. The silver furnishings bear Amsterdam city hallmarks with year letter C and master's mark DF. Rebacked with most of the original backstrip mounted on the spine. Full description
€ 65,000
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With the text printed in gold and bound by the most important Dutch bindery of the 18th century

[BIBLE - DUTCH - MINIATURE]. Kern des Bybels.
The Hague, Antony de Groot and sons, 1750. 128mo (binding 4.5 x 3.0 x 1.0 cm). With text printed in gold, title-page printed in gold, red and black with woodcut device, woodcut frontispiece, 6 full-page (3.3 x 1.6 mm!) woodcut illustrations, and headpieces built up from fleurons. The drop-titles of the five chapters and the appendix are printed in red, as is the fleuron used as a tailpiece at the end of each. Contemporary richly gold-tooled black morocco by the so-called first "stadhouderlijke" bindery, gilt edges. Full description
€ 4,750
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Urdu Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, printed at Calcutta in Arabic type

[BIBLE - GOSPELS & ACTS - URDU]. The four gospels and the Acts, in Hindustání. Translated from the Greek. by the Calcutta Baptist missionaries.
Calcutta (Kolkata), The Bible Translation Society, American and Foreign Bible Society, 1849. 12mo. With the title in Hindustani (Urdu) and English, and the text in Urdu only. Contemporary textured  cloth. Full description
€ 1,250
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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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Printed memento of a noble wedding,
bound in red velvet with emblematic gold and silver embroidery

[BINDING]. [GHELARDI SCOLOPI, Orazio Antonio]. La pace tra la virtu', la gloria, ed amore. Componimento drammatico da cantarsi in occasione delle faustissime nozze del nobil uomo signor Silvestro Michele Arnolfini con la nobil donzella signora Beatrice Luisa Bernardini dedicato alla medesima.
Lucca, Giuseppe Rocchi, 1767. Small 4to (17 x 14 cm). Contemporary red velvet, embroidered with silver and gold thread and white and yellow silk (each board with an emblematic image: a crowned mirror[?] showing a hand planting a flag, perhaps intended as the groom's hand on the front and the bride's hand on the back), sewn without supports through 3 holes, brocade paper endpapers (grape vines and large flowers, white on a copper background), green silk ribbon marker. Full description
€ 15,000
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Large and richly decorated early 18th-century Dutch silver binding
with crucifixion & resurrection

[BINDING - SILVER]. [Pair of embossed silver book covers, with two engraved silver clasps].
[Netherlands?, ca. 1725?]. Pair of embossed silver book covers (34 x 25 x 3 cm); each cover with a large scrollwork cartouche surrounded by extensive vine and flower decorations and with medallion portraits in each of the four corners, the front showing the crucifixion flanked by Mary and St. John (with an "INRI" scroll above, flanked by a crescent moon and a sun, and a scull and crossbones below), with portraits of four saints, each with a blank scroll (above left bearded with a regal crown; above right clean-shaven with a round-topped mitre; below left and right bare-headed and bearded), the back showing the resurrection with an angel and two astonished guards, with portraits of the four Evangelists. Full description
€ 11,500
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Lovely commemoration of the Imperial success against the French at Acqui Terme in Piedmont,
printed in gold and in a gold-brocade wrapper

BIORCI, Guido. Applausi poetici alla vera rigenerazione del Piemonte operata nel 1799. Dalla divina provvidenza col celebre valore delle armi Austro-Russe.
Acqui Terme (between Torino and Genoua), Giovanni Francesco Arcasio, [1799?]. 4to. With woodcut arms on first leaf. Printed in gold throughout. Gold-brocade decorated paper wrappers, showing an embossed floral pattern with hunters, a wild boar, deer and dogs scattered through it, in gold, orange, yellow, lavendar and blue. In modern clamshell box. Full description
€ 4,000
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Dutch adaption of Blanchard for education with hand-coloured steel-engraved plates

BLANCHARD, Pierre. De dierenwereld geschetst. Naar de achtste Fransche uitgave.
Utrecht, C. van der Post Jr., 1869. 8vo. With charming wood-engraved illustration of an opossum with her young on her back on the title-page (repeated once in text), and 8 full-page steel-engraved plates by Rouarque, with 6 to 8 illustrations of mammals, birds, fishes, reptiles and insects on each plate, most animals nicely coloured by hand. Original printed paper wrappers.
Full description
€ 275
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The miseries and virtues of Man

BOAISTUAU, Pierre. Het toonneel oft spiegel des aerdt-bodems waer in te sien is een breede verhalinghe van des menschen catyuicheyt.
Including: Een korte verclaringhe vande subtijlheyt ende weerdicheyt des mensche.
Amsterdam, Zacharias Heyns, 1599 (colophon: Leiden, Henrick Lodewijxsoon van Haestens). 12mo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,500
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Six rare books of secrets and informative handbooks (1540-1686),
covering metallurgy, dying, medicine, culinary carving, paper cutting and the Amsterdam labyrinth

[BOOKS OF SECRETS]. Kunstbüchlin, gerechten gründtlichen gebrauchs aller kunstbaren Werckleut. Ertzarbeyt, in un[d] ausserhalb feurs, auss alchimistischem und natürlichem grund … Jede Farben zubereyten, erhalten, bessern und widerbringen.
Frankfurt am Main, Christian Egenolph, [ca. 1540]. With woodcut illustration on title-page, depicting about 25 tools, implements and pieces of equipment for painting, metalworking, smelting, woodworking and other arts and crafts.
With:
(2) Den sack der consten, uyt den Italiaens ende Franssoys in onse Nederlantsche tale overgheset, tot vermakinghe van alle sware gheesten, ende voor de ghene die gheerne wat nieus willen hooren.
Antwerpen, Godtgaf Verhulst, 1622. With woodcut illustration on title-page and a small woodcut illustration in text.
(3) CERVIO, Vincenzo. Il trinciante ..., ampliato, et ridotto a perfettione dal cavalier reale Fusoritto da Narni.
Including: Aggiunta fattaal trinciante.
Venice, heirs of Giovanni Varisco, (1593). 2 parts. With Varisco's woodcut device on title-page of part 1 and a more attractive larger variant on the title-page of part 2 (repeated above the colophon), 4 full-page woodcuts on 2 integral leaves and 2 (of 3) folding woodcut plates.
(4) PROCACCHI, Giaccomo. Voorlegh boeck ofte maniere om verscheyden soorten van spijse soo gesooden als gebraden, aende vorck voor te snyden ende om dienen.
Leiden, Jacob Roels, 1639. With 3 folding woodcut plates and 13 full-page woodcuts on integral leaves. The numbering of the plates omits no. 8 as usual.
(5) Konstig en vermaakelijk tyd-verdryf, der Hollandsche jufferen of onderricht der papiere sny-konst. … Het eerst deel [all published].
Amsterdam, Johannes ten Hoorn, 1686. With about two dozen woodcuts in text.
(6) Verklaringe van verscheyden kunst-rijcke wercken en hare beweginghe, door oorlogie-werck ghedreven, … Alles te sien in't Oude Doolhof tot Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, Tymon Houthaak, 1650. With an engraved illustration of a labyrinth on title-page and 4 further illustrations on integral leaves (1 full-page and blank on the verso, by P. Holsteyn after A. Vinckenbrinck; 3 in text). Lacking the folding engraved plate of David and Goliath.
6 works in 1 volume. Small 4to (19.5 x 16 cm). Half vellum (ca. 1730). Full description
€ 45,000
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Fine complete alphabet of roman capitals with figures from classical Greek mythology

BOTTSCHILD, Samuel. A B C.
[Dresden and Augsburg or Nürnberg?], [Johann Christian Weigel?], engraved by Moritz Bodenehr, [1693?]. Oblong folio (unfolded 2-leaf sheets 37 x 29 cm). A series of 4 unnumbered engraved prints, with 6 images to a plate (each 52 x 52 mm), the first 23 showing an alphabet of roman capitals (A-Z without J, U or W), mostly with figures from classical Greek mythological, and the 24th showing a figure without a letter with what might be called the title: "A B C". Full description
€ 3,950
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Elzevier edition of fashionable conversations, by a famous French Jesuit

[BOUHOURS, Dominique]. Les entretiens d'Ariste et d'Eugene. Dernière edition. ... Sur la copie imprimée à Paris.
Amsterdam, "Jaques le Jeune" [= Daniel Elzevier], 1671. 12mo. With an engraved frontispiece, woodcut publisher's device (armillary sphere) on title-page and 2 woodcut decorated initials. Polished gold-tooled red goatskin morocco (ca. 1840?), each board in a panel design. A pencil note on an endleaf attributes the binding to "Muller" on grounds unknown to us, but he was active from 1834, which accords well with the date of the present binding. Full description
€ 900
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Biography of the great Dutch naval hero Admiral Michiel de Ruyter
Large paper copy of the first edition

BRANDT, Geeraert. Het leven en bedryf van den heere Michiel de Ruiter.
Amsterdam, for Wolfgang, Waesberge, Boom, van Someren and Goethals, 1687 (engraved title-page: printed by Pieter and Joan Blaeu, 1686). Folio (34.5 x 22.5 cm). With engraved title-page, engraved portrait of De Ruyter, 7 engraved double-page plates by Sebastiaen Stoopendaal and 1 engraved plate by Joseph Mulder. Late 18th-century calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,750
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First French edition of the biography of the great Dutch naval hero Admiral Michiel de Ruyter

BRANDT, Geeraert. La vie de Michel de Ruiter duc, chevalier, lieutenant amiral général de Hollande & de Oüest-Frise. Où est comprise l'histoire maritime des Provinces Unies, depuis l'an 1652. jusques à 1676. Traduite du hollandois ...
Amsterdam, Pieter and Joan Blaeu for Waesberge, Boom, Van Someren and Goethals, 1698. Folio. With engraved frontispiece, full-page engraved portrait, 7 double-page engraved plates by Bastiaen Stoopendaal, and 1 full-page engraved plate by J. Mulder. Early 18th-century calf, gold-tooled board edges. Full description
€ 2,500
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The Ship of Fooles in the most famous edition of the best English translation,
together with the Latin translation and the woodcut illustrations cut for the 1509 edition

BRANT, Sebastian. Stultifera navis. | The ship of fooles.
Including:
MANCINI, Domenico (Dominicus MANCINUS). The mirrour of good maners.
PIUS II, Pope (Eneas SILVIO). Certayne egloges ... whereof the first three conteyne the miseryes of courtiers and courtes of all princes in general, ...
(Colophon: London, John Cawood), 1570. Small folio (27 x 19.5 cm). With a large woodcut on the title-page showing four ships filled with fools (15.5 x 10 cm), and 116 woodcuts in the text (mostly ca. 11 x 8 cm) including 11(?) repeats. Gold-tooled brown calf (ca. 1855?), each board with a large built-up centrepiece and a built-up frame, gold-tooled turn-ins. Rebacked preserving the original backstrip. Full description
€ 45,000
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Rare first edition of the leading Dutch translation of the Ship of fools

BRANT, Sebastiaen. Navis stultorum: oft, Der sotten schip.
Antwerp, Jan II van Ghelen, 1584. Small 4to. With a woodcut of the Ship of Fools on the title-page, woodcut Dutch title-panel, Van Ghelen's large woodcut greyhounds and goat device on the last page, 118 full-page and 2 smaller woodcut illustrations in text, each page (after the title and its verso) in a border built up from arabesque cast fleurons. 18th-century sprinkled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges, mottled edges. Full description
€ 18,000
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Colourful portrayal of late 18th-century Chinese culture
in attractive contemporary binding

BRETON DE LA MARTINIÈRE, Jean-Baptiste Joseph. La Chine en miniature, ou choix de costumes, arts et métiers de cet empire, [vols. 1-4:] représentés par 74 [recté 76] gravures [vols. 5-6: représentés par 28 gravures], la plupart d'après les originaux inédits du cabinet du feu M. Bertin.
Paris, A. Nepveu (vols. 1-4 printed by Demonville, vols. 5-6 by Le Normant), 1811-1812. 6 volumes bound as 2. 18mo (14 x 9 cm). With 4 engraved frontispieces and 104 other engraved plates (8 folding), all finely coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary richly gold-tooled dark green grained morocco, gold-tooled spine, boards, board edges and turn-ins, gilt edges, with the name of the binder on spine: R.P. CHILLIAT. Full description
€ 22,000
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Catalogue of the most comprehensive tobacco collection in the world

BROOKS, Jerome E. Tobacco its history illustrated by the books, manuscripts and engravings in the library of George Arents, Jr.
New York, The Rosenbach Company and the New York Public Library, 1937-1969. 15 volumes (including 10 supplements). Folio (34 x 25.5 cm). Illustrated throughout. The first 5 volumes in original red cloth and the 10 supplements in original paper wrappers. Full description
€ 950
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Buffon for children, coloured by hand

[BUFFON, Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de]. De kleine Buffon, of natuurlijke historie der dieren, ten dienste der jeugd. Eerste [- vierde] deeltje.
Dordrecht, J. Zender, [ca. 1830]. 4 volumes. Oblong 16mo (9 x 11 cm). With engraved frontispiece in the first volume, and 32 illustrations of animals on 8 engraved plates, 2 in each volume, all coloured by hand. Original publisher's yellow printed paper wrappers. Full description
€ 1,250
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782 Arabic proverbs collected before 1817, with explanatory notes

BURCKHARDT, Johann Ludwig. Arabic proverbs, or the manners and customs of the modern Egyptians, illustrated from their proverbial sayings current at Cairo, translated and explained ...
London, John Murray (colophon: printed by C. Roworth), 1830. Large 4to (28 x 22 cm). With a large folding engraved map of the Sinai, the Holy Land and parts of Egypt and Syria, showing Burckhardt's travels, and a few small woodcut illustrations in the text. Set in roman and italic type with the proverbs also in the original Arabic. Mid-19th-century half tan calf, spine with gold-tooled bands. Full description
€ 8,000
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An illustrated edition of Burton's Arabian Nights

[ARABIAN NIGHTS]. BURTON, Richard Francis. A plain and literal translation of the Arabian Nights' entertainments, now entituled the book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
Including: Supplemental nights.
[London?], Richard Burton Club, [ca. 1910]. 17 volumes. Royal 8vo (24 x 16 cm). With numerous illustrations (including the series by Albert Letchford), each repeated on laid paper (the 17 frontispieces repeated in colour). Contemporary half green morocco, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 10,000
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How to win a war with arithmetic

[BUSSCHE, Alexandre van den]. L'arithmetique militaire ... departie en deux livres. ... A la fin du second livre se trouveront plusieurs advertissemens, conseils, & sentences militaires des antiques, & modernes.
Paris, Gilles Gourbin, [1571/72]. 4to. With Gourbin's woodcut device on title-page, woodcut diagrams in the text. French maroon morocco (ca. 1900), gold-tooled spine title, gold fillets on board edges and turn-ins, signed "MISSOL". Full description
€ 4,500
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8 Italian sonnets praising Napoléon Bonaparte
printed on vellum by Pierre Didot and finely bound in long-grained, gold-tooled morocco
for presentation to Napoléon

BUTTURA, Antonio. Sonetti a Bonaparte.
Paris, Pierre Didot l’aîné, An VIII [after Floréal, so 1800]. 8vo. Finely printed on vellum. Contemporary long-grained and gold-tooled red goatskin morocco, each board with a frame made from a decorated roll with palm leaves between 2 fine-line fillets, the smooth spine with the title in the 2nd of 6 fields, an acorn with leaves in each of the others, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, light green watered silk endleaves. Full description
€ 35,000
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Calvin's commentary on the Pauline Epistles, one of his few works translated into Dutch before 1572

CALVIN, Jean. Uutlegghinghe ... op alle de Sendbrieven Pauli des Apostels: ende oock op den Sendbrief tot den Hebreen. Met een schoon register.
Emden, Gillis van der Erve and Willem Gailliart, 1566. Folio. With Van der Erve's woodcut device on title-page and several woodcut decorated initials. Contemporary blind-tooled calf over bevelled wooden boards, each board in a panel design with 4 different rolls, engraved brass catchplates (remains of straps but clasps lost), later(?) brass decorated corner and centre pieces, each with a boss, rebacked. The rolls show (from outside to inside) decorative crests and foliage, 4 half-length portraits with mottos, and 4 nude putti, 1 with a saint's halo. Full description
€ 8,500
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Seminal work of Protestant theology

CALVIN, Jean. Institutio Christianae religionis, ... Quae ad superiores edtiones hâc postremâ, omnium emendatissima locuplettisimáque, recèns addita sunt, statim post ipsius authoris epistolam ad regem Christianiss. Subiecta ad lectorem admonitio breviter indicat.
Geneva, Johannes le Preux, 1592. Folio. With woodcut printer's device on title-page. Contemporary vellum, with large blind-tooled centre piece. Full description
€ 2,500
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Important biography of one of the leading figures of the Protestant Reformation

CAMERARIUS, Joachim. De Philippi Melanchthonis ortu, totius vitae curriculo et morte, implicata rerum memorabilium temporis illius hominumque mentione atque indicio, cum expositionis serie cohaerentium.
Leipzig, (colophon: Ernst Voegelin, 1566). Large 8vo (19.5 x 12 cm). With woodcut printer's device on title-page. Contemporary pigskin, richly blind-tooled in a panel design, monogrammed and dated "I.V.S | 1566", by the Swabian bookbinder Wolfconrad Schwickart. Full description
€ 3,500
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Rare Italian translation of an originally Spanish chivalric novel

[CAMILLI, Camillo (translator)]. Historia del nobile, et valoroso Cavalier. Felice Magno, figliuolo del Re Falangrè della Gran Brettagna, & della Reina Clarinta, nella quale si raccontano i suoi grandi, & maravigliosi fatti tradotta con somma diligenza di Spagnuolo in lingua Italiana.
Verona, Sebastiano dalle Donne for Francesco de Franceschi Senese, 1587. 8vo. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 7,500
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Spanish translation of Campe's Robinson der Jüngere

CAMPE, Joachim Heinrich. El nuevo Robinson. Historia moral reducida a dialogos para instruccion y entretenimiento de ninos y jovenes de ambos sexos. Traducaida al Castellano con varias correcciones por D. Tomas de Iriarte.
Paris, Garnier Hermanos, 1858. 8vo. With wood-engraved frontispiece, 13 full-page wood-engraved plates. Original richly blind-stamped and coloured cloth, gilt edges. Full description
€ 350
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Attractive Bodoni first edition of Italian poetry

CASSOLI, Francesco. Versi.
Parma, Giambattista Bodoni, 1802. 8vo. Mid-19th-century gold-tooled red morocco, both sides with a gilt border consisting of double fillets, circles and asterisks and a dotted line, and the cypher monogram of Alexine Boucaumont de Montfaud (AM under a laurel wreath with 10 stars in centre), gilt edges. Full description
€ 3,500
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The most extensive Arabic catechism, with more than 1800 pages

[CATECHISM - ARABIC - ROMAN RITE]. Catechismus Romanus: ex decreto Concilii Tridentini iussu S. Pii V editus.
[Rome], Propaganda Fide, 1786 [= 1787]-1787. 2 volumes. 8vo. With an Arabic title-page on the second page of each volume. Set in 2 sizes of nashk Arabic type, with some preliminary pages set in roman and italic type. Early 19th-century half sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 4,500
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First edition of Jacob Cats's complete works,
in richly gold-tooled morocco by the star bindery, The Hague

CATS, Jacob. Alle de wercken, so ouden als nieuwe.
Amsterdam, Jan Jacobsz. Schipper, 1655. Folio. With an engraved frontispiece incorporating a portrait of the author, a full-page engraved portrait of the author, 2 double-page engraved plates, hundreds of engravings in text (including 1 full-page and 1 integral double-page) by J. Swelinck, W.H. Hondius, C. van Dalen and others. Gold-tooled grey-black morocco (ca. 1758), richly gold-tooled spine, boards and board edges, gilt edges; by the so-called "star bindery" in The Hague. Full description
€ 4,850
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Important Plantin editions of the works of the finest Roman poets of the first century BC

CATULLUS, TIBULLUS and PROPERTIUS. [Opera] Catullus Tibullus Propertius.
Antwerp, Ex officina Christophori Plantini, 1569. With Plantin's printer's device on title. 
With: (2) PROPERTIUS. Elegiarum libri IIII. Cum scholiis Gulielmi Canteri.
Antwerp, Ex officina Christophori Plantini, 1569. With Plantin's printer's device on title. 2 works in 1 volume. 16mo. 17th- or 18th-century gold-tooled calf. Full description
€ 1,850
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10 etched plates after drawings by a pupil of Rembrandt

CAYLUS, Anne Claude Philippe Comte de. Histoire de Joseph, accompagnée de dix figures, rélatives aux principaux evenemens de la fils de ce fils du patriarche Jacob, et gravées sur les modèles du fameux Reimbrandt.
Amsterdam, Jean Neaulme, 1757. Folio. With title-page printed in red and black, and 10 full-page etched plates. Contemporary boards. Full description
€ 3,950
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Secrets of the goldsmith and sculptor; with an important passage on Michelangelo's sculptural techniques

CELLINI, Benvenuto. Due trattati, uno intorno alle otto principali arti dell' oreficeria. L'altro in materia dell'arte della scultura; dove si veggono infiniti segreti nel lavorar le figure di marmo, & nel gettarle di bronzo.
Florence, Valente Panizzi, Marco Peri, 1568. 4to. With the woodcut coat of arms of the Medici on the title-page, a woodcut printer's device at the end, 1 small and 36 large architectural historiated initials. 19th-century marbled-paper boards. Full description
€ 5,950
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The most complete Renaissance treatise on culinary carving
With 3 woodcut plates

CERVIO, Vincenzo. Il trinciante . . ., ampliato, et ridotto a perfettione dal cavallier reale Fusoritto da Narni.
Venice, heirs of Francesco Tramezini, 1581. 4to. With woodcut printer's device on title-page and 3 woodcut plates (1 folding), showing carving knives, forks and a carving iron, and fowl ready for carving, with parts labelled. Modern dark brown, gold- and blind-tooled reversed calf. Full description
€ 15,000
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A brief history of medicine, including Mesue, Avicenna, Serapion the Younger and other Arab authors

CHAMPIER, Symphorien. Castigationes seu emendationes pharmacopolarum, sive apothecariorum, ac Arabum medicorum Mesue, Serapionis, Rafis, Alpharabii, & aliorum iuniorum medicorum...
(Colophon: Lyon, Johannes Crespin, 1532). 2 parts in 1 volume (bound in reverse order). 8vo. With armorial woodcut on title-page to the second part (bound as opening title-page), repeated several times in text, and numerous woodcut initials. Contemporary vellum, richly blind-tooled in a panel design. Full description
€ 12,500
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Declaring Arabic medicinal plants “pernicious and venomous” for Europeans

CHAMPIER, Symphorien. Hortus Gallicus, pro Gallis in Gallia scriptus, veruntamen non minus Italis, Germanis, & Hispanis, qua[m] Gallis necessarius. ...
Including:
-Campus Elysius Galliae Amoenitate refertus: in quo sunt medicinæ compositæ, herbæ & plantæ virentes: in quo quicquid apud Indos, Arabes, & Poenos reperitur, ...
-Periarchon id est de principiis utriusque philosophiae, ...
Lyon, Melchior & Gaspar Trechsel, 1533. 3 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With 3 title-pages each with the same woodcut device, the woodcut arms of Champier and Terrail (Champier's wife) in mirror image (plus 2 repeats), the Terrail arms at the end, 14 woodcut decorated initials plus 9 repeats, and a vine-leaf ornament. Gold-tooled red goatskin morocco by Hippolyte Duru for Joachim Gomez de la Cortina, Marqués de Morante, each board with Morante's crowned coat of arms and his crowned JGC cipher monogram in each of the four corners and 3 of the 6 spine compartments. Full description
€ 18,000
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Spanish handbook of chronography, with numerous woodcut illustrations

CHAVES, Jérôme de. Chronographia o reportorio de tiempos, el mas copioso y precisso, que hasta ahora ha salido a luz.
Sevilla, Fernando Diaz, Faustino de Magarino (colophon: printed by Fernando Diaz), 1584. 4to. With title printed in red and black with woodcut portrait of the author, Diaz's woodcut printer's device below the colophon on the last page, 2 full- or nearly full-page woodcuts, 19 half-page woodcuts, 7 half-page round woodcuts, and 43 small round woodcuts of phases of the moon. Many letterpress tables of the positions of the sun and moon, calendars, movable feasts, etc. Sheepskin parchment by Domingo V. Folch of the national bindery in Valencia (2nd half of 19th century), gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,500
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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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Catechism of navigation

CLEEFF, Jacob van. Catechismus der zeevaartkunde, of vragen en oefeningen over het beschouwende en werkdadige der stuurmanskunst; ...
Groningen, J. Oomkens, 1840. 8vo. Original publisher's printed paper wrappers, with at the back an advertisement for 6 other works by Van Cleeff. Full description
€ 1,250
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The principles of navigation

CLEEFF, Jacob van. Catechismus der zeevaartkunde, of vragen en oefeningen over het beschouwende en werkdadige der stuurmanskunst; ... Tweede verbeterde en met antwoorden vermeerderde uitgaaf.
Groningen, M. Smit, 1846. 8vo. With woodcut vignette on title-page. Original publisher's stiff printed paper wrappers, with at the back an advertisement for 6 other works by Van Cleeff. Full description
€ 950
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Paris manual for priests, by the Bishop of Condom
with Clichtove’s work on the priesthood, inaugurating Parisian Renaissance typography:
two Paris first editions (1519) bound for a relative of Clichtove’s editor

CLICHTOVE, Josse (Judocus CLICHTOVEUS). De vita et moribus sacerdotum, opusculum: singularem eoru[m] dignitatem oste[n]dens, & quibus ornati esse debea[n]t virtutibus: explanans.
Paris, Henri Estienne I, 1519 (colophon: 4 August). With woodcut title-page with the letterpress title and imprint in the central opening; further with about 21 woodcut initials (4 series, mostly criblé) plus about 4 repeats.
With: (2) MARRE, Jean. Enchiridio[n] sacerdotale concinnatu[m] ad salutarem eruditionem Christifideliu[m] ab lo[n]ge revere[n]do in Christo patre d[omi]no Ioanne Mare Co[n]domien[sis]. episcopo. In quo haec sunt capita. ...
[Paris], (colophon: Jodocus Badius Ascensius, 25 November 1519). With numerous woodcut decorated initials (4 series, the largest 45-47 mm. criblé initials). 2 works in 1 volume. 4to (20 x 14 cm). 16th-century blind- and gold-tooled calf, each board in a panel design, with the owner's name "D. Ioa[n]mes[!] Lassere" on the front and motto "memento mortis" on the back, the motto and fleurs-de-lis on the back in gold. Full description
€ 7,500
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1500-page Turkish dictionary
that helped make Leipzig Europe’s leading centre of oriental studies

CLODIUS, Johann Christian. Compendiosum lexicon Latino-Turcico-Germanicum … accessit triplex index, ac Grammatica Turcica, ...
Leipzig, Wolfgang Deer (printed by Andreas Zeidler), 1730. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece showing 6 turbaned figures in the interior of an Ottoman library. Set in roman, italic, Arabic and fraktur types with incidental Greek and Hebrew. Modern half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,500
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One of the earliest herbals with etched plates

COLONNA, Fabio. [In Greek: Phytobasanos] sive plantarum aliquot historia in qua describuntur diversi generis plantae veriores, ac magis facie, viribúsque respondentes antiquorum Theophrasti, Dioscoridis Plinii, Galeni, aliorúmque delineationibus, ab aliis hucusque non animadversae. ... etiam piscium aliquot, plantarúmque novarum historia eodem auctore.
Naples, Horatio Salviani, Jacobus Carlino and Antonius Pace, 1592. 4to. With Salviani's woodcut device on title-page, 37 full-page etched botanical and ichthyological illustrations on integral leaves (8 x 13 cm), 33 of plants & 4 of fish and other marine species, each in a border built up from cast fleurons and rules, dozens of woodcut decorated initials (4 series) and further decorations built up from cast fleurons. Set in roman types with the preliminaries in italic and several passages in Greek. Gold-tooled brown calf (ca. 1700?), sprinkled edges. Full description
€ 14,500
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Very rare first edition of a Latin and Dutch adaptation
of a revolutionary method for learning Latin

COMENIUS, Johannes Amos. Vestibulum novissimum lingua Latina rerum & linguae cardines exhibens; sed nunc ab Henrico Schoof Belgicè redditum, . . . Dat is, . . . Jongste portael van de Latijnsche tale vertonende de gronden der dinghen ende spraeck; maer nu van H.S. in 't Nederduytsch vertaelt, . . .
Amsterdam, Zacharias Webber [printed by Tymon Houthaeck?], 1651. 12mo. With the Latin on the versos and the Dutch translations on the facing rectos. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 7,500
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Extensively illustrated guide to seamanship

COMTE, Pieter le. Praktikale zeevaartkunde en theoretische kennis, voor handel en scheepvaart.
Amsterdam, widow of Gerard Hulst van Keulen, 1842. 2 parts in 1 volume. Large 4to (27 x 25 cm). With numerous tables in text and 121 engraved plates (numbered I-CXX plus LIII A), showing 684 numbered illustrations (1 coloured by hand) all engraved by D. Veelwaard after drawings by Le Comte. Modern brown morocco. Full description
€ 1,500
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Chromolithographed Art Nouveau prayer book
in a high relief hallmarked silver binding

CONDIO, Luigi. Preghiere. Miniature di Vittorio Vulten.
Torino, Carlo de Martini (printed by Stab. Litografico Giovanni Fraschini & C., Milan), 1902. 18mo (13.5 x 7.5 x 1.5 cm). A wholly chromolithographed Art Nouveau prayer book, printed in numerous pastel colours plus gold, with (mostly floral) decoration on every page and numerous additional illustrations. In a silver binding (hallmarked "800" at the foot of the otherwise blank back cover), with "Our Lady of the Rosary" from the shrine of the Virgin of the Rosary in Pompei depicted on the front cover in high relief (madonna and child presenting rosaries to Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine) flanked by two irises, above "Ave Maria" and a panel with "SS. Vergine di Pompei", endpapers lithographed in pastel colours plus gold, in a repeating pattern of abstracted flowers, crosses, anchors, hearts and initials "VD" or "DV", gilt edges. Full description
€ 8,500
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Unrecorded edition of 50 proverbs with sonnets, printed by the Bodoni family printing office in Saluzzo

COPERTINO, Giuseppe da. Cinquanta detti ... esposti in altrettanti sonetti dedicati all'illustrissimo, e reverendissimo monsignore Gioachino Domenico Radicati dell'ordine de' predicatori vescovo d'Alghero ec. ec. ec.
Saluzzo, Giovandomenico Bodoni, 1786. 4to. With woodcut vignette on title-page and a few rococo decorated titling capitals. Contemporary paper wrappers. Full description
€ 1,500
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Sea salts not whale sperm

CORDUS, Valerius. De halosantho seu spermate ceti vulgo dicto, liber nunc primum in lucem abditus.
Zürich, [Jacob Gessner], 1566. 8vo. With woodcut printer's device on title-page and a woodcut initial. Modern paper boards, early marbled edges. Full description
€ 1,500
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Plantin edition of the most influential pharmacopeia of the 16th and 17th century

CORDUS, Valerius. Dispensatorium, sive pharmacorum conficiendorum ratio. Cum Petri Coudebergi & Matthiae Lobelii scholiis, emendationibus, & auctariis. Accessit hac edition Gulielmi Rondeletii de Theriaca tractatus, nu[n]quam antea editus.
[Leiden], Officina Plantiniana/Christophorus Raphelengius, 1599. 16mo. With 2 woodcut illustrations in text and woodcut printer's device on title-page. Later mottled calf. Full description
€ 3,250
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An influential monograph on education

CROUSAZ, Jean-Pierre de. Traité de l'education des enfans.
The Hague, Isaac & Paul Vaillant, Nicolas Prevost, 1722. 2 volumes. 12mo. With 2 title-pages in red and black, each with the same engraved vignette by Bernard Picart (ship in pictorial border with mermaid and merman), woodcut decorated initials. Contemporary polished tan calf, gold-tooled spine with, blind-tooled board edges, red sprinkled edges. Full description
€ 2,500
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“The first European book devoted exclusively to China”
and “an irreplaceable source for the early history of the kingdom of Hormuz”

CRUZ, Gaspar da. Tractado em que se co[n]tam muito por este[n]so as cousas da China, co[m] suas particularidades, [e] assi do reyno d[’]Ormuz.
Evora, André de Burgos, 1569 (colophon: 1570). Small 4to in 8s (18.0 x 14 cm). Title-page with woodcut Portuguese royal coat of arms and a 4-piece woodcut border, and further with some woodcut initials. Modern richly gold-tooled red morocco, boards gold-tooled in a panel design, with earlier brass clasps and catchplates. Full description
€ 265,000
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Third copy located of an extremely rare ethnographic photo album

DAMMANN, Carl Victor and Friedrich Wilhelm. Ethnologischer Atlas sämmtlicher Menschen-Racen in Photographien, . . .
Hamburg, Otto Meissner, [1876]. With letterpress title-leaf and 179 albumen prints mounted on 25 paperboard leaves (31.5×46.5 cm), each leaf with a short general description in German, and all photos with irregularly numbered captions. Loose in a modern black half cloth clamshell box, with the original printed title-wrapper mounted on front. Full description
€ 18,000
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The first academic handbook of mining science,
with 24 folding plates in crisp impressions

DELIUS, Christoph Traugott. Anleitung zu der Bergbaukunst nach ihrer Theorie und Ausübung, nebst einer Abhandlung von den Grundsätzen der Bergwerks-Kammeralwissenschaft für die k.k. Schemnitzer - Bergwerksakademie. Zweyte Auflage.
Vienna, Hof- und Staatsdruckerei, 1806. 3 volumes (2 text and 1 plates). 8vo. With 24 large folding engraved plates. Text volumes in later half calf and the plates unbound in a matching half calf box. Full description
€ 2,250
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The 7500-page works of one of the most creative and influential minds of the Enlightenment

DIDEROT, Denis. Oeuvres de Denis Diderot, publiées, sur les manuscrits de l'auteur, par Jacques-André Naigeon, de l'Institut National des Sciences, etc. Tome premier[-quinzième].
Paris, Desray, Deterville (back of half-title, vol. I: printed by [Charles] Crapelet), an VI [=] 1798. 15 volumes. With a frontispiece portrait of the author engraved by Charles Étienne Gaucher after a 1766 drawing by Jean-Baptiste Greuze, 16 engraved plates and a folding letterpress table of all kinds of human knowledge for the Encyclopédie (52 x 37.5 cm). Contemporary, uniform half sprinkled calf, richly gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 6,500
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Extremely rare issue of a pocket edition of "the most influential treatise of classical antiquity in Greek
on the natural substances used for the preparation of medicines"

DIOSCORIDES, Pedanius. De medica materia libri sex.
Lyon, Thibaud Payen (Theobaldus Paganus), 1546 (colophon: 1547). 16mo. With a woodcut device on title-page and some woodcut initials. 18th-century calf, rebacked with original gold-tooled backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 3,950
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Scholarly medical botany for a broad public
Plantin edition with a new chapter

DODOENS (DODONAEUS), Rembert. Medicinalium observationum exempla rara. Accessere & alia quaedam, quorum elenchum pagina post praefationem exhibet.
Leiden, Christoffel Plantin, 1585. Small 8vo (16 x 10 cm). With Plantin's woodcut compasses device on the title-page. Contemporary reversed parchment (made from the lower part of a leaf from a 16th-century legal document in German, with a reference to Basel). Full description
€ 5,500
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First edition of 127 lectures on medicine delivered at Leiden University in 1583 and 1584

DODOENS (DODONAEUS), Rembert. Praxis medica.
Amsterdam, Hendrick Laurensz. [printed by Jasper Tournay in Gouda], 1616.
With: (2) DODOENS (DODONAEUS), Rembert. Medicinalium observationum exempla rara. ....
Harderwijk, widow of Thomas Henricksz.; Amsterdam, Hendrik Laurensz., "M.D.XXI" [with a C added in manuscript to correct it to 1621]. 8vo. 2 editions in 1 volume. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 3,850
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First and only edition of six essays on painting and sculpture

DONI, Anton Francesco. Disegno ..., partito in piu ragionamenti, ne quali si tratta della scoltura et pittura; de colori, de getti, de modegli, con molte cose appartenenti a quest' arti: & si termina la nobiltà dell' una et dell' altra professione. ...
Venice, Gabriele Giolito de Ferrari, (colophon: February) 1549. Small 8vo (16 x 10 cm). With the imprint in the base of an elaborate woodcut on the title-page, with Ferrari's motto, initials and phoenix device, a different woodcut phoenix device on last page, and 21 woodcut pictorial initials (3 series) plus 1 repeat. Italian sheepskin parchment (ca. 1700?). Full description
€ 7,500
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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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Eye-witness account of Istanbul in 1597,
with Turkish in Arabic type and displaying Greek inscriptions

DOUSA, Georgius (Joris van der DOES). De itinere suo Constantinopolitano, epistola.
Leiden, Officina Plantiniana (Christophorus Raphelengius), 1599. Small 8vo (17 x 11 cm). With the Officina Plantiniana's woodcut compasses device on the title-page. Set in roman, italic and Greek types, with occasional words and lines in Arabic type. Mid 19th-century mottled, tanned sheepskin (cat's paw pattern), richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 8,750
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Francis Drake’s failed attempt to depose the King of Spain and Portugal

DRAKE, Francis (subject). Brevis & fida narratio, et continuatio rerum omnium a Drako et Norreysio (post ex Occidentalibus Insulis, reditum) in sua expeditione Portugallensi singulis diebus gestarum.
Frankfurt am Main, Paul Brachfeldt, 1590. 4to. With the woodcut arms on the title-page, the upper related to that of Queen Elizabeth of England and the lower that of King Philip I of Portugal (Philip II of Spain), each supported by putti, a full-page woodcut standing soldier with sword and spear, perhaps intended as Francis Drake. Gold-tooled green morocco (2nd half of 19th century). Full description
€ 18,000
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1572 pharmaceutical work on medicines from the Greeks and Arabs

DU BOYS (SYLVIUS), Jean. In methodum miscendorum medicamentorum, quae in quotidiano sunt usu observationes, ex Graecic, Arabibus, & Neotericis.
Paris, Jaques Kerver, 1572. 8vo. With Kerver's woodcut device on title-page, depicting a unicorn with the family's arms, and a large cast ornament on the otherwise blank last page. Contemporary limp vellum, traces of ties. Full description
€ 4,500
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Extremely rare first edition of a novel advocating the emancipation of women:
author’s dedication copy, bound for presentation to Anna Pavlovna of Russia, Queen of the Netherlands

DUFFEYTE-DILHAN, Joseph. Les mémoires d'un ange, ou Les femmes vengées, roman historique, philosophique et moral, ... Tome I.er[-II.].
[Bordeaux], Edmond Ramadié, [1839-1840, with the author’s 1843 printed dedication to the Dutch Queen Anna Pavlovna of Russia]. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 2 copies of the 4-page 1843 dedication to Queen Anna Pavlovna printed on heavy wove paper, signed by the author in brown ink on the first and last page and tipped onto the title-page in each volume. Contemporary finely diced (in horizontal lozenges) and gold-tooled red morocco for presentation to the Queen, (each board with a crown above flowers as centrepiece, and a decorative frame built up from separate tools; the spine with the title and volume number in the middle with decorations above and below), gold-tooled board edges, gilt edges. Full description
€ 7,500
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Splendidly bound dedication copy of a wholly engraved music guide

[DUMAS, Antoine-Joseph]. L'art de la musique enseigné et pratiqué par la nouvelle methode du bureau typographique.
Paris, Sr. Auguste [for the author], [1753]. Large oblong 4to (26 x 33.5 cm). Wholly engraved, including an engraved title-page, two-page engraved dedication, a double-page folding engraved musical table ("Elémens de la musique. Plan général du bureau typographique musical") and 427 engraved text pages by Mademoiselle Vandôme. Contemporary gold-tooled dark green (goatskin) morocco, richly gold-tooled spine with red morocco title label, gold-tooled boards with the coat of arms of Louis-Philippe d'Orléans (1725-1785) on both sides, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, pink silk endleaves, gilt edges (attributed to Jean-Charles-Henri Lemonnier). Full description
€ 37,000
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Sumptuous coloured lithographs of Mayan antiquities bound for Czar Alexander II

DUPAIX, Guillermo, Alexandre LENOIR, David Bailie WARDEN, et al. Antiquités Mexicaines. Relation des trois expéditions du Capitaine Dupaix, ordonnées en 1805, 1806, et 1807, pour la recherche des antiquités du pays, notamment celles de Mitla et de Palenque.
Paris, Jules Didot l'ainé, 1834. 3 parts in 2 volumes. Large folio (55.5 x 36 cm). With lithographed frontispiece and 161 (numbered as 166) lithographed plates (1 double-page and 160 full-page), nearly half beautifully hand-coloured and most of the rest tinted or double-tinted. Lacking (as usual) the map mentioned on the title-page. Gold-tooled red morocco (1855?), with the arms of Czar Alexander II of Russia on the boards. Full description
€ 98,500
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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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Basics of miniature drawing and painting

EELKEMA, Eelke Jelles and André Léon LARUE (MANSION). Grondig onderrigt in de teeken- en schilderkunst, inzonderheid in miniatuur, ten nutte van jonge kunstoefenaren. Naar het Fransch van Mansion.
Leeuwarden, Lambertus Schierbeek, 1830. 12mo (15.5 x 9 cm). With folding lithographed frontispiece, coloured by hand, showing a palette of colours. Contemporay purple half morocco, gold- and blind-tooled spine. Full description
€ 500
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2000-page pharmaceutical dictionary

ELZEVIER, Kornelis. Lexicon galeno-chymico-pharmaceuticum, of apothekers woordenboek.
Amsterdam, Gerrit de Groot and the widow of Salomon Schouten and sons, 1755. 2 volumes. Large 4to (27 x 21 cm). With engraved frontispiece and an engraving in text. 19th-century red calf. Full description
€ 1,250
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One of the earliest editions of Erasmus’s entertaining & extremely popular collection
of more than 2000 aphorisms and anecdotes,
in richly blind-tooled 16th-century calf

ERASMUS, Desiderius. Apophthegmatum libri octo cum primis frugiferi, denuò vigilanter ab ipos recogniti autore, non sine lucro novae accessionis.
Cologne, Johann Gymnich I, 1538. 8vo (16 x 11 x 4.5 cm). With Gymnich's woodcut device, 9 woodcut initials (2 series) plus 1 repeat, and a vine-leaf ornament. Set in an Aldine-style italic with incidental roman and Greek. Near contemporary blind-tooled calf (the owner's stamp ca. 1564?, added later than the rest of the tooling) over wooden boards, each board in a panel design, the front board with the large oval armorial panel-stamp (72 x 55 mm) of Simon Cluver of Gedansk (ca. 1540-1598); the back board with 2 rolls showing Christian imagery. With 1 of 2 brass catchplates but further with only remnants of the fastenings. Full description
€ 3,950
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Epic poem celebrating the history of navigation,
from the library of Tsar Alexander I

ESMÉNARD, Joseph-Alphonse. La navigation, poëme.
Paris, Giguet and Michaud, 1806. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece and an engraved plate showing the wreck of La Perouse. Contemporary richly gold-tooled red morocco, with the arms of Tsar Alexander I on the front and back boards, including his imperial monogram, gold-tooled spine, boards edges and turn-ins, gilt edges. Full description
€ 4,500
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1st Antwerp edition of Seyssel's French Eusebius, the contemporary binding with an unusual Flemish panel stamp

EUSEBIUS. L[']histoire ecclesiastique ..., translatee de Latin en Fra[n]coys, par Messire Claude de Seyssel, Evesque lors de Marseille, & depuis Archevesque de Thurin.
Antwerp, Maarten de Keyser, 1533 (colophon: 17 April). 8vo. With a woodcut border on the title-page, assembled from 4 blocks (that at the foot with De Keyser's printer's device), about 10 woodcut decorated initials plus about 10 repeats (2 gothic series and 2 roman series). Set in three sizes of bastarda type with textura initials. Contemporary Flemish blind panel-stamped calf, each board with the same panel and double and single fillets, a triple fillet in the panel stamp separating the inner and outer panel. The inner is an acorn cresting panel with 4 1/2 acorns on each side and the flowers not attached to the acorns, remnants of leather ties. Full description
€ 7,500
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“almost the only comprehensive source of information for pirate activities in the seventeenth century”, bound by America’s finest bindery

EXQUEMELIN, Alexandre Olivier. Historie der boecaniers, of vrybuyters van America.
Amsterdam, Nicolaas ten Hoorn, 1700. 3 parts (paginated as 2) in 1 volume. 4to. With an engraved title-page, a folding engraved map of South and Central America, and 7 engraved plates (1 folding). Red (goatskin) morocco (ca. 1920), with richly gold tooled turn-ins, double fillets on board edges, gilt edges, by the French Binders of Garden City, N.Y., the fourth incarnation of Robert Hoe's famous Club Bindery, which almost single-handedly pioneered fine binding in America. Full description
€ 5,000
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Important and luxurious edition of Faerno’s 100 fables,
with frontispiece and 99 illustrations

FAERNO, Gabriello. Cent fables en Latin et en François, choisies des anciens auteurs, mises en vers Latins ..., et traduites par Mr. Perrault, ... Avec de nouvelles figures en taille-douce. Nouvelle edition.
London, C. Marsh & T. Payne, H. Slater, S. Baker, F. Noble, W. Bathoe, J. Palairet, 1744. 4to (26.5 x 20.5 cm). With richly designed, engraved frontispiece by Claude Du Bosc, and 99 (of 100) fine engraved illustrations to the fables on integral leaves (plate size about 9.5 x 10.5 cm). Early 19th-century half calf, for the Signet Library in Edinburgh, each board with the gold-tooled British Royal arms. Restored and with later 19th-century endpapers, but with the early 19th-century printed label with the shelf-mark transferred to the front paste-down. Full description
€ 2,950
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One of the rare earliest editions of an important book of secrets

FALLOPPIO, Gabriele [dubious attribution]. Secreti diversi & miracolosi. Racolti dal Falopia, & approbati da altri medici di gran fama. Novamente ristampati, et à commun beneficio di ciascuno, distinti in tre libri.
Venice, Alessandro Gardane [for Giacomo Leoncini], 1578. Small 8vo (15 x 9.5 cm). With Leoncini's woodcut Fortuna device on the title-page (repeated on the verso of the final, otherwise blank leaf) and 4 woodcut decorated initials (with grotesque figures and beasts) plus 1 repeat. Vellum (ca. 1700?), spine covered with paper. Full description
€ 1,950
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The 58-volume "Encyclopédie d'Yverdon", Protestant Switzerland's answer to Diderot

FÉLICE, Fortuné-Barthélemy de. Encyclopédie, ou dictionnaire universel raisonné des connoissances humaines.
Yverdon, Fortuné-Barthélemy de Félice, 1770-1780. 58 volumes (42 text, 6 supplement and 10 plates volumes). 4to. With 1264 engraved plates (numbered "1410" by the publisher). Contemporary uniform sprinkled tanned sheepskin, spine with gold fillets. Full description
€ 28,500
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"Few books had greater influence on the subsequent teaching of elementary mathematics"

FELICIANO, Francesco Libro di arithmetica & geometria speculativa & praticale ... intitulato Scala Grimaldelli: novamente stampato
(Colophon: Venice, Francesco de Leno), 1563. 4to. With the title in a 5-piece woodcut border  with an allusive woodcut illustration (ladder and key), and with numerous woodcut diagrams, geometric figures and other illustrations printed in the large fore-edge margin. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 2,750
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Unrecorded only edition of Fénélon's "Sagesse Humaine" to include an Armenian translation

FENELON, François de. La sagesse humaine, ou Le portrait d'un honnête homme.| Imastut'ün mardkayin, kam Nkaragir arak'inwoy.
(Colophon in Armenian only: Venetik [= Venice], Surbn Lazar [= [Monastery of Il] San Lazzaro [degli Armeni]], 1844). Small oblong 24mo (5 x 9.5 cm). With the title and main text printed in parallel French (on the versos in roman type) and Armenian (on the rectos in Armenian type) on facing pages. Original publisher's printed paper wrappers in Armenian only. Full description
€ 2,500
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Three editions of humanist works, two from Antwerp known only from 1 other copy each
in contemporary Flemish panel-stamped calf with 6 animals in foliage plus an unusually detailed peacock

[FIOCCO, Andrea Domenico] under the name of Lucius FENESTELLA. De magistratibus, sacerdotiisq[ue] Romanorum libellus, iam primum nitori restitutus. Pomponii Laeti itidem de magistratibus & sacerdotiis, & praeterea de diversis legibus Rom[anorum]. Item Valerii Probi grammatici de literis antiquis opusculum.
Including: POMPONIO LETO, Giulio. De Ro[manorum]. magistratibus, ...
Basel, (colophon: Valentino Curio, May 1523). With the general title in a woodcut border, Curio's large architectural woodcut device on the otherwise blank final page.
With:
(2) LUCIANUS OF SAMOSATA. Complures ... dialogi à Desiderio Erasmo Roterodamo ... in Latinum conversi, & à Nicolao Buscoducensi illustrati, additis Fabularum & difficilium vocabulorum explanationibus.
(Colophon: Antwerp, Michael Hillen van Hoochstraten, 1524).
(3) MOSELLANUS, Petrus (Peter SCHADE). Paedologia ..., in puerorum usum conscripta & aucta. Dialogi XXXVII. Dialogi pueriles Christophori Hegendorphini. XII. ...
Including: HEGENDORF, Christoph. Dialogi pueriles ... XII. ...
(Colophon: Antwerp, Michael Hillen van Hoochstraten, 1523).
3 editions in 1 volume. 8vo (16 x 10.5 cm). Contemporary panel-stamped calf, each board with the same 3 panel stamps: 2 virtually identical panels with 6 animals in 2 grape vines (the animals from head to foot in the left vine: a monkey, dog and wyvern; and in the right vine: a squirrel, hare and lion) in a border of a diaper of quatrefoils in lozenges, the two separated by a small panel stamp sith a peacock, paste-downs made from a leaf from an Aristotle manuscript on vellum. Full description
€ 12,000
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A rare 16th-century Dutch devotional work printed in Antwerp

[FLORIS VAN HAARLEM]. Den wech des levens. Een gheestelijc boecxken leerende hoe dat ee[n] goet kerste[n] mensch moet beginne[n] en[de] voortgaen in duechden, met veel devote ghebede[n] en[de] gheestelike corte vermaninghe[n] om tot een warachtich gheestelijc leven te comen.
[Antwerp, Heyndrick Peetersen van Middelburg, 1547?]. 8vo. With title printed in black and red, within woodcut borders. Contemporary slightly overlapping parchment, remnants of ties. Full description
€ 7,500
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Turkish folk tales in Arabic script, text and 8 illustrations lithographed in Istanbul

[FOLK TALES - TURKISH]. The story of the famous Ferhad and Shirin. [with] Stories of the secret of Mahfiruz Sultan.
Istanbul, the lithographic printing office [Henri Cayol?], 1271 A.H. [= 1854/55]. 4to. A wholly lithographed book from a calligraphic and pen-decorated manuscript written in Turkish in Arabic script, with 8 lithographed pen-drawn illustration plates, and elaborate pen-work decoration on the title-page, the opening of the text and the final page, and smaller decorations scattered through the text. Contemporary boards (spine reinforced with later brown cloth). Full description
€ 3,800
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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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On the abuse of alcohol, by a great German chronicler and popular historiographer of the 16th century

FRANCK, Sebastian. Von dem greüwlichen Laster der Trunckenhayt ...
[Augsburg, Heinrich Steiner, 1533?]. 4to. With large and unusually detailed woodcut (10 x 12 cm) on title-page showing an elaborate banquet and a vomitting man, by H. Weiditz (the Petrarca master), decorated woodcut initials. Set in schwabacher types with incidental fraktur. Early 19th-century shell-marbled boards. Full description
€ 4,500
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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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Famous Arabic-Latin dictionary, succeeding Golius's

FREYTAG, Georg Wilhelm. Lexicon Arabico-Latinum praesertim ex djeuharii firuzabadiique et aliorum Arabum …
Including: BINDSEIL, Heinrich Ernst. Index vocum latinarum.
Halle, C.A. Schwetschke and son, 1830-1837. 4 text volumes + index volume (bound in 2 volumes). 4to. Contemporary dark green half sheepskin, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 3,500
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Atlas of Brabant & Holland for Officers in the War of the Austrian Succession

FRICX, Eugène Henri. Nouveau theatre de la guerre aux Pays Bas, ou Cartes tres detaillées du Duché de Brabant et partie de la Hollande ... apres ... Covens et Mortier. ... en 25 petites cartes dont une générale divisée en 24 quarreaux est numerotée ...
Lille, Bachelet; Ghent, P. de Goesin; Brussels, George Fricx & Jean Leonard; Antwerp, Martin Verdussen; Liege, S.F. Bourguignon; Cologne, Rodrigue; Berlin, S. Paul; Nürnberg, Homann heirs; Strasbourg, M. Schatz; Paris, [Roch-Joseph Julien (& Guillaume Dheulland?)], [1747]. Agenda 8vo (26 x 11 cm) With 25 folding engraved maps, consisting of 1 overview map and 24 numbered detail maps (each detail map 22 x 30 cm at a scale of 1:180.000). Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,950
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The rarest treatise on Falconry

FRIEDRICH II von Hohenstaufen. Reliqua librorum Friderici II. Imperatoris, de arte venandi cum avibus, cum Manfredi Regis additionibus. Ex membranis vetustis nun primum edita. Albertus Magnus de falconibus, asturibus, & accipitribus.
Augsburg, Johannes Praetorius (Hans Schultes), 1596. 8vo. With magnificent double-page woodcut illustration and woodcut printer's device on title page (repeated on recto of final leaf). 17th century mottled calf, spine gilt. Full description
€ 25,000
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Eulogies of four famous scientists

FRISI, Paolo. Elogio del cavaliere Isacco Newton.
[Milan, Guiseppe Galeazzi, 1778].
With:
(2) FRISI, Paolo. Elogio del signor D'Alembert.
Milan, Guiseppe Galeazzi, 1786.
(3) FRISI, Paolo. Elogi di Galileo Galilei e di Bonaventura Cavalieri.
Milan, Guiseppe Galeazzi, 1778. 3 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary half sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 1,250
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Empirical support for Copernicus’s theories only 2 years after "De Revolutionibus",
plus the first illustration of a camera obscura

FRISIUS, Gemma. De radio astronomico & geometrico liber. ...
Antwerp, Gregorius de Bonte; Louvain, Petrus Phalesius (colophon: 1545). 4to. With a large armorial woodcut on the title-page, De Bonte's large woodcut publisher's device on the last page and 21 woodcut illustrations, instruments and diagrams in the text, 8 pages of letterpress tables (plus more in the text), about 20 woodcut decorated initials (about 5 series) plus repeats. Recased in 17th-century(?) limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 12,500
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Rare Dutch  translation of the “Artzneybuch”

GABELKOVER (GAEBELKHOUWER; GAEBELCHOVER), Oswald. Medecijn-boeck. Daer inne, wt bevel des doorluchtighen hooch-gheborenen vorsten, ende heeren, heeren Lodewijck, hertoghe tot Wirtenberghe ... Meest voor alle lijfgebreken, ende cranckheyden wt gelesene en[de] beproefde medicijnen, die wt vele hooge ende nederstandes persoonen gheschrevene medicijnboecken, te samen, ende by een gebracht zijn. … Wt Hoogduytsche sprake getrouwelick overgeset.
Dordrecht, Abraham Canin, 1598. 4 parts in 1 volume. Small 4to (19.5 x 14 cm). With Canin's woodcut device on the title-page. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 5,950
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Rare medical work printed in Dordrecht for the English market,
iin a signed London binding ca. 1860

GABELKOVER (GAEBELKHOUWER; GAEBELCHOVER), Oswald. The boock of physicke wherin throughe commaundement of the most illustrious, & renoumned Duke & Lorde, Lorde Lodewijcke, Duke of Wirtenberghe, & of Teck, Earle of Mompelgart, &c. ...
Dordrecht, Isaac Jansz. Canin, 1599. Folio. With the letterpress title in a beautiful and elaborate engraved title-page frame by Bartholomeus Dolendo. Further with 2 woodcut decorated initials, a woodcut arabesque tailpiece, and arabesque headpieces built up from cast fleurons. Gold-tooled sprinkled calf (ca. 1860/64) by Marseille Middleton Holloway in London, with his stamp at the foot of the first fly-leaf. Rebacked, with the original back-strip laid down. Full description
€ 24,000
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Very rare educational work in a fine armorial dedication binding from the Bourbon restoration ,
for Marie Thérèse, Duchess of Angoulême, the only direct heir of Louis XVI to survive the Revolution

GALLAND, P.J. Cours pratique d'éducation à l'usage des jeunes demoiselles, et convenable aux jeunes gens qui ne sont pas à porté de suivre les études de collège, ou qui les ont suivies sans succès; contenant la grammaire, précédée de principes de lecture servant d'introduction; la rhétorique, l'arithmétique, la cosmographie, la géographie, l'histoire et la mythologie, traitée séparément pour l'enfance et pour l'adolescence, par demandes et par réponses. Dédié à Son Altesse Royale Madame, Duchesse d'Angoulême.
Paris, Librairie d'Éducation d'Alexis Eymerie, and the author (on back of title-page: printed by J.-B. Imbert), 1816 (vol. 3!)-1817 (vols. 1-2). 3 volumes. Large 12mo (17.5 x 10.5 cm). With a large folding engraved map of France, 3 astronomical and cosmographical figures on 3 engraved plates, a large folding hierarchical "tableau synoptique" of French grammar, and numerous numerical tables and mathematical equations in the text. Contemporary richly gold-tooled, grained green morocco, each board with the large arms of the dedicatee, Marie Thérèse de France, Duchesse d'Angoulême, daughter of King Louis XVI: a crowned double coat- of-arms (each in an oval) in a wide border of fleurs-de-lis and tulip-like flowers, the dexter arms (of her husband) that normally used by the Duc de Berry, but also by the seconde maison Capétienne d'Artois and the sinister arms (of her father Louis XVI) matching that of the Kings of France, pink silk endleaves, gilt edges. Full description
€ 25,000
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Textbook on architecture and perspective,
by a well-known Italian architect and stage designer

GALLI BIBIENA, Ferdinando. Direzioni a' giovani studenti nel disegno dell' architettura civile, nell' accademia clementina dell' instituto delle scienze, ...With: Direzioni della prospettiva teorica corrispondenti a quelle dell' architettura instruzione a' giovani studenti di pitture; e architettura ...
Bologna, Lelio dalla Volpa, 1731-1732. 2 volumes. 12mo. With 75 engraved plates (including several folding) in the first volume and 58 engraved plates (including several folding) in the second volume. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,750
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Costume game comprising 20 original watercolour and gouache drawings

[GAMES - COSTUMES]. [Game of costumes for titles and professions].
[London?, ca. 1814]. 16mo? (13 x 10.5 cm). Series of 20 finely designed and executed original gouache and watercolour drawings (the drawn images about 9 x 8 cm), 1 mounted on paperboard showing a bust portrait of a young man with his head turned in profile, in a multi-line frame drawn in grey ink, and 19 others showing richly coloured costumes for noblemen, gentlemen, military men and commoners of various titles and professions with their associated hats or crowns, each cut out as designed, to be overlaid on the portrait to transform the portrait into any of the 19 costume figures. Full description
€ 15,000
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On the art of the rebus, including 65 woodcut rebuses

[GAMES - PASTIMES]. Nouvelle clef des rébus, ouvrage propre à faciliter la lecture des petits symboles, ou figures parlantes qui accompagnent, dans les festins, les bonbons offerts pour l'amusement des convives. Suivi de la règle du jeu des rébus.
Paris, Delarue (colophon: Lille, Imprimerie de Blocquel), [ca. 1820]. 16mo. With a woodcut rebus as frontispiece, a woodcut dictionary of rebus-pictures 65 woodcut rebus plates, and some small woodcut rebus-pictures in the "rules of the game of rebus". Original publisher's printed paper wrappers. Full description
€ 950
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Games and activities for young boys and girls

[GAMES & PASTIMES]. De onvermoeide speelmakker, of volledige verzameling van nuttige en aangename spelen, uitspanningen, ligchaamsoefeningen en andere bezigheden, zoowel in huis, als in de open lucht voor jongens en meisjes. Versierd en opgehelderd door eene menigte fraaije houtsneêfiguren.
Gouda, G.B. van Goor, [1853]. 8vo. With numerous wood engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary gold-tooled blue-green morocco. Full description
€ 1,250
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One of the earliest separate works devoted entirely to ice-skating,
printed by a typefounder praised in Balzac's "Illusions perdues"

GARCIN, Jean. Le vrai patineur, ou principes sur l'art de patiner avec grace, précédé de réflexions et de remarques critiques sur la manière de quelques patineurs inélégans, ainsi que sur les différens formes de patins, le choix quel'on doit en faire, et les variations dont cette chaussure est susceptible.
Paris, Delespinasse, Delaunaux, Nepveu, the author (printed by Joseph-Gaspard Gillé fils), 1813. 12mo (18 x 10.5 cm). With 8 numbered engraved plates, namely a frontispiece view of a skating rink with many skaters, engraved by Ambroise Tardieu, and 7 images of individual skaters, each in a different pose. Set in roman and italic types, with a few lines in a "ronde" script type. Later blue paper wrappers. Preserved in modern half morocco slipcase. Full description
€ 5,500
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First editions of John Gay's fables, with 67 engraved illustrations

GAY, John. Fables.
London, printed for J. Tonson and J. Watts, 1727 (volume 1); printed for J. and P. Knapton, and T. Cox, 1738 (volume 2). 2 volumes. 4to. Volume 1 with an engraved illustration on the title-page, and 51 further engraved illustrations. Volume 2 with an engraved frontispiece, showing Gay's memorial monument, a small engraved author's portrait on title-page, and 16 engraved plates. Green morocco (ca. 1900), richly gold-tooled spine and turn-ins, gold fillets on boards and board-edges (Riviere & son). Full description
€ 5,000
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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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Seminal history of Britain and the foundation of the Arthurian legend

GEOFFREY OF MONMOUTH. Britannie[a] utriusq[ue] regu[m] et principum Origo & gesta insignia ... ex antiquissimis Britannici sermonis monumentis in Latinum traducta: & ab Ascensio rursus maiore accuratione impressa.
(Colophon: [Paris], Josse Badius Ascensius, 13 September 1517). Small 4to. With Badius's large woodcut device on the title-page, large woodcut arms of the editor Yves Cavellat at the end of the preliminaries, and numerous woodcut white-on-black "Lombardic" criblé initials. 19th-century sprinkled calf. Full description
€ 3,750
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Rare 2nd edition of Gesner on distilling and its use in pharmacology

GESNER (GESSNER), Conrad. Euonymus, sive De remediis secretis: nunc denuò studio & diligentia Caspari Wolphii, ... illustratus, & in lucem editus. Adiecimus in pharmacopolarum gratiam plurimas fornacum figuras, ... Pars secunda.
Lyon, Barthèlemy Vincent (colophon: Jean Marcorelle), 1573 [altered from 1574] (colophon: 1572). 16mo (12 x 8 cm). With Vincent's woodcut device on the title-page and about 50 woodcut illustrations in the text. Recased in contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 2,500
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Early and esteemed work on birds,
by the falconer of the Gonzagas' court in Mantua

GIORGI, Federico. Libro ... del modo di conoscere i buoni falconi, astori, e sparavieri, di farli, di governarli, et di medicarli, come nella tavola si puo vedere.
Venice, Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, 1547. 8vo. With Giorgi's woodcut phoenix printer's device on title-page and a stunning larger one at the end. Blue stiff paper wrappers (ca. 1800). Full description
€ 15,000
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Only Dutch edition of a famous 16th-century juridical work

GOBLER, Justin. Den spieghele der rechte[n]: uit den natuerlijcken, bescrevenen, gheestelijcken, wereltlijcken, en[de] anderen ghebruyckelijcken rechten, oock die ghemeyne inden heylighen rijck der Duytscher natien, insettinghen ende oeffeninghe[n] daer toe ghesedt.
(Colophon: Antwerp, Symon Cock, 16 October 1560). Folio. With a half-page woodcut on title-page, repeated once in text, another half-page woodcut, a full-page consanguinity table in the form of a tree, and numerous decorated woodcut initials. 18th-century blind-tooled vellum, green ties. Full description
€ 6,000
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Fashions among society folk of Augsburg: one of the very few copies printed in red

GÖZ (GOEZ), Joseph Franz von. Exércices d'imagination de differens charactéres[!] et formes humaines inventés peints et dessinés par ... Suite 1e [all published].
Augsburg, Academie Imperiale d'Empire, [1785]. Royal 4to (31.5 x 24 cm). A series of 100 numbered engraved prints including the title-print, all printed in red or reddish brown, some with 2 different shades to make a duotone. Early 19th-century half calf, gold-tooled spine, shell-marbled sides, rebacked with the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 7,000
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On the transformation of base metals into gold

GOHORRY, Jacques. De la transformation metallique, trois anciens tractez en rithme françoise.
Including:FONTAINE, Jean de la. La Fontaine des amoureux de science.MEUNG, Jean de. Les remonstrances de nature à lalchymiste errant: avec la response dudict alchy.FLAMEL, Nicolas. Le sommaire philosophique. Avec defence diceluy art & des honestes personages qui y vaquent: contre les efforts que I. Girard mect à les oultrager.
Paris, Guillaume Guillard, Amaury Warancore, 1561.
With: (2) AUGURELLO, Giovanni Aurelio. [Les trois livres de la chrysopée, c'est à dire, l'art de faire d'or].Paris, Benoist Praevost (for V. Gaultherot), 1549. 2 works in 1 volume (ad 2 bound before ad 1). 8vo (14.5 x 9 cm). 18th-century calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,250
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Golius's epoch-making Arabic dictionary

GOLIUS, Jacob. Lexicon Arabico-Latinum, contextum ex probatioribus orientis lexicographis. Accedit index Latinus copiosissimus, qui lexici Latino-Arabici vicem explere possit.
Leiden, printed by Bonaventura and Abraham Elzevier, also sold by Johannes van Ravesteyn [and others], Amsterdam, 1653. Folio. Recased in 17th-century vellum, with 19th-century spine-label and modern endpapers. Full description
€ 4,500
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"one of the most influential early books on China to be published in Europe"
including a curious description of the New World

[GONZÁLEZ DE MENDOZA, Juan]. Nova et succincta vera tamen historia de amplissimo potentissimoque, nostro quidem orbi hactenus incognito, sed perpaucis abhinc annis explorato Regno China.
Frankfurt am Main, [Sigmund Feyerabend(?), 1589]. 8vo. With two early woodcut Chinese characters on p. 200 and p. 202. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 5,000
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Printed and bound at the first Arabic printing office in Lebanon

[GOSPELS - ARABIC]. Kitab al-Injil al-sharif al-tahir wa-al-misbah al-munir alzahir muqassaman kanayisiyan madar al-sanah hasaba tartib al-Anba al-Qiddisiyin al-Sharqiyin [= Book of the liturgical Gospels].
Dayr al-Shuwayr (or Dhour el Choueir, in Lebanon), Dayr Mar Yuhanna [= Monastery of Saint John the Baptist], [1776]. Folio (31.5 x 22.5 cm). A Greek Melkite Evangeliary in Arabic, with each page in a border of thick-thin rules, pp. 245-300 printed in red and black, and a woodcut Madonna and child. The title-page has been sophisticated, probably in the 18th-century, and appears to be a badly inked proof that has been touched up in manuscript. Bound by the Dayr al-Shuwayr Monastery in contemporary gold- and blind-tooled reddish-brown goatskin morocco, each board with a gold centrepiece. Full description
€ 8,500
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Marking the brief golden age of Christianity in the Arabian peninsula

GREGENTIUS, Saint. [Title in Greek followed by:] Disputatio cum Herbano Iudaeo: nunc primùm Graecè edita, cum interpretatione Nic. Gulonii, Carnutis, literarum Graecarum professoris regii, notis illustrata. Hoc dialogo sides Christiana tum divinorum oraculorum exposition, tum miraculorum effectu confirmatur.
Paris, Fédéric Morel, 1586. 8vo. With text in Latin and Greek on facing pages. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 6,500
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Richly gold-tooled red morocco binding by the Amsterdam "Bird's Head Bindery"

GUARINI, Giovanni Battista. Il pastor fido, tragicommedia pastorale ... Editione nuova, arricchita di curiose, ed utili annotazioni, e riveduta, e corretta da A.P.D.A.
Amsterdam, Franco Soudaan, 1732. 4to. Contemporary richly gold-tooled red morocco, with an elaborate arabesque central ornament in a triple panel design, crowned ornaments, flowers, acorns and stars, richly gold-tooled turn-ins, dark green title label, marbled endpapers, gilt edges (so-called "Bird's Head Bindery", Amsterdam). Full description
€ 1,750
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Early work on navigation
and a primary source for seamen’s “barbaric” language

GUEVARA, Antonio de. Libro de los inventores del arte de marear, y de muchos trabajos que se passan enlas galeras. ... Tocanse enel muy excellentes antiguedades, y avisos muy notables para los que navegan en galeras.
Antwerp, Martin Nutius, [ca. 1545/46]. Small 8vo (13.5 x 10 cm). With Nutius's woodcut device on the title-page. Set in rotunda gothic type with a few words in a large roman. Blind-tooled brown goatskin (1920s?) in 16th-century style by Victor Arias (1856-1935) in Madrid, gold-tooled turn-ins. Full description
€ 12,000
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Rare issue of Guevara's famous guide on royal lifestyle, in contemporary gold-tooled calf

GUEVARA, Antonio de. L'orloge des Princes, oeuvre de tresexcellente & admirable doctrine, pour les graves sentences, & rares hystoires, qui y sont contenues.
Paris, Jean Longis, 1550. 8vo. With publisher's woodcut device on title-page and numerous fine criblé woodcut initials in text. All text in red lines drawn by hand. Contemporary gold-tooled calf, with the letters L V B and with gold-tooled legend "OBER RATH" on front board. Full description
€ 1,500
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Important work on navigation and an early mention of playing cards

GUEVARA, Antonio de. Epistres dorées moralles & familieres.
Lyon, Macé Bonhomme, 1558-1559.
Including:
GUEVARA, Antonio de and Jean de GUTERRY (translator). Tome second des epistres dorées et discours salutaires.
GUEVARA, Antonio de. Le troisieme livre des epistres illustres.
With:
(2) GUEVARA, Antonio de. Traité des travaux et privileges des galeres & des inventeurs de l'art de naviger.
Lyon, Macé Bonhomme, 1560.
2 works (the first in 3 parts) in 1 volume. 4to. With the titles of the first 3 books in woodcut architectural borders; 2 woodcut illustrations in the text and a number of large woodcut historiated initials. 18th-century tree calf, rebacked with the original backstrip laid down, later endpapers. Full description
€ 2,750
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The best Syriac New Testament, with the Lexicon and extensive notes made to accompany it

GUTBIER, Aegidius. Novum Testamentum Syriacè, cum omnibus vocalibus, & versione latinâ Matthaei ita adornatâ, ut unico hoc evangelistâ intellecto, reliqui totius operis libri, sine interprete, facilè intelligi possint.
Hamburg, Aegidius Gutbier, 1664 (engraved title-page “1663”). With engraved title-page.
With:
(2) GUTBIER, Aegidius. Lexicon Syriacum, continens omnes N.T. Syriaci dictiones et particulas, cum spicilegio vocum quarundam peregrinarum, & in quibusdam tandum novit. codicibus occurrentium, & appendice, quae exhibed diversas punctationes ...Hamburg, Aegidius Gutbier, 1667. (3) GUTBIER, Aegidius. Notae criticae in Novum Testamentum Syriacum ... Hamburg, Aegidius Gutbier, 1667. 3 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 2,500
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Standard work on the nobility of Friesland with 252 beautifully coloured coats of arms

HAAN HETTEMA, Montanus de and Arent van HALMAEL. Stamboek van den Frieschen, vroegeren en lateren, adel, uit oude en echte bescheiden en aanteekeningen, en met bijvoeging van de wapens der onderscheidene geslachten, opgemaakt.
Leeuwarden, D. Meindersma, 1846. 2 volumes. Large folio (45.5 x 29.5 cm). With 2 lithographed title-pages, 2 folding letterpress tables, 42 full-page hand-coloured lithographed plates (with the heraldic tinctures, including gold and silver), each showing 6 coats of arms. Contemporary gold-tooled mottled calf, each board with arms with a count's(?) crown and a chain with the order of Malta. Full description
€ 6,500
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Illustrated natural history textbook

HAARST, Willem van. Beschouwingen van het dierenrijk, voor jonge lieden, ter veredeling van verstand en hart.
Leeuwarden, Johannes Proost, [1828]. 3 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a lithographed title-page with a small illustration by D. Sluijter after H.P. Oosterhuis, and 6 folding lithographed plates, each depicting several different species of mammals, birds, fishes, insects and snakes. Original publisher's purple cloth, gold-tooled spine and blind-tooled sides. Full description
€ 500
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First edition of a devotional emblem book
with an engraved title-page drawn by Rubens,
splendidly bound for the Abbot of Kremsmünster Abbey

HAEFTEN, Benedictus van. Regia via crucis.
Antwerp, Balthasar Moretus (Officina Plantiniana), 1635. 8vo (18 x 11.5 x 4 cm). With engraved title-page showing Christ, Saint Teresa of Avila and 2 unidentified men and 38 full-page emblematic engravings. Richly gold-tooled calf (ca. 1665), each board with the arms of (apparently) Abbot Placidus Buechauer (1611-1669) of Kremsmünster, gilt and elaborately gauffered edges. Full description
€ 3,950
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Attractively bound copy of the biography of a Dutch admiral in the service of Catherine the Great

HALL, Maurits Cornelis van. Het leven en karakter van den admiraal jhr. Jan Hendrik van Kinsbergen.
Amsterdam, Johannes Müller, 1841. 8vo. With steel-engraved portrait of Van Kinsbergen as frontispiece and 7 plates with facsimiles of numerous signatures. Contemporary green morocco,, richly gold-tooled spine, gold-tooled boards, board edges and turn-ins, gilt edges. Bound by the Dutch court bookbinder Abraham van Rossum (active in Amsterdam 1812-1854), one of the "major binders" (Storm van Leeuwen) of that period, with his letterpress ticket on paste-down ("A.V. ROSSUM, Hof-Boekbinder"). Full description
€ 950
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Bound for King Louis XV

HAMILTON, Hugh. De sectionibus conicis. Tractatus geometricus. In quo, ex natura ipsius coni, sectionum affectioens [!] facillime deducuntur. Methodo nova.
London, William Johnston, 1758. 4to. With numerous illustrations on 17 folding engraved plates. Contemporary French gold-tooled red goatskin morocco, with the arms of the French King Louis XV in the centre of each board and his crowned monogram in each compartment (except that with the title) of the spine. Full description
€ 13,000
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Arabic, Persian and Turkish texts on Russia

HAMMER-PURGSTALL, Joseph von. Sur les origines Russes. Extraits de manuscrits orientaux adressés à Mgr. le Comte N. de Romanzoff, chancelier de l'Empire de Russie, dans une suite de lettres depuis l'an 1816 jusqu'à l'an 1825.
St. Petersburg, Imprimerie de l’Académie impériale des Sciences, 1827. 4to. With engraved title-page with coat-of-arms (dated 1825) and passages in Arabic type. Contemporary green half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,500
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First edition of educational Latin dialogues by the rector of the Deventer Illustre School,
a leading humanist and teacher of Erasmus and Pope Adrian VI

HEGIUS (VAN DEN HECK), Alexander. Dialogi. De scientia et eo q[uo]d co[n]tra Academicos. De tribus anim[a]e generibus. De incarnationis misterio dialogi duo quib[us] ... Dialogus physicus. De sensu et sensili. De arte et inertia. De rhetorica. De moralibus. Eiusde[m] Farrago cui addita invectiva eius in modos significandi ... Epistola una et altera eius ceteris apud suos latentibus.
(Colophon: Deventer, Richard Pafraet, 1503). Small 4to (21 x 14.5 cm). With spaces left for 3- to 5-line manuscript initials (most with printed guide letters). Set in a rotunda gothic type with the title, colophon, running heads, etc. in a larger textura gothic and the author's name in a still larger rotunda, with occasional words in Greek. With one blue "Lombardic" initial filled in in manuscript, capitals and paragraph marks rubricated throughout. Half tan sheepskin (ca. 1860?). Full description
€ 7,500
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Arabic grammar with an essay on Arabic calligraphy,
illustrated with a frontispiece and 16 fine plates

HERBIN, Auguste François Julien. Développemens des principes de la langue arabe moderne, suivis d'un recueil de phrases, de traductions interlinéaires, de proverbes arabes, et d'un essai de calligraphie orientale, avec onze planches.
Paris, Françoise-Jean Baudouin, 1803. Large 4to (30.5 x 23 cm). With 10 numbered engraved plates (5 folding) plus the engraved calligraphic Arabic title-page serving as frontispiece, and 16 folding letterpress tables. Modern tanned sheepskin. Untrimmed. Full description
€ 3,500
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PMM 41: "Father of History" in elegant & famous first Greek edition by Aldus Manutius, from the Arenberg library

HERODOTUS. [Historiarum] libri novem. Quibus musarum indita sunt nomina.
(Colophon: Venice), Aldus Manutius, (colophon: September 1502). Folio (29.5 x 20 cm). With Aldus's anchor and dolphin device on title-page and the verso of the last leaf. Late 19th-century blind-tooled, polished tan calf, the central panel with the arms of the Dukes of Arenberg. Full description
€ 69,500
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5 rare polemical works: 3 epistles by a leading French Counter-Reformationist,
a Protestant reply and the defence against the reply

HERVET, Gentian. Epistre ou advertissement au peuple fidele de l'Eglise Catholique, touchant les differens qui sont aujourd'huy en la religion Chrestienne.
Paris, Nicolas Chesneau, 1561.
With:
(2) HERVET, Gentian. Deux epistres, aux ministres, predicans et supposts de la congregation & nouvelle eglise de ceux qui s'appellent fideles, & croyans à la parolle: ...
Paris, Nicolas Chesneau, 1562.
Including: (3) HERVET, Gentian. Seconde epistre aux ministres, predicans & suppostz de le nouvelle eglise, de ceux qui s'appellent fideles, & croyans à la parole.
Paris, Nicolas Chesneau, 1561.
(4) [TOUSSAIN, Daniel?]. Response a une certaine epistre envoyee par M. Gentian Hervet, curé de Crevant, aux fideles de l'eglise reformee d'Orleans.
[Paris?], [publisher unknown], 1561.
(5) HERVET, Gential. Apologie ou defense, contre une response des Ministres de la nouvelle eglise d'Orleans, escripte en leur nom, par Je ne sçay qui, se nommant, L'un pour tous.
Paris, Nicolas Chesneau, 1561. 5 works in 1 volume. 8vo. 18th-century(?) sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 7,500
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Post-incunable edition of the travels of "the Dutch Sir John Mandeville"
visiting Egypt and the lands of Prester John

HESE (HESSE), Johannes Witte de. Itinerarius Joannis de Hese presbyteri a Hierusalem describens dispotiones terra[rum] insular[um] montiu[m] et aquar[um]. Ac etiam queda[m] mirabilia et p[er]icula per diversas p[ar]tes mu[n]di continge[n]tia lucidissime enarrans.
(Colophon: Deventer, Jacobus de Breda, 1504). Small 4to (20.5 x 14.5 cm). Rubricated throughout with the blank spaces for initials left open. Including the last blank leaf. Modern calf in period style. Full description
€ 45,000
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16th-century Cologne imprints in a 1540 Breslau binding,
its tooling very well preserved

HEYNLIN DE LAPIDE, Johannes. Resolutioru[m] dubioru[m] circa celebatione[m] missarum occurrentium.
(Colophon: Cologne, Johann Landen, 1506). With a woodcut illustration of the madonna and child on the recto of the last blank and repeated on the verso of the same leaf.
With: (2) AUGUSTINUS OF LEONISSA. Sermones pulcherrimi sup[er] D[omi]nica[m] or[ati]o[n]em Pater noster et Angelicam salutat[i]o[n]em Ave Maria ...
(Colophon: Cologne, [heirs of] Heinrich Quentel, 1505). With a couple decorated woodcut initials. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Richly blind-tooled calf in panel design, signed ("HB") and dated ("1540"), both sides with in the centre a roll of showing the crucifixion, instruments of the Passion and the resurrection of Christ, surrounded by a roll with portraits of the 4 Evangelists and the front board with the title "Resolutorium" and "XLIII". Further with 5 brass bosses on each side, brass clasps, catch plates and corner pieces (lacking 2 corner pieces on the back). Full description
€ 4,000
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Only known copy of an early edition of a rare book of recipes for medicinal waters

[HIMBRES, Jehan, Rogier VACHON and others]. Sensuit le traicte des eaues artificielles, les vertus et proprietez dicelles.
(Colophon: Paris, [Alain Lotrian, ca. 1521/26]). Small 8vo (13.5 x 9 cm). With a woodcut on the title-page (repeated on the last page) showing a garden. Red goatskin morocco (ca. 1880?) by René-Victor Chambolle, gold-tooled turn-ins, gilt edges. Full description
€ 19,500
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Introduction to reading the Bible, intended for young people

HOFFMANN, Gottfried. Außerlesene Kern-Sprüche Heiliger Schrifft, durch kurtze Fragen deutlich erkläret und nützlich angewendet, nebst einer ausführlichen Einleitung zum Bibel-Lesen ...
Leipzig, Friedrich Lankisch, 1705. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece, title-page printed in red and black, a folding letterpress table and occasional lines in Greek and Hebrew type. Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine. Full description
€ 950
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Superb Humanist "Sammelband"

HORACE. [Opera] cum quattor commentarijs.
Venice, printed by Philippus Pincius for Benedictus Fontana, 1495-1496. With large woodcut printer's device on last leaf, and numerous woodcut initials. 
With:
(2) PERSIUS. [Opera] cum tribus commentariis.
Venice, Giovanni Tacuino de Tridino, 4 November 1499. With woodcut printer's device on verso of penultimate leaf, and fine woodcut on title-page.
(3) JUVENALIS. [Opera] cum commento Ioannus Britannici.
Reggio Emilia, Francesco de Mazalibus, 1503. With fine woodcut at the head of text, and some woodcut initials. 3 works in 1 volume. Folio. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum over wooden boards with 2 brass clasps. Full description
€ 25,000
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Late 18th-century horn-book

[HORN-BOOK]. [incipit: ABC. . .].
[The Netherlands or England?, ca. 1790?]. With oak backing (1.5×16×9 cm including the handle, face alone 11×9 cm), an italic capital alphabet (omitting J but with W and both U and V), italic lowercase vowels and a stylized flower, all printed from a woodblock(?) on laid paper (9×7 cm), mounted under a horn plate fastened by lead-strips with iron nails. Full description
€ 8,500
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Rare edition of two medical works, on the mystery of the golden tooth and sleepwalking

HORSTIUS, Jacob. De aureo dente Maxillari Pueri Silesii, primum, utrum eius generatio naturalis fuerit, nec ne; deinde an digna eius interpretatio dari queat.
Including: HORSTIUS, Jacob. De natura differentiis et causis eorum, qui dormientes ambulant, vigilantium opera, eaq.
Leipzig, Valentinus Voegelinus (colophon: printed by Michael Lanzenberger), 1595. 2 parts in 1 volume. Small 8vo (14 x 9 cm). With woodcut printer’s device on title-page (repeated above the colophon). 19th-century half vellum. Full description
€ 5,000
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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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Famous poem with moral lessons for maidens, married women and widows

HOUWAERT, Jean Baptista.

Pegasides pleyn. Ofte den lust-hof der maechden.
Volume 1: Delft, Adriaen Gerritsen, 1615 (colophon: 1614); volume 2: Leiden, Jan Paets Jacobszoon, 1611. 8vo. Volume 1 with an engraved title-page by Jan Wiericx and 8 full-page engravings by Jan Wiericx; volume 2 with the main text set in civilité type. Matching contemporary vellum.

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€ 3,950
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Dutch edition of an influential geographical work

HÜBNER, Johann. Kort begrip der oude en nieuwe staatkundige geographie. Behelzende eene beschrijving der heerschappyen, inwelken de aarde verdeeld is: haare gelegenheid, grootte, luchts- en grondsgesteldheid, voortbrengselen, rivieren, regeeringsstaat, aart en godsdienst der inwooners,...
Amsterdam and Utrecht, Covens and Mortier and Jan Jakob van Poolsum, 1758. 8vo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 2,500
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Second enlarged edition of a numismatic-biographical work

HULSIUS, Levinus. Romanorum numismatum series. à C. Iulio Caesaro ad Rudolphum II. Add. est breviter ipsorum vita, aversa pars numismorum & eorundem explicatio.
Frankfurt, for the author, 1603. 8vo. With large allegorical engraving with portrait of Romulus on title-page, full-page allegorical armorial engraved plate on verso of title-page and 150 engravings of both sides of ancient coins in text. Contemporary red morocco, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,500
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231 splendid large nature prints of Indian plants, printed by an experimental process

[HUNZIKER, John James]. Nature's selfprinting[:] a series of useful and ornamental plants of the South Indian flora[.] Taken from fresh specimens in facsimile colours.
Mangalore, "Botanographed and published by J. Hunziker, Basel Mission Press", 1862 (binding label: printed and published for V. P. Coelho esquire, etc.). Imperial 4to (42 x 33 cm). With 3 colour-printed preliminary leaves, and 231 nature-printed plates in several colours, printed by an experimental process transferring the image to a litho stone. Publisher's original gold-tooled green half morocco. Full description
€ 48,500
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Antipapal dialogues (1520), with a lovely woodcut of Fortuna

HUTTEN, Ulrich von. Dialogi. Fortuna. Febris prima. Febris secunda. Trias Romana. Inspicientes.
Colophon: Mainz, Johann Schöffer, April 1520. Small 4to (19.5 x 14 cm). With a lovely woodcut of the blindfolded Fortuna on title-page (by Hans Weiditz?), a large woodcut initial Q (repeated twice) and several vine leaf ornaments. Printed in roman type. 19th-century half vellum. Full description
€ 3,750
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Belgian view of notary's profession

HUYGENS, Jan Baptista Josephus. Notarius Belgicus oft ampt der notarissen, verdeelt in theorie ende practyque. Tweeden druck vernieuwt ende verbetert.
Brussels, Guillelmus Fricx, 1712. 8vo. With fine engraved frontispiece by Karrewijn, title-page in red and black, and a full-page engraved coat of arms of Albert de Gyspere. Contemporary calf. Full description
€ 450
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First Arabic edition of an important eyewitness account of the life of Tamerlane

IBN ARABSHAH, Ahmad ibn Muhammad. [Kitab 'Aja'ib al-maqdur fi aghbar Timur] | ... Vitae & rerum gestarum Timuri, qui vulgo Tamerlanes dicitur, historia.
Leiden, Bonaventura & Abraham Elsevier, 1636. 4to. With half-title printed in dark blue and red, title-page printed in red and black with a woodcut architectural border containing the letterpress title and (in a heart-shaped cartouche) imprint, and leaf *3 printed in red, dark blue and black. Later stiff paper wrappers. Full description
€ 25,000
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First edition of a 13th-century classic of Arabic grammar,
in 1003 verse couplets

IBN MALIK (Silvestre de SACY, ed.). Alfiyya ou La quintessence de la grammaire Arabe, ... publié en original, avec un commentaire, ...
Paris, printed by the Imprimerie Royale; London, Oriental Translation Fund (sold by Parbury, Allen & Co.), 1833. 8vo. The French title-page with steel-engraved device. Set in roman and Arabic types with incidental italic. Modern half calf in early 19th-century style, gold-tooled spine (Period Bookbinders, Bath). Full description
€ 2,500
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10 Mediaeval works on health, medicine, food and wine in a rare early edition,
including notes by Ibn Sina

IBN SINA (AVICENNA), Maynus de MAYNIS, Arnaldus de VILLANOVA, [Roger BACON] et al. Regimen sanitatis Magnini Mediolanensis ... Insuper opusculu[m] De flebothomia editum ... Reginaldo de Villa Nova. Additur quoq[ue] Astronomia Hippocratis ... de variis egritudinibus et morbis. Item Secreta Hippogratis. Item Averrois De venenis. Ite[m] Quid pro quo apothecariorum ... Nicolaum ... Cum no[n]nullis insuper Avicenne: ...
[Lyon, Barthélemy Trot] (colophon: Lyon, printed by Jacques Myt, 6 February 1517). Small 4to (19 x 14 cm). With title-page in red and black with Trot's woodcut publisher's device, 12 decorated woodcut initials plus 3 repeats. 17th-century(?) calf, gold-tooled spine; rebacked with the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 25,000
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16th-century collection of nine alchemical tracts, including one by Ibn Sina

IBN SINA (AVICENNA), Raymond LULL (LULLIUS) and ARISTOTLE. De alchimia opuscula complura veterum philosophorum, quorum catalogum sequens pagella indicabit.
(Dedication: Frankfurt, Cyriacus Jacob, 1550). Part 1 (of 2). Small 4to (19.5 x 15 cm). With a large woodcut illustration on title-page, hand coloured by an early hand, and Jacob's woodcut printer's device on the last otherwise blank page. 17th-century(?) limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 18,000
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The magnificent 1556 folio Ibn Sina, with extensive 19th-century annotations in Arabic

IBN SINA (AVICENNA). Liber canonis, de medicinis cordialibus et cantica.
Basel, Johann Herwegen, 1556. Large folio (39 x 26 cm). With 7 large woodcut illustrations on integral leaves (a full-page schematic line diagram representing the anatomy of the eye, and 6 fine woodcut pictorial illustrations - filling 2 pages - showing the rather tortuous repositioning of dislocations) and 4 or more tiny woodcut diagrams or pictorial illustrations in the text. 16th-century calf, rebacked in the 18th century. Full description
€ 75,000
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Gheraert Leeu's first illustrated book: no copy in the Netherlands, in the tradition of Arabian Nights.

[INCUNABLE - GOUDA]. Historia septem sapientiu[m] Rom[a]e.
[Gouda, Gheraert Leeu, before 3 June 1480]. 4to (20.5 x 14 cm). With 4 full-page woodcuts plus 14 repeats.  The first initial is supplied in manuscript, in a rich ornamental uncial style in red and blue with brown penwork. All other initials are supplied by hand in simple red uncials. The text is rubricated throughout. Most of the plates are lightly highlighted in yellow and red, by a contemporary hand. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment without a spine, so that the sewing is completely visible. Kept in a modern brown half morocco clamshell box. Full description
€ 250,000
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Calendar of indulgences that can be “earned” throughout the year:
the only surviving early printed broadside in the Dutch language concerning indulgences,
published on the eve of the Protestant Reformation

[INDULGENCE CALENDAR - LEO X]. Dyt is den aflaet en[de] ghenaden van allen stacien binnen ende buten der heiligher stadt van Romen dat ganse jaer doer sijn te verdienen.
[Deventer, Jacobus de Breda, ca. 1516]. Small 1mo broadside (42.5 x 29.5 cm). With the woodcut Medici coat of arms of Pope Leo X (47 x 40 mm), paragraph marks (2 sizes) and a Maltese cross (1 size) to mark days when indulgences were available for all sins and for the release of the soul from purgatory respectively. Set in two columns in a rotunda gothic type, with the first line of the title in a larger rotunda and the rest of the title, other headings and note at the foot in a textura gothic type. Attached with 2 paper hinges to a modern paperboard. Full description
€ 35,000
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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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Rare first editions of two important spiritual works
by the controversial Anabaptist David Joris

[JORIS, David]. Die eerste sullen die laetste, die laetste die eerste sijn.
With: (2) [JORIS, David]. Een twesprake tusschen man unde wijff, namelick Christus un[de] de gemeente oder verlorene mensch.
[Rostock, Ludwig Dietz, ca. 1550/52]. 8vo (15.5 x 11 cm). With gothic initials and a vine-leaf ornament. Set in schwabacher types with incidental and fraktur. Vellum (ca. 1680?). Full description
€ 17,500
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Most important work of the mysterious and controversial Anabaptist David Joris

JORIS, David. T'Wonder-boeck: waer in dat van der wereldt aen versloten gheopenbaert is.
[Vianen, printed by Dirck Mullem and distributed via a merchant in Emden, 1584]. 4 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a half-page engraving of the Lamb of God in part 1, a spectacular full-page engraving of the nude bride of Christ in part 3 (by Hieronymus Wierix) and an engraved landscape with the way to eternal life in the sky in part 3. Blind-tooled calf over wooden boards (ca. 1645), each board in a panel design with three ornamental rolls, 2 brass clasps and catchplates with engraved decoration. Full description
€ 12,500
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Dutch Anabaptist heretic burned in Basel three years after his death

JORIS, David (subject). David Georgen ausz Holand deß Ertzkätzers warhafftige Histori, seines Lebens, unnd verfürischen Leer, . . .
Basel, (colophon: printed by Hieronymus Curio, September 1559), 1559. Small 4to. With 2 large woodcut gothic decorated initials (56 mm). Set in schwabacher types with incidental fraktur and the year of publication in Roman numerals. Disbound. Full description
€ 3,500
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An Orangist-Prussian account of the patriot revolution (quashed 1787),
in the form of a satire for children in biblical language

JOSSEL, Rabbi. Kronik der Kinder der Preussen und der Kinder der Holländer. Beschrieben in biblischer Sprache.
"Utrecht" [= Altona?], 1788. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece, titled: "Es lebe Oranien", woodcut vignette on title-page and at the end, and a woodcut headpiece. Contemporary paper wrappers. Full description
€ 650
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