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Ethnography of the Xhosa people of South Africa, with the very rare album with four attractive hand-coloured aquatints

ALBERTI, Lodewyk and Ludwig Gottlieb PORTMAN. [Drop-title:] Zuid-Afrikaansche gezichten.
Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, [1810]. Oblong 1mo (45 x 60 cm). Letterpress text leaf and 4 large aquatint plates coloured by a contemporary hand, engraved by Ludwig Gottlieb Portman after drawings by Jacob Smies and Christopher Howen. Contemporary stiff, marbled paper wrappers, kept in a modern green half morocco clamshell box.
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(2) ALBERTI, Lodewyk. De Kaffers aan de zuidkust van Afrika, natuur en geschiedkundig beschreven.
Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, 1810. 8vo. With engraved title-page, aquatint folding plan, with coastal view, of Algoa Bay, and 2 stipple-engraved plates, all but the title-page coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary gold-tooled calf; rebacked, with new endpapers.
(3) ALBERTI, Lodewyk. Description physique et historique des Cafres, sur la côte méridionale de l'Afrique ...
Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, 1811. 8vo. With the same plan and 2 plates as ad. 2, also coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary gold-tooled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. [1] l. text + 4 plates; [8], VIII, [4], 260, [1], [1 blank] pp.; XII, [4], 255, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 25,000
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Description of Den Briel

ALKEMADE, Cornelis van and Pieter van der SCHELLING. Beschryving van de stad Briele, en den lande van Voorn, ...
Rotterdam, Philippus Losel, 1729. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a double-page engraved plan of Den Briel and 3 folding engraved maps of different parts of Voorne (each ca. 50 x 70.5 cm). Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. [28], 224, [8], 225-376; [8], 306, [20] pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Alphands monumental work showing his major project of designing the "green" gardens, boulevards and parks in 19th-century Paris, with 585 illustrations

ALPHAND, Jean-Charles Adolphe. Les promenades de Paris: histoire, descriptions des embelissements, dépenses de création et d'entretien, des Bois de Boulogne et de Vincennes, Champs-Elysées, parcs, squares, boulevards, places plantées, étude sur l'art des jardins et arboretum.
Paris, J. Rothschild (printed by J. Claye), "1867-1873". 1 text volume and 1 plates volume. Elephant folio (ca. 62 x 44.5 cm). With the title-page in red and black with the Paris coat-of-arms in brown, a letterpress part-title in red for the plates volume, and richly illustrated with 485 wood-engravings, 77 engraved plates and 23 chromolithographs. Uniform, original publisher's half goatskin morocco with the Paris coat of arms on the spine and front board. Text vol.: [18], LIX, [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 246, [1], [1 blank], CVIII, [12] pp. Plate vol.: [5] ll. interleaving the plates. Full description
€ 6,850
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Unrecorded watercolour view of Heukelom

[HEUKELOM]. [BEIJER, Jan de]. View of Heukelom.
Heukelom, 8 August, 1750. 13 x 21.5 cm. Original watercolour highlighted with white.Detached from a 19th-century paperboard support with hand drawn decorative frame and cartouche with the title "Heukelom J. de Beijer 1703-1768" (24 x 32 cm). Full description
€ 9,500
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Jamestown on the island Saint Helena, seen in 1805, painted in oils on brass

[SAINT HELENA]. [BELLASIS, George Hutchins, after]. [Jamestown, Saint Helena, seen from the sea in 1805].
[Place of production unknown, ca. 1815? after an 1806 print]. Oil painting on a thin brass plate (11.5 x 15.5 cm) showing the town of Jamestown on the island Saint Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, with 2 ships and a smaller sailboat in the bay before the town, the fortress on the promontory to the left, the houses, governor's residence and church in the centre with the valley and mountains behind. In an ebonized wooden frame and gilt inner frame (24 x 27.5 cm). Full description
€ 7,500
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First edition of a richly illustrated account of Surinam

BENOIT, Pierre Jacques. Voyage a Surinam. Description des possessions néerlandaises dans la Guyane.
Brussels, De Wasme & Laurent (back of half-title: Imprimerie de Societé des Beaux-Arts), 1839. Folio (47.5 x 31 cm). With a lithographed frontispiece, a small wood-engraved illustration on the title-page, and 99 tinted lithographed illustrations on 49 plates. Contemporary half black morocco, black cloth sides, gold-tooled spine. [4], 1-69, [3], 75-76, [2] pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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Extra illustrated "Staten Bijbel"

[BIBLE - DUTCH]. Bybel, dat is, de gansche H. Schrift, vervattende alle de kanonyke boeken des Ouden en Nieuwen Testaments.
Gorinchem, Nicolas Goetzee, 1748. 2 volumes. Large folio. With engraved allegorical frontispiece by J. Punt after J. de Wit, large engraved vignette by J. Punt on title, 12 double-page folding engraved maps by W.A. Bachine, including a plan of Jerusalem, and 61 double-page engraved plates by Jan Luyken, including 2 with four half-page illustrations to one plate, and extra mounted on endpapers of both volumes 8 half-page engraved bible-illustrations by G. de Jode, all richly coloured by hand. Contemporary calf over wooden boards, spines ribbed and richly gilt in a fine light flower design, with broad richly ornamental gilt borders and elegant gilt inner-panel with large gilt flowers at the four corners and large flowered gilt central ornaments. [12], 19, [3], 342, [2], 151; [4], 12, 172, [4], 77 ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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Extremely rare print series engraved by Simon Frisius

BRIL, Matthaeus. Topographia variarum regionum, inventa à Mathaeo Bril, aeri incisa à Simone Frisio. Ab C.J. Visscherio excusa.
[Amsterdam], Claes Jansz. Visscher, 1651. Oblong 8vo. Engraved title-print, and 24 engraved topographic views numbered 1-25 (11 x 16 cm; plate size 10 x 15.5 cm). Half green cloth (1840s?), green paper sides made from waste paper with a mirror image letterpress text (showing through from the underside or offset?), difficult to read but probably in French, with a heading in fat-face roman capitals, plain paper label with manuscript title in ink on front board. 25 engraved ll. Full description
€ 3,950
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