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Two masterpieces of Dutch hydraulic engineering

BARNARD, John Gross. Report on the North Sea Canal of Holland; and on the improvement of navigation from Rotterdam to the sea; to the chief of engineers, United States army. (Professional papers of the corps of engineers, U.S. army. No. 22).
Washington D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1872. 4to. With 12 plates numbered as 11 (all but 1 folding and 1 printed in red and black). Further with a half title, title-page, preface, and list of plates. Contemporary brown half morocco, reddish-brown cloth sides gold-blocked with the title and the coat of arms of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Full description
€ 875
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A demonstration of Dutch water management skills

CONRAD, Frederik Willem, Arie Jansz. BLANKEN and Simon KROS. Rapport wegens het onderzoek omtrent eene uitwatering te Catwyk aan Zee, gedaan in 1802. Op last van dykrichter en hoogheemraaden van Rhynland.
Haarlem, François Bohn, 1803[-1804]. Folio. With 2 folding engraved maps, 15 folding engraved plates and 1 engraved plate, all except one signed by Daniel Veelwaard. Later green half cloth Full description
€ 650
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The most influential river map of its time

CRUQUIUS, Nicolaas. De rivier de Merwede, ...
Including: No. 3. Caarte ofte afteckening van de rivier de Merwede ...
[The Hague, National Printing Office, 1730]. An engraved map of the river Merwede, the main map (53.5 x 124.5) on two sheets at a scale of 1:10,000, together with a separate engraved overview map (22 x 63 cm) with diagrams showing river depth and dike profiles, and tidal and seasonal changes in the water level. Framed (64.5 x 134 & 64.5 x 74 cm). Full description
€ 6,500
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Illustrated account of the levee failure and flood of 1809

[EWIJK, Hendrik]. Geschiedkundig verslag der dijkbreuken en overstroomingen, langs de rivieren in het Koningrijk Holland. Voorgevallen in louwmaand MDCCCIX. ... Eerste -[tweede] deel.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart and Jacobus Ruys, 1809. With 16 (of 17) folding engraved plates and maps (2 hand-coloured), a very large folding engraved map at the end (ca. 55 x 92 cm), 6 folding letterpress tables, and several letterpress tables in text.
With: (2) [EWIJK, Hendrik]. Platen en kaarten behorende tot het geschiedkundig verslag der dijkbreuken en overstroomingen, in louwmaand MDCCCIX.Amsterdam, Johnnes Allart and Jocabus Ruys, [1809]. With 6 engraved maps (duplicating 6 in text volumes) and 7 engraved plates (duplicating 3 in text volumes). 2 text volumes (8vo) and 1 plates volume (folio). Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,750
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First scientific study of the St. Pietersberg at Maastricht

FAUJAS DE SAINT-FOND, Barthélemy. Natuurlijke historie van den St. Pieters Berg bij Maastricht. ... Uit het Fransch door J.D. Pasteur.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1802. 8vo. With an engraved title-page with a small illustration by D. Vrijdag, a folding engraved map and folding engraved plan of the St. Pietersberg, and numerous illustrations of minerals and fossils on 52 folding engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,600
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Watercolour drawings of indigenous Dutch plants

[DRAWINGS - BOTANICAL]. HARST, Leendert Johannes van der. [Collection of 52 botanical watercolour drawings, mostly signed "v.d. H."].
[Utrecht], 1878-1879, 1893. Collection of 52 drawings, containing 46 watercolour drawings on wove and laid paper (most measuring ca. 31.5 x 20), with plant name, date and signature "v.d. H." added in manuscript, 1 double-page watercolour of grasses, 4 smaller sketches in pencil, and 2 pen and in ink drawings, one showing a cross-section of a live sponge, and the other a small caricature of gentleman (Van der Harst?) standing between animated plants and flowers, smelling a flower. Contemporary portfolio, made from 2 paperboards. Full description
€ 2,750
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18th-century manuscript map of part of the Lek River

HATTUM, Dirk van. Kaarte en aftekening van het rivier vak beneeden het Tienhovense Veer met de aanleggende krib, en rijswerken.
[Netherlands], August 1792. Manuscript map in pen, ink and colour washes on paper (52.5 x 73.5 cm), with a compass rose (north below right), the names of the regions, and a scale (ca. 1:2000) below left. Full description
€ 1,950
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800 of the best Dutch botanical engravings
beautifully hand-coloured as published

KOPS, Jan (with H.C. van HALL, F.A. MIQUEL and J.E. van der TRAPPEN). Flora Batava, afgebeeld door en van wegens J.C. Sepp en zoon; ... I.[-X.] deel. [title vols. V-X:] Flora Batava of afbeelding en beschrijving van Nederlandsche gewassen, ...
Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp & zoon, [1800], 1807-1849. 10 volumes. Large 4to (30 x 24.5 cm). With 10 engraved title-pages (the first with a hand-coloured illustration) and 800 full-page engraved botanical plates, all beautifully coloured by hand as published. Vols. 1-6: contemporary (ca. 1832) half calf, gold- and blind-tooled spines; vols. 7-10: contemporary (ca. 1849) tan half cloth. Full description
€ 9,500
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