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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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Rare pamphlet on the capitulation of Bonn

[BONN]. Kurtze Relation, was massen die Meuterey unnd unerhörte Verrhäterey, schändtlich Ubergebung der Statt Bon[n] und lieferung des Herren Obersten, Herrn Carlen des heyligen römischen Reichs Erbtruckses, ... auch andern Befelchshabern, sich zugetragen.
“Edenberg” [= Basel?], 1584. Small 4to (18.5 x 14.5 cm). With an arabesque decoration on title-page (plus 1 repeat as a tailpiece) and a woodcut gothic decorated initial. Sewn. Full description
€ 1,250
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Contemporary accounts of two power struggles, in Italy and in the Low Countries

CAPELLA, Galeazzo Flavio. De rebus nuper in Italia gestis [in the running heads: "De bello Mediolanensi"] libro octo ...
(Colophon: Antwerp, Maarten de Keyser), 1533.
With: (2) SERVILIUS, Johannes (Jan KNAAP). Geldrogallica conjuratio in totius Belgicae clarissimam civitatem Antverpiam, duce Martino Rosheymio, ...
Augsburg, Heinrich Steiner, 1544. 2 works in 1 volume. Small 8vo (15 x 10 cm). Contemporary vellum wrappers, with 2 fragments of the March and April calendar leaf (in red and black) of a manuscript Missale romanum (ca. 1475/1500?) used as end leaves. Full description
€ 4,500
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A critical account of Formosa and its loss by the VOC in 1662

[COYETT, Frederic]. 't Verwaerloosde Formosa, of waerachtig verhael, hoedanigh door verwaerloosinge der Nederlanders in Oost-Indien, het eylant Formosa, van den Chinesen mandorijn, ende zeerover Coxinja, overrompelt, vermeestert, ende ontweldight is geworden.
Amsterdam, Jan Claesz. ten Hoorn, Michiel Pieters, 1675. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With an etched frontispiece including a map of Formosa and view of the Dutch fortress there, and 8 etched views on 7 plates. Modern vellum. Full description
€ 22,500
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The greatest and best-illustrated work on fortification of its time,
with hundreds of plates and 7 beautifully decorated title-pages, rarely found complete

DILICH, Wilhelm. Peribologia oder Bericht ... von Vestungs Gebewen, vieler Örter vermehrett wie auch mit gebürenden Gründt und Auffrissen versehen ...
Frankfurt am Main, Johann Wilhelm Dilich (colophon: printed by Anton Humm), 1640. 2 parts plus plates in 1 volume. Folio. With an engraved general title-page and 2 engraved part-titles, each part with 2 additional engraved divisional titles dividing it into two "books", 234 unnumbered engraved plates by the author's son, Johann Wilhelm Dilich (1 large folding, plate size 46.5 x 60.5 cm; and as bound in the present copy 198 double-page and 35 single-page). Vellum (ca. 1695/1700?). Full description
€ 8,500
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First Latin edition of Dürer on fortification, with 21 (mostly large folding) illustrations

DÜRER, Albrecht.

De urbibus, arcibus, castellísque condendis, ac muniendis rationes aliquot, praesenti bellorum necessitati accommodatissimae: nunc recens è lingua Germanica in Latinam traductae.
Paris, Chrétien Wechel, 1535. Folio (32.5 x 22.5 cm). With Wechel's woodcut device on the title-page and on the verso of the otherwise blank final leaf, 13 large woodcut diagrams and other illustrations on the 10 folding leaves and 8 more on the leaves of the integral bifolia. Mid or late 19th-century brown sheepskin.

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25 beautiful ca. 1660 etchings depicting a cavalry battle, animals and landscapes,
including 3 complete series

FLAMEN, Albert. [5 etched print series:]
1) Divers combats.
Series of 6 unnumbered prints including title-print.
2) Diverses especes d[']animaus faits apres nature.
Series of 7 unnumbered prints including title-print.
3) Veuës et païsages du Chasteau de Longuetoise et des environs.
6 unnumbered prints, including title-print, from a series of 12.
4) [Views near Paris].
Series of 4 numbered prints, published without title.
5) [Pastoral views].
Series(?) of 2 unnumbered prints without title.
Paris, [Jacques Lagniet (ads 1, 3), Jacques van Merlen (ad 4), unknown publisher (ads 2, 5)], [ca. 1660]. Small 4to (16.5 x 13 cm). Five series of small oblong folio etched views (16 x 21.5-23 cm; plate size: 10 x 17 to 12.5 x 21.5 cm), 3 complete, 1 incomplete and 1 documented only as separate prints. Each print folded to form a double leaf and mounted on a stub so that it can open flat. Gold-tooled, dark green goatskin morocco (ca. 1890). Full description
€ 7,500
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Magnificent atlas with 80 mostly coloured manuscript maps and fortification plans

[FORTIFICATION ATLAS]. [Collection of 80 manuscript maps and plans of fortifications, fortified towns and fortified estates].
[The Netherlands, ca. 1624-1628]. Large folio (42.5 x 29.5 cm). With 80 manuscript maps and plans, 75 double-page (2 with a flap folded in), 4 larger folding (including 3 assembled from 1 1/2 sheets), and 1 also double-page in size but assembled from 2 smaller sheets. Most include a scale and 71 are coloured, mostly in opaque gouaches. They show plans of fortifications and towns in the Netherlands (51), Germany (16), Italy (3), France (4), Poland (2), Belgium (2), Malta (1) and Brazil (1). Early 18th-century(?) sprinkled tanned sheepskin, rebacked and restored. Full description
€ 165,000
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Illustrated instructions for drawing fortification plans and perspective views, printed by the Elzeviers

GOLDMANN, Nicolaus.

La nouvelle fortification ...
Leiden, Bonaventura & Abraham Elzevier, 1645. Folio. With architectural title-page engraved by Adriaen Matham, 52 half-page engravings plus about 42 repeats in the text, and numerous letterpress tables in the text. Contemporary(?) mottled calf. Rebacked and with restorations in sheepskin.

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€ 3,500
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