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Elaborately decorated and illustrated Islamic prayerbook

[AL-JAZULI, Muhammad ibn Sulaiman]. [Dala'il al-khayrat (Tokens of beneficial deeds)].
[Ottoman Empire], 1199 AH [= 1784/85 AD], with some later additions. Small 8vo (14.5 x 10 cm). Arabic manuscript prayerbook written in black ink in a neat naskh Arabic hand, with well over 50 headings in red, the opening of the main text decorated with a floral design, 2 full-page perspective views in coloured inks showing the Masjid al-Haram (the Great Mosque) in Mecca, with the Ka'ba in its central plaza, and the al-Masjid an-Nabawi (the Prophet's Mosque) in Medina, about 25 calligraphic roundels, the Prophet's handprint and footprint, several calligraphic seals, 4 pages each with 3 flags, about 20 other pages with pictorial or semi-pictorial images with calligraphic inscriptions, numerous other inscriptions in circular borders and nearly every page in a rectangular border. Richly gold-tooled, tanned sheepskin (ca. 1815) with a flap that wraps around the fore-edge, rebacked. Full description
€ 18,500
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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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With 16 large tinted lithographs of lie at the Ottoman court

[ARIF PACHA, Muchir]. [Les anciens costumes de l'empire Ottoman, depuis l'origine de la monarchie jusqu'a la reforme du Sultan Mahmoud. Volume I = all published].
[Paris, Lemercier, 1863]. 1mo (54.5 x 40 cm). With lithographic portrait of Arif Pacha, drawn on stone by M. Julien, printed on India paper, cut in an oval and mounted on a leaf of stiff paper, with caption and imprint lithographed directly on the leaf, 16 tinted lithographic plates after Arif Pacha (image size 24.5 x 34 cm). Lacking lithographed title-page. Contemporary black half morocco. Full description
€ 25,000
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A French view on the Arabs in a Dutch translation

ARVIEUX, Laurent d'. Reis naar de legerplaats van den Grooten Emir, en beschrijving van de zeeden en gewoonten der woestijn-bewoonende Arabieren ... Tweede druk.
Dordrecht, A. Blussé & Zoon, 1802. 8vo. With 3 full-page engraved plates and 1 engraved illustration in text. Contemporary gold-tooled half calf, shell-marbled sides. Full description
€ 1,350
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Graphically stunning 3-volume historical manuscript atlas

[MANUSCRIPT - ATLAS - HISTORICAL]. Atlas historique. - Souvenirs historiques. - Tableaux et cartes.
[Montpellier?], [date on spine of vol. 1:] 1851. 3 volumes. Folio (vol. 1) and large 4to (vols. 2-3). Neatly written manuscripts on paper with 23 graphically vibrant maps, coloured in outline with subtly shaded washes in grey (for the coasts) and numerous bright colours (for political boundaries), and with calligraphic headings. Contemporary bindings: vol. 1 red half goatskin; vol. 2 black half goatskin; vol. 3 black sheepskin. Full description
€ 4,250
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Redeeming Austrian Christian captives from Muslim prisons

[AUSTRIAN PRISONERS OF WAR]. Verzeichniss der gefangenen Christen, welche die, in gesammten kaiserlich-königlichen Erblanden, des durchlauchtigsten Erzhauses von Oesterreich, ....theils in den afrikanischen Plätzen, fürnehmlich: zu Algier, Maschera, und Tripoli; theils in der europäischen und asiatischen Türkey ....
Vienna, Schulz-Gastheim ('gedruckt mit Schulzisch-Gastheimischen Schriften'), [1780]. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, engraved coat of arms of the dedicatee Franz Joseph I, prince of Liechtenstein, on verso of the title-page. Sewn.
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€ 1,850
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A classic description of Islam

BAUDIER, Michel. Histoire generale de la religion des Turcs. Avec la naissance, la vie, & la mort, de leur prophete Mahomet; et les actions des quatre premiers caliphes qui l'ont suivy.
Paris, Jean Guignard, 1632. 8vo. With the controversial half-page engraved portrait of Muhammad. 17th-century(?) vellum, later endpapers. Full description
€ 2,750
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A Franciscan discovering the Holy Land. From the library of king Louis-Philippe

[BEAUGRAND, Felix]. Relation fidele du voyage de la Terre Sainte dans laquelle se voit tout ce qu' il y a de remarquable, tant par mer que par terre, depuis le départ de Marseille jusqu' au retour de ce saint voyage. Par un religieux de S. François Observantain, qui a fait le voyage trois fois.
Paris, Gabriel Valleyre, 1760. 8vo. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and binding edges. Full description
€ 5,000
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First edition of Belon's account of his travels in the Ottoman Empire, with a folding map of Mount Sinai

BELON, Pierre. Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvées en Grece, Asie, Judée, Egypte, Arabie et autres pays estranges.
Paris, Guillaume Cavellat (colophon: printed by Benoist Prévost for Gilles Corrozet, Guillaume Cavellat), 1553. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With Cavellat's woodcut device on title-page and the 2 part-titles, Corrozet's woodcut device on last page, 36 woodcut illustrations in the text (4 hand-coloured), numerous decorated initials (1 hand-coloured), and an extra added folding woodcut map (31 x 32.5 cm) showing Mount Sinai. 18th-century mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges. Full description
€ 15,000
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