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A classic work on Japan, with numerous chromolithographed illustrations

ALCOCK, Sir Rutherford. The capital of the tycoon: a narrative of a three years' residence in Japan.
London, Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green (colophons: printed by Spottiswoode & Co.), 1863 [reissued with publisher's advertisements dated April 1875]. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 2 chromolithographed frontispieces, 2 folding engraved maps (partly coloured), 14 tinted, double-tinted and chromolithographed plates (at least one highlighted with silver colour) drawn mostly by Charles Wirgman (1832-1891) and lithographed by Hanhart, 2 black & white wood-engraved plates (engraved by Pearson) and numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text (some signed by Pearson). Original publisher's gold- and blind-blocked green cloth. Full description
€ 1,250
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Maritime atlas of the Middle East, Africa, Indian Ocean, East Indies, Far East and South Pacific
a magnificent display of colonial power ca. 1780

APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE, Jean-Baptiste d’. Le neptune oriental, ...
Paris, Antoine Guénard Demonville; Brest, Romain-Nicolas Malassis, 1775.
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(2) APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE, Jean-Baptiste d'. Supplément au neptune oriental, ...
Paris, Antoine Guénard Demonville; Brest, Romain-Nicolas Malassis, 1781.
2 text volumes bound as 1, plus 1 atlas volume. Imperial folio (55 x 42 cm). With engraved frontispiece and 72 large engraved nautical charts (33 double-page and 39 single-page, plate size about 50 x 68 and 48 x 35 cm). Uniform contemporary mottled, gold-tooled calf, with the crowned French royal arms on each board and "Conseil de la Marine" below it on each front board. Rebacked, with most of the original backstrips laid down.
(3) APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE, Jean-Baptiste d'. Instructions sur la navigation des Indes orientales et de la Chine, pour servir au Neptune oriental, dédié au roi ,...
Paris, Jean-Claude Dezauche (colophon: Brest, printed by Romain-Nicolas Malassis), 1775.
(4) APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE, Jean-Baptiste d'. Supplément au Neptune oriental, ...
Paris, Antoine Guénard Demonville; Brest, Romain-Nicolas Malassis, 1781.
Large 4to (26 x 21 cm). 2 volumes bound as 1. "Maroquin"-pattern sheepskin (ca. 1840?), gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 75,000
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First printed record of Abu Dhabi and Dubai:
the first Latin edition

[BALBI, Gasparo]. DE BRY, Johann Theodor. Indiae Orientalis pars septima [...].Including: Icones, hoc est verae variorum populorum et regum, ceremoniarum item, superstitiosorum rituum et rerum aliarum, ...
Frankfurt, Wolfgang Richter, 1606. Folio (32.5 x 20 cm). With the letterpress title within an engraved architectural border, an individual letterpress title-page for the Icones, an engraved coat of arms on the dedication leaf, 20 engravings in text and 2 double-page engraved plates. 20th-century green half morocco. Full description
€ 45,000
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Renowned Portuguese voyages of discovery 1419-1539 (large paper copy)

BARROS, João de. De doorlugtige scheeps-togten der Portugysen na Oost-Indiën, mitsgaders de voornaamste gedeeltens van Africa en de Roode-Zee met alle daar omtrent gelegene eylanden, ... Alles onlangs uyt het Portugys in 't Nederlands getrouwelijk vertaalt, ... Nu aldereerst dusdanig in twee stukken afgescheyden in 't ligt gebragt.
Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, [ca. 1711]. 2 volumes. 1mo. With 2 engraved title-pages, engraved dedication, 22 engraved maps (2 double-page, and 20 half-page on 10 leaves), and 60 engravings in text. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum, boards with a large blind-tooled centrepiece with the initials H.B. Full description
€ 8,500
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A Franciscan discovering the Holy Land. From the library of king Louis-Philippe

[BEAUGRAND, Felix]. Relation fidele du voyage de la Terre Sainte dans laquelle se voit tout ce qu' il y a de remarquable, tant par mer que par terre, depuis le départ de Marseille jusqu' au retour de ce saint voyage. Par un religieux de S. François Observantain, qui a fait le voyage trois fois.
Paris, Gabriel Valleyre, 1760. 8vo. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and binding edges. Full description
€ 5,000
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First edition of Belon's account of his travels in the Ottoman Empire, with a folding map of Mount Sinai

BELON, Pierre. Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvées en Grece, Asie, Judée, Egypte, Arabie et autres pays estranges.
Paris, Guillaume Cavellat (colophon: printed by Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corrozet, Guillaume Cavellat), 1553. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With Cavellat's woodcut device on title-page and the 2 part-titles, Corrozet's woodcut device on last page, 36 woodcut illustrations in the text (4 hand-coloured), numerous decorated initials (1 hand-coloured), and an extra added folding woodcut map (31 x 32.5 cm) showing Mount Sinai. 18th-century mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges. Full description
€ 15,000
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Celebrating the remembrance of Saint Franciscus Xaverius

[BERLANGA, Cristóbal de (editor?)]. Onderwysinghe om met godtvruchtigheydt te houden thien vrydaghen ter eeren van den H. Franciscus Xaverius apostel van Indien ende Japonien, priester der Societeyt Jesu. Seer gebruyckt tot Roomen, ende nu vermeerdert met eenige authentycke mirakelen ende wel-daden geschiedt door de voorsprake vanden selven glorieusen heyligen.
Malines, Andreas Jaye, 1698. 8vo. With 3 full-page engraved illustrations by Hendrik Causé, and a woodcut Jesuit device on last page. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,950
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First edition of 2 letters from a Jesuit missionary, giving many Europeans their first account of India

BERSE (BELGA, BARZEE, BARTZ.), Gaspar. Epistolae Indicae in quibus luculenta extat descriptio rerum nuper in India Orientali praeclarè gestarum à theologis societatis Jesu: …
(Colophon: Dillingen, Sebald Mayer, 1563). Small 8vo (15.5 x 10.5 cm). With 2 woodcut decorated initials (and 1 repeat) showing scenes with people, including a martyr being thrown into a well. Contemporary limp vellum (given a reddish-brown surface stain), leather thong ties. Full description
€ 9,500
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