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The first European to enter Mecca and Medina

VARTHEMA, Ludvico di. De uytnemende en seer vvonderlijcke zee-en-landt-reyse van de heer Ludovvyck di Barthema, van Bononien, Ridder &c. Gedaen inde Morgenlanden, Syrien, vrughtbaer en woest Arabien, Perssen, Indien, Egypten, Ethiopien en andere.
Utrecht, Gerard Nieuwenhuysen and Willem Snellaert, 1654. 4to. With engraved frontispiece and 4 engraved plates. Re-cased in contemporary vellum. Full description
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In search of a northeast passage

VEER, Gerrit de. Tre navigationi fatte dagli Olandesi, e Zelandesi al settentrione nella Norvegia, Moscovia, e Tartaria verso il Catai, e regno de' Sini, doue scopersero il Mare di Veygatz, la Nuova Zembla.
Venice, Giovanni Battista Ciotti, 1599. 4to. With an engraved plate on title-page, full-page engraving of a compass and 31 half-page engraved maps and plates in text. Later vellum. Full description
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In search of a northeast passage

VEER, Gerrit de (et al.). Verhael van de eerste schip-vaert der Hollandische ende Zeeusche schepen door 't Way-gat, by Noorden Noorwegen, Moscovien ende Tartarien, na de coninckrijcken Cathay ende China. Met drie schepen, uyt Texel gezeylt in den jare 1594. Hier achter is by-ghevoeght de beschrijvinghe van de landen Siberien, Samoyeda, ende Tingoesa. Seer vreemt en vermaackelijck om lesen.
Amsterdam, for Joost Hartgers, 1648. 4to. With woodcut illustration on title-page and a double-page engraved plate with 6 illustrations. Old marbled wrappers. Full description
€ 3,950
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One of the earliest works on California

VÉNEGAS, Miguél and Andrés Marcos BURRIEL. Histoire naturelle et civile de la Californie, contenant une description exacte de ce pays, de son sol, de ses montagnes, lacs, rivières & mers, de ses animaux, végétaux, minéraux, & de sa fameuse pêcherie des perles; les moeurs de ses habitans, leur religion, leur gouvernement, & leur façon de vivre avant leur conversion au Christianisme; un detail des différens voyages, & tentatives qu'on a faites pour s'y établir, & reconnoître son Golfe & la côte de la Mer du Sud.
Paris, Durand, 1767. 3 volumes. 8vo. With a folding engraved map of California. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spines, gold-tooled binding edges. Full description
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Horrifying account of a shipwreck,
bound together with the travels of Pierre Poivre

VIAUD, Pierre (and Jean Garpard DUBOIS-FONTANELLE). Naufrage et aventures de M. Pierre Viaud; natif de Rochefort, capitaine de navire.
Bordeaux, the Labottiere brothers; Paris, Lejay, 1780.
With: (2) [POIVRE, Pierre]. Voyage d'un philosophe, ou observations sur les moers & les arts des peuples de l'Afrique, de l'Asie et de l'Amerique.
Yverdon, 1768. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary gold-tooled tree calf, richly gold-tooled spine; very subtly rebacked, preserving original backstrip. Full description
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The other way around: North America and Europe
seen through the eyes of a Chilean historian

VICUÑA MACKENNA, Benjamin. Pájinas de mi diario durante tres años de viajes. 1853. - 1854. - 1855. ... California. - Mejiico. - Estados-Unídos. - Canada. - Islas Britanicas. - Francia. - Italia. - Alemania. - Paises-Bajos. - Costas del Brasil. - Provincias del Plata.
Santiago, Imprenta del Ferrocarril, 1856. 4to. Contemporary half green sheepskin, marbled edges. Full description
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History of the Mogul empire, printed in Batavia

[VOC]. Beknopte historie, van het Mogolsche keyzerryk, en de zuydelyke aangrensende ryken.
Batavia, C.C. Renhard, 1758. Folio. With a woodcut device on title-page (VOC ship on a shield, flanked by Poseidon and Amphitrite, topped by an armillary sphere), folding letterpress genealogical table, and 2 large woodcuts (plus 1 repeat) with letterpress text, representing the seals of 3 Mogul rulers (each with 2 concentric circles with 11 or 13 smaller circles in between, with the ruler's name in the centre and his predecessors numbered in the surrounding circles). Modern blue paper wrappers. Full description
€ 2,500
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Famous Dutch voyages of discovery, with 2 maps, 1 plan and 61 plates

[VOC - WIC]. Nederlandsche reizen, tot bevordering van den koophandel, na de meest afgelegene gewesten des aardkloots. ... Met plaaten. Eerste[-veertiende of laatste] deel.
Amsterdam, Peterus Conradi; Harlingen, W. van der Plaats, 1784-1787. 14 volumes bound as 6. 8vo. With 2 engraved folding maps, 1 engraved folding city plan and 61 engraved plates (56 folding) including many topographic views. Uniform half tree calf (ca. 1820?), gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 9,500
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24-volume set of famous voyages and travels, with 23 aquatints and 1 folding map

[VOYAGES]. Magazijn der nieuwste en meest belangrijke reisbeschrijvingen tot nut en vermaak voor alle klassen van lezers, … [part-titles:] Nieuwe reisverhalen. Een tijdschrift, ...
Amsterdam, widow G.A. Diederichs and son (parts 1-12), Diederichs brothers (parts 13-24), 1820-1826. 24 parts intended as 12 volumes, here still in parts (as published). 8vo. With 23 aquatint frontispieces and 1 folding engraved map. Original publisher's green and blue stiff paper wrappers printed letterpress, many lined with the publisher's advertisements. Full description
€ 4,950
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