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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. 77, [3 blank] pp. Full description
€ 875
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An important surveying voyage to the Pacific

BELCHER, Edward. Narrative of a voyage round the world, performed in Her Majesty's ship Sulphur, during the years 1836-1842, including details of the naval operations in China, from Dec. 1840 to Nov. 1841.
London, Henry Colburn, 1843. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a folding map of the Canton river, folding map with the routes of the H.M.S. Sulphur, large world chart also showing the route of the Sulphur, 19 steel-engraved views and several illustrations in text. Gold-tooled blue sheepskin, shell-marbled sides. Rebacked. In modern slipcase. XXII, 387; VI, 474 pp. Full description
€ 2,950
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Rare unrecognised second edition of the first handbook for ship’s pilots in training with more than 120 diagrams and other illustrations

BROUCK (BROECKE), Jan vanden. Instructie der zee-vaert, door de gheheele werelt, ... Met een practijck, om door een nieu-ghe-inventeert instrument 'tvoornaemste vanden celester globus in planum te brengen: ...
Rotterdam, Abraham Migoen, [1610]. Small 4to (19.5 x 15 cm). With a woodcut device on the title-page; and 2 engraved and about 120 woodcut illustrations (mostly diagrams), all on integral leaves, including 7 full-page. Vellum (ca. 1700). [8], 140, [4] pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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Winds and the weather in the coast of India and the Arabian and Persian Gulf: first edition of a rare meteorological work

CAPPER, James. Observations on the winds and monsoons; illustrated with a chart and accompanied with notes, geographical and meteorological.
London, Charles Whittingham, 1801. 4to. With 1 folding engraved map of the world depicting all the oceans and seas, and several tables in the text. Half calf, marbled sides and edges. Rebacked. XXVIII, 29-234 pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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Catechism of navigation

CLEEFF, Jacob van. Catechismus der zeevaartkunde, of vragen en oefeningen over het beschouwende en werkdadige der stuurmanskunst; ...
Groningen, J. Oomkens, 1840. 8vo. Original publisher's printed paper wrappers, with at the back an advertisement for 6 other works by Van Cleeff. 115, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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“The most important Dutch collection of travel literature” with 232 engraved plates

[COMMELIN, Isaac]. Begin ende voortgangh, van de Vereenighde Nederlantsche Geoctroyeerde Oost-Indische Compagnie. Vervatende de voornaemste reysen, by de inwoonderen der selver provincien derwaerts gedaen.
[Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius], 1646. 2 volumes. Oblong 4to (18.5 x 23.5 cm). With 2 engraved frontispieces and 230 engraved plates, including a folding world map, folding map of the East Indies, maps, views, plans and other illustrations. 18th-century mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spines. Professional restorations to the hinges, ends of the spine and to the extremities of the boards; although they are done in sheepskin, they remain subtle. [28], 71, [1 blank], 112, 56, 31, [1 blank], 56, 20, 51, [1 blank], 31, [1 blank], 27, [1 blank], 62, 88, [20]; 4, 91, [1 blank], 191, [1 blank], 48, 114, 110, [2], 112, 118, [2], 79, [1 blank], 94, 217, [17] pp. Full description
€ 58,000
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