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Comprehensive 12th-century Arabic treatise on agriculture

ABU ZAKARIYA ibn al-AWWAM. Libro de agricultura. ... Tomo I[-II].
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BROECK, Victor van den. Catecismo de agricultura.
VILLE, Georges. Abonos químicos conferencias agrícolas.
Seville, Biblioteca Científico Literaria; Madrid, Victoriano Suarez (colophon: printed by Salvador Acuña y Comp., Seville), 1878. 2 volumes. Imperial 16mo (18 x 11.5 cm). Later half turquoise sheepskin. Full description
€ 1,750
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Key work of Arabic astrologer

ALBUMASAR (Abu Ma'shar al-Balkhi Ja'Far ibn Muhammad). Introductorium in astronomiam Albumasaris abalachi octo continens libros partiales.
(Colophon: Venice, Giacomo Penzio for Melchiorre Sessa, 5 September 1506). 4to (21×15 cm). With woodcut illustration on title-page, Sessa's woodcut crowned cat and mouse device below colophon, 8 woodcut planet and 12 woodcut zodiac figures in the text (plus 21 repeats), a woodcut astrological diagram, another diagram made of rules and letterpress text), numerous woodcut decorated initials (3 series). Set in 3 sizes of rotunda gothic type, that of the main text with planet symbols. Mid-19th-century sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 25,000
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One of the first European works on Egyptian medicine

ALPINUS, Prosper (Prospero ALPINI). Medicina Aegyptiorum. Accedunt huic edition ejusdem auctoris libri de balsam & rhapontico. Ut et Jacobi Bontii medicina Indorum.
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(2) ALPINUS, Prosper. De balsamo dialogus.
(3) ALPINUS, Prosper. De rhapontico disputatio.
(4) BONTIUS, Jacobus. De medicina Indorum.
Leiden, Cornelis Boutesteyn, 1718-1719. 4 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With 7 engraved plates and 1 engraving in text. 20th-century(?) half vellum. Full description
€ 1,500
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Three letters written in 1539 on the Ottoman threat in the Mediterranean

ALVAREZ DE TOLEDO, Pedro and Maria OSORIO Y PIMENTEL. [Three letters to Ferrante Gonzaga, Viceroy of Sicily, two from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo and one from his wife Maria Osorio y Pimentel].
Andria (in the Kingdom of Naples), 13 August to 10 September 1539. Folio (21.5 x 30 cm).
(1) Letter in Italian, signed, from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo in Andria to Ferrante Gonzaga, 13 August 1539, with a 23 mm seal bearing Alvarez de Toledo's coat of arms (with a chain of flags) stamped on a slip of paper attached with red wax.
(2) Letter in Spanish, signed, from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo in Andria to Ferrante Gonzaga, 3 September 1539, with the 45 mm imperial armorial seal stamped on a slip of paper attached with red wax.
(3) Letter in Italian, signed, from Maria Osorio y Pimentel [in Andria] to Ferrante Gonzaga, 10 September 1539, with the remains of what appears to be her husband's 23 mm red wax seal.
Each letter, in brown ink, occupies one page, with the last page containing the address and the sender's seal. The two inside pages of the second and third letter are blank. Each formerly folded for posting, so that the address would have appeared on one side and the seal on the other. Full description
€ 15,000
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The holy places of the Holy Land

AMICO DA GALLIPOLI, Bernadino. Trattato delle piante & immagini de sacri edifizi di Terra Santa.
Florence, Pietro Cecconcelli, 1620 (colophon: 1619). Folio. With engraved title-page, large woodcut printer's device on verso of final leaf, 34 double-page etchings by Jacques Callot, and a large, folding engraved map of the eastern Mediterranean with insets of Palestine and Jerusalem, engraved by Nicolas Sanson. Contemporary limp vellum. Full description
€ 5,000
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Including a manuscript leaf by Burton

[ARABIAN NIGHTS]. BURTON, Richard F. The book of the thousand nights and a night[:] a plain and literal translation of the Arabian nights entertainments.
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(2) BURTON, Richard F. Supplemental nights.
(3) BURTON, Richard F. [Autograph manuscript book review of an 1881 Panchatantra edition].
(Colophons: U.S.A. [Boston, MA?]), The Burton Club, [ca. 1940]. 16 volumes (incl. 6 supplements). 8vo. With an original manuscript leaf written by Burton (with the manuscript heading: "Proof to Sir R.F.B. Hotel des Bains, Aigle, Canton Vaud, Switzerland" and a note “Long Primer Pressig.”) and each volume with a different frontispiece in two states (coloured and uncoloured). Contemporary richly gold-blocked green morocco, boards with Arabic script in gold, gold-tooled turn-ins. Full description
€ 25,000
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