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Rare album of exotic flora & fauna

AA, Pieter van der (compiler). Icones arborum, fruticum et herbarum exoticarum quarundam a Rajo, Mentzelio, aliisque botanophilis quidem descriptarum, ast non delineatarum. Ut et animalium peregrinorum rarissimorum, tam volatilium, quam quadrupedum ac aquatilium, in extremis oris et desertis Indiarum et aliis locis repertorum.
Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, [ca. 1720]. Oblong 4to (22.5 x 27 cm). With an engraved, illustrated title-page, letterpress dedication and note to the reader (the latter with a woodcut decorated initial) and 80 etched and engraved plates (9 folding).Contemporary half calf, paste-paper sides, gold-tooled spine. engr. title-page + [2] pp. plus 80 plates. Full description
€ 18,000
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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. 512; 552 pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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Invention of beet sugar manufacturing

ACHARD, Franz Carl. Die Europäische Zuckerfabrikation aus Runkelrüben, in verbindung mit der bereitung des Branntweins, des Rums, des Essigs und eines Caffee-Surrogats aus ihren abfällen, beschrieben und mit Kupfern erläutert durch ihren Urheber ... Drey Theile ... Neue verbesserte wohlfeilere Auflage.
Leipzig, J.C. Hinrichs, 1812. 3 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With 10 folding engraved plates depicting the production of sugar from sugar beets. Contemporary marbled paper wrappers. XXVIII, 426, [2] pp. Full description
€ 875
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The book that opened America

ACOSTA, José de. Historie naturael ende morael van de Westersche Indien.
Enkhuizen, Jacob Lenaertsz. Meyn (colophon: Haarlem, printed by Gillis Rooman), 1598. 8vo. With a woodcut decoration on the title-page. Vellum (ca. 1700?). [7], 398, [8] ll. Full description
€ 7,500
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Practical illustrated description of microscopes and their use for studying insects, tissues, microbes etc.

ADAMS, George (Frederick KANMACHER, ed.). Essays on the microscope; containing a practical description of the most improved microscopes; a general history of insects, their transformations, peculiar habits and oeconomy: an account of the various species, and singular properties, ...The second edition, with considerable additions and improvements, ...
London, Dillon and Keating for W. and S. Jones, 1798. 1 text volume and 1 plates volume. Large 4to. With an allegorical mezzotint frontispiece in sepia in the text volume and 32 numbered double-page plates (numbered I-XXXII) mounted on guards, printed from 36 copper plates (plates 2, 7, 23 and 24 each from 2 copper plates distinguished as A and B) with hundreds of figures showing microscopes, associated equipment and microscopic views of insects, microbes, shells and tissue samples. Uniform 20th-century dark blue morocco. XVII, [7], 724, 14, 2 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Rare early edition of a popular book of botanical, mineralogical and zoological wonders, with a large woodcut of the author among his books

ALBERTUS MAGNUS (pseudo). Liber secretorum ... De virtutibus herbarum: & animalium quorundam. Eiusdemq[ue] liber De mirabilibus mundi: & etiam de quibusdam effectibus causatis a quibusdam animalibus &c.
(Colophon: Venice, Johan Baptist Sessa, 12 February 1502). Small 4to (21 x 15.5 cm). With a large woodcut portrait of the author at his desk. Gold-tooled maroon morocco (ca. 1870/90?) for James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk (1827-1905), gilt edges. 16 ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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Fauna of the Indian Sea, with 98 illustrations

ALCOCK, Alfred William. A naturalist in Indian seas or, four years with the Royal Indian marine survey ship "Investigator".
London, John Murray (colophon: printed by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh), 1902. 8vo. With a photogravure frontispiece depicting the Investigator, a folding map and 98 illustrations on 58 plates. Contemporary black-blocked cloth; rebacked with brown board, modern endpapers. XXIV, 328 pp. Full description
€ 450
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