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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 of the letterpress ones with the same 4 small engravings in the centre (representing the sides of 3 cubic vowel dice and 1 tetrahedronal consonant die) 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. Full description
€ 7,000
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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. Full description
€ 850
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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?). Full description
€ 9,500
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The conjuror unmasked

DECREMPS, Henri. La magie blanche dévoilée, ou explication des tours surprenans qui sont depuis peu l'admiration de la capitale & de la province.
Paris, Liège, Brussels, F.J. Desoer, 1789-1791. 5 volumes. 8vo. With 2 engraved frontispieces, 3 frontispieces with letterpress text and a woodcut, 184 woodcuts (several full-page) in the text and 2 folding tables. 3. Near contemporary green half sheepskin, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 4,500
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Drawing (and writing) by artist with no hands or feet

EVERT, Jacobus Joannes. [Devotional drawing with text]. Geschreven van my, dien die wyse voorzienighyt Godts als een verwonderens waerdigs exempel van der natuer den 7:de meert 1735 zonder handen of voeten ...
[Mechelen, ca. 1770]. (Ca. 50 x 28 cm). Pen drawing with text in Dutch on vellum, signed.
With: (2) [EVERT, Jacobus Joannes]. Met permissie van de regeringe dezer stad, word aan alle heren en dames, en verdere liefhebbers bekend gemaakt, dat alhier is aangekomen. Een wonder man, Monsieur Evert genaamt ...
[Mechelen, ca. 1770]. Broadsheet (22 x 16.5 cm). Full description
€ 6,500
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French conjurer's flip book from 1775,
with 168 hand-coloured engravings

[FLIP BOOK - FRENCH]. Ambigué magique.
[Paris?, Jacques-François Chéreau?, 1775]. Large 16mo (15.5 x 11 cm). A conjuror's magic flip book (or blow book) with tabs in 5 positions, with 1 letterpress page of instructions, 168 full-page engravings (7 series of 4 prints each, each series printed 6 times) and 24 pages deliberately left blank. Contemporary dark green paper wrappers, with an engraved spine label and with a 2-page letterpress calendar for the year 1776 pasted to the inside front and back wrapper. Full description
€ 17,500
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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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