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California absolutely unfit for habitation

[BAEGERT, Jakob]. Nachrichten von der Amerikanische Halbinsel Californien: mit einem zweyfachen Anhang falscher Nachrichten. Geschrieben von einem Priester der Gesellschaft Jesu, welcher lang darinn diese letztere Jahr gelebt hat.
Mannheim, Churfürstliche Hof und Academie Buchdruckerey, 1772. 8vo. With an engraved folding map and two full-page plates engraved by E. Verelst, some woodcut pictorial frames for letters, and several nice woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary half calf. Full description
€ 9,500
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First edition of Beechey's pacific voyage

BEECHEY, Frederick William.

Narrative of a voyage to the Pacific and Beering's Strait, to co-operate with the Polar Expeditions: . . .
London, Henry Colburn, Richard Bentley (back of vol. 2 title-page: printed by Thomas Davison), 1831. 2 volumes. 4to. With 3 engraved maps (2 folding) , 23 full-page plates and views (14 steel-engraved, 5 aquatint and 4 lithographed), and 1 engraved illustration in the text. Modern half calf, gold-tooled spines.

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€ 4,950
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Calvin's commentary on the Pauline Epistles, one of his few works translated into Dutch before 1572

CALVIN, Jean.

Uutlegghinghe ... op alle de Sendbrieven Pauli des Apostels: ende oock op den Sendbrief tot den Hebreen. Met een schoon register.
Emden, Gillis van der Erve and Willem Gailliart, 1566. Folio. With Van der Erve's woodcut device on title-page and several woodcut decorated initials. Contemporary blind-tooled calf over bevelled wooden boards, each board in a panel design with 4 different rolls, engraved brass catchplates (remains of straps but clasps lost), later(?) brass decorated corner and centre pieces, each with a boss, rebacked. The rolls show (from outside to inside) decorative crests and foliage, 4 half-length portraits with mottos, and 4 nude putti, 1 with a saint's halo.

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€ 8,500
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The architectural features and sculpture showing the Amsterdam City Hall in full glory.
With the magnificent engraving of the 1661 mosaic floor map of the world in 2 hemispheres,
incorporating Tasman's discoveries not otherwise published for decades

[CAMPEN, Jacob van, Hubert QUELLINUS and Jacob VENNEKOOL].

Bouw schilder en beeldhouwkonst, van het stadhuis te Amsteldam, vertoont in CIX figuuren: . . .
Amsterdam, J. Covens, C. Mortier and J. Covens junior, [ca. 1780]. Folio. With full-page engraved portrait of Jacob van Campen, engraved plates numbered I-CIX (here on 115 full-page, double-page and folding leaves) described under these numbers in the letterpress text. Contemporary half calf.

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€ 5,500
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Most important 19th-century scientific expedition to South America, with nearly 500 plates,
mostly hand-coloured

CASTELNAU, Francis de (botanical volumes by Hugh Algernon WEDDELL).

Expédition dans les parties centrales de l'Amérique du Sud, de Rio de Janeiro a Lima, et de Lima au Para; exécutée par ordre du gouvernement Français pendant les années 1843 a 1847.
Paris, P. Bertrand, 1850-1859. 7 parts in 15 volumes. 8vo (6 vols.), 4to (7 vols.), folio (2 vols.). With 493 lithographed and tinted lithographed plates and maps, including 401 partly or completely hand-coloured. Later rust-red half morocco.

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€ 135,000
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Travel account with magnificent series of views; a superb set in the most original condition possible

CHORIS, Louis. Vues et paysages des régions équinoxiales, recueillis dans un voyage autour du monde, par Louis Choris, avec une introduction et un text explicatif.
Paris, Paul Renouard, 1826. 6 parts. Folio. With 24 lithographed plates. Each part in original mauve printed wrappers, preserved in a green morocco box. Full description
€ 40,000
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