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Venice school edition of Aesop with numerous fables by other authors,
the 3rd edition of this collection

AESOP. Fabellae Graece et Latine, cum aliis opusculis, quorum index proxima refertur pagella.
Venice, (colophon: Giovanni Farri and brothers), 1542. Small 8vo (16 x 11 cm). With 1 woodcut decorated initial but further with spaces left for manuscript Greek and Latin initials (with printed guide letters). Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment, with fragments of a vellum manuscript used to reinforce the spine. Full description
€ 2,500
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Aesop edited by Heinsius and illustrated by Van Sichem, in a prize-binding with the Amersfoort arms

AESOP. Fabulae ... Graecè & Latinè, nunc denuo selectae: eae item quas Avienus carmine expressit. Accedit Ranarum & murium pugna, Homero olim asscripta. Cum elegantissimis in utroque libello figuris, & utriusque interpretatione plurimis in locis emendata.
Leiden, Joannes Maire, 1632. 8vo. With 47 woodcut illustrations (5 x 6.5 cm) by Christoffel van Sichem II in the text. Contemporary vellum, each board with a panel stamp (59 x 50 mm) of the Amersfoort coat of arms. Most endpapers later. Full description
€ 3,500
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Rare edition of Landi's Italian translation of Aesop's fables and life

AESOP. (Giulio LANDI, translator). Vita di Esopo Frigio ... Alquale di nuovo sono aggiunti le favole del medesimo Esopo, con molte altre d'alcuni elevati ingegni, ascendentia all somma di 400.
Trevigi, Girolamo Righettini, 1643. 2 parts in 1 volume. 12mo. With 137 small woodcuts in text illustrating the fables, including some repeats. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 1,950
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Sadeler’s renditions of and additions to Marcus Gheeraerts's fable illustrations

AESOP and [Henri-François d'AGUESSEAU]. Les fables d'Esope, gravées par Sadeler, avec un discours préliminaire, & les sens moraux en distiques. Edition toute différente de la premiere.
Paris, Claude-Charles Thiboust, 1743. 4to (25.5 x 20.5 cm). With a frontispiece and 139 half-page fable illustrations in the text (9 x 11 cm), all etched and engraved by Aegidius Sadeler. Contemporary mottled sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 6,500
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Pope Clement XI's copies of three important works concerning the Armenian language

AGOP, Joannes (Yovhannès KONSTANDNOWPOLSECÍ). Puritas Haygica seu grammatica Armenica ...
Rome, Sacrae Congretationis de Propaganda Fide, 1675.
With:
(2) AGOP, Joannes. Grammatica Latina Armenice' explicata: ...
Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1675.
(3) AGOP, Joannes. Puritas lingue Armenicae ...
Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1674. 3 works in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 24,000
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Of lasting value of the history of Arabic literature

AHLWARDT, Wilhelm. Verzeichniss der Arabischen Handschriften der Königlichen Bibliothek zu Berlin.
Berlin, A. W. Schade (I) and A. Asher & Co. (II-X), 1887-1899. 10+1 volumes. 4to. With 12 photographic halftone plates of 62 manuscript specimens in vol. X. Added: separate atlas issue of the 12 plates. Altogether 11 vols. in publisher's light blue printed boards. Full description
€ 8,500
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Satirical poetry by a Medici opponent who fled Florence for France

ALAMANNI, Luigi. Opere toscane.
Venice, heirs of Lucantonio Giunta (colophons: printed by Peter Schoeffer the younger), 1542. 2 volumes bound as 1. 8vo. With 2 title-pages, each with the same woodcut Giunta device, and a full-page woodcut showing a larger version of the same device on the last printed page of vol. 2. Set in an Aldine-style italic. 18th-century gold-tooled mottled calf. Full description
€ 1,750
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The "Doctrinale" with authoritative commentary by Johannes Synthen,
one of two known copies

ALEXANDER DE VILLA DEI and Johannes SYNTHEN. [Doctrinale part 1, with the commentary by Johannes Synthen]: Glosa super prima parte doctrinalis Alexandri. Per Joannem Synthen Daventriae extremo labore collecta.
Deventer, Jacobus de Breda, [between 5 April and 21 May 1490]. 4to. With only 2 initials executed: first chapter: a red R with red pen work and a red V at the beginning of Chapter 5 (damaged). Lacking 4 leaves. Binding lost except front cover: a vellum leaf from an early 15th-century rhetorical manuscript, rubricated in red. Full description
€ 6,500
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Extremely rare satirical print series lampooning Louis XIV with the total eclipse of the Sun King
showing 1 major and at least 3 minor variants not recorded in the literature

[ALLARD, Carel]. Koninglyke almanach: beginnende met den aanvang der oorlog, van anno 1701 .... Waer in duydelijk de loop der zon der ongeregtigheid, met zyn eclipsen, of de regtvaardige straf des heemels, door XVIII zinnbeelden in koopere plaaten vertoond word; ... | Almanach royal. Commencant[!] avec la guere de l'an 1701 jusques .... ou est exactement observé le cours du soleil d'injustice; avec ses eclips; ou la juste punition du ciel. Demonstré dans XVIII emblemes. ...
“Paris” [= Amsterdam], “imprimé â l’imprimerie royale du Petit Louis” [= Carel Allard, 1706?]. Small folio (32 x 21 cm). Engraved print series with an engraved title-page and 24 engraved prints (9 single-page and 15 double-page; 18 bound in and 6 loosely inserted), the double-page prints with extensive letterpress text flanking and/or below the engraving. Contemporary marbled-paper wrappers. Full description
€ 8,750
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Combining work of the two greatest figures of Frisian literature

ALTHUYSEN, Jan and Gysbert JAPIX (JAPIKS, JAPICX). Friesche rymlery, yn twaa dielen bystaende, wier fin it eerste bystiet yn forjyerings rymmen, brullofts rymmen, forstaerrings rymmen, in mingel rymmen; it oorde diel bystiet uwt dy 150 Psalmen fin David mey dy oore lôfzangen.
Leeuwarden, Wyger Wygers, 1755. 2 parts (with continuing pagination) in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,250
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The famous Mu'allaqat of Antarah

ANTARAH IBN SHADDAD. Antarae poëma arabicum Moallakah cum integris Zouzenii scholiis. E codice manuscripto edidit, in latinum sermonem transulit, et lectiones varietatem addidit Vincentius Elias Menil. Observations ad totum poëma subjunxit Joannes Willmet.
Leiden, Samuel and Johannes Luchtmans, 1816. 4to. With text in Arabic and roman types. Contemporary boards, covered with grey paste-paper. Full description
€ 4,500
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First 4to edition of 70 engraved biblical scenes with explanatory poems by Arias Montanus,
from the library of Robert de Ligne (1564-1614)

ARIAS MONTANO (MONTANUS), Benito (Benedictus). Humanae salutis monumenta.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, “1571” [= 1582/83]. 4to (22 x 14.5 cm). With an engraved, illustrated title-page bearing the initials of the engraver Pieter Huys and the date 1571, an unsigned circular portrait of Jesus in profile and 70 full-page engravings (16.5 x 11.5 cm) by several artists. 17th-century gold-tooled black goatskin, the front board with a centrepiece comprising coat-of-arms (with a name below it) in an oval (the arms and name mutilated, but probably Robert de Ligne or an heir), gilt edges, later endpapers. Full description
€ 19,500
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Pseudo-Aristotelian text together with two Greek poems, edited by Bonaventura Vulcanius

ARISTOTLE (Pseudo), Gregorius CYPRIUS, Paulus SILENTARIUS. De mundo, Graece: cum duplici interpretatione Latinâ. Priore quidem L. Apulei; alterâ verò Guilielmi Budaei. Cum scholiis & castigationibus Bonaventurae Vulcanii tam in Aristotelem, quàm in utrunque eius interpretem. Accessit seorsim Gregorii Cyprii, encomium maris, Gracè, nunquam antea excusum. Et Pauli Silentiarii Iambica.
Leiden, Officina Plantiniana/Franciscus Raphelengius, 1591. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,800
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Important illustrated study of emblems,
with a lengthy treatment of women's emblems

BARGAGLI, Scipione. Dell' imprese die Scipion Bargagli … Alla prima parte, la seconda, e la terza nucoamente aggiunte.
Venice, Francesco de Franceschi, 1594. Small 4to (20.5 x 15 cm). With oval engraved device on title-page, full-page engraved portrait of Rudolf II, full-page engraved dedicatory emblem, and 138 engraved oval emblems in text. 19th-century half sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 3,500
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Humanist dialogues on Dante, music and other topics

BARTOLI, Cosimo. Ragionamenti accademici ..., sopra alcuni luoghi difficili di Dante. Con alcune inventioni & significati, & la tavola di piu cose notabili.
Venice, Francesco de Franceschi, 1567. 4to. With Franceschi's finely executed woodcut device on the title-page, repeated on the last, otherwise blank page, a fine woodcut portrait of the author in a decorative cartouche, a woodcut headpiece (plus 4 repeats) another woodcut decoration, and 5 woodcut decorated initials (2 series, the larger 43 mm with finely executed background scenes) plus 2 repeats. Contemporary limp parchment. Full description
€ 2,000
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73 proof impressions of all 12 illustrations

BAYARD, Émile. [Proof impressions of illustrations for Alphonse Daudet's Fromont jeune et Risler aîné].
[Paris, 1885]. Folio (35 x 29 cm). Proofs of 12 engraved plates in many different states, giving 73 prints in total, engraved by Jules Massard and Eugène Abot after Emilé Bayard (image size 10.7 x 7.3 cm; plate size 19 x 14 cm). Contemporary half goatskin morocco. Full description
€ 4,750
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The pedagogical essentials of the Renaissance collected,
together with Greek epistles

[BECH, Philipp, ed.]. De disciplina puerorum, recteque formandis eorum & studiis & moribus, ...
Basel, Joannes Oporinus (colophon: Bern, Samuel Apiarius, March 1556).
With: (2) [MOREL, Guillaume, ed.]. Graecorum veterum selectae brevesque epistolae.
Paris, Guillaume Morel, King's printer for Greek, 1562. With a remarkable woodcut device on the title-page. With the Greek text set in Claude Garamont's famous Grec du Roi and the Latin translation set in his Aldine-style italic. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo (15 x 10 x 4.5 cm). Richly gold-tooled tanned sheepskin (ca. 1700), gilt edges. Full description
€ 12,500
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Dutch translation of "Uncle Tom's cabin"

BEECHER STOWE, Harriet. De negerhut. (Uncle Tom's cabin.) Een verhaal uit het slavenleven in Noord-Amerika.
Haarlem, A.C. Kruseman, 1853. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a tinted lithographed title-page in each volume and a tinted lithographed author's portrait as frontispiece in the first volume. Contemporary half sheepskin. Full description
€ 1,250
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Introduction to Hindi, with an alphabet: the first book printed in any north Indian type

BELIGATTI, Cassianus and Giovani Cristoforo AMADUZZI. Alphabetum Brammhanicum seu Indostanum Universitatis Kasí.
Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1771. 8vo. With the Propaganda Fide's woodcut Christ and Apostles device on the title-page. Set in roman, italic and Devanagari types with a few words in Greek. Half sprinkled calf (ca. 1800?). Full description
€ 1,800
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Satirical story of drunkenness, whoring and gambling,
possibly aimed at the three Princes of Orange:
second known copy of the second edition

[BEROALDO, Filippo]. Het stichtigh ende vermakelijck proces van drie ghebroeders, edel-lieden. Den eenen zijnde een dronkaert. [Den] tweden een hoer-eerder. [Den] derden een speelder. Dat wie bevonden sal worden vande drie ghebreken het kleenste begaen te hebben, het meeste erven sal van zijn vaders nae ghelatene goederen, volghens het testament daer af sijnde ghevonden, wesende onder sekere oude papieren, van M. P. v. O.
Including: RULANT, H. Satyra ofte lofsang van droncken drincken.
[Amsterdam?, Jacob Aertsz. Colom?], 1635. Small 8vo (14.5×9 cm). Half calf (ca. 1830s), with the binder's stamp on an endleaf (F. DUQUESNE À GAND). Full description
€ 4,500
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The erotic nature of Original Sin

[BEVERLAND, Adrianus van]. Peccatum originale ... sic nuncupatum, philologice ... elucubratum à Themidis alumno. Vera redit facies, dissimulata perit.
“Eleutheropoli” [= Leiden?], “extra plateam obscuram, sine privilegio auctoris, absque ubi & quando.” (colophon: “In horto Hesperidem, typis Adami et Evae terrae filii”, 1678). 8vo. Contemporary sheepskin parchment, with a gold-tooled frame of double fillets on each board. Full description
€ 1,800
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Attractively illustrated and popular medical work

BEVERWIJCK, Johan van and Jacob CATS. Wercken der genees-konste.
Amsterdam, (widow of) Jan Jacobsz. Schipper, 1672. 3 volumes bound as 1. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, 28 engravings in volume one, 29 engravings in volume two (including one on the title-page) and 20 engravings (including one on the title-page) plus 1 woodcut in volume three. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,250
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Urdu Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, printed at Calcutta in Arabic type

[BIBLE - GOSPELS & ACTS - URDU]. The four gospels and the Acts, in Hindustání. Translated from the Greek. by the Calcutta Baptist missionaries.
Calcutta (Kolkata), The Bible Translation Society, American and Foreign Bible Society, 1849. 12mo. With the title in Hindustani (Urdu) and English, and the text in Urdu only. Contemporary textured  cloth. Full description
€ 1,250
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Emblem book engraved by some of the best Antwerp artists of its time

BIVERUS, Pierre. Sacrum oratorium piarum imaginum immaculatae Mariae et animae creatae, ac baptismo, poenitentia, et eucharistia innovatae: ars nova bene vivendi et moriendi.
Antwerp, Officina Plantiniana/Balthasar Moretus, 1634. 4to. With engraved title-page, 42 engraved plates by Charles de Mallery after Adam van Noort and Adriaan Collaert, 2 engravings in text, and 15 heart-shaped engraved emblems in text by Theodoor Galle. 19th-century gold-tooled brown morocco, gilt edges; bound by Émile Bosquet. Full description
€ 3,500
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Boccaccio’s first important work, prepared by the editor of the first variorum Decameron

BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. Il Filocopo … Di nuovo riveduto, corretto, & alla sua vera lettione ridotto da M. Francesco Sansovino. ...
Venice, [device of Domenico Giglio] (colophon: Francesco Rampazetto, 1554). Small 8vo (15 x 11 cm). With Giglio's woodcut device on the title-page, 6 woodcut decorated initials (3 series) plus 2 repeats. Set in Aldine-style italic types (with upright capitals) with incidental roman. Contemporary limp vellum. Full description
€ 2,250
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Salviati’s great Counter-Reformation redaction of Boccaccio’s Decameron,
with the first illustrations made for his text

BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. Il Decameron ... di nuovo ristampato, e riscontrato in Firenze con testi antichi, & alla sua vera lettione ridotto. dal cavalier Lionardo Salviati ... Et ... adornato di bellissime figure ...
Venice, Alessandro Vecchi, 1602. 4to. With Vecchi's on the title-page, a woodcut oval portrait of Boccaccio and 110 woodcut illustrations (mostly about 6.5 x 10 cm). Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 1,950
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29 emblems in praise of the new Stadholder of the Southern Netherlands

[BORCHT, Petrus and Johannes Carolus vander]. Applausus virico Philippo Laurentio de Daun principi Thianensi aurei velleris equiti Belgii gubernatori ac languentis patriae restauratori.
Brussels, Eugenius Henricus Fricx, 1725. 4to. With engraved double-page armorial title-page, 29 engraved circular emblems. 19th-century stiff paste paper wrappers. Full description
€ 5,500
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A Flemish didactic satire, illustrated by Antoine van der Does

BORCHT, Willem van der (Guilielmus a CASTRO). Spieghel der eyghen-kennisse, ... in-gheknoopt Het conterfeytsel des wereldts, ...
Brussels, Lambert de Grieck, 1643. 4to. With engraved title-page, engraved portrait of the author (after P. de Backer), both by Antoine van der Does ("AVD"), and 3 nearly full-page engraved illustrations in the text, probably by Van der Does. 18th-century vellum. Full description
€ 2,750
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“one of the most beautiful illustrated books of sixteenth-century France”
with 178 fine woodcut illustrations by Bernard Salomon and his spectacular decorative borders

BORLUYT, Willem (Guillaume BORLUUT) after OVIDIUS. Excellente figueren ghesneden uuyten uppersten poëte Ovidius uuyt vyfthien boucken der veranderinghe[n] met huerlier bedietsele. ...
Lyon, Jean I de Tournes, 1557 (note to the reader 3 September). 8vo. With 178 fine woodcut illustrations (4.2 x 5.5 cm), each with a letterpress title above, an 8-line verse below and the whole in any of 26 fine woodcut decorated borders (13 x 8 cm, also used for the title-page and closing page, making 180 in total) with a wide variety of arabesques, grotesque animals and figures, scenes from classical mythology, etc.. The woodcut illustrations, borders, initial and decorations are attributed to Bernard Salomon. 17th-century limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 4,500
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Elzevier edition of fashionable conversations, by a famous French Jesuit

[BOUHOURS, Dominique]. Les entretiens d'Ariste et d'Eugene. Dernière edition. ... Sur la copie imprimée à Paris.
Amsterdam, "Jaques le Jeune" [= Daniel Elzevier], 1671. 12mo. With an engraved frontispiece, woodcut publisher's device (armillary sphere) on title-page and 2 woodcut decorated initials. Polished gold-tooled red goatskin morocco (ca. 1840?), each board in a panel design. A pencil note on an endleaf attributes the binding to "Muller" on grounds unknown to us, but he was active from 1834, which accords well with the date of the present binding. Full description
€ 900
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The Ship of Fooles in the most famous edition of the best English translation,
together with the Latin translation and the woodcut illustrations cut for the 1509 edition

BRANT, Sebastian. Stultifera navis. | The ship of fooles.
Including:
MANCINI, Domenico (Dominicus MANCINUS). The mirrour of good maners.
PIUS II, Pope (Eneas SILVIO). Certayne egloges ... whereof the first three conteyne the miseryes of courtiers and courtes of all princes in general, ...
(Colophon: London, John Cawood), 1570. Small folio (27 x 19.5 cm). With a large woodcut on the title-page showing four ships filled with fools (15.5 x 10 cm), and 116 woodcuts in the text (mostly ca. 11 x 8 cm) including 11(?) repeats. Gold-tooled brown calf (ca. 1855?), each board with a large built-up centrepiece and a built-up frame, gold-tooled turn-ins. Rebacked preserving the original backstrip. Full description
€ 45,000
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Rare first edition of the leading Dutch translation of the Ship of fools

BRANT, Sebastiaen. Navis stultorum: oft, Der sotten schip.
Antwerp, Jan II van Ghelen, 1584. Small 4to. With a woodcut of the Ship of Fools on the title-page, woodcut Dutch title-panel, Van Ghelen's large woodcut greyhounds and goat device on the last page, 118 full-page and 2 smaller woodcut illustrations in text, each page (after the title and its verso) in a border built up from arabesque cast fleurons. 18th-century sprinkled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges, mottled edges. Full description
€ 18,000
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A catechism in French and Carib

BRETON, Raymond. Petit catechisme ou sommaire des trois premieres parties de la doctrine chrestienne. Traduit du françois, en la langue des Caraibes Insulaires.
Auxerre, Gilles Bouquet, 1664. 8vo. With a small woodcut on the title-page showing the Virgin and a woodcut of the Crucifixion on p. 16. Modern half maroon morocco, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 19,500
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Witty and erudite anecdotes,
its author compared to Montaigne and Bacon

BRUNE, Johan de, the younger. Iok en ernst: dat is; Allerlei deftige hofredenen, quinkslagen, boerteryen, raadsels, spreuken, vragen, antwoorden, gelikenissen; en al wat dien gelijkvormigh met de naam van apophtegmata verstaan wordt. … 't Eerste deel [all published].
Amsterdam, Jacob Lescaille, 1644. 4to. With engraved vignette on title-page. Contemporary vellum, traces of ties. Full description
€ 850
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782 Arabic proverbs collected before 1817, with explanatory notes

BURCKHARDT, Johann Ludwig. Arabic proverbs, or the manners and customs of the modern Egyptians, illustrated from their proverbial sayings current at Cairo, translated and explained ...
London, John Murray (colophon: printed by C. Roworth), 1830. Large 4to (28 x 22 cm). With a large folding engraved map of the Sinai, the Holy Land and parts of Egypt and Syria, showing Burckhardt's travels, and a few small woodcut illustrations in the text. Set in roman and italic type with the proverbs also in the original Arabic. Mid-19th-century half tan calf, spine with gold-tooled bands. Full description
€ 8,000
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Dutch revision of the first Russian emblem book

BURG, Hermanus van den. Verzámeling van uitgekórene zin-spreuken, en zinnebeeldige print-vercieringen, eertyds, op bevel van den aller doorlugtigsten Keizer der Russen, Peter Alexis, of the Gróte, getékent en gesnéden ...
Haarlem, Johannes Marshoorn, 1743. 4to. With engraved frontispiece by J. Mulder and 840 numbered circular emblems on 140 full-page engravings in text, the facing pages to the left with captions in Dutch, short proverbial phrases in Latin, French and German, and two-line verses in Dutch by Van den Burg. 19th-century half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 4,500
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An illustrated edition of Burton's Arabian Nights

[ARABIAN NIGHTS]. BURTON, Richard Francis. A plain and literal translation of the Arabian Nights' entertainments, now entituled the book of the Thousand Nights and a Night.
Including: Supplemental nights.
[London?], Richard Burton Club, [ca. 1910]. 17 volumes. Royal 8vo (24 x 16 cm). With numerous illustrations (including the series by Albert Letchford), each repeated on laid paper (the 17 frontispieces repeated in colour). Contemporary half green morocco, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 10,000
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8 Italian sonnets praising Napoléon Bonaparte
printed on vellum by Pierre Didot and finely bound in long-grained, gold-tooled morocco
for presentation to Napoléon

BUTTURA, Antonio. Sonetti a Bonaparte.
Paris, Pierre Didot l’aîné, An VIII [after Floréal, so 1800]. 8vo. Finely printed on vellum. Contemporary long-grained and gold-tooled red goatskin morocco, each board with a frame made from a decorated roll with palm leaves between 2 fine-line fillets, the smooth spine with the title in the 2nd of 6 fields, an acorn with leaves in each of the others, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, light green watered silk endleaves. Full description
€ 35,000
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Very rare series of 32 erotic prints
of the notorious case of father Girard and Mlle Cadière

[CADIÈRE, Catherine and Jean-Baptiste GIRARD]. Historische print- en dicht-tafereelen, van Jan Baptist Girard, en juffrou Maria Catharina Cadiere.
[The Netherlands?], 1735. Small 4to (24 x 18.5 cm). With 32 "scenes", each consisting of an engraved plate with a letterpress poem on the facing page. Gold-tooled red half goatskin morocco (2nd half of the 19th century), richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 6,500
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Rare Italian translation of an originally Spanish chivalric novel

[CAMILLI, Camillo (translator)]. Historia del nobile, et valoroso Cavalier. Felice Magno, figliuolo del Re Falangrè della Gran Brettagna, & della Reina Clarinta, nella quale si raccontano i suoi grandi, & maravigliosi fatti tradotta con somma diligenza di Spagnuolo in lingua Italiana.
Verona, Sebastiano dalle Donne for Francesco de Franceschi Senese, 1587. 8vo. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 7,500
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Spanish translation of Campe's Robinson der Jüngere

CAMPE, Joachim Heinrich. El nuevo Robinson. Historia moral reducida a dialogos para instruccion y entretenimiento de ninos y jovenes de ambos sexos. Traducaida al Castellano con varias correcciones por D. Tomas de Iriarte.
Paris, Garnier Hermanos, 1858. 8vo. With wood-engraved frontispiece, 13 full-page wood-engraved plates. Original richly blind-stamped and coloured cloth, gilt edges. Full description
€ 350
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Series of 118 love emblems, engraved 1626-1631

CAPUCIN, Père. Les emblèmes d'amour divin et humain ensemble. Expliquez par des vers François. Par un pere Capucin.
Paris, "Pierre Mariette", [ca. 1745 (engraved ca. 1626-1631)]. 8vo. With engraved title-page and 118 numbered full-page engraved emblems. Contemporary gold-tooled mottled calf, gilt edges. Full description
€ 4,500
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Attractive Bodoni first edition of Italian poetry

CASSOLI, Francesco. Versi.
Parma, Giambattista Bodoni, 1802. 8vo. Mid-19th-century gold-tooled red morocco, both sides with a gilt border consisting of double fillets, circles and asterisks and a dotted line, and the cypher monogram of Alexine Boucaumont de Montfaud (AM under a laurel wreath with 10 stars in centre), gilt edges. Full description
€ 3,500
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First edition of Jacob Cats's complete works,
in richly gold-tooled morocco by the star bindery, The Hague

CATS, Jacob. Alle de wercken, so ouden als nieuwe.
Amsterdam, Jan Jacobsz. Schipper, 1655. Folio. With an engraved frontispiece incorporating a portrait of the author, a full-page engraved portrait of the author, 2 double-page engraved plates, hundreds of engravings in text (including 1 full-page and 1 integral double-page) by J. Swelinck, W.H. Hondius, C. van Dalen and others. Gold-tooled grey-black morocco (ca. 1758), richly gold-tooled spine, boards and board edges, gilt edges; by the so-called "star bindery" in The Hague. Full description
€ 4,850
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The complete works of Jacob Cats,
with engravings after Van de Venne and Goeree

CATS, Jacob. Alle de wercken. De laatste druck; waar in het twee-en-tachtig jaarig leven des dichters beneffens desselfs Slaapeloose nachten, met printverbeeldingen sijn verrijckt.
Amsterdam, Johannes Ratelband, widow of Joannes van Heekeren, Herman Uytwerf and Isaak van der Putte; The Hague, Pieter van Thol and Pieter Husson, 1726. 2 volumes bound as 1. Folio. The first part with an engraved frontispiece, title-page printed in red and black with an engraved vignette, an engraved author's portrait and 278 engravings in text. The second part with a title-page printed in red and black with an engraved vignette, an engraved author's portrait, an engraved portrait of Anna Maria van Schurman, 3 double-page engraved plates and 149 engravings in text. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 750
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Classic erotic poems, with the first edition of the commentaries by a renowned homosexual scholar

CATULLUS, Gaius Valerius and Marc-Antoine MURET. [Carmina]. Catullus, et in eum commentarius M. Antonii Mureti.
Venice, Paulus Manutius, 1554. 8vo. With Aldus's woodcut device on the title-page, repeated on the verso of the otherwise blank final leaf, and spaces with guide letters left for 2 5-line and about 60 3-line manuscript initials (not filled in). Set in an Aldine italic (with upright capitals) with occasional words (mostly names) in roman and frequent passages in Greek. Gold-tooled mottled calf (ca. 1700). Full description
€ 3,500
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Oval portrait painting of Voltaire

CERF, J. de. [Oval miniature portrait painting of Voltaire].
[France?], "1687" [= ca. 1735?]. Oval portrait painting (11 x 9 cm) in grisaille on copper, with a note on the back "J. de Cerf A[nn]o 1687". Mounted in a gilt rectangular wooden frame (34.5 x 28 cm). Full description
€ 9,500
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A history of painting in Italian verse

CHIUSOLE di Roveredo, Adamo. Dell'arte pittorica libri VIII. Coll'aggiunta di componimenti diversi.
Venice, Caroboli & Pompeati Comp., 1768. 8vo (20 x 14 cm). With engraved portait of Cicero on the title-page and several interesting engraved head- and tailpieces (some signed "AF"), including scenes related to the subject of painting. In its first binding, though possibly a few decades after publication: stiff paper wrappers. Full description
€ 3,500
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Chorier's famous erotic dialogues in a rare edition

[CHORIER, Nicolas] (presented as Aloisia SIGEA translated by Johannes MEURSIUS). Elegantiae Latini sermonis. [On the part-title for part 2, under "Aloisae Sigeae":] Satyrae sotadicae, de arcanis amoris et veneris, ...
[The Netherlands? ca. 1750?]. 12mo. With a title-page that looks more like a half-title and gives the impression that the book is a collection of sermons by Meursius, and a part-title for part 2 that gives the author's female pseudonym and the true title. Boards (ca. 1900), covered with paste-paper. Untrimmed. Full description
€ 1,500
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Lavishly & finely engraved and pierced silver binding (ca. 1700?) on a 1759 Cicero manuscript

CICERO, Marcus Tullius. Consolatio liber, quo se ipsum de filiae morte consolatus est.
[copy imprint:] Paris, Nicolas Chesneau, 1583 ([Netherlands?], manuscript dated 1759 at end, binding probably ca.1700). Small 16mo (8.5 x 5.5 x 4 cm). The binding contains a Latin manuscript in dark brown ink on paper, written in a Latin hand. A very richly engraved and pierced silver binding (ca. 1700?), each board with 4 putti, 4 squirrels and about 30 very detailed flowers, all surrounding an oval cartouche, that on the front with an unidentified (imaginary?) coat of arms, that on the back left blank; the spine with 2 putti and about 22 very detailed flowers. The arms show: below, a square-rigged 3-masted ship in full sail (possibly alluding to the VOC or the Amsterdam city seal) and above, a hooded jacket, the whole with a king's helmet crested with a bare-chested man issuing. Two clasps with engraved flower decorations are hinged to the front plate and catch on the back plate. The bookblock is loosely inserted in the silver binding. Full description
€ 25,000
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Cicero’s rhetorical works, one of Paulus Manutius’s first publications, based on his father’s 1514 edition

CICERO, Marcus Tullius. In hoc volumine haec continentur. Rhetoricorum ad C. Herennium libri IIII. M. T. Ciceronis De inventione libri II. De oratore ad Quintum fratrem libri III. De claris oratoribus, qui dicitur Brutus liber I. Eiusdem Orator ad Brutum lib I. Eiusdem Topica ad Trebatium lib I. Eiusdem Oratoriae partitiones lib I. Eiusdem De optimo genere oratorum praefatio quaedam. Index rerum notabilium, quae toto opere continentur, per ordinem alphabeti. Varietas lectionum, qua ex diversorum exemplarium collatione collegimus.
(Colophon: Venice, heirs of Aldus Manutius and of his father-in-law Andrea Torresano d’Asola, March, 1533). Narrow 4to (22 x 14.5 cm). With Aldus's woodcut anchor and dolphin device on the title-page, repeated on the otherwise blank final page. Set in an Aldine italic (with upright capitals) throughout. 18th-century sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 1,750
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Famous letters on Islam and Arabic by an outstanding humanist, with many quotations in Arabic

CLENARDUS (CLEYNAERT), Nicolaus. Peregrinationum, ac de rebus machometicis epistolae elegantissimae.
Louvain, Hieronymus Welleus (colophon: printed by Reinerus Velpius), 1561. 8vo. With woodcut printer's device on the title-page and last leaf, woodcut initials, with many quotations in Arabic in woodcut, and incidental use of Greek. Modern sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 4,500
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1500-page Turkish dictionary
that helped make Leipzig Europe’s leading centre of oriental studies

CLODIUS, Johann Christian. Compendiosum lexicon Latino-Turcico-Germanicum … accessit triplex index, ac Grammatica Turcica, ...
Leipzig, Wolfgang Deer (printed by Andreas Zeidler), 1730. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece showing 6 turbaned figures in the interior of an Ottoman library. Set in roman, italic, Arabic and fraktur types with incidental Greek and Hebrew. Modern half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,500
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Very rare first edition of a Latin and Dutch adaptation
of a revolutionary method for learning Latin

COMENIUS, Johannes Amos. Vestibulum novissimum lingua Latina rerum & linguae cardines exhibens; sed nunc ab Henrico Schoof Belgicè redditum, . . . Dat is, . . . Jongste portael van de Latijnsche tale vertonende de gronden der dinghen ende spraeck; maer nu van H.S. in 't Nederduytsch vertaelt, . . .
Amsterdam, Zacharias Webber [printed by Tymon Houthaeck?], 1651. 12mo. With the Latin on the versos and the Dutch translations on the facing rectos. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 7,500
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Naval poems and songs from the Franco-Dutch War

COOPMAN, Ocke Jeyes. Zee-clio, of gedichten in 's lants vloot gemaeckt in de jaren 1672, en 1673.
Amsterdam, Carel Allard, [ca. 1673]. 4to. With the woodcut device of the Amsterdam admiralty on title-page (Dutch garden guarded by a lion holding two anchors), 3 woodcut decorated initials (1 series). Modern half calf, marbled sides. Full description
€ 1,500
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Richly illustrated dance of death

[DANCE OF DEATH]. La grande danse macabre des hommes et des femmes, historiée & renouvellée de vieux Gaulois, en langage le plus poli de notre temps. Avec: le débat du corps & de l'ame. La complainte de l'ame damnée. L'exhortation de bien vivre & de bien mourir. La vie du mauvais Antechrist. Les quinze signes du jugement.
Troyes, Jean-Antoine Garnier, [1728]. 4to. With 60 woodcuts in text, including 3 repeats, most of them half-page. 19th-century half cloth. Full description
€ 5,000
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Dante’s metaphorical banquet in prose that inspired his Divine comedy

DANTE ALIGHIERI. L'amoroso convivio ..., con la additione, et molti suoi notandi, accuratamente revisto et emendato.
(Colophon: Venice, Melchiorre I Sessa, 1531). Small 8vo (15 x 10 cm). With the title in a woodcut border with 6 putti (without wings) and 8 fantastic beasts, Sessa's woodcut device (cat with a mouse in its mouth) on the otherwise blank final page; 1 woodcut decorated initial (as S designed with a gap in the central stroke to accommodate the profile of a man, possibly intended as Dante). Set in an Aldine-style italic (with upright capitals). 19th-century sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 3,250
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First edition of a history of the Ottoman Empire and Egypt
with a collection of Turkish and Egyptian tales

DIGEON, J.M. Nouveau contes Turcs et Arabes. Précédés d'un abrégé chronologique de l'histoire de la maison Ottomane & du gouvernement de l'Egypte, & suivis de plusieurs morceaux de poésie & de prose, traduits de l'Arabe & du Turc.
Paris, Dupuis, 1781. 2 volumes. 12mo. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spines, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins. Full description
€ 2,750
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Two religious emblem books: A mixture of humor,
intelligence, and protestant severity

DILHERR, Johann Michael. Heilig-Epistolischer Bericht, Licht, Geleit und Freud. Das ist: Emblematische Fürstellung, der heiligen sonn- und festtäglichen Episteln.
Nuremberg, Johann Andreas Endter and the heirs of Wolffgang der Jüngere, 1663. With engraved frontispiece and 85 large engraved emblems by M. Küsell after G. Strauch.
With: (2) DILHERR, Johann Michael. Augen- und Hertzens-Lust. Das ist Emblematische Fürstellung der Sonn- und Festtäglichen Evangelien.
Nuremberg, Johann Andreas Endter and the heirs of Wolffgang der Jüngere, 1661. With engraved frontispiece and 91 large engraved emblems by M. Küsell after G. Strauch. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. Contemporary calf with the coat of arms of the Nuremberg patrician family Holzschuher Von und Zu Haszlach in gold in the centre on both sides, gold-tooled spine, gilt edges. Full description
€ 11,500
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40 years of correspondence between two leading orientalists in Russia, often concerning Georgian matters

DORN, Bernard. [21 autograph letters, signed, to Marie-Félicité Brosset].
Saint Petersburg, ca. 1840-1879. 8vo (letters, mostly 21 x 13.5 cm) and folio (list of publications). Letters in French with an occasional (Persian?) word in Arabic script, written in black ink on paper, some with the address on the outside and one with Dorn's (Persian?) red wax seal in Arabic script.
With: (2) [Manuscript chronological numbered list of 34 publications by Dorn, 1843-1865].
[Saint Petersburg, ca. 1865]. Full description
€ 7,500
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Epic poem on the discoveries of Christopher Columbus by a French female writer

DUBOCCAGE, Marie Anne. La Colombiade, ou la foi portée au Nouveau Monde. Poëme.
Paris, Desaint and Saillant, 1756. 8vo. With full-page engraved portrait, 10 numbered engraved plates, engraved vignette and head- and tailpieces. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine, front board with gold-tooled initials ''M.G.'' (= M. Gaillard) and date 1757. Full description
€ 1,500
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One of the earliest and best collections of poetry by a leading Flemish poet,
printed entirely on vellum and finely bound (rare early dated binding by Hippolyte Duru, 1847)

DUYSE, Prudens van. Godfried, of de godsdienst op 't veld, in vyf zangen.
Ghent, C. Annoot-Braeckman, 1842. 8vo. Printed entirely on vellum. Near-contemporary (1847) red morocco by Hippolyte Duru ("DURU 1847") blind-tooled double fillets on the boards and spine, black morocco doublures with a richly gold-tooled frame, gold-tooled turn-ins, gold fillets on board edges, gilt edges. Full description
€ 5,950
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Flying across the English Channel powered by a “patent steam kettle”
a tour of Flanders and Waterloo with 28 aquatint plates (24 hand-coloured)

EGERTON, Michael. Here and there over the water: being cullings in a trip to the Netherlands.
London, George Hunt (printed by J. Davy), 1825. 4to. With aquatint illustration plates (27 plus frontispiece) after the author's drawings (24 engraved by George Hunt and coloured by a contemporary hand; 4 of inscriptions in black and white engraved by W. Bartlett), with tissue guard leaves. Early 20th-century gold-tooled red goatskin morocco by George Bayntun (the Bayntun bindery continues to flourish today as one of the finest in England). Full description
€ 5,750
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14 plates from 4 early 18th-century series, containing 160 small emblems and 24 monograms,
printed from the copper plates of the first editions

[EMBLEMATA & MONOGRAMS]. [Collection of emblematic and monogram plates from 4 series].
Nürnberg, Johann Christoph Weigel, [ca. 1726 (engraved ca. 1700 - ca. 1726)]. 16 x 11 cm. With 14 engraved plates (plate size 13 x 19 cm) bound as double-page plates. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,950
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Erasmus on the Latin language: two foundationalworks in a very attractive contemporary binding

ERASMUS, Desiderius. De duplici copia verborum ac rerum commentarii duo.
(Colophon: Mainz, Johannes Schoeffer, August 1521). With title in woodcut architectural border; 6 large, beautiful woodcut initials. With 1 initial coloured by hand.
With: (2) ERASMUS, Desiderius. Parabolae sive similia.
(Colophon: Basle, Johannes Froben, July 1521). With title in an elaborate woodcut border, first page of the dedicatory letter by Erasmus to Petrus Aegidius on back of title-page with a border made of woodcut strips, Froben's large woodcut device on the last page, and 2 decorative woodcut initials. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. German contemporary richly blind-tooled calf, in a panel design. The central panel on each board is filled with dozens of impressions of 3 floral stamps, 1 on the front board and 2 on the back. Full description
€ 12,000
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One of the earliest editions of Erasmus’s entertaining & extremely popular collection
of more than 2000 aphorisms and anecdotes,
in richly blind-tooled 16th-century calf

ERASMUS, Desiderius. Apophthegmatum libri octo cum primis frugiferi, denuò vigilanter ab ipos recogniti autore, non sine lucro novae accessionis.
Cologne, Johann Gymnich I, 1538. 8vo (16 x 11 x 4.5 cm). With Gymnich's woodcut device, 9 woodcut initials (2 series) plus 1 repeat, and a vine-leaf ornament. Set in an Aldine-style italic with incidental roman and Greek. Near contemporary blind-tooled calf (the owner's stamp ca. 1564?, added later than the rest of the tooling) over wooden boards, each board in a panel design, the front board with the large oval armorial panel-stamp (72 x 55 mm) of Simon Cluver of Gedansk (ca. 1540-1598); the back board with 2 rolls showing Christian imagery. With 1 of 2 brass catchplates but further with only remnants of the fastenings. Full description
€ 3,950
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Confessions of a libertine: an extremely rare Dutch erotic novel, with 4 engraved plates

[EROTICA]. De belydenis van een lichtmis. Bevattende een aantal voorvallen in de galante wereld zo in Nederland als elders; wonderlyke ontmoetingen met vrouwen van allerlei soort; veele potsen meest voorgevallen in de nacht, en achter de gordynen; zeldzaame karakters van beiderlei sexe, enz. enz. enz. Alles beschreeven ten vermaake van de kinderen dezer wereld door den belyder zelve.
[The Netherlands, ca. 1770]. 8vo. With 4 engraved plates. Contemporary red half roan, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 6,500
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Epic poem celebrating the history of navigation,
from the library of Tsar Alexander I

ESMÉNARD, Joseph-Alphonse. La navigation, poëme.
Paris, Giguet and Michaud, 1806. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece and an engraved plate showing the wreck of La Perouse. Contemporary richly gold-tooled red morocco, with the arms of Tsar Alexander I on the front and back boards, including his imperial monogram, gold-tooled spine, boards edges and turn-ins, gilt edges. Full description
€ 4,500
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Rare collection of 17 popular farcical texts

[FACETIAE]. Facetiae facetiarum, hoc est, jocoseriorum fasciculus novus, exhibens varia variorum autorum scripta, non tàm lectu jucunda & jocosa, amoena & amanda, quàm lectu verè digna & utilia, multisve moralibus ad mores seculi nostri accomodata, illustrata & adornata.
[Rostock, Augustin Ferber], 1627. 17 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With general title-page and 17 part-titles, some with woodcut ornaments or illustrations. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 4,500
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Important and luxurious edition of Faerno’s 100 fables,
with frontispiece and 99 illustrations

FAERNO, Gabriello. Cent fables en Latin et en François, choisies des anciens auteurs, mises en vers Latins ..., et traduites par Mr. Perrault, ... Avec de nouvelles figures en taille-douce. Nouvelle edition.
London, C. Marsh & T. Payne, H. Slater, S. Baker, F. Noble, W. Bathoe, J. Palairet, 1744. 4to (26.5 x 20.5 cm). With richly designed, engraved frontispiece by Claude Du Bosc, and 99 (of 100) fine engraved illustrations to the fables on integral leaves (plate size about 9.5 x 10.5 cm). Early 19th-century half calf, for the Signet Library in Edinburgh, each board with the gold-tooled British Royal arms. Restored and with later 19th-century endpapers, but with the early 19th-century printed label with the shelf-mark transferred to the front paste-down. Full description
€ 2,950
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Three editions of humanist works, two from Antwerp known only from 1 other copy each
in contemporary Flemish panel-stamped calf with 6 animals in foliage plus an unusually detailed peacock

[FIOCCO, Andrea Domenico] under the name of Lucius FENESTELLA. De magistratibus, sacerdotiisq[ue] Romanorum libellus, iam primum nitori restitutus. Pomponii Laeti itidem de magistratibus & sacerdotiis, & praeterea de diversis legibus Rom[anorum]. Item Valerii Probi grammatici de literis antiquis opusculum.
Including: POMPONIO LETO, Giulio. De Ro[manorum]. magistratibus, ...
Basel, (colophon: Valentino Curio, May 1523). With the general title in a woodcut border, Curio's large architectural woodcut device on the otherwise blank final page.
With:
(2) LUCIANUS OF SAMOSATA. Complures ... dialogi à Desiderio Erasmo Roterodamo ... in Latinum conversi, & à Nicolao Buscoducensi illustrati, additis Fabularum & difficilium vocabulorum explanationibus.
(Colophon: Antwerp, Michael Hillen van Hoochstraten, 1524).
(3) MOSELLANUS, Petrus (Peter SCHADE). Paedologia ..., in puerorum usum conscripta & aucta. Dialogi XXXVII. Dialogi pueriles Christophori Hegendorphini. XII. ...
Including: HEGENDORF, Christoph. Dialogi pueriles ... XII. ...
(Colophon: Antwerp, Michael Hillen van Hoochstraten, 1523).
3 editions in 1 volume. 8vo (16 x 10.5 cm). Contemporary panel-stamped calf, each board with the same 3 panel stamps: 2 virtually identical panels with 6 animals in 2 grape vines (the animals from head to foot in the left vine: a monkey, dog and wyvern; and in the right vine: a squirrel, hare and lion) in a border of a diaper of quatrefoils in lozenges, the two separated by a small panel stamp sith a peacock, paste-downs made from a leaf from an Aristotle manuscript on vellum. Full description
€ 12,000
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2 offprints discussing De Froberville’s researches on languages and races in sub-equatorial East Africa,
with an autograph letter from De Froberville

FROBERVILLE, Eugène de, and [Louis BOUTON]. Analyse d'un mémoire de M. Eugène de Froberville sur les langues et les races de l'Afrique Orientale au sud de l'equateur.
[Port Louis, Mauritius], [Société d’Histoire Naturelle de Maurice], [1846]. Offprint, with its own pagination, from Procès-verbaux de la Société d'Histoire Naturelle de l'Ile Maurice, du 6 octobre 1842 au 28 aou^t 1845, [1846].
With: (2) FLOURENS, Pierre, [Louis-Isidore?] DUPERREY and Etienne SERRES. Rapport sur les races nègres de l'Afrique Orientale au sud de l'équateur, observées par M. de Froberville.
(Colophon: Paris, printed by Bachelier, [1850]). Offprint, with its own pagination, from Comptes rendus des séances de l'Académie des Sciences, XXX (1850).
2 works in 1 volume. Small folio & large 8vo. 19th-century black half morocco, with the blue paper back wrapper of the second offprint bound in. Full description
€ 1,950
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First editions of John Gay's fables, with 67 engraved illustrations

GAY, John. Fables.
London, printed for J. Tonson and J. Watts, 1727 (volume 1); printed for J. and P. Knapton, and T. Cox, 1738 (volume 2). 2 volumes. 4to. Volume 1 with an engraved illustration on the title-page, and 51 further engraved illustrations. Volume 2 with an engraved frontispiece, showing Gay's memorial monument, a small engraved author's portrait on title-page, and 16 engraved plates. Green morocco (ca. 1900), richly gold-tooled spine and turn-ins, gold fillets on boards and board-edges (Riviere & son). Full description
€ 5,000
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Second edition of the first printed version of Cinderella,with 6 other stories, all with new and better woodcut illustrations

GEILER VON KAISERSBERG, Johannes. Das Irrigschafe[:] Das irrig Schafe ... Der helisch Lew ... Kristliche Küngi ... Der Dreieckecht [running head: "Der dreieckecht Spiegel"] ... Der Esche[n]grüdel ... Der Klappermul ... Der Trostspeigel ... Geprediget und gegetütstt, ... mitsampt den obbestimten Tratäte[n].
Strassburg, Johann Greiniger, 1514. Small folio (26.5 x 18.5 cm). With 8 large woodcut illustrations (mostly ca. 8.5 x 13 cm, 1 showing 2 images), one to each story plus an extra one for the story of the three-cornered mirror. Further with more than 100 woodcut decorated uncial initials (3 series) including some repeats. With the main text (in 2 columns) set in a bastarda type and the title and headings in 2 larger rotunda types. Recased in 17th-century(?) boards covered with a large fragment of a bifolium from a 15th-century(?) liturgical parchment manuscript in 2 columns of textura with dozens of 1- and 2-line red uncial letters (leaf 88 and its conjugate). The paste-downs have been preserved but the free endleaves are new. Full description
€ 8,500
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Pioneering introduction to the Javanese language, printed in the Dutch East Indies

GERICKE, Johann Friedrich Carl. Eerste gronden der Javaansche taal, benevens Javaansch leer- en leesboek met eene woordenlijst ten gebruike bij hetzelve.
Jakarta, Landsdrukkerij, 1831. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With a general title-page and 3 part-titles. Set in roman and Javanese type with incidental italic and Arabic. Contemporary marbled boards. Rebacked in later red cloth. Full description
€ 2,500
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Golius's epoch-making Arabic dictionary

GOLIUS, Jacob. Lexicon Arabico-Latinum, contextum ex probatioribus orientis lexicographis. Accedit index Latinus copiosissimus, qui lexici Latino-Arabici vicem explere possit.
Leiden, printed by Bonaventura and Abraham Elzevier, also sold by Johannes van Ravesteyn [and others], Amsterdam, 1653. Folio. Recased in 17th-century vellum, with 19th-century spine-label and modern endpapers. Full description
€ 4,500
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Most beautiful and influential (but also censored) edition of 13th-century stories
including several borrowed and reworked by Boccaccio in his Decameron

GUALTERUZZI, Carlo (compiler) and [Vincenzo BORGHINI (“corrector”)]. Libro di novelle, et di bel parlar gentile. ... Cento novelle ... Di nuovo ricorrette.
Florence, Filippo & Jacopo Giunta, 1572. 4to (21.5 x 16 cm). With the Giunta's woodcut device on the title-page and a different one on the last page and about 120 woodcut decorated initials (about 7 series) including some repeats. With the main text set in roman type but the extensive preliminaries in italic. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 2,500
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Early work on navigation
and a primary source for seamen’s “barbaric” language

GUEVARA, Antonio de. Libro de los inventores del arte de marear, y de muchos trabajos que se passan enlas galeras. ... Tocanse enel muy excellentes antiguedades, y avisos muy notables para los que navegan en galeras.
Antwerp, Martin Nutius, [ca. 1545/46]. Small 8vo (13.5 x 10 cm). With Nutius's woodcut device on the title-page. Set in rotunda gothic type with a few words in a large roman. Blind-tooled brown goatskin (1920s?) in 16th-century style by Victor Arias (1856-1935) in Madrid, gold-tooled turn-ins. Full description
€ 12,000
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Important work on navigation and an early mention of playing cards

GUEVARA, Antonio de. Epistres dorées moralles & familieres.
Lyon, Macé Bonhomme, 1558-1559.
Including:
GUEVARA, Antonio de and Jean de GUTERRY (translator). Tome second des epistres dorées et discours salutaires.
GUEVARA, Antonio de. Le troisieme livre des epistres illustres.
With:
(2) GUEVARA, Antonio de. Traité des travaux et privileges des galeres & des inventeurs de l'art de naviger.
Lyon, Macé Bonhomme, 1560.
2 works (the first in 3 parts) in 1 volume. 4to. With the titles of the first 3 books in woodcut architectural borders; 2 woodcut illustrations in the text and a number of large woodcut historiated initials. 18th-century tree calf, rebacked with the original backstrip laid down, later endpapers. Full description
€ 2,750
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French adaptation of a famous emblem book,
with engravings by Gerard de Jode

HAECHT GOIDTSENHOVEN, Laurens van. Le microcosme contenant divers tableaux de la vie humaine representez en figures avec une brieve exposition en vers francois.
Amsterdam, Theodore Pierre (= Dirck Pietersz.), [not before 1613]. 4to. With the engraved title-page of Joost van den Vondel's Der Gulden Winckel der konstlievende Nederlanders... (1613), with an engraved slip with the present title Le Microcosme contenant ... formerly mounted on it, now removed and kept separately; also with 74 engraved emblems in text (ca. 8.5 x 12 cm) by Gerard de Jode. 19th-century half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 6,500
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First edition of a devotional emblem book
with an engraved title-page drawn by Rubens,
splendidly bound for the Abbot of Kremsmünster Abbey

HAEFTEN, Benedictus van. Regia via crucis.
Antwerp, Balthasar Moretus (Officina Plantiniana), 1635. 8vo (18 x 11.5 x 4 cm). With engraved title-page showing Christ, Saint Teresa of Avila and 2 unidentified men and 38 full-page emblematic engravings. Richly gold-tooled calf (ca. 1665), each board with the arms of (apparently) Abbot Placidus Buechauer (1611-1669) of Kremsmünster, gilt and elaborately gauffered edges. Full description
€ 3,950
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With a beautiful hand-coloured Arabic miniature on parchment

HEINE, Maurice. L'Islam sous la cendre.
Paris, (colophon: Frazier-Soye), (19 February) 1918. Square 4to (25 x 26 cm). With the frontispiece in three states: a lithographed plate, a hand-coloured miniature painting on vellum, highlighted with gold, and an engraved plate; and with the half-title printed in blue and several words in the text printed in green and blue. Original green cloth. Full description
€ 8,500
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Scriverius's 1650 edition of the collected poems of Daniel Heinsius,
with emblematic engravings by Crispijn de Passe

HEINSIUS, Daniel. Lof-sanck van Jesus Christus den eenigen ende eeuwigen sone Godes: ende zyne andere Nederduytse poemata. Nieuwelijcks oversien, vermeerdert, ende verbetert. Met de uytlegginghen.
Amsterdam, Jan Jacobsz. Schipper, 1650. 8vo. With a woodcut interlaced decoration on the title-page, a small engraved nativity scene (for the Lof-sanck), a full-page engraving of the memorial monument for Jacob van Heemskerk (for the Neder-Duytsche poemata) and 72 emblematic engravings (4.5×6.5 cm), mostly by Crispijn de Passe. 17th-century vellum. Full description
€ 1,250
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Arabic grammar with an essay on Arabic calligraphy,
illustrated with a frontispiece and 16 fine plates

HERBIN, Auguste François Julien. Développemens des principes de la langue arabe moderne, suivis d'un recueil de phrases, de traductions interlinéaires, de proverbes arabes, et d'un essai de calligraphie orientale, avec onze planches.
Paris, Françoise-Jean Baudouin, 1803. Large 4to (30.5 x 23 cm). With 10 numbered engraved plates (5 folding) plus the engraved calligraphic Arabic title-page serving as frontispiece, and 16 folding letterpress tables. Modern tanned sheepskin. Untrimmed. Full description
€ 3,500
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Post-incunable edition of the travels of "the Dutch Sir John Mandeville"
visiting Egypt and the lands of Prester John

HESE (HESSE), Johannes Witte de. Itinerarius Joannis de Hese presbyteri a Hierusalem describens dispotiones terra[rum] insular[um] montiu[m] et aquar[um]. Ac etiam queda[m] mirabilia et p[er]icula per diversas p[ar]tes mu[n]di continge[n]tia lucidissime enarrans.
(Colophon: Deventer, Jacobus de Breda, 1504). Small 4to (20.5 x 14.5 cm). Rubricated throughout with the blank spaces for initials left open. Including the last blank leaf. Modern calf in period style. Full description
€ 45,000
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Niels Klim's subterranean journey, one of the major utopian novels

[HOLBERG, Ludvig von]. Nicolai Klimii iter subterraneum novam telluris theoriam ac historiam quintae monarchiae adhuc nobis incognitae, exhibens e bibliotheca B. Abelini.
Copenhagen and Leipzig, Friedrich Christian Pelt, 1754. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece, engraved title-page, folding map and 6 full-page plates, engraved by Brühl. 19th-century boards, covered with marbled paper. Full description
€ 1,250
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Superb Humanist "Sammelband"

HORACE. [Opera] cum quattor commentarijs.
Venice, printed by Philippus Pincius for Benedictus Fontana, 1495-1496. With large woodcut printer's device on last leaf, and numerous woodcut initials. 
With:
(2) PERSIUS. [Opera] cum tribus commentariis.
Venice, Giovanni Tacuino de Tridino, 4 November 1499. With woodcut printer's device on verso of penultimate leaf, and fine woodcut on title-page.
(3) JUVENALIS. [Opera] cum commento Ioannus Britannici.
Reggio Emilia, Francesco de Mazalibus, 1503. With fine woodcut at the head of text, and some woodcut initials. 3 works in 1 volume. Folio. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum over wooden boards with 2 brass clasps. Full description
€ 25,000
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Famous poem with moral lessons for maidens, married women and widows

HOUWAERT, Jean Baptista. Pegasides pleyn. Ofte den lust-hof der maechden.
Volume 1: Delft, Adriaen Gerritsen, 1615 (colophon: 1614); volume 2: Leiden, Jan Paets Jacobszoon, 1611. 8vo. Volume 1 with an engraved title-page by Jan Wiericx and 8 full-page engravings by Jan Wiericx; volume 2 with the main text set in civilité type. Matching contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 3,950
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The most popular spiritual love emblem book ever published,
with woodcuts by Christoph van Sichem the Younger

HUGO, Herman. Pia desideria emblematis, elegiis & affectibus SS. patrum illustrata.
Antwerp, Hendrick Aertssen, 1628. Small 8vo (12.5 x 8 cm). With letterpress title set in a emblematic woodcut, woodcut coat of arms of Pope Urban VIII, introductory woodcut emblem, 45 woodcut emblems by Christoph van Sichem the Younger after Boetius van Bolswert and 18 white on black oval ornamental woodcut tailpieces. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 950
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Only edition of a Dutch political emblem book on the campaign of Gustavus Adolphus

HULSIUS, Bartholomaeus. Den onderganck des Roomschen arents, door den Noordschen leeuw.
Amsterdam, for Crispijn van de Passe the Younger, 1642. Small 4to (18.5 x 15 cm). With engraved title-page, letterpress title-page with engraved device with coat of arms of Gustavus Adolphus, and 29 engraved plates in text (ca. 7 x 11 cm) by Crispyn de Passe the Younger. 19th-century mottled brown calf, gold-tooled spine (imitation 17th-century binding). Full description
€ 7,500
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Antipapal dialogues (1520), with a lovely woodcut of Fortuna

HUTTEN, Ulrich von. Dialogi. Fortuna. Febris prima. Febris secunda. Trias Romana. Inspicientes.
Colophon: Mainz, Johann Schöffer, April 1520. Small 4to (19.5 x 14 cm). With a lovely woodcut of the blindfolded Fortuna on title-page (by Hans Weiditz?), a large woodcut initial Q (repeated twice) and several vine leaf ornaments. Printed in roman type. 19th-century half vellum. Full description
€ 3,750
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First edition of a 13th-century classic of Arabic grammar,
in 1003 verse couplets

IBN MALIK (Silvestre de SACY, ed.). Alfiyya ou La quintessence de la grammaire Arabe, ... publié en original, avec un commentaire, ...
Paris, printed by the Imprimerie Royale; London, Oriental Translation Fund (sold by Parbury, Allen & Co.), 1833. 8vo. The French title-page with steel-engraved device. Set in roman and Arabic types with incidental italic. Modern half calf in early 19th-century style, gold-tooled spine (Period Bookbinders, Bath). Full description
€ 2,500
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Gheraert Leeu's first illustrated book: no copy in the Netherlands, in the tradition of Arabian Nights.

[INCUNABLE - GOUDA]. Historia septem sapientiu[m] Rom[a]e.
[Gouda, Gheraert Leeu, before 3 June 1480]. 4to (20.5 x 14 cm). With 4 full-page woodcuts plus 14 repeats.  The first initial is supplied in manuscript, in a rich ornamental uncial style in red and blue with brown penwork. All other initials are supplied by hand in simple red uncials. The text is rubricated throughout. Most of the plates are lightly highlighted in yellow and red, by a contemporary hand. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment without a spine, so that the sewing is completely visible. Kept in a modern brown half morocco clamshell box. Full description
€ 250,000
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First edition of an important German emblem book,in an attractive binding

ISSELBURG, Peter and Georg REMUS. Emblemata politica. In aula magna Curiae Noribergensis depicta quae sacra virtutum suggerunt monita prudenter administrandi fortiterque defendendi Rempublicam.
[Nuremberg, Peter Isselburg, 1617]. Small 4to (19 x 14 cm). With an engraved title-page, engraved dedication with the Nuremberg coat of arms and the coat of arms of the eight Nuremberg Senators, and 32 engraved plates with emblems, with engraved captions above and four-line Latin verses below. Modern brown morocco with a large panel on both sides of green imitation reptile skin, encrusted with small gems in centre, chamois endleaves, with matching half morocco chemise and matching half morocco slipcase (Perez-Noriega, 1995). Full description
€ 9,500
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Emblematic representation of Horace

JANSEN, Anthony. Zinnebeelden, getrokken uit Horatius Flaccus, naer de geestrijke vinding van den geleerden Otto van Veen, op de zeden toegepast; en met bygedichten, op nieuws gerijmt.
Amsterdam, Justus Dankerts, 1683. 4to. With engraved portrait of Horace on title-page, and 103 engraved emblems by A. Loeimans and A. Seil after Otto Vaenius. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,250
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First complete Arabic publications of the Kalila wa Dimna and of Labid's Mu'allaqa

[KALILA WA DIMNA]. Silvèstre de Sacy (editor). Calila et Dimna, ou fables de Bidpai, en arabe; précédées d'un mémoire sur l'origine de ce livre, et sur les diverses traductions qui en ont été faites dans l'Orient, et suivies de la Moallaka de Lébid, en arabe et en français; ...
Paris, Imprimerie royale, 1816. 4to. Contemporary half calf. Full description
€ 5,000
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Rare first edition of Thomas à Kempis in Arabic

KEMPIS, Thomas à. De imitatione Christi libri quatuor, de Latino in Arabicum versi a P.F. Coelestino à S. Liduina [= Petrus Golius]. ...
Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1663. 8vo. With the title in Arabic and Latin in a frame built up from cast fleurons, woodcut Propaganda Fide device on the back of the title-page. With the main text set in Arabic type and the preliminaries also in roman and italic. Gold-tooled red morocco (1838?), each board with a large and elaborately decorated cross in the centre, blue watered silk endleaves, gilt edges. Full description
€ 25,000
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Madame de Pompadour’s “histoire scandaleuse”
One of the few copies surviving the protective efforts of the French ambassador

[KERSTEMAN, Franciscus Lievens]. Historie van mevrouwe de hartoginne van Pompadour. [Wrapper-title: Levensbeschryving van de hartoginne van Pompadour].
Zaltbommel, Johannes Willem Kanneman, 1761. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece and title-page printed in red and black. Recased in 18th-century vellum, later endpapers, preserving the original publisher's printed wrappers. Full description
€ 1,750
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Very rare Dutch picaresque novel, with the female protagonist getting caught by pirates
and ending up in the household of an Arabic slave trader

[KERSTEMAN, Petrus Lievens]. De vermakelyke avanturesse, of de dienstmaagd van fortuin. Vervattende hare zonderlinge levensgevallen, ontelbare wederwaardigheden en rampen; zeltzame ontmoetingen, en koddige vryagien; deszelfs driejarige dienst als lakye, gevangenneming op de Moorsche kusten, en hare slavernye in Asia by de Arabieren.
Amsterdam, Steven van Esveldt, 1754. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece. Contemporary mottled half calf, gold-tooled spine, later endpapers. Full description
€ 3,500
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Laudatory poems on the paper cutting art of Joanna Koerten

KOERTEN, Joanna (subject). Het stamboek op de papiere snykunst van mejuffrouw Joanna Koerten, huisvrouw van den heere Adriaan Blok. Bestaande in Latynsche en Nederduitsche gedichten der voornaamste dichters.
Amsterdam, 1735. 8vo. With an engraved medallion portrait of Joanna Koerten surrounded by putti as frontispiece (dated 1734) and an engraved illustration on title-page, each designed and engraved by Jan Punt. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine, later endpapers. Full description
€ 1,750
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Primer in a Bantu dialect for the Finnish Lutheran mission in Namibia

KURVINEN, Pietari. Ondonga kielen ABD. Ensimäinen irja Ondonga kielellä . . . =ABD Moshindonga. Omukanda uatango koshindonga ua piangoa . . .
Helsinki, Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seuran [=Finnish Literature Society], 1876. 8vo. With 2 title-pages, the first in Finnish and the second in Ndonga, a brief preface in both languages, but with the sample texts in Ndonga. Contemporary brown textured cloth. Full description
€ 2,500
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More than 550 emblems explained

LA FEUILLE, Daniel de. Essay d'un dictionnaire contenant la connoissance du monde, des sciences universelles, et particulierement celle des medailles, des passions, des moeurs, des vertus et des vices, &c. Representé par des figures hyerogliphiques, expliquées en prose & en vers.
Wesel, Jacobus van Wesel, 1700. 4to. With engraved frontispiece and 48 engraved plates (incl. 2 double-page). Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,250
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A masterpiece of rococo book illustration, with all images in the "covered" state, a few rarer than the “uncovered”

LA FONTAINE, Jean de. Contes et nouvelles en vers.
Amsterdam [= Paris], [Joseph-Gérard Barbou], 1762. 2 volumes. 8vo. With engraved portraits of La Fontaine and Eisen and 80 engraved plates after drawings by Eisen and engraved by Aliamet, Baquoy, Choffard, Delafosse, Flipart, Lemire, Leveau, De Longueil and Ouvrier, and 4 vignettes and 53 head- and tailpieces by Pierre-Philip Choffard. An engraving of Le calendrier des vieillards in its découvert state is loosely inserted in volume 1. Contemporary gold-tooled red morocco, gilt edges. Full description
€ 15,000
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Famous French fable book:
a milestone in French book illustration

LA MOTTE, Antoine Houdar de. Fables nouvelles, dédiées au Roy. Avec un discours sur la fable.
Paris, Gregoire Dupuis, 1719. 4to. With engraved allegorical frontispiece by N. Tardieu after Charles Coypel, engraved vignette on title-page by C. Simeneau after N. Vleughels and 100 engraved illustrations to the fables by and after Claude Gillot, Charles Antoine Coypel, Jean Ranc, Bernard Picart, Jean Baptiste Massé, etc. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,500
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Notebook of a pupil of the orientalist Louis-Mathieu Langlès, learning the Persian language

[LANGLÈS, Louis-Mathieu]. [Wrapper title:] Cahier de langue Persanne. Dicte par le citoyen Lenglés. An 7e de la Republique.
Paris, 1799. 4to (23 x 18.5 cm). Manuscript on paper, also including a leaf with a letterpress table of the Latin and Arabic alphabet, entitled "Alphabetum Arabicum". Contemporary plain paper wrappers. Full description
€ 5,000
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Religious suffering versus worldly pleasures,with 7 engraved plates

LA SERRE, Jean-Puget de.

Le breviere des courtisans, enrichy d'un grand nombre de figures.
Paris, Jeremie Boüillerot, 1642. 8vo (16.5 x 11 cm). With woodcut vignette on title-page and 7 engraved plates depicting contrasting double-scenes, after designs by Nicolaas van der Horst. Gold-tooled red morocco attributed to Henry Gaillard (active in the third quarter of the 19th century), richly gold-tooled turn-ins, gilt edges.

Full description
€ 2,500
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Revived Mediaeval prophesies supposedly predicting
the fall of the Ottoman Empire

LEO VI (the Wise) of Byzantium and Antonius SEVERUS of Rome (attributed). Vaticinium Severi, et Leonis Imperatorum, in quo videtur finis Turcarum in praesenti eorum imperatore, una cum aliis nonnullis in hac re Vaticiniis ...
Brescia, Pietro Maria Marchetti, 1596. Small 8vo (14.5 x 10 cm). With 16 numbered engraved emblematic illustrations. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 4,500
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One of the best Robinson Crusoe imitations

[LONGUEVILLE, Peter]. The hermit: or, the unparallel'd sufferings and surprising adventures of Mr. Philip Quarll, an Englishman: who was lately discovered by Mr. Dorrington, a Bristol merchant, upon an uninhabited island in the South-Sea; where he has lived above fifty years, without any human assistance; still continues to reside, and will not come away.
London, printed for J. Wren, J. Jefferies and J. Fuller, 1751. 12mo. With engraved frontispiece and engraved map. Contemporary tanned sheepskin. Full description
€ 1,250
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Attractive set containing most of the emblematic works of Jan Luyken, with a total of 700 engravings

LUYKEN, Jan (and Caspar). [Set of 11 works by Jan Luyken].
Amsterdam, widow of P. Arentz, and Kornelis vander Sys, 1708 - 1718 (10 vols.); Haarlem, C.H. Bohn, 1767 (1 vol.). 11 volumes. 8vo. Contemporary uniform half calf, richly gold-tooled spines (10 vols.), the 1767 in slightly different half calf, apparently made to match the earlier ones. Full description
€ 12,000
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Ottens reprint from the plates of the 1695 pirated edition of the most famous book by the Luykens

LUYKEN, Jan & Caspar and Anthony JANSSEN van ter GOES. Afbeelding der menschelyke bezigheden, bestaande in hondert onderscheiden printverbeeldingen.
Amsterdam, Reinier & Josua Ottens, [ca. 1726/50]. 4to. With richly engraved emblematic frontispiece, engraved publisher's device on title-page, and 100 numbered engraved plates (plate size ca. 12 x 8 cm) of trades and professions, engraved after the designs by Jan and Caspar Luyken. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum, gilt and gauffered edges. Full description
€ 9,500
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Dutch Beauty and the beast, extra-illustrated with Dutch and French plates,
beautifully coloured and highlighted in gold, signed by the author

MARMONTEL, Jean François and Pieter PIJPERS. Zemire en Azor, zangspel. Met konstwerken en balletten. Gevolgd naar het Fransche.
Amsterdam, Jan Helders, Abraham Mars, 1783. 8vo. With an engraved title-page including a vignette by H.L. Meyling, a letterpress title-page with an emblematic engraved vignette by Reinier Vinkeles. Extra added in this copy are an additional letterpress title-page, also dated "1783", but with a portrait of Pieter Pijpers engraved by Theodorus Koning dated 1789, accompanied by the letterpress explanatory leaf with a poem "Op myne afbeelding door Theodorus Koning", dated 1789, signed by Pijpers in brown ink. Further with 3 extra added engraved plates, plus 1 repeated in an earlier state with no lettering, depicting scenes from the play by various Dutch artists (A. Fokke, H.L. Myling, W. Immink, A. Hulk Jacobsz), 1 dated 1784. And finally with 6 engraved plates by various French artists, made for the original French edition. The engraved title is richly coloured and highlighted with gold (incl. the lettering) by a contemporary hand. The six French plates are splendidly coloured and highlighted with gold and gum arabic by a contemporary hand. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,500
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A popular collection of fictional lawsuits concerning love

[MARTIAL d'Auvergne]. LIII. arrests d'amours. Arresta amorum. Accuratissimis Benedicti Curtii Symphoriani commentariis ad utrusque iuris rationem, forensiumque actionum usum quàm acutissimè accommodata. Le tout diligemment reveu & corrigé en une infinité d'endroits outre les precedentes impressions.
Rouen, Thomas Mallard, 1587. 16mo. With title within an ornamental woodcut border. 19th-century gold-tooled red sheepskin. Full description
€ 1,950
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1st and only Aldine edition of 6 classical geographical and topographical works

MELA, Pomponius. MELA, Pomponius. De situ orbis.
SOLINUS, Gaius Julius. Polyhistor.
ANTONIUS, Augustus. Itinerarium provinciarum.
VIBIUS SEQUESTOR. [De fluminibus ...].
VICTOR, Publius. De regionibus urbis Romae.
DIONYSIUS PERIEGETES. De situ orbis Prisciano interprete (Poema de orbis situ).
(colophon: Venice, "aedibus Aldi et Andreae soceri" [= in the house of the late Aldus Manutius and his father-in-law Andre Torresani d'Asola], 1518). 6 works in 1 edition. 8vo. With Aldus's woodcut device on the title-page (repeated on the final, otherwise blank, leaf) and numerous spaces with guide letters left for manuscript initials. Set entirely in the famous Aldine italic. Later vellum made from a leaf of a 16th-century manuscript choir book. Full description
€ 1,500
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Satire disguising the French elite as Arabs

MELON, Jean-François. Mahmoud le Gasnevide, histoire orientale. Fragment traduit de l'Arabe, avec des notes.
Rotterdam, Jean Hofhoudt, 1730. 8vo. Contemporary marbled calf, gold-tooled spine, boards, board edges and turn-ins, both boards with the gold-tooled coat of arms of Louis Marie Alexandre, Duc d'Aumont, gilt edges. Full description
€ 1,500
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Instructions for Carsten Niebuhr's expedition to Arabia

MICHAELIS, Johann David. Recueil de questions, proposées à une société de savants, qui par ordre de Sa Majesté Danoise font le voyage de l'Arabie.
Amsterdam, S.J. Baalde; Utrecht, J. van Schoonhoven & comp., 1774. 4to. Set in roman type with incidental Greek, Hebrew, Arabic, Syriac and 1 word in Coptic. Near-contemporary tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,500
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First and only Dutch edition of a fascinating emblem book
with etchings by Marcus Gheeraerts, showing numerous fabulous beasts

[MOERMAN, Johannes]. Sedighe onderwijsen der creaturen. In rhijm ghestelt. [engraved title-page:] Apologi creaturaru[m].
Antwerp, Jacob Mesens, 1649. Oblong 8vo (11.5 x 16.5 cm). With 55 etched illustrations on integral leaves (including the title print of Hermes/Mercury releasing Persephone, with motto "utilia prudenti imprudenti futilia"). Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 18,000
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Rare first and only German edition, with 20 emblematic woodcuts

NOOT, Jan van der. Theatrum das ist, Schawplatz, darein die eitelheit der irrdischen unnd vergencklichen dingen und die ubertreffenlichste gottliche und himlische sach getzeigt und erkleret wird, ...
[Cologne], [Gottfried Cervicornus the younger?], 1572. 4to. With each page in an elaborate woodcut border, large woodcut coat of arms and portrait of the author, and 20 full-page emblematical woodcuts (9 x 7.5 cm) after Marcus Gheeraerts the elder's etchings for the original Dutch edition, including 1 repeat, used with 2 different texts. Set in fraktur types with prelims in italic and Schwabacher, and incidental roman. With both coats of arms and the borders and decorative panel of the last sixteen pages partly coloured in yellow. Beautiful richly gold-tooled dark blue morocco (ca. 1885/90) by Marcellin II and Paul Lortic, marbled endpapers, silk ribbon marker. Full description
€ 75,000
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Heralds of a new age: three first editions
Including the first Renaissance narrative poetical works in Dutch
With 17 Coornhert illustrations

NOOT, Jan van der. Cort begryp der XII. boeken Olympiados. ... Abregé des douze livres Olympiades.
Antwerp, Gillis van den Rade, 1579. With 1 engraved plate (portrait of the author), 17 full-page engravings (ca. 16 x 11.5 cm.) by Dirk Volkertsz. Coornhert after designs of the monogrammist CVSK and a full-page woodcut of an obelisk at the end, signed with the monogram "HE".
With:
(2) NOOT, Jan van der. Lofsang van Braband. ... Hymne de Braband.
Antwerp, Gillis van den Rade, 1580. With 4 full-page woodcuts (portrait of the author, allegorical illustration, arms of Brabant and the other 16 provinces, and an obelisk).
(3) NOOT, Jan van der. Verscheyden poeticsche werken. ... Divers oeuvres poetiques.
Antwerp, Gillis van den Rade, 1581. With full-page woodcut portrait of the author, and a full-page woodcut obelisk at the end. 3 works in 1 volume. Folio. All 3 works with text in Dutch and French. Early 18th-century gold-tooled mottled calf. Full description
€ 45,000
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Rare pocket-sized works of Ovid, bound for the 16th-century Dutch statesman Johannes Mepschius,
later in Jan Six's library

OVIDIUS NASO, Publius (OVID). Amatoria.
With:
(2) Metamorphoseon libri XV.
(3) Fastorum lib. VI. ... Tristium lib. V. ... De Ponto lib. IIII.
Lyon, Sebastian Gryphius (Sébastien Gryphe), 1547. 3 volumes. 16mo (12.5 x 8 cm). 16th-century Lyonese red morocco in Italian style, each board in a panel design, with the titles on the front boards and the owner's name "IO|ANNES|MEPSC|HIVS" on the back boards), 17th-century gold-tooling on the spines. Full description
€ 25,000
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Rare 16th-century German edition of the ancient Sanskrit Bidpai fables

[PANCHATANTRA/BIDPAI]. [CAPUA, Johannes de, and Anton von PFORR (translators)]. Der alten Weisenn exempel sprüch, mit vil schönen Beyspilen und Figuren erleüchtet.
(Colophon: Strasbourg, printed by Jacob Frölich, 1539). Folio. With half-page woodcut illustration on title-page, further 1 full-page and 112 smaller (ca. 9 x 14 cm) woodcut illustrations in the text (including a small number of repeats), a woodcut royal procession above and woodcut device of a swan playing a viol below the colophon, numerous woodcut pictorial and decorative strips. Modern blind-tooled calf in 16th-century style. Full description
€ 60,000
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50 portraits of adulterous men and women

PASSE, Crispijn de (the younger). Les abus du mariage | Misbruick des houwelycx | Misbrauch des ehlichen Standes.
[Amsterdam], 1641. Small oblong 4to (15 x 19 cm). With engraved frontispiece, an etched plate, and 25 engravings in text (ca. 9.5 x 14 cm), each of the engravings showing 2 oval portraits of men and women, who sinned against the rules of marriage. The etching shows a cart drawn by two goats, a satyr as driver, and on the cart a joyful party of three women and two men. Modern half vellum. Full description
€ 15,000
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The snow sculptures of Antwerp

[PAUWELS, Jan Antoon Frans]. Berigt, van constig-gemaeckte sneeuwe beelden van half Januario tot het begin Februarii tot Antwerpen gezien . . .
Antwerp, Joannes Petrus de Cort, 1772. 4to. With title-page in a geometric border built up from cast fleurons and each page in a thick-thin border built up from cast units. 19th-century(?) decorated cloth, modern endpapers. Full description
€ 1,600
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Important sources for the history of the Aztec Nahuatl language, printed in Mexico

PÉREZ, Manuel. Farol Indiano, y guia de curas de Indios. Summa de los cinco sacramentos que administran los ministros Evangelicos en esta America.
Mexico City, Francisco de Rivera Calderon, 1713.
With: (2) PÉREZ, Manuel. Arte de el idioma mexicano. ... Dedicalo a la dicha Santissima Provincia.
Mexico City, Francisco de Rivera Calderon, 1713. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment; 18th-century library or owner's name branded on top edge. Full description
€ 7,500
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From Sleeping Wood to Sleeping Beauty, plus Red Riding Hood, Blue Beard, Puss in Boots, Cinderella and Tom Thumb, with frontispiece and 8 plates

PERRAULT, Charles, and Mare-Jeanne l'HÉRITIER DE VILLANON. Tales of passed times by Mother Goose. With morals. | Contes du tems passé de Ma Mere l'Oye. Avec des Morales. . . . The six[!] edition.
"London" [=The Netherlands], J. Melvil, 1764. Small 8vo (15.5×9.5 cm). With an engraved frontispiece and 8 engraved plates after Hendrik Immink, one for each fairy tale. Rebacked in modern half brown morocco. Full description
€ 12,950
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First edition of a 17th-century best-seller: a popular Dutch emblem book

PERS, Dirck Pietersz. [and Hadrianus DAMMAN]. Bellerophon, of lust tot wysheyd. Begrijpende veel zeedighe, stichtelijcke en leerlijcke sinne-beelden met haere verklaringhen.
Amsterdam, Dirck Pieterz. (Pers), 1614. Small 4to (19 x 14.5 cm). With engraved emblem printed on title-page and 31 numbered engraved emblems in text, engraved by Joost de Bosscher. 19th-century tanned half sheepskin. Full description
€ 1,650
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Important bibliographical source for the history of Friesland
and the first bibliography exclusively devoted to Dutch authors

PETRI (PETRUS), Suffridus. De scriptoribus Frisiae, decades XVI. Et semis: in quibus non modo peculiares Frisiae, sed & totius Germaniae communes antiquitates plurimae indicantur, & veterum historicorum ac geographorum loci, hactenus non intellecti, explicantur.
Franeker, Jacobus Horreus, 1699. 12mo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,500
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Unrecorded set of proofs of Pfann’s emblems, many of medical character

PFANN, Johann. Biblische Emblemata und Figuren welche in den zweijen verneurten Stuben, dess Hospitals zum heiligen Geist in Nürmberg allen Krancken zu sonderm Trost anstatt der Schrifft sind vorgemalet worden.
[Nuremberg], 1626. Oblong 8vo (13.5 x 18 cm). With engraved title-page (4to and partly folded) and 16 engraved emblems within varying baroque frames, with manuscript text below. Contemporary sprinkled paper wrappers. Full description
€ 4,500
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The first illustrated Phaedrus fables published in The Netherlands

PHAEDRUS. Fabularum Aesopiarum libri quinque; notis perpetuis illustrati, & cum integris aliorum observationibus, in lucem editi à Johanne Laurentio.
Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge and the widow of Elizaeus Weyerstraten, 1667. 8vo. With engraved allegorical frontispiece by Christian Hagen, and 103 finely engraved half-page illustrations in text. Early 19th-century(?) gold-tooled tan calf. Full description
€ 1,850
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Poem on the properties of animals

PHILES, Manuel. De animalium proprietate, ex prima editione Arsenii et libro Oxoniensi restitutus a Joanne Cornelio de Pauw, cum ejusdem animadversionibus et versione Latina Gregorii Bersmanni. Accedunt et eodem libro Oxoniensi non pauca hactenus inedita.
Utrecht, Willem Schouw (colophon: printed by Pieter Muntendam), 1730. 4to. Modern gold-tooled brown half morrocco. Full description
€ 450
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Jesuit emblemata, with about 270 devices with mottos,
the engraved title-page drawn by Rubens

PIETRASANTA, Silvestro. De symbolis heroicis libri IX.
Antwerp, Balthasar Moretus, 1634. 4to. With an integral engraved allegorical title-page by Cornelius I Galle after a drawing by Peter Paul Rubens, the Plantin-Moretus woodcut device facing the colophon, an engraved portrait and engraved coat of arms of the dedicatee, the future Cardinal Pier Luigi Carafa, 7 full-page engraved family trees, about 270 engraved emblematic devices with mottos and a few other engraved and woodcut illustrations in the text. Contemporary Italian gold-tooled red goatskin morocco, gilt and gauffered edges. Rebacked with the original back strip laid down. Full description
€ 3,500
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First edition in Spanish of two comedies by Plautus

PLAUTUS, Titus Maccius. La comedia ..., intitulada Milite glorioso, traduzida en lengua Castellana.Including: La comedia ..., intitulada Menechmos, traduzida en lengua Castellana.
Antwerp, Martin Nuyts (Martinus Nutius), 1555. 2 plays in 1 volume. Small 12mo (12.5 x 7.5 cm). With 2 title-pages, each with Nuyts's woodcut device, and a different woodcut showing the same device and motto on the last printed page. Late 18th-century gold-tooled mottled sheepskin (blue on beige). Full description
€ 4,950
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Very rare first editions of the neo-latin poetry and emblems of Cornelis Plemp,the friend of Vondel and Hooft

PLEMP, Cornelis Gijsbertsz. Amsterodamum monogrammon.Including:
Quisquiliae seu elegiarum liber unus.Emblemata quinquaginta.
Amsterdam, Joannes Walschart, 1616. With woodcut coat of arms on title-page, woodcut on individual title-pages and 51 woodcut emblems with a diameter of ca 73 mm.
With: (2) PLEMP, Cornelis Gijsbertsz. Musius, sive rhythmi cum poematiis.Amsterdam, Joannes Walschart, 1618. With woodcut device on title-page and a woodcut illustration in text (same in ad 1). 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. 19th-century boards. Full description
€ 4,250
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Early Flemish panel-stamped binding signed by Anthoine de Gavere

PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius. Epistolarum libri X. Panegyricus Traiano principi dictus. De viris illustribus in re militari, & in administranda Rep. Item Suetonii Tranquilli De claris grammaticis & rhetoribus. Julii Obsequentis Prodigiorum liber. ...
Basel, (colophon: Andream Cratandrum, March) 1526. 8vo. With publisher's woodcut Fortuna device on verso of the last leaf and fine decorated woodcut initials. Contemporary blind-panel-stamped calf over wooden boards, with 4 different blind-stamped rectangular panels (2 on each board), each with 6 or 8 birds and animals in floral decoration, surrounded by text, 1 panel signed by Anthoine de Gavere, gilt and gauffered edges. Full description
€ 9,500
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Pliny's Natural history, annotated by the Italian scholar Hermolaus Barberus

PLINIUS SECUNDUS, Gaius. Opus divinum, cui titulus historiae naturalis, multoqua[m] antehac unqua[m] prodiit in luce[m] castigatius, una cu[m] annotationibus Hermanolai Barbari ...
Paris, Jean Petit (colophon: Nicolaus Sauetier), 1526. 2 parts in 1 volume (bound in reverse order). Folio. With title-page to the main work (bound second) printed in red and black and title-page to the index (bound first), each in a four-piece woodcut border. Contemporary or near contemporary calf, with the boards richly blind-tooled in a panel design; rebacked with part of the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 18,000
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Plutarch's famous schoolbook in four languages

PLUTARCHUS. Aureus libellus, Peri paidoon a'googès, id est, de educatione liberorum, tum interpretatione Latinam, ad verbum ferè applicatam, & paraphrasi Gallico-Germanicam… Petit livret de Plutarche,… Das güldene Büchlein Plutarchi, von der Kinderzucht.
Frankfurt, Erasmus Kempffer, 1612. 8vo. Set in 2 columns. Contemporary green vellum. Full description
€ 1,850
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First edition of an emblem book on the theme of the heart

PONA, Francesco. Cardiomorphoseos sive ex corde desumpta emblemata sacra.
Verona, superiorum permissu, 1645. 4to. With engraved allegorical title-page (signed ''G.G.'' below right) showing King David and Saint Paul holding a heart, with the arms of the dedicatee, Cardinal Jules Mazarin, at the foot, 101 engraved emblems in text, each on the theme of the heart, with a letterpress title in any of about 7 different woodcut panels, and a letterpress explanation below, continuing onto the verso. Each is printed from an oval plate (10.5 x 8 cm). Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 8,950
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One of the first small-format editions of a classic textbook on rhetoric, with a message for today

QUINTILIANUS, Marcus Fabius. [De institutione oratoria].
(Colophon: Florence, Filippo I Giunta, October 1515). Small 8vo (14.5 x 10 cm). With a title-page containing only the author's name, but with the title in the heading to liber I, and Giunti's woodcut device on the verso of the otherwise blank final leaf. Set entirely in an Aldine-style italic (with upright capitals). Vellum (ca. 1850?). Full description
€ 3,950
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Important first Aldine edition of the Roman world's greatest work on rhetoric

QUINTILIANUS, Marcus Fabius. [Institutiones oratoriae].
(Colophon: Venice, "aedibus Aldi et Andreae soceri" [= Aldus Manutius & Andre Torresani d'Asola], August 1514). 4to. With Aldus's famous woodcut anchor device on the title-page, repeated on the back of the last text page. Gold-tooled red morocco (ca. 1700), rebacked and given a black morocco spine label in the 19th century. Full description
€ 5,000
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Second Aldine edition of the most important Roman work on rhetoric,
from the library of Joseph Romilly

QUINTILIANUS, Marcus Fabius. Institutionum oratorium libri XII diligentius recogniti M D XXII. Index capitum totius operis. Conversio dictionum Graecarum, quas ipse author in latinum non transtulit.
(Colophon: Venice "In Aedibus Aldi, et Andreae soceri" [= André d'Asola & sons], January 1521 [= 1522]). Narrow 4to in 8s (21 x 13 cm). With Aldus's anchor and dolphin publisher's device on the first and last pages. Set entirely in a single size of Aldine italic, with some headings, running heads, etc., set in its (upright) capitals. Gold-tooled red morocco (ca. 1700), each board with delicate centre-piece a petit fers, rebacked in gold-tooled red morocco. Full description
€ 4,500
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The first Quran available to Western scholars

[QURAN - LATIN]. BIBLIANDER, Theodor, ed. Machumetis Saracenorum principis, eiusque successorum vitae, ac doctrina, ipseque Alcoran, …
[Basel, Johann Oporinus, Nikolaus Brylinger, 1543]. Lacking 1 preliminary leaf in part 1 and 2 preliminary leaves in part 3 (removed by anti-Lutheran censors).
With: (2) PHILO OF ALEXANDRIA. Philonis Judaei Alexandrini, libri [1] Antiquitatum. [2] Quaestionum et solutionnum in genesin. [3] De essaeis. [4] De nominibus Hebraicis. [5] De Mundo.
Basel, Adam Petri, 1527. 2 works (1 in 3 parts) in 2 volumes. 20 (28×20 cm). Uniform, tanned sheepskin (ca. 1795), gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 35,000
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First Dutch translation of the Quran
together with a life of Mohammed and a work on the Ottoman Empire

[QURAN]. De Arabische Alkoran, door de Zarazijnsche en de Turcksche prophete Mahometh.
Hamburg, for Barent Adriaensz. Berentsma, 1641.
With:
(2) [MOHAMMED]. Historie van den oorsprongh, geslacht, geboorte, opvoedinge, en leere des grooten valschen propheets Mahomets.
Amsterdam, Broer Jansz., 1640. With engraved frontispiece and 9 engraved illustrations in the text.
(3) [OTTOMAN EMPIRE]. Prophetien, of voorseggingen der beyde Keyseren Severi en Leonis, die beyde in Orienten geregeert hebben.
Amsterdam, Broer Jansz., 1640. With 15 numbered engraved illustrations. 3 works in 1 volume. 4to. 18th-century calf with the coat of arms of Aaron de Joseph de Pinto stamped in gold on both boards, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,500
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First accurate printed Quran (both the Arabic text and the Latin translation),
with extensive valuable notes from Islamic commentaries
and anti-Islamic “refutations” of every sura!
plus a life of Muhammed

[QURAN - ARABIC & LATIN]. MARRACCI, Ludovico, ed. Alcorani textus universus ex correctioribus Arabum exemplaribus summa fide, ... Eadem fide, ... in Latinum translatus; appositis unicuique capiti notis, atque refutatione: ...
[vol. 2 title:] Refutatio Alcorani, in qua ad Mahumetanicae superstitionis radicem securis apponitur; ...
Padova, Typographia Seminaria, 1698. 2 volumes bound as 1. Folio (35.5 x 25 cm). Blind-tooled vellum (ca. 1800?), reusing and retooling vellum from a slightly earlier blind-tooled binding. Full description
€ 25,000
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Three rare German treatises,
including the first work on wigs and a work on the night

RANGO, Konrad Tiburtius. De capillamentis seu vulgô Paruquen, liber singularis.
Magdeburg, Tobias Schröter and Johan Müller, 1663. With an engraved frontispiece by A. Fröhlich after the author and an engraved title-page.
With:(2) CRUSIUS, Jacobus Andreas. De nocte et nocturnis officiis, tam sacris, quam prophanis, lucubrationes historico-philologico-juridicae; ...
Bremen, Jacob Köhler, 1660.
(3) WERNER, Johann Nicolaus. Corpusculum philologicum variis rerum & verborum observationibus refertum; ...
Arnstadt, Caspar Freyschmid, 1662. 3 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 2,500
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Jesuit poem on garden art as Louis XIV built Versailles,
with engraved frontispiece and decorations

RAPIN, René. Hortorum libri IV. cum disputatione de cultura hortensi.
Paris, Imprimerie Royale (colophon also naming the printer Sébastien Cramoisy), 1665. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece; the engraved arms of Louis XIV on the title-page; 2 engraved armorial headpieces; 5 further engraved headpieces with pictorial scenes; 3 large engraved tailpieces with baroque decoration; 7 engraved decorated initials. Early 18th-century gold-tooled tan calf. Full description
€ 2,500
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Dutch poems on Biblical narratives

[RELIGION - POETRY]. Bybelsche keurstoffen.
Rotterdam, Philippus Losel, 1732. 8vo. With an engraved title-page and an engraved vignette on the title-page, both by Frans van Bleyswyck. Contemporary gold-tooled red morocco, richly gold-tooled spine with short-title, sides with gold-tooled fillets and an ornament in the centre, gold-tooled board edges, gilt edges. Full description
€ 700
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The history of Hawaii: only edition in Hawaiian and French

REMY, Jules (translator). Ka Mooolelo Hawaii[.] Histoire de l'archipel Havaiien (Iles Sandwich)[.] Texte et traduction précédés d'une introduction sur l'état physique, moral et politique du pays.
Including: REMY, Jules (translator). Moolelo Hawaii[.] Histoire Havaiienne.
Paris, A. Franck; Leipzig, Franck'sche Verlags-Buchhandlung (back of half-title: printed by Jules Claye), 1861-1862. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With original Hawaiian text on the left and the French translation on the right page. Modern brown half morocco, with the original printed wrappers bound in. Full description
€ 7,500
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Illustrated German Reynard the Fox in richly blind-tooled binding dated 1603

[REYNARD]. Reyneke Vosz de olde, nye gedrucket, mit sidlykem vorstande unde schonen figuren, erlüchtet unde vorbetert.
(Colophon: Rostock, Stephan Mölleman for Laurentz Albrechts, in Lübeck), 1592. Small 4to (20 x 16 cm). With letterpress title-page printed in red and black in an illustrated woodcut border (partly coloured by an early hand), 53 small woodcut costume-figures and 44 large woodcut illustrations in text. Blind-tooled vellum (dated 1603), with central oval ornament and the letters "MEL" and "IPR" and the year "16 ... 03". Full description
€ 7,250
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Including the first edition of the life of Reynard's son Reynardine

[REYNARD THE FOX]. The most delectable history of Reynard the Fox. Newly corrected and purged...
London, Thomas Ilive for Edward Brewster,1701.
Including:
[REYNARD THE FOX].
The most pleasant and delightful history of Reynard the Fox. The second part. ...
London, for Edward Brewster, 1681.
[REYNARD THE FOX, ADDITIONS]. The shifts of Reynardine the son of Reynard the Fox, ...
London, Thomas James for Edward Brewster and Thomas Passenger, 1684. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to.
With woodcut of King Lion's court on title-page, 61 woodcuts in text of part 1 (including 23 repeats), 15 woodcuts in part 2, all repeated from part 1. Late 18th-century calf. Full description
€ 6,500
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Variant issue of an account of the "Landjuweel" of Ghent 1539

[RHETORICIANS]. Spelen va[n] sinne byde[n] .xix. gheconfirmeerden cameren van rhetorijcken binnen der stede van Ghendt comparerende, verthoont, volghende den octroye vander K. Maiesteyt, Grave va[n] Vlaendren, onsen gheduchte[n] Heere, schepenen der selver stede, en[de] camere van rhetorijcke vander heylige drievuldicheyt, gheseyt de fonteynisten, verleent, en[de] der charte uutghesonde[n] op de questie, welck den mensche stervende, meesten troost is: die selve spele[n] beghinnende by ordre, so hier na volcht, de[n] .xii. junij, int jaer m.ccccc.xxxix. En[de] werde[n] volspeelt en[de] gheeyndt, den .xxiii. vanden jare en[de] maent voorsz.
(Colophon: Antwerp, [Matthias Crom], 25 October 1539). 8vo. 18th-century half vellum. Full description
€ 13,500
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Surprising respect for Australian Aboriginal languages,
with 4 botanical wood engravings and colour-printed decorations

RIDLEY, William. Kamilaroi, Dippel, and Turrubul: languages spoken by Australian Aborigines.
Sydney, Thomas Richards (New South Wales government printer), 1866. 4to. With an armorial vignette printed in several colours and gold (the unofficial “Advance Australia” Australian coat of arms), 4 fine full-page wood engravings of plants and flowers. Original publisher's maroon textured cloth. Full description
€ 1,950
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Indispensable guide to Dutch iconology in Rembrandt's day, with 196 woodcuts

RIPA, Cesare. Iconologia, of uytbeeldingen des verstands: … Om uyt te drucken, en te vinden, 't begrip van alle sinnebeelden, invallen, devijsen of sinteykenen. …
Amsterdam, Dirck Pietsz. Pers, 1644. 4to. With engraved allegorical frontispiece and 196 emblematic woodcut illustrations (ca. 8.5 x 6 cm) in the text by Jan Christoffel Jegher. Parchment (ca. 1725?). Full description
€ 2,750
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Earliest authenticated collection of Senegambian fables

ROGER, Jacques-François M. le Baron. Fables Sénégalaises, recueillies de l'Ouolof et mises en vers Français, avec des notes destinées à faire connaître la Sénégambie, son climat, ses principales productions, la civilisation et les moeurs des habitans.
Paris, Nepveu, Firmin Didot and Ponthieu, 1828. 12mo. Original blue publisher's printed paper wrappers, untrimmed. Full description
€ 475
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One of the few illustrated books printed by Bodoni, splendidly bound

[ROSSI, Giovanni Gherardo de]. Scherzi poetici e pittorici.
(Colophon: Parma, Giambattista Bodoni, 1795). 8vo (22 x 14 cm). With engraved title-page and 40 engraved plates (plate size: ca. 7 x 11 cm). Richly gold-tooled red morocco by Rémy Petit (active 1855-1900), spine with 5 raised bands resulting in 6 compartments, one with black title-label and the other five gold-tooled with black oval inlays; the sides with gilt triple fillet borders, corner ornaments with same oval inlays and a central oval ornament (gold on green); further with gilt fillets on board edges and richly gold-tooled turn-ins with a floral motive, gilt edges. Full description
€ 7,200
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Newly edited works on rhetoric, in Aire-sur-la-Lys prize binding

RUTILIUS LUPUS, Publius and 15 others (François PITHOU, ed.). [Antiqui rhetores Latini.] ... Omnia ex codd. manusc. emendatiora vel auctiora.
Paris, Adrien Périer (ex officina Plantiniana), 1599. Large 4to. Set in roman types with incidental italic, Greek and Hebrew. Contemporary gold-tooled calf with 18th-century restorations, with the arms of Aire-sur-la-Lys (an eagle) flanked by "S.P.Q. ... Arien[sis]". Rebacked with the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 2,950
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Virtues and vices in 100 engraved emblems after Caspar and Jan Luyken

SANCTA CLARA, Abraham à. Huy! und Pfuy! der Welt. Huy, oder Anfrischung zu allen schönen Tugenden. Pfuy oder Abschreckung von allen schändlichen Lastern. Durch unterschiedliche sittliche Concept, Historien, und Fabeln vorgestellt. Worinnen der Poet, Prediger, und waserley Standes-Personen für ihren Kram etwas finden können.
Nuremberg, Christoph Weigel; Würzburg, Martin Frantz Hertzen, 1707. Folio. With engraved allegorical title-page and 100 engraved emblems in text (measuring 10.5 x 12 cm). Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 8,500
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With 42 emblems revolving around the human body and body parts

SCARLATINI, Ottavio. Homo et eius partes figuratus & symbolicus, anatomicus, rationalis, moralis, mysticus, politicus, & legalis, collectus et explicatus cum figuris.
Augsburg & Dillingen, Johann Caspar Bencard, 1695. 2 volumes bound as 1. Large folio (37 x 23 cm). With a finely engraved emblematic frontispiece by the Augsburg engraver Leonhard Heckenauer (1655-1704), 2 title-pages with the same large engraved brooding chicken emblem and 42 engraved emblems in decorative cartouches in the text (plate size mostly 14 x 13 cm, but that on p. 232 of vol. 1 3.5 x 8.5 cm) perhaps also by Heckenauer. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 7,500
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Schultens's grammar of biblical Hebrew, printed and published in Transylvania

SCHULTENS, Albert. Institutiones ad fundamenta linguæ Hebrææ.
Cluj-Napoca (Kolozsvár, Klausenburg), Sándor (Alexander) Szathmári Pap, 1743. 4to. Set in roman and italic types with extensive Hebrew, incidental fraktur, Greek (2 sizes) and Arabic, and one 3-letter word in Samaritan. Contemporary gold-tooled sprinkled tanned sheepskin, each board with the Diesbach Belleroche coat of arms, probably a son of Nicolas de Diesbach Belleroche (1668-1735) in Switzerland. Full description
€ 1,750
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Woodcut Chinese translation (transcribed in the Latin alphabet) of a famous children's book

[SHERWOOD, Mary Martha (Caroline Phebe KEITH, translator)]. Hang- le zaeh-lok. [= Hengli shilu ("A record of Henry", a translation of The history of little Henry and his bearer)].
[Shanghai, Mission Press, 1856]. 8vo (23.5 x 14 cm). With each page printed from a separate woodblock on the outside of double leaves of Chinese paper (with their folds at the fore-edge). Original brown Chinese paper wrappers without a spine. Full description
€ 16,500
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First and only edition of a Catholic devotional work
With nearly 700 Van Sichem woodcuts

SICHEM, Christoffel II van. 't Schat der zielen, dat is: Het geheele leven ons Heeren Jesu Christi naer de vyer Evangelisten. Naer vervolgh des tijdts by een ghevoeght, in seven stucken verdeelt. Met seer schoon figuren verciert, gesneden door C. van Sichem, voor P. J. P[aets].
Amsterdam, Pieter J[acobsz]. P[aets], 1648. With 686 woodcuts, many full-page, by Christoph van Sichem (many with his monogram), after his own designs and after drawings and paintings by Aldegrever, Goltzius, Dürer, Bloemaert, the Wierix brothers, Lucas van Leyden, Maarten van Heemskerck, Joannes Stradanus, etc. 17th-century vellum, manuscript title on smooth spine. Full description
€ 8,000
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Richly gold-tooled French morocco in the style of "Le Gascon":
includes Elichman's Greek, Latin and Arabic Tabula Cebetis and Aurea carmina Pythagoræ

SIMPLICIUS of Cilicia. Commentarius in Enchiridion Epicteti, ex libris veteribus emendatus. Cum versione Hieronymi Wolfii, et Cl. Salmasii animadversionibus, et notis quibus Philosophia Stoica passim explicatur & illustratur.
Leiden, Johannes Maire, 1640. 4 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With three title-pages. Set in roman, Greek and Arabic types. Contemporary French pointillé binding in the style of "Le Gascon", richly gold-tooled in concentric panels on both covers, and in the six compartments of the spine, the second with the title. Full description
€ 9,750
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Laudatory poem on falconry and angling

SOMERVILLE, William. Field-sports. A poem. Humbly address'd to His Royal Highness the Prince.
London, printed [by Willam Bowyer] for J. Stagg, 1742. Folio. With large woodcut headpiece and woodcut factotum. 19th-century gold-tooled mottled calf, gold-tooled turn-ins. Rebacked, with the original back-strip laid down. Full description
€ 2,500
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Songs on the Dutch victories over the Spanish conquerors

[SONGBOOK - DUTCH]. Eerste [-Tweede] deel van 't nieu geusen liet boeck, waerinne begrepen is den gantschen handel der Nederlanden, beginnende anno 1564. uit alle oude geusen liet-boecken by een versamelt. Verciert met schoone oude refereynen en[de] liedekens, te voren noyt in eenige liet-boecken ghedruct. Met de figuren der gouverneurs.
Amsterdam, Gerrit van Breugel, 1616. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Title-page printed in red and black with borders built up from typographic ornaments, woodcut on title-page, and 10 small woodcut portraits in text of the two parts together. Later limp sheepskin parchment, with remnants of ties. Full description
€ 5,000
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A raunchy satire of country life in Holland ca. 1700 with appendices on the Cape,
East Indies and fictitious Isle of Pines

SPAAN, Gerrit van. Het koddig en vermakelyk leven van Louwtje van Zevenhuizen, of het schermschool der huislieden, vervat in twee deelen. Waar agter gevoegt is de Afrikaansche en Aziaansche weg-wijzer, ...
Rotterdam, Pieter de Vries, 1752. 4 parts in 2 volumes, bound as 1. 8vo. With engraved allegorical frontispiece, a letterpress general title-page, 4 part-titles. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 4,500
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"The first great poem of the Dutch Renaissance"

SPIEGHEL, Hendrik Laurensz. Hart-spieghel.
Amsterdam, Cornelis Dircksz. Cool (colophon: printed by Paulus Aertsz. van Ravesteyn), 1615. With woodcut author's portrait by Van Sichem and Van Ravesteyn's woodcut printer's device.
With: (2) EPICTETUS. Handt-boexken, ende Cebes tafereel.
Including: SPIEGHEL, Hendrik Laurensz. Cebes tafereels kort begrip.
Amsterdam, by Cornelis Fransz. for Cornelis Dircksz. Cool, 1615. 2 works in 1 volume (the 2nd in 2 parts). 8vo. Interleaved. Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine. Full description
€ 1,950
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Marvelously illustrated emblematic work on moral education

SPINNIKER, Adriaan. Leerzaame zinnebeelden, ... Tweede druk.
Haarlem, Jan Bosch, 1757. With engraved frontispiece and 50 beautifully engraved emblems in text.
With: (2) SPINNIKER, Adriaan. Vervolg der Leerzaame zinnenbeelden, Spiegel der boetvaardigheid en genade en eenige stichtelyke gezangen.
Haarlem, Jan Bosch, 1758. With same engraved frontispiece (with revisions), 30 engraved emblems in text and 4 engraved emblems on plates with letterpress text. 2 volumes bound as 1. 4to. Contemporary gold-tooled, tanned sheepskin. Full description
€ 4,500
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Emblem book with engravings by Vander Vinne and Philips

SPINNIKER, Adriaan. Vervolg der leerzaame zinnebeelden, spiegel der boetvaardigheid en genade en eenige stichtelyke gezangen.
Haarlem, Jan Bosch, 1758. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, engraving on title-page, 30 engraved emblems in text (ca. 10 x 12.5 cm) by Vincent vander Vinne in the first part, and 4 engraved emblems in text (10 x 12.5 cm) by Jan Caspar Philips in the second part. Contemporary marbled wrappers. Full description
€ 2,500
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One of the most famous Jesuit emblem books,
with emblems engraved in the form of Easter eggs

STENGEL, Georg. Ova paschalia sacro emblemate inscripta descriptaque.
Ingolstadt, (colophon: widow of Joan. Simonis Knab), 1672. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With engraved title-page, engraved vignette on the title-page of the second part, and 103 engravings in the text (portrait of Ferdinand III of Bohemia and, 100 engraved emblems and 2 others). Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 3,000
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Colourful account of a shipwreck near Mauritius

STOKRAM, Andries. Korte beschryvinghe van de ongeluckige weer-om-reys van het schip Aernhem, nevens noch zes andere schepen, onder't gebiedt van den heer Arnout de Vlaming van Outshoorn, van Batavia na het vaderlandt afgevaren, op den 23. december 1661. van welcke gemelte schepen noch drie vermist worden.
Amsterdam, Jacob Venckel, 1663. Small 4to (19.5 x 16 cm). Modern marbled wrappers. Full description
€ 3,500
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Rare pasquinade against an 18th-century travel account

[SULZER, Franz Joseph (subject)]. Der irrende Don Quitschot unsrer zeit, oder Beylage zu den dreyen Sendschreiben des k.k. Rittmeisters, und Auditors bey dem löblichen Dragoner Regimente Savoyen, J. Sulzers über seine litterarische Reise an Herrn Prediger Theodor Lang zu Cronstatt in Siebenbürgen.
[Vienna?], 1783. 8vo. Later plain boards. Full description
€ 850
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“First” edition of Gulliver's travels

[SWIFT, Jonathan]. Travels into several remote nations of the world. In four parts. By Lemuel Gulliver.
London, Benjamin Motte, 1726. 4 parts in 2 volumes. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver, 5 engraved maps and one engraved plate. 19th-century gold-tooled calf, richly gold-tooled spines, gilt edges. Full description
€ 7,500
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First great international investment fraud & scandal

[TAFEREEL DER DWAASHEID]. LAW, John (subject). Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid, vertoonende de opkomst, voortgang en ondergang der actie, bubbel en windnegotie, in Vrankryk, Engeland, en de Nederlanden, gepleegt in den jaare MDCCXX.
[Amsterdam], 1720 [= ca. 1740?]. Folio. With letterpress title-page printed in red and black, 77 engraved plates (including 2 made up of 4 separate prints each, mounted to form 2 leaves together). Most are double-page and several are larger folding sheets, and they include 4 maps and the plate with the complete set of 52 playing cards. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine with modern title-label. Full description
€ 3,500
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The first great international investment fraud & scandal,
including 10 very rare broadsheets with woodcut illustrations

[TAFEREEL DER DWAASHEID]. [Collection of satirical plates and illustrated poems related to Het groote tafereel der dwaasheid].
Including:
-11 very rare broadsheets, each of the first 10 with a satirical poem and 1 or more woodcut illustrations, the last with a verse by Joost van den Vondel and an engraved illustration.
[Netherlands, ca. 1720] (items 1-10); Rotterdam, Pieter vander Veer, 1721 (item 11). 1mo. Modern green half cloth.
-8 engraved prints with letterpress text by Jan de Ridder.
[Netherlands, ca. 1720]. Folio. Modern green half cloth.
-45 engraved satirical plates (including 2 made up of 4 separate prints each, and with a duplicate plate).
[Netherlands, ca. 1721]. Various formats. Each in passepartout.
-12 separate prints (a few with letterpress text) and 2 copies of an engraved map in 2 parts, showing the coast of South America and the South Sea.
[Netherlands, ca. 1721]. Various formats.
The whole kept together in a large 20th-century green half cloth portfolio (50×70 cm). Full description
€ 17,500
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Lovely Zwolle prize binding: Westerhovius's celebrated edition of Terence

TERENCE (TERENTIUS AFER, Publius). Comoediae sex, ... commentario perpetuo illustratae. Accedunt interpretes vetustiores, Aelius Donatus, ... Frid. Lindenbruchii observationes ... Curavit Arn. Henr. Westerhovius.
The Hague, Pierre Gosse, 1726. 3 parts in 2 volumes, bound as 1. 4to (26 x 21.5 x 12 cm). With 2 title-pages printed in red and black, each preceded by the same frontispiece, and a full-page portrait of Terence. Mottled richly gold-tooled calf (1771 or shortly before), each board with the crowned Zwolle coat of arms above a panel with "ZWOLLÆ." as centrepiece. The binding was made by the First Zwolle Prize bindery, tentatively associated with Simon Clement, with the manuscript prize inscription from the rector of the Zwolle gymnasium dated summer 1771. Full description
€ 750
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First issue of one of the first and most important books printed by Aldus Manutius,
with first editions of Greek texts by Theocritus, Hesiod and others

THEOCRITUS, HESIOD, and others. [Indication of contents in Greek followed by Latin:] Haec insunt in hoc libro. Theocriti Eclogae triginta. Genus Theocriti & De inventione bucolicorum. Catonis Romani sententiae paraeneticae Distichi. Sententiae septem sapientum. De invidia. Theognidis megarensis siculi sententiae Elegiacae. Sententiae monostichi per capita ex variis poetis. Aurea carmina Pythagorae. Phocylidae Poema admonitorium. Carmina Sibyllae erythraeae De Christo Jesu domino n[ost]ro. Differentia vocis. Hesiodi Theogonia. Eiusdem Scutum Herculis. Eiusdem Georgicon libri duo.
Venice, Aldus Manutius, February "1495" [=1496]. Folio. With 8 fine woodcut headpieces (2 by the famous Poliphilus master) plus 29 repeats, and 23 woodcut outline interlaced initials (3 series: 3-line, 5-line and 7-line) plus 16 repeats. Modern red morocco, gold- and blind-blocked. Full description
€ 39,500
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