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The most important source for the Moluccas in the early colonial period

ARGENSOLA, Bartolome Leonardo de. Conquista de las islas Malucas.
[Madrid, Alonso Martin, 1609]. Small folio (22 x 30 cm). With an engraved architectural title-page showing an allegorical scene (the Moluccas represented by a native woman with feather headdress, cornucopia and sword, riding a crocodile, with the Spanish royal coat of arms in the sky) and a sleeping lion (representing the author?) in a separate cartouche below. Early 18th-century richly gold-tooled red morocco, each board with a large centrepiece a petit fers made partly with pointillé stamps. Full description
€ 35,000
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The future King Philip II of Spain’s travels from Spain to the Low Countries:
eye-witness account by his tutor

CALVETE DE ESTRELLA, Juan Cristóbal. El felicissimo viaje d'el muy alto y muy poderoso Principe Don Phelippe, hijo d'el Emperador Don Carlos Quinto Maximo, desde España à sus tierras dela Baxa Alemaña: con la descripcion de todos los estados de Brabante y Flandes. Escrito en quatro libros, ...
Antwerp, Martinus Nutius I, 1552 (colophon 25 May 1552). Small folio (27 x 19.5 cm). With the woodcut arms of Charles V on title-page, a full-page woodcut triumphal arch erected in Ghent for Philip's entry, Nutius's woodcut device at the end, and dozens of woodcut decorated initials (4 series). Near contemporary limp vellum, with 6 fragments of a 16th-century manuscript reinforcing the spine of the bookblock, blind- and (later) gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,000
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Only known copy of the first and only edition of a 1792 treaty between Russia and Prussia

CATHERINE THE GREAT, Tsarina. [Title in Russian followed on the same page by:] Traité d'alliance défensive entre sa majesté l'Impératrice de toutes les Russies et sa majesté le Roi de Prusse conclu signé à St. Petersbourg le 27 Juillet/7 Aout 1792.
[St Petersburg, Imperial Printing Office, 1792]. Folio (31 x 21 cm). Treaty between Russia and Prussia in Russian and French in 2 parallel columns in cyrillic (left) and roman (right) types. Side stitched, with the spine covered in contemporary blue-grey paper. Full description
€ 3,250
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12 charming coloured portraits of young Dutch women in traditional costumes, plus 5 additional prints


[Binding title:] Les Hollandaises, types et costumes.
Amsterdam, Francois Buffa and sons, [ca. 1860]. 8vo (19.5 x 14.5 cm). Complete set of 12 hand-coloured lithographed portraits of young women in Dutch regional costumes (19 x 13.5 cm), coloured by hand and highlighted with gum arabic. Bound with 13 leaves of glazed paper to form an album with 5 additional images cut out and mounted on the album leaves: 2 engravings of young women (10.5 x 8.5 and 12.5 x 10.5 cm), 2 hand-coloured lithographs of peasant families (10.5 x 8 cm) and 1 hand-coloured lithograph of an elegant couple (9.5 x 6 cm). Contemporary gold- and blind-tooled green morocco with the title in gold in the centre of the front board, gold-tooled turn-ins and board edges, brass fastenings, white watered-silk pattern endpapers.

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Extremely rare series of 104 Rhine views in publisher's hand-colouring

DELKESKAMP, Friedrich Wilhelm.

104 Ansichten des Rheins von Mainz bis Cöln. Nach der Natur aufgenommen und gezeichnet . . . - 104 pittoresques du Rhin depuis Mayence jusqu'à Cologne.
Frankfurt am Main, Friedrich Wilmans, 1829. 8vo. With 104 engraved views (ca. 7.5×11 cm) after drawings by Delkeskamp, engraved by Richter, Doebler and Weisbeck, and coloured for the publisher. Contemporary grained green morocco, gold-tooled spine and board edges.

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€ 9,000
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Detailed account of a commercial expedition to Senegal and Sierra-Leone,
attractive copy with 18 engraved plates and 16 maps

DURAND, Jean-Baptiste-Léonard. Voyage au Sénégal, ou mémoires historiques, philosophiques et politiques sur les découvertes, les établissemens et le commerce des Européens dans les mers de l'Océan Atlantique, depuis le Cap-Blanc jusqu'à la rivière de Serre-Lionne inclusivement; suivis de la relation d'un voyage par terre de l'île Saint-Louis à Galam, et du texte arabe de trois traités de commerce faits par l'auteur avec les princes de pays.
Paris, Henri Agasse, 1802. 2 volumes (1 text and 1 atlas). 4to. Atlas with an engraved portrait of Léonard Durand, 16 double-page engraved maps (mostly folding) and 27 engraved plates. Modern dark green half morocco, gold-tooled spine, upper edges gilt. Full description
€ 6,500
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Botanical part of Ehrenberg's great "Symbolae physicae"

EHRENBERG, Christian Gottfried and Friedrich Wilhelm HEMPRICH. Symbolae physicae seu icones adhuc inedetae.
Berlin, Georg Reimer, 1900. Large folio. With 24 engraved and lithographed plates, 23 finely coloured by hand, printed in the second quarter of the 19th century, but issued here for the first time. Text and plates loose as issued in original printed grey portfolio. Full description
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Extensive histories of the East and West Indies bound together

ENS, Gaspar.

Indiae occidentalis historia: in qua prima regionum istarum detectio, situs, incolarum mores, aliaque eò pertinentia, breviter explicantur. Ex variis auctoribus collecta.
Cologne, Wilhelm Lutzenkirch, 1612. With the letterpress title set in a window in an elaborate engraved border with 5 figures.
With: (2) ARTHUS, Gothard. Historia Indiae orientalis, ex variis auctoribus collectae, et iuxta seriem topographicam regnorum, provinciarum & insularum, per Africae, Asiaeque littora, ad extremos usque Iaponios deducta, qua regionum et insularum situs & commoditas.Cologne, Wilhelm Lutzenkirch, 1608. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary vellum, with a later paper spine-label.

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