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Images of the world in first edition, from the library of Joseph Fesh (1763-1839)

COLLEGIUM SOCIETATIS JESU. Typus mundi in quo eius calamitates et pericula nec non divini, humanique amoris antipathia. Emblematice propuntur a RR.C.S.I.A.
Antwerp, Jan Cnobbaert, 1627. 12mo. With an engraved title-page and 33 full-page engraved emblems on integral leaves. 18th-century (?) calf, gold-tooled spine. 240 [= 140], [3], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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Polemic edition of Augustine's Confessions,
a 1779 prize-book from the Collegium Antonianum in Megen (Noord-Brabant)

AUGUSTINUS, Aurelius. Confessio Augustiniana in libros quattor distributa, et certis capitibus locorum theologicorum, qui sunt hodie scitu dignissimi, comprehensa: nunc primum ex omnibus B. Aurelii Augustini libris in unum opus bona fide ac studio singulari redacta per D. Hieronymum Torrensem ...
Dillingen, Sebald Mayer, 1567. 4to. With Mayers full-page woodcut device (a pelican feeding her young with her own blood, with motto "sic his qui diligunt", copied in mirror image from that of Frans Behem in Mainz) on the last otherwise blank leaf, and some fine decorated woodcut initials. 18th century mottled calf, gold-tooled spine, red sprinkled edges. [32], 330, [24] lvs. Full description
€ 1,500
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On the authority and necessity of bishops

BEYER, Guilielmus (Willem). Tractatus de auctoritate, ac necessitate episcoporum. Including: (2) Philippus Rovenius. Tractatus de missionibus ad propagandam fidem.(3) Carolus Borromeus. Aureus tractatus de ratione administrandi sacramentum confessionis, ...(4) Franciscus van Sales. Instructio pro confessariis. ...
Brussels [= Amsterdam], Joachim van Metelen, 1669. 8vo. With a woodcut Jesuit device on title-page, the engraved coat of arms of the dedicatee, Carlo Francesco Airoldi, Apostolic Internuncio to the Spanish Netherlands and future Archbishop, and woodcut tailpieces and initials. Contemporary vellum, red sprinkled edges. [48], 384 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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1558 declaration signed by the great botanist Dodoens in his capacity as Mechelen churchwarden

[MANUSCRIPT]. DODOENS (DODONAEUS), Rembert. [Declaration of financial and other documents received as incoming churchwarden of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Mechelen].
[Mechelen], 27 December 1558. Oblong 4to (19 x 21.5 cm). A document written in dark brown ink on paper, with the opening words filled in afterwards in light brown ink and the signature in light brown ink. [1] ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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Drawings made as models for the plates in the complete works of Flavius Josephus

FOKKE, Simon. [12 drawings of Old Testament scenes].
Amsterdam, 1783. Twelve pen and ink wash drawings (each ca. 8 x 6.5 cm) in subtle shades of grey and sepia. All 12 drawings mounted on a single contemporary stiff paper support (44 x 61 cm), neatly arranged in three rows of four, each with a border of lines drawn around it in ink. A contemporary pencil inscription below the lower right drawing reads "S. Fokke Amsterdam 1712-1784". Another in a later hand in the lower right corner of the support reads "S. Fokke". Full description
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The history, economy and politics of Oudewater

[KINSCHOT, Gaspar Rudolph van]. Beschryving der stad Oudewater; waarin aangetoont word der zelver herkomst uit het Uitrechtsche Bisdom, overgang tot de Graaflykheid van Holland en haare gemaakte onafscheidbaarheid van de zelve, ...
-Handvesten, privilegien, octroyen, placaaten en ordonnantien; mitsgaders keuren, giften, resolutien, en andere voorname stukken, de stad Oudewater betreffende.
-Oude en nieuwe keuren der stad Oudewater.
-Ordonnantie en instructie, voor schepenen commissarissen der stede Oudewater, ...
Delft, Reinier Boitet, 1747. 4to. With title in red and black with engraved vignette with the arms of Oudewater supported by lions, in a decorative cartouche with vines, full-page engraved dedication to the 4 burgomasters and governors of Delft, including the author's father (with their arms and the crowned arms of Oudewater, Delft and Alkmaar), 2 engraved maps and 5 views of Oudewater (all folding), 2 engraved numismatic illustrations in text. Contemporary vellum. XVI, "600" [= 604], 14, [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
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On the prehistory and origins of Protestantism: the Waldensians and Hussites

LYDIUS, Balthasar. Waldensia id est, conservatio verae ecclesiae, demonstrata ex confessionibus, cum Taboritarum, ante CC ferè annos, tum Bohemorum, circa tempora Reformationis, scriptis.
Rotterdam, Joannes Leonardus Berewout, 1616.
(2) LYDIUS, BALTHASAR. Waldensium tomus II, cvm schediasmatibus.
Dordrecht, Joannes Leonardus Berewout, 1617.
Including (with a drop-title):
(3) Confessio fidei, Fratrum Waldensium, regi Vladislao ad Hungariam missa.
(4) Confessio fidei ac religionis, baronum ac nobilium regni Bohemiae, serenissimo ac invectissimo Ferdinando, Romanorum, Bohoemiae, &c. Regi, Viennae Austriae, sub anno Domini 1535 oblata. Dordrecht, Joannes Leonardus Berewout, 1617. 8vo. 4 works in 3 volumes bound as 2. Each volume with its own title-page with Berewouts woodcut device (an oval view of bears in a wood, in a rectangular cartouche). Contemporary overlapping vellum with titles in ink on spines, remnants of ties. [14], [2 blank], 415, [15], [1 blank]; 367; [38], [2 blank], [45], [3 blank], 358, [3], [1 blank] pp.; [5], 261, [1 blank] ll. Full description
€ 1,450
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Failed attempt to assassinate the Dutch Stadholder

[MAURITS, Prince of Orange]. Clare af-beeldinghe, ofte effigien, der voornaemste conspirateurs, staende op het lichaem vande hoofdeloose Arminiaensche slange. Waer in vertoont word hoe den orangien boom, mitsgaders religie ende justitie (in spijt van 't bedrogh, en den vervallen boom) door de strael Gods, beschermt word.
Utrecht, Jan Amelisz. (printed by Jan Adrieansz. in Amsterdam), 1623. 1mo. Broadsheet (41 x 31 cm), with engraved illustration (16 x 22.5 cm), letterpress title at the head and a letterpress poem in 3 columns below. Full description
€ 550
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