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Four orations on the importance of art

BILDERDIJK, Willem. Redevoering, over de voortreffelykheid der schilderkunst, in derzelver voorwerp beschouwd. ...1794.
[The Hague, B. Scheurleer junior], 1794.
(2). KASTEELE, Reinier Pieter van de. Redevoering tot lof der vaderlandsche schilders en aanspraak.... 1809.
The Hague, P.F. Gosse, [1809]. With an engraved plate with seals of the Academie engraved by C. Lotter.
(3). KASTEELE, Reinier Pieter van de. Redevoering over het aangename en nuttige van de beoefening der teekenkunde. Uitgesproken in de akademiezaal van Pictura. Op den 3 van Bloeimaand 1810.
The Hague, B. Scheurleer junior, 1810. With an engraved plate with seals of the Academie engraved by C. Lotter.
(4). LIMBURG, T. van. Redevoering over het vermogen der schilderkunst ter gelegenheid van het uitdeelen der prijzen... 1811.
The Hague, B. Scheurleer junior, 1811. 8vo. 4 works in 4 volumes. Contemporary decorated paper wrappers. [24], 22, [2]; [16], 43, [3]; [20], 46; [20], 30 pp. Full description
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With important provenance

BOCKENBERG, Pieter Cornelisz. Catalogus & brevis historia pontificum Ultraiectensium. Item catalogus & brevis historia antistitum Egmondanorum.
Leiden, Jan Jacobsz. Paets, 1586 (Colophon: 'Extant Goudae, apud Leonardum Theodori Librarium, ad pontem Hornensem'). Small 8vo. [16], 99, [12] [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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Biography of the great Dutch naval hero Admiral Michiel de Ruyter. Large paper copy of the first edition

BRANDT, Geeraert. Het leven en bedryf van den heere Michiel de Ruiter.
Amsterdam, for Wolfgang, Waesberge, Boom, van Someren and Goethals, 1687 (engraved title-page: printed by Pieter and Joan Blaeu, 1686). Folio (34.5 x 22.5 cm). With engraved title-page, engraved portrait of De Ruyter, 7 engraved double-page plates by Sebastiaen Stoopendaal and 1 engraved plate by Joseph Mulder. Late 18th-century calf, gold-tooled spine. [10], "1063" [=1065], [23] pp. Full description
€ 3,750
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Unrecorded 1712 almanac in an elaborately gold-tooled binding with a silver pin fastening, by the Amsterdam Art Book Bindery

DAM, Jan Albertsz. van. Nieuw geinventeerde koopmans comptoir- en schrijf-almanach, op het schrikkel-jaar onzes heeren J. Christi M DCC XII. Na de nieuwe styl. Versien met de jaarmarkten, paarde- beeste- en leer-markte, en de dageliksche uure van de maans op en ondergang.
Amsterdam, the heirs of Albert Magnus, [1711 (for the year 1712)]. 12mo. Printed in red and black throught, the title-page with Magnus's woodcut device (Atlas with an armillary sphere on his shoulders), numerous typographical symbols in the text: for example a horse and a goat representing horse and other animal market days, moons in different phases, planetary signs and manicules (pointing hands). With a small etching of an angel (39 mm tall) holding a wreath, cut out of an unidentified source and loosely inserted between 2 blank pages at the end of the book. Contemporary, elaborately gold-tooled mottled calf over thin wooden boards by the so-called Art Book Bindery (1705-1741) in the style made famous by Albert Magnus himself, with more than 100 impressions of about a dozen stamps and one roll, gold-tooled board edges. Further with 4 silver anchor plates (2 on each board), each with the coat of arms of the States of Holland in a decorative cartouche, and each with a silver eye extending over the fore edge, with a silver combination stylus/lead pencil used to fasten the book through the eyes, gilt edges. [120] pp. bound with 46 blank free endleaves: [12] pp. at the front and [22 (coated paper)], [12] pp. at the back. Full description
€ 7,500
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Sumptuously bound for the author for presentation to G.P. Oliva, Superior General of the Jesuit Society, on Royal paper.

KIRCHER, Athanasius. Ars magna sciendi, in XII libros digesta, qua nova & universali methodo ... [vol. 2 half-title:] Artis magnae seu combinatoriae sciendi, ... [titles on the frontispieces:] Ars magna sciendi sive combinatoria [vol. 1] Artis magnae combinatoriae [vol. 2].
Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge and the widow of Elizaeus Weyerstraten, 1669. 2 volumes bound as 1. Royal folio (46 x 30 x 5.5 cm). With 2 richly engraved allegorical frontispieces, an engraved plate with a full-page portrait of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, an engraved plate showing all knowledge of the universe organised as a tree, 2 engraved volvelles (with 4 rotating dials), 20 further engravings on integral leaves and a couple dozen woodcut figures in the text. Contemporary richly gold-tooled red goatskin morocco decorated a petit fers, gold-tooled turn-ins, board edges and raised bands, giving a total of more than 1500 impressions of about 14 stamps and 3 rolls, edges gilt over red and blue squiggles. Janssonius van Waesberge, who published Kircher's books in Amsterdam from 1664/65 to 1682, arranged to have copies of several luxuriously bound for Kircher to present to leading figures and this is almost certainly one of them, presented to Giovanni Paolo Oliva, Superior General of the Jesuit Society. [18], 482, [10] pp. (including 2 integral frontispieces), plus 4 inserted tables & 2 plates. Full description
€ 50,000
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Encyclopedia of world history in Dutch

LUISCIUS, A.G. Het algemeen historisch, geographisch en genealogisch woordenboek, vervattende de gehele wereldlyke geschiedenis...
The Hague, Pieter Husson, Thomas Johnson, Johannes van Duren, Charles le Vier; Delft, Reinier Boitett, 1724-1737. 8 volumes. Large folio (41.5 x 27.5 cm). Vol. 1 with an impressive engraved frontispiece by Bernard Picart and an engraved armorial dedication to Isack van Hoornbeek. Each volume except the first has an engraving at the head of the first page depicting a library with visitors in it. Contemporary and uniform mottled half calf, marbled sides, gold-tooled spine with red label. [14], 574; 440, 192; 428, 146; 234, 190; 600; 578; 556; 572 pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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Very rare issue including book 32, earlier incomplete and later censored, of the earliest great work on the Dutch war of independence from Habsburg Spain, introducing the first textura gothic type in the new Dutch style

METEREN, Emanuel van. Nederlantsche historien ofte geschiedenissen inhoudende den gantzen staet, handel, soo va[n] oorlogen als vrede-handels in onsen tyden begin ende eynde ... Mede vervattende eenige haerder gebueren handelinge. ... oversien verbetert ende vermeerdert tot dese[n] tege[n]wordigen wtgank des jaers anno 1611.
Including (vol. 2): Belgische ofte Nederlantsche oorlogen ende gheschiedenissen beginnende van t'jaer 1595 tot 1611, ... oversie[n] verbetert e[n]de vermeerdert ...
[Copy imprint to vol. 2:] "Schotland buyten Danswyck" [= Amsterdam], "Hermes van Loven" [= Nicolaes III Biestkens?] for the author, 1611 [-1612]. 2 volumes. 4to. With 2 engraved title-pages, both coloured and highlighted in gold by an early hand. Further with a full-page engraved portrait of Van Meteren, and 21 smaller woodcut portraits in the text attributed to Christoffel van Sichem. Mottled, gold-tooled calf (ca. 1665), gold-tooled spines, 18th-century(?) gold-tooling on the boards. [6], 568, [20]; [2], 118, [4], 413, [10] ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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A subtle mixture of Christian and Pagan wisdom

OTTO VON PASSAU. Boec des gulden throe[n]s of der xxiiij. ouden en[de] hoemen elke[n] vinden mach en[de] va[n] hoerre leringhen die si leren om te comen totten ewighen leven.
(colophon: Haarlem, [Jacob Bellaert], 25 October 1484). Folio (29 x 21.5 cm). With large woodcut printer's device (142 x 82 mm) on verso of last leaf (with the arms of the city of Haarlem above an eagle holding a larger blank shield, here filled in by a contemporary owner); 4 woodcut illustrations and 20 repeats, representing the 24 elders, each showing one of the male elders, standing, teaching a female novice kneeling before him. Further with spaces left for initials, all filled in with uncials by hand, about 25 with penwork decoration in 1 or 2 additional colours: 1 blue 6-line initial with decorations in red and violate extending far into the margin, about 24 red 3 to 9-line (mostly 7-line) initials with lavendar penwork (1 with 2 green dots), some extending into the margin, and more than 70 2-line red initials without penwork decoration; a few spaces left for ¶-marks, also filled in in red; capitals rubricated throughout. Set entirely in Baellart's textura (99 or 100 mm/20 lines or about 14.5 point). Lacking leaf 137 (the second to last text leaf) and the final blank. Modern sheepskin. [1 blank, 3], "136" [= 135 (of 136)], [1] ll. Full description
€ 75,000
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