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Including the first printing of game boards and rules for a 10th-century dice game

BALDERIC, Bishop of Noyon and Tournai (ed. George COLVENEER). Chronicon Cameracense et Atrebatense, sive historia utrisque ecclesiae, III libris, ab hinc DC sere annis conscripta. Nunc primum in luce edita, & notis illustrata.
Douai, Jean Bogard, 1615. 8vo. With Bogard's engraved device on the title-page, 1 large folding engraved game board, and 2 large folding letterpress rectangular game boards, each with 4 small engravings in the centre and explanatory text on the backs, the same 4 engravings of dice in the text along with 3 small engravings of seals (plus 4 repeats). 17th-century vellum. [40], “607” [= 623], [1 blank], [16] pp. Full description
€ 7,000
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The first book about the game of (soccer) football, dedicated to the Grand Duchess of Tuscany

[BARDI, Giovanni de']. Discorso sopra'l giuoco del calcio Fiorentino. Del Puro Accademico Alterato. Di nuovo ristampato.
Florence, Cosimo Giunti, 1615. 4to. With the woodcut arms of the dedicateeon the title-page, 1 folding engraved plate, 2 woodcut decorated initials and decorations built up from arabesque typographic ornaments. Early limp sheepskin parchment (possibly taken from another book) with manuscript title on the spine. 48 pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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Telling fortunes with playing cards

[BOHEMILLON, P.B.]. Beknopte handleiding tot de kunst van het kaartleggen, of aanwyzing om door middel van zesendertig speelkaarten iemants horoscoop te trekken. Uit het Fransch vertaald. Tweede druk.
Amsterdam, P.G. and N. Geysbeek, [ca. 1810]. 8vo. With letterpress folding table. Original publisher's printed stiff paper wrappers. 152, [4] pp. Full description
€ 850
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Six rare books of secrets (1540-1686), covering metallurgy, dying, medicine, carving,
paper cutting and the Amsterdam labyrinth

[BOOKS OF SECRETS]. Kunstbüchlin, gerechten gründtlichen gebrauchs aller kunstbaren Werckleut ...
Frankfurt am Main, Christian Egenolph, [ca. 1540]. With a woodcut illustration on title-page.
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(2) Den sack der consten, uyt den Italiaens ende Franssoys in onse Nederlantsche tale overgheset, ...
Antwerpen, Godtgaf Verhulst, 1622. With a woodcut illustration on the title-page and a small woodcut illustration in the text.
(3) CERVIO, Vincenzo. Il trinciante ..., ampliato, et ridotto a perfettione dal cavalier reale Fusoritto da Narni.
Venice, heirs of Giovanni Varisco, (1593). 2 parts. With 4 full-page woodcuts and 2 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.
(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 the 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 the title-page and 4 further illustrations.
6 works in 1 volume. Small 4to (19.5 x 16 cm). Half vellum (ca. 1730). Full description
€ 45,000
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120 prints, nearly all 1601-1725, including at least 4 complete series, most brought together ca. 1745

[CALLOT, Jacques, Carel ALLARD & others]. [Collection of 120 engravings by French, Dutch, Italian and German artists].
Venice, Paris, [Amsterdam], etc., 1601-1725 (album ca. 1745?), with additions [1788] & [ca. 1790]. 8vo, 4to, etc. (19 x 13 cm). 120 engraved prints, namely 44 from 4 complete print series (1 with a title-print), 57 (including 3 title-prints) from 10 or 11 other series and 19 prints apparently not from any series, by Jacques Callot (1 complete series), Odoardo Fialetti, Herman Weyen, Balthasar Moncornet, Henri Bonnart, Carel Allard (3 complete series), P. Landry and others (see contents, below). Mottled sheepskin (ca. 1745?). 95 ll. Full description
€ 9,500
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A playful way of learning the history and culture of several French départements

[CHILDREN'S LOTTO GAME - PUZZLE - FRENCH]. [Lotto game for children using French costumes, coats-of-arms and regional history].
[France, ca. 1870]. 7 games. ca. 17 x 24 cm. 7 stiff paperboard cards for a lotto game, each with a lithographed plate showing regional coats-of-arms above, views of castles, dances or games in regional costume, and large historical scenes, all with a colourful border. All cards finely coloured by hand, each with 9 loose movable parts with numbers and titles printed in the open spaces below. Full description
€ 4,000
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Best edition of a classic on swimming, including military applications, health, life-saving and pearl fishing

COURTIVRON, Ludovic Antoine Franc¸ois Marie LE COMPASSEUR, Vicomte de. Traité complet de natation. Essai sur son application à l'art de la guerre. Troisième édition, augmentée d'un précis historique de la natation chez les peuples anciens, d'un recueil de faits pour servir à l'histoire de cet art chez les modernes, et d'une revue analitique des divers ouvrages publiés sur ce sujet.
Paris, A. Pihan de la Forest, 1836. Large 8vo. With a lithographed frontispiece by C. Motte after Louis Gudin showing the saving of a drowning soldier by the Duke of Chartres in 1791, and 20 full-page lithographed plates by M. Gudin and L. de Benard et Frey, including 2 portraits of De Broglie, Comte de Rével, two series of 6 plates each illustrating a course of swimming for people in general and for the military, the latter including swimming in full uniform, under camouflage, with a horse and with a raft, and also including 2 views of a swimming school, one for men and one for women, and several plates illustrating life-saving in water. Contemporary gold-tooled dark blue paper. XXXVI, 588 pp. Full description
€ 2,250
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Extensive work on conjuring and magic

DECREMPS, Henri. Natuurlyk toverboek, behelzende de verbaazendste geheimen van natuur en konst, opgehelderd met plaaten.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart; Harlingen, Volkert van der Plaats, 1791-1794. 8 parts in 4 volumes. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece by P.H. Jonxis after J. Buys in the first volume, and 12 engraved plates (including 9 folding), each depicting several figures and 1 including 4 lines of engraved music (round-headed notes on a 5-line staff). Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spines. [2], 174 [1], [1 blank]; 104; [2], 159, [1]; 176; [2], 164; 123, [1 blank]; [2], 130; 243, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 4,800
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