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One of the earliest Antwerp records of Charles V’s Italian financier

[MANUSCRIPT - NOTARIAL DECLARATION]. AFFAITATI, Giovan Carlo (Johannes Carolus de AFFAYTADI). Ratificatio facta p[er] m[agnifi]cu[m] d[ominum] Jo[hannes] Carolu[s] de Affaytalis, in favorem m[agnifi]ci et r[everen]di d[omino]. Guidi d[e] Crema et Rafaelis Krumani p[e]r Castro S[anc]ti Laurentii et terris.
Antwerp, 20 January 1546. Manuscript notarial document in Latin, written in a Latin hand on one side of a single piece of sheepskin parchment (31 x 54.5 cm), opening with a large capital and closing with the notary's decorative signature, with the title and "M. Johan Carlo" on the back. Folded and loosely inserted in a paper folder (ca. 1690s?). [1] leaf. Full description
€ 1,250
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Maria de Medici's visit to Amsterdam with plates in first and second states

BARLAEUS, Caspar. Medicea hospes, sive descriptio publicae gratulationis, qua serenissimam, Augustissimamque reginam, Mariam de Medicis, excepit senatus populusque Amstelodamensis.
Amsterdam, Johan & Cornelius Blaeu, 1638. Folio. With woodcut coat-of-arms of Amsterdam on title, full-page engraved portrait of Maria de Medici with terras and view on the Amstel after G. Honthorst, 16 double-page, 2 double-page folding, fine engraved views of Amsterdam and of the splendid ceremonies at the occasion of Maria de Medici's visit to Amsterdam by S. Savery, several after S. de Vlieger, and P. Nolpe after Cl. Moyaert. All engravings are in either early or first states, before numbers, letters, etc. Contemporary vellum, title in ink on spine. [14], 76, [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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Lieutenant Colonel Rudolph Bentincks army journals in the Netherlands, the Mediterranean and Portugal: inspecting fortifications, mines, troops and young ladies

[BENTINCK, Volkier Rudolph]. [Wrapper-title:] Journael zedert 1771.
[Maastricht, Bois-le-Duc, Bergen op Zoom, Namur, etc., 7 July - 3 September 1771 & The Mediterranean and Portugal, 23 May - 18 August 1774]. 2 matching journals. Folio (32.5 x 20.5 cm). Two manuscript journals in French, written in brown ink on laid paper. Contemporary coarse brown paper wrappers, with the 1771 journal in loose bifolia (never sewn) inserted. [2], [2 blank], [11], [1 blank]; 18, [6 blank] pp. Full description
€ 5,950
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Original documents of an 18th-century lawsuit against the murderer of a blacksmith in Zoeterwoude

[MANUSCRIPT]. BERGH, Johan van den. Eenige stukken concerneerende criminele procedures in cas d'appel voor het hof geventileerd tusschen den bailluw van Rhijnland contra Pieter Oostenryk in materie van manslag met de ms. schriftuuren.
[Leiden], 1726-1729. Folio. Manuscript, in Dutch, on laid paper, with 2 embossed seals. Later blue paper wrappers. 28 pp. (and 8 pp. blank). Full description
€ 1,750
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50 coloured maritime prints of exceptional quality, by a Dutch naval officer/artist

COMTE, Pieter le II. Afbeeldingen van schepen en vaartuigen, in verschillende bewegingen.
Amsterdam, F. Kaal (printed by J. J. Nesser Jr.), 1831. Oblong 4to (23.5 x 31 cm). With 50 nicely hand coloured lithographic plates in crayon technique, depicting boats and ships, including 1 steam boat and 7 plates showing details of rigging and equipment. Contemporary boards covered with the original letterpress printed paper wrapper. Signed by the author/artist as authentication, and with his embossed stamp in the foot margin of each plate. [8], 60, [3] pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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Manuscript fortification plan of Geertruidenberg, signed by future minister under Napoleon

DEJEAN, Jean-François-Aimé. Plan de Gertruidenberg et de l'attaque de cette place par les Français. N. L'attaque a été commencée le 22 nivose an 3me. Rép. (11 janvier 1795) et la garnison s'est rendue prisonnière de guerre le 29 nivose (18 janvier 95 vieux stile).
[Netherlands, ca. 1800]. Manuscript fortification plan (49 x 61.6 cm) on paper in ink and green and red watercolour. With large frame in the bottom left with keys to important locations, including the locations of the troops during the attack. Signed "Vu Dejean". Full description
€ 2,250
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