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Very rare anti-semitic Indian-Jewish Robinsonade with imaginary voyages from India to Portugal, Spain and the West and East Indies

ACHRACH, Jezer ben (pseud.) [= Christoph Gottlieb RICHTER]. Der jüdische Robinson beschrieben durch Jezer ben Achrach Pfleger der Schulen zu Constantinople, in India, Arabia, Persien, und Egypten, und Deutinger der Juden Gesez-Buch und Dolmetscher aller Sprachen in Orient.
"Trankebar" [= Tharangambadi, India, but printed and published in Nürnberg], [Gabriel Nikolaus Raspe?], "5808" [= 1759]. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a woodcut vignette on the title-page and woodcut head and tail pieces (plus a headpiece built up from rococo typographic ornaments). Modern marbled boards with red morocco spine label lettered in gold, new endpapers. [16], 204 pp. Full description
€ 5,500
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Including a manuscript leaf by Burton

[ARABIAN NIGHTS]. BURTON, Richard F. The book of the thousand nights and a night[:] a plain and literal translation of the Arabian nights entertainments.
With:
(2) BURTON, Richard F. Supplemental nights.
(3) BURTON, Richard F. [Autograph manuscript book review of an 1881 Panchatantra edition].
(Colophons: U.S.A. [Boston, MA?]), The Burton Club, [ca. 1940]. 16 volumes (incl. 6 supplements). 8vo. With an original manuscript leaf written by Burton (with the manuscript heading: "Proof to Sir R.F.B. Hotel des Bains, Aigle, Canton Vaud, Switzerland" and a note "Long Primer Pressig.") and each volume with a different frontispiece in two states (coloured and uncoloured). Contemporary richly gold-blocked green morocco, boards with Arabic script in gold, gold-tooled turn-ins. Full description
€ 25,000
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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. [1], [1 blank], IV, 368; [1], [1 blank], 403, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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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. [8], 438, [9], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 900
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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. [2], "234" [= 236], [10] pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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First edition of the most influential gastronomic publication: "Tell me what you eat; I'll tell you what you are"

[BRILLAT-SAVARIN, Jean Anthelme]. Physiologie du gout, ou méditations de gastronomie transcendante, ouvrage théorique, historique et à l'ordre du jour, dédié aux gastronomes Parisiens.
Paris, Auguste Sautelet et Cie. (back of title-page: printed by David), 1826 [1825]. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a woodcut device on both title-pages. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spines, marbled edges and endpapers. [2], XIV, [1], 6-390; 442 pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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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 (subject)]. 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. 24, [128] pp. Full description
€ 6,500
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Series of 118 love emblems, a rare later issue

CAPUCIN, Père. Les emblèmes d'amour divin et humain ensemble. Expliquez par des vers François. Par un pere Capucin.
[Paris, ca. 1745]. 8vo. With an engraved title-page and 118 numbered full-page engraved emblems. Contemporary gold-tooled mottled calf, sewn on 4 recessed cords, the spine divided into 6 fields by fillets, the 2nd with a red morocco label and each of the others with a flower (closed thistle?) and several small stamps, each board with a frame of triple fillets with a second flower inside each corner and a star at each corner intersection, gold fillets on board edges, gilt edges, marbled endpapers (red, yellow, green, blue and white, curled). 119 ll. Full description
€ 4,500
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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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