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Dutch trade, whaling, herring fishery, etc., with magnificent views of the harbours of the Netherlands
and the Dutch East Indies ca. 1772-ca. 1781, including a wide variety of boats and ships

AA, Cornelis van der (illustrated by Dirk de JONG & Hendrik KOBELL jr.). Atlas van de zeehavens der Bataafsche Republiek, die van Batavia en Onrust. Mitsgaders de afbeeldingen van de haring visscherij en de walvisch vangst. In een-en-dertig kunstplaaten naar het leven afgebeeld ...
Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, [printed by Paul Etienne Briët?], 1805. Large folio (39.5 x 28.5 cm). With a finely engraved title-page in various styles of decorated lettering and flourishes, executed by Klockhoff, and 31 double-page engraved views (ca. 28.5 x 39.5 cm) showing Dutch harbours with a wide variety of sailing boats and ships, the harbours of Batavia and the island Onrust in the Dutch East Indies (now Djakarta and Pulau Kapal in Indonesia), and 2 views of herring fishing and whaling.
With the loosely inserted "prospectus" (actually an advertisement issued on publication):
[MAASKAMP, Evert]. Berigt aan kooplieden, zeevarenden en verzamelaars van vaderlandsche kunstprinten.
[Amsterdam], [Evert Maaskamp], printed by Paul Etienne Briët, [1805]. 4to (27.5 x 22 cm).
Contemporary boards (including a paperboard spine), as issued by the publisher. XII, 135, [1 blank] pp. plus engraved title-page, 31 plates and the loosely inserted prospectus. Full description
€ 14,500
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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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Dala'il al-khayrat written in China

AL-JAZULI, Muhammad ibn Sulaiman. Dalâ'il al-khayrat. [= "Waymarks of benefits"].
[Eastern Turkestan, now Xinjiang, China, early 17th century CE]. 4to (19 x 14 cm). Manuscript written in black ink on paper in Arabic script, with a red single- or double-line frame around each page, rubricated throughout, and two illustrations on pages 47 and 48) showing the "Ka'ba of Allah" (!) and the burial sites of the first three Rashidun Caliphs. The Arabic script is in the sini calligraphic style used in China, an archaic form mixing features of naskh and muhaqqaq. Contemporary(?) black, red and gold painted and lacquered leather over paper and cloth. The painted sides show floral designs in black and gold on a red background, in a black border with red wave designs. With remnants of leather on the brown cloth spine. [1], 337 pp. Full description
€ 38,000
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A milestone in the early mapping of China, Mongolia, Tibet, Korea and Alaska

ANVILLE, Jean Baptiste Bourguignon d'. Nouvel atlas de la Chine de la Tartarie Chinoise et du Thibet, contenant les cartes générales & particulieres de ces pays, ainsi que la carte du royaume de Coree, ...
The Hague, Hendrik Scheurleer, 1737. Imperial folio (56 x 41 cm). With 42 engraved maps (12 double-page or folding), some of them partly hand-coloured. Contemporary half red roan (sheepskin). 12 pp. plus 42 engraved maps. Full description
€ 22,500
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How to determine the hour of the day astronomically: first description of the "horoscopion"

APIANUS, Petrus (= Peter APIAN, Peter BIENEWITZ). Horoscopion Apiani generale dignoscendis horis cuiuscumque.
Ingolstadt, [the author], 1533. Small folio (20 x 29 cm). Title printed in red and black with a large woodcut showing Apianus's scientific instrument described in this work, the "horoscopion", several tables and 25 woodcut illustrations in the text (1 nearly full-page). Modern brown sheepskin with new paste-downs, blind-tooled triple-fillet frame on each board, author's name in gold on spine, blue sprinkled edges. [39], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 6,500
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Italian florilegium, only copy known with 65 plates printed in up to 6 colours

ARENA, Filippo. La natura, e coltura de' fiori fisicamente esposta.
Palermo, Angelo Felicella, 1767-1768. 2 text volumes (4to), bound as 3, and 1 plates volume (oblong folio). With 65 engraved plates printed in colour, occasionally combining up to 6 colours on one plate. The first plate (here wholly printed in dark green) serves as an (allegorical) frontispiece and includes the name of the author and that of Mario Cammerari, the second plate depicts tools, seeds and details of flowers, the third plate contains parterre designs and the other plates depict flowers (several to each plate). Modern flexible boards, covered with decorated paper. VIII, 440; VIII, “116” [= 416]; [2], 167, [1 blank], [8] pp. plus 65 plates. Full description
€ 85,000
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First edition of Audubon's extraordinary coloured plates of quadrupeds

AUDUBON, John James. The viviparous quadrupeds of North America.
New York, John James Audubon, 1845-1848. 3 volumes. Large 1mo (70×55 cm). With 150 striking coloured plates, all lithographed on stone, printed and coloured by J.T. Bowen of Philadelphia, after drawings by after John James and John Woodhouse Audubon, and the backgrounds after Victor Audubon. Each volume also with a title-page and a list of contents. Late 19th-century black morocco. Full description
€ 600,000
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First printed edition of a famous work on optics

BACON, Roger. Perspectiva. In qua, quae ab aliis fuse traduntur, succincte, nervose & ita pertractantur, ut omnium intellectui facile pateant. Nunc primum in lucem edita. Opera & studio Joannis Combachii.
Frankfurt, Wolffgang Richter for Antonius Hummius, 1614. 4to. With 8 full-page woodcuts printed on both sides of four leaves inserted as plates, and numerous woodcut figures and illustrations in text, several full-page. Modern plain paper boards. [8], 189[=205], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 9,500
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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. [16], 358 pp.; [1] errata l. Full description
€ 9,500
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Important history of ancient astronomy, with chapters on Egyptian, Chaldean and Persian astronomy

BAILLY, Jean-Sylvain. Histoire de l'astronomie ancienne, depuis son origine jusqu'a l'établissement de l'École d'Alexandrie.
Paris, Debure brothers, 1775. 4to. With 3 numbered folding engraved plates. Beautifully bound in contemporary gold-tooled red morocco, each board with coat of arms of Simon-Pierre Merard de Saint-Just in the centre, marbled endpapers. In modern slipcase covered with marbled paper. [2], XXII, 526 pp. Full description
€ 25,000
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Ottoman poetry on silhouetted paper, brought to Silesia in the 16th century

[BAQI - FUZULI - HAYALI (et al.)]. Mirda-i gonca-dehen-i Iala-zar [= Rosebud shawls of the tulip bed].
[Probably Western Anatolia, second half of the 16th century, ca. 1580 CE]. 8vo (ca. 12.5 x 20 cm). Ottoman Turkish manuscript on paper in several hands. Mainly on polished paper, also including 18 leaves of silhouette paper with a floral pattern in pink and mint green. Contemporary limp leather with a remnant impression of a library chain. 206 ll. Full description
€ 35,000
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First Hawaiian language Bible published in a single volume

[BIBLE – HAWAIIAN]. Ka Palapala Hemolele a Iehova ko kakou Akua. O Ke Kauoha Kahiko A Me Ke Kauoha Hou i unuhiia mailoko mai o na olelo kahiko ...Including: Ke kauoha hou a ko kakou haku e ola'i a Iesu Kristo oia ka olelo hemolele no ke ola, a na lunaolelo i kakau ai.
Oahu and Honolulu, American Bible Society, 1843. Large 8vo (24 x 14 cm). Later half calf. 1451, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 6,950
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Far surpassing all earlier lapidaries and the basis for all that followed

BOODT, Anselm Boetius de. Gemmarum et lapidum historia, qua non solum ortus, natura, vis & precium, sed etiam modus quo ex iis, olea, salia tincturae, essentiae, arcana & magisteria arte chymica confici possint, ostenditur.
Hanau, Claude de Marne and heirs of Johann Aubry (printed by the heirs of Andreas Wechel), 1609. 4to. With Wechel's elaborate woodcut device on the title-page and the otherwise blank final page, 34 woodcut illustrations in the text (some with multiple figures), and 2 folding letterpress hierarchical tables. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. 8, [8], “288” [= 284], [16] pp. plus 2 folding ll. Full description
€ 3,950
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Beautiful fountains by King Louis XV's “premier peintre”

BOUCHER, François. Receuil de fontaines inventées par ...
With: Second livre de fontaines inventées par ...
Paris, Gabriel Huquier, [1736]. 2 parts in 1 volume. Royal 4to (32 x 24 cm). With 2 series of 7 finely etched and engraved plates of water fountains, including 2 title-prints, the first series with only the names of the artist François Boucher and publisher Gabriel Huquier, the second also with the name of its engraver Pierre(-Alexandre?) Aveline. 19th-century gold-tooled dark mottled sheepskin, gilt edges. 7, 7 engraved ll. Full description
€ 6,500
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Extremely rare Secunderabad-Hyderabad printing of British government papers regarding the forced cession of Berar Province to the British by the Nizam of Hyderabad

[HYDERABAD PRINTING - BRITISH GOVERNMENT PAPERS regarding Nizam's territory]. Nizam's territory. Return to an order of the honourable the house of commons, dated 6th April 1854; for, copy of all papers relative to territory ceded by His Highness the Nizam, in liquidation of debts alleged to have been due by His Highness to the British Government.
Secunderabad [near Hyderabad], R. Hudson, Columbian Press, 1854. 33 x ca. 22 cm. Contemporary half calf and orange and blue marbled paper over paper-boards, with gold-tooled double fillets on the spine and red sprinkled edges. IV, 162 pp. Full description
€ 4,500
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First edition of Brodtmann's zoological series containing 144 lithographed plates, seldom found complete

BRODTMANN, Karl Joseph. Naturhistorische Bilder-Gallerie aus dem Thierreiche.
[Zurich or Schaffhausen?], Brodtmann, [1816 and later] (title-page of the "ersten Heft": Lindau, 1816). Heft 1-33 including the supplements, bound in 1 volume. Large folio (46 x 38 cm). With a lithographed title-page and 144 lithographs drawn by Brodtmann himself showing humans, other mammals, reptiles and amphibians, birds, insects, etc. 19th-century brown marbled paper over boards. [8] (title and index) ll.; 36 (Heft 1-18); 16 (Heft 26-33); 6 (Heft 19-21); 10 (Heft 22-25); 4 (Supplement) pp. Full description
€ 18,500
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Two accounts of Dutch voyages to Chile and Japan

BROUWER, Hendrik. Journael ende historis verhael van de reyse gedaen by oosten de Straet Le Maire, naer de custen van Chili ... inden jare 1643 voor gevallen.
Including: [VRIES, Maerten Gerritsz.]. Als mede een beschryvinghe van het eylandt Eso, ghelegen ontrent dertigh mylen van het machtigh Rijcke van Japan ... soo als eerst in 't selvige jaer door het schip Castricum bezeylt is.
Amsterdam, Broer Jansz., 1646. 4to. With 2 folding engraved maps and a folding engraved plate. Modern wrappers, in cloth clamshell box. 104 pp. Full description
€ 28,000
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The classic book of Biblical travels: the first edition to be accompanied
by the complementary Lower Saxon chronicle in contemporary, richly blind-tooled Saxon pigskin

BÜNTING, Heinrich and Matthias HASAERT. Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae, das ist Ein Reisebuch uber die gantze Heilige Schrifft ...
Including:
[BÜNTING, Heinrich]. Itinerarium Novi Testamenti. Das ist: Ein Reisebuch over das Newe Testament.
BÜNTING, Heinrich. De monetis et mensuris sacrae scripturae. Dass ist: Ein eigentliche ausrechnung und beschreibung aller Müntz und Masse in heiliger Schrift. ...
Magdeburg, Paul Donat for Ambrosius Kirchner, 1585. With 3 title-pages, 7 double-page and 2 full-page woodcut maps
With: (2) BÜNTING, Heinrich. Braunschweigische und Luneburgische Chronica.
Including:
Das ander Theil Braunschweigischen Chronica, gehet auff das Land Lüneburg
Das dritte Theil, der Braunschweigischen und Lüneburgischen Chronica, ...
Das vierte Theil dieses Buches, gehet insonderheit auff das Fürstenthumb Grubenhagen, füret ... den geburts Stam des fürstlichen Hauses Braunschweig und Lüneburg.
Magdeburg, Paul Donat for Ambrosius Kirchner, 1584-1585. General title-page in red and black with the woodcut coat of arms of Julius of Braunschweig-Wolfenbüttel, further with numerous finely detailed woodcut illustrations
2 works in 3 and 4 volumes, bound as 1. Folio. Contemporary, richly blind-tooled pigskin, possibly by Nikolaus Müller in Wittenberg. With a matching pair of panel stamps in the central fields: portraits of Martin Luther (front board, 83 x 44 mm) and Phillip Melanchthon (back board, 81 x 45 mm), each with the date 1556 and text below. Ad 1: [16], “141” [= 242], [18]; [6], 110, [9] [3 blank]; [6], “34” [= 33], [1 blank] pp.; ad 2: [14], “150” [= 151], [1 blank]; “46” [= 47]. [1 blank]; [1], 47-82, [1 blank]; [1], “82”-“113” [= 83-109] ll. Full description
€ 27,500
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Secret reports from the South China Command to the British War Office, with reconnaissance photos, written as Mao Zedong and Chiang Kai-shek rose to power and veered toward civil war

[CHINA - SECRET BRITISH MILITARY REPORT]. Reports on Kwangtung and Fukien Provinces.
Hong Kong, British War Office, 1926-1928. Folio (22.5 x 35 cm). Five secret military reconnaissance reports totalling 138 numbered leaves in typescript (some in carbon copies or duplicated) with insertions and manuscript additions, with 47 original photographs (3.5 x 6 to 8 x 13 cm) mounted on the leaves (3 of the 47 are longer panoramas, each built up from 2 to 3 photos) and a folding blueprint plan (26 x 48.5 cm). Contemporary brown half cloth. [II], 11; [II], 12-35; [I], 36-60; [I], 61-101; [I], 103-138 ll. Full description
€ 36,000
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Very rare first account of the death of Captain Cook

[COOK, James (subject)]. Nachrichten von dem Leben und den Seereisen des berühmten Capitain Cook.
Reval [= Tallinn, Estonia] & Leipzig, Albrecht und Compagnie, 1780.
With: (2) Briefe aus England historisch-statistisch und artistischen Inhalts. 1s Heft.
Reval [= Tallinn, Estonia] & Leipzig, Albrecht und Compagnie, 1780.
2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. With a woodcut ship on the title-page of ad 2 and woodcut headpieces in both works. Contemporary half calf, brown sprinkled paper sides, brown morocco spine label with title in gold. 48; [14], [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 148,500
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Key work by one of the best cosmographers of his time,
also describing the famous pair of globes he made for Louis XIV

CORONELLI, Vincenzo, and Carlo MALAVISTA. Epitome cosmografica, o compendiosa introduttione all' astronomia, geografia, & idografia, per l'uso, dilucidatione, e fabbrica delle sfere, globi, planisferi, astrolabi e tavole geografiche.
Köln, for Andrea Poletti in Venice, MDCLXXXXIII [=1693]. 8vo. With an engraved allegorical frontispiece with the coat of arms of the Accademia Cosmografica degli Argonauti, several tables in the text and 37 engraved cosmographical and geographical plates: 31 double-page plates (including one with 2 movable volvelles, each with 3 moving parts) and 6 circular folding terrestrial and celestial charts. Later vellum, new endpapers and paste-downs, red edges. [1], [1 blank], [44], 420 pp. plus 37 plates. Full description
€ 17,500
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'The first European book devoted exclusively to China' and 'an irreplaceable source
for the early history of the kingdom of Hormuz'

CRUZ, Gaspar da. Tractado em que se co[n]tam muito por este[n]so as cousas da China, co[m] suas particularidades, [e] assi do reyno d[]Ormuz.
Evora, André de Burgos, 1569 (colophon: 1570). Small 4to in 8s (18.0 x 14 cm). Title-page with woodcut Portuguese royal coat of arms and a 4-piece woodcut border, and further with some woodcut initials. Modern richly gold-tooled red morocco, boards gold-tooled in a panel design, with earlier brass clasps and catchplates. [88] ll. Full description
€ 265,000
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Journey around the world with a long stay in India

CUBERO SEBASTIAN, Pedro. Breve relacion, de la peregrinacion que ha hecho de la mayor parte del mundo.
Madrid, Juan Garcia Infançon, 1680. Small 4to (20 x 14.5 cm). With the title-page in a border built up from cast fleurons, woodcut coat of arms of the dedicatee Charles II of Spain, and some woodcut initials and tailpieces.Gold-tooled morocco, by the leading Barcelona binder Emilio Brugalla (1901-1987), with the arms of the Spanish bibliophile Isidoro Fernandez (1878-1963) stamped in gold on front and back, gilt edges. [20], 360 pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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2nd known copy of the 1st and only edition of a 1630 manual of military science, strategy and fortification

D'AMANT, Juste. De la prudence militaire, necessaire au Chef ou General pour sagement & heureusement exploiter en guerre. Par le Sr. D'Amant, du Conseil de Guerre du Roy és Pais-bas, & Capitaine Gouverneur du Chasteau de Courtray.
Brussels, Jan I Mommaert, 1630. 8vo. With Mommaerts woodcut device on the title-page, with letterpress motto "post tenebras spero lucem", woodcut tailpiece at the foot of the last text page, 4 woodcut decorated initials plus 1 repeat, each page with a frame of thin rules, doubled at the head and foot to hold the running heads and direction lines. Recent sheepskin parchment, sewn on 3 vellum tapes, laced though the joints. [16], 46, [2] pp. Full description
€ 4,950
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First European biography of Timur derived from an Arabic source

DU BEC-CRESPIN, Jean. The historie of the great emperour Tamerlan wherein are expressed, encounters, skirmishes, battels, sieges, assaults, skalings, taking of cities and strong places, defended, and assaulted, with diverse stratagems of warre, the which this great and renowned warriour hath conducted and accomplished, during his raigne of fortie or fiftie yeares: with other instructions for the warre, which should not be unknowen of them that would attaine unto the knowledge of armes. Drawen from the auncient monuments of the Arabians, by messire Jean du Bec, abbot of Mortimer. Newly translated out of French into English, for their benefite which are ignorant in that language. by H.M.
London, R. Field for Willam Ponsonby, 1597. 4to. With a woodcut device on the title-page, woodcut initials, head- and tail-pieces.17th-century calf, 19th century gold-tooled spine. [4], 265, [1] pp. Full description
€ 35,000
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Sumptuous coloured lithographs of Mayan antiquities bound for Czar Alexander II

DUPAIX, Guillermo, Alexandre LENOIR, David Bailie WARDEN, et al. Antiquités Mexicaines. Relation des trois expéditions du Capitaine Dupaix, ordonnées en 1805, 1806, et 1807, pour la recherche des antiquités du pays, notamment celles de Mitla et de Palenque.
Paris, Jules Didot l'ainé, 1834. 3 parts in 2 volumes. Large folio (55.5 x 36 cm). With lithographed frontispiece and 161 (numbered as 166) lithographed plates (1 double-page and 160 full-page), nearly half beautifully hand-coloured and most of the rest tinted or double-tinted. Lacking (as usual) the map mentioned on the title-page. Gold-tooled red morocco (1855?), with the arms of Czar Alexander II of Russia on the boards. [4], XIV, [1], [1 blank], 20, 56, 40, 88, [4]; 82, 224, [4]; [10] pp. Full description
€ 98,500
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Contemporary Dutch manuscript translation of 1607 letter from the King of Siam to the Prince of Orange

EKATHOTSAROT, King of Ayutthaya (Siam/Thailand). Translaet van eenen brieff geschreven in gout ende bij den Coninck van Syam gesonden aen Sijn Excellentie Mauritio de Nassau.
[The Hague?, ca. 1608]. Folio (34 x 21 cm). Dutch manuscript translation, written in brown ink on paper in a slightly sloped Dutch gothic cursive hand (35 lines with text area 21 x 17.5 cm, plus 2-line drop-title), very neatly written, of a 1607 letter from Ekathatsarot, King of Ayutthaya (Siam/Thailand) to Maurits of Nassau, Prince of Orange (received in 1608), distributed as a manuscript tidings. [1] leaf. Full description
€ 28,000
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Magnificent and rare album, the first example of Australian photo-journalism: produced during the 1884 British expedition in New Guinea

[NEW GUINEA]. ERSKINE, Commodore James E. Narrative of the expedition of the Australian squadron to the south-east coast of New Guinea, October to December, 1884.
Sydney, Thomas Richards, Government Printer, 1885. Large folio. With a folding map, 3 coloured lithographed plates, 33 original silver albumen photographs (ca. 28.5 x 21 cm) mounted on cards with printed captions and borders and two beautiful panoramas, one of them double-page (24 x 55.5 cm) and the other on four leaves (together 24 x 105.5 cm). Contemporary dark blue morocco. Full description
€ 48,000
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Entirely engraved introduction to geography by the famous French cartographer De Fer, beautifully illustrated with six hand coloured maps

FER, Nicolas de. Introduction a la geographie avec une description historique sur touttes[!] les parties de la terre. Seconde edition. Augmentée des longitudes et latitudes des principales villes, suivant les dernieres observations.
Paris, chez l'auteur, [1716-]1717. ca. 19 x 12.5 cm. Completely engraved work, with two hand coloured title-pages, 5 hand coloured folding maps and one folding illustration showing three globes. With detailed head- and tailpieces and decorated initials throughout. Reddish-brown painted calf with a gold-tooled quadruple fillet frame and small gold-tooled ornamental corner pieces on both boards, sewn on 5 supports, with 5 (false) raised bands on the modern gold-tooled spine with the original gold-tooled red morocco title label in the second compartment, marbled edges and a blue/green ribbon marker. (Re-)bound by Luigi Defilippi in Turin. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 197, [9] pp. Full description
€ 1,950
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Spanish pioneer of the use of the chronometer in navigation and mapping

GALIANO, Dionisio Alcalá. Memoria sobre las observaciones de latitud y longitud en el mar.
[Madrid], widow of Joaquin Ibarra, 1796. Narrow 4to (20.5 x 14 cm). With a woodcut crowned cypher monogram (of a Spanish Duke?) on the title-page and 7 folding leaves containing 13 numbered letterpress tables. Early 19th-century gold-tooled tree calf. [2], 87, [1] pp. Full description
€ 3,950
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Richly illustrated 16th-century atlas on celestial and terrestrial physics and their influence on medicine

GALLUCCI, Giovanni Paolo. Theatrum mundi, et temporis in quo non solum precipuae horum partes describuntur, & ratio metiendi eas traditur, sed accomodatissimis figuris sub oculos legentium facile ponuntur.
Venice, Giovanni Battista Somasco, 1588. 4to. With Somasco's Sagittarius device on the title-page, 144 full-page woodcuts (particularly circular diagrams, dials and figures of the constellations, but also hemispherical and terrestrial maps and other cosmographical and astronomical figures), 1 large folding table ("Canon sexagenarius"), several full-page or smaller tables in the text and woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. Lacking the moving volvelles. Contemporary overlapping vellum, manuscript title (faded) on spine. [16], 478, [2] pp. Full description
€ 6,000
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Description and illustrations of a sundial with a rotating magnetic needle,
bound in a fragment of an early Acta sanctorum manuscript

GEORGES, Pierre. Horologe magnetique elliptique ou ovale nouveau, de facile usage, et tres-commode, pour trouver les heures du jour & de la nuict, . . .
Toul (Lorraine), Simon Belgrand, G. Perin and I. Laurent, 1660. 8vo. With 8 engraved plates (1-7 numbered) with 46 numbered figures, and a letterpress folding table after page 196. Contemporary parchment made from the lower part of a leaf from a Jesuit manuscript (Acta sanctorum, for 25 July, this part not published until 1729). [12], ''296'' [= 298], [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 11,500
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Very scarce work on conchology, with 33 expertly hand coloured engraved plates

GEVE, Nicolaus Georg (illustrator) and Johann Dominik SCHULTZE. Belustigung im Reiche der Natur.
Hamburg, Gebrüdern Herold, 1790. Large 4to. With a hand coloured allegorical frontispiece engraved by Aug[ustin] Zenger and 33 hand coloured copper engraved plates, signed by Geve ("C.G. Geve Pinxit") showing more than 400 colourful mollusc shells and other sea shells. Contemporary gold-tooled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges, red edges and floral decorated endpapers. VI, 121, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 15,000
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One of the first European books printed with Chinese type

GONZALES DE MENDOÇA, Juan. Historia de las cosas mas notables, ritos y costumbres del Gran Reyno de la China, sabidas assi por los libros de los mesmos Chinas, como por relacion de religiosos y otras personas que an estado en eldicho reyno.
Antwerp, Pierre Bellère I, 1596. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a woodcut printer's device and some woodcut initials. With a few (woodcut?) Chinese characters in the text. Contemporary mottled calf. [24], 380, [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 9,000
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Extremely rare 1801 edition of the atlas volume to Guthrie’s Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar

GUTHRIE, William. An atlas to Guthrie's geographical grammar.
London, Engraved for g. and J. Robinson and J. Mawman, printed by S. Hamilton, 1801. 8vo, 1 sphere, 27 folding or double-page engraved maps hand-coloured in outline.
Later half gold-tooled marbled calf and marbled paper sides, with the title in gold on a red/burgundy spine label. [114] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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First edition of Van der Heyden's exquisitely illustrated work on firefighting

HEYDEN, Jan van der (and Jan van der HEYDEN de Jonge). Beschryving der niewlijks uitgevonden en geoctrojeerde slang-brand-spuiten, en haare wijze van brand-blussen, tegenwoordig binnen Amsterdam in gebruik zijnde. ...
Amsterdam, Jan Rieuwertsz., 1690. Three parts in one volume. Folio. With an engraved vignette ("Omnibus") on the title page, 21 engraved plates (12 full page, 8 folding and 1 double page). Two additional plates were added at the end of the work to the original 19 engraved plates. With woodcut decorated initials. Contemporary elaborately gold-tooled mottled calf (detailed diamond-shaped floral centrepiece in a floral inner frame with triple acorn cornerpieces in an ornamental outer frame) and gold-tooled spine with a red morocco title label and gold-tooled board edges. Possibly bound in Leiden by the so-called Elzevier Bindery. [1], [1 blank], [6], 50 pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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An important Clein-Koberger edition of Germany's most popular early 16th-century prayer book, the first use of 87 new woodcuts made for it by Springinklee, Schön and a few unsigned

[HORTULUS ANIMAE - PRAYERBOOK]. [Hortulus anime cum aliis q[uam] plurimis orationibus pristine impressioni superadditis; ut tabulam in huius calce annexa[m] intue[n]ti pate[n]tissimu[m] erit.].
(colophon:) Lyon, Johannes Clein (for Johannes Koberger, Nürnberg), 15 March 1516. 8vo. With the a decorated woodcut on the title-page with a madonna and child above and a unicorn below a frame for the letterpress title printed in red, Cleins woodcut device on the final recto, further with 89 woodcut illustrations, printed from 86 blocks (in three sizes), including 52 (from 50 blocks) by Hans Springinklee (who also cut the title woodcut), 6 (from 5 blocks) by Erhard Schön and 23 other smaller woodcuts, and the text printed in red and black in gothic rotunda type, each page (except the title-page, Cleins device and a two-page table of moveable feasts), in 1 of 25 different woodcut borders (a few dated) composed of angels, putti, grotesques, vases, fountains and other emblematic and architectural details. Many of the woodcuts are partly coloured by a contemporary hand.
Contemporary blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, sewn on 3 double cords, each board with brass pieces covering the edges at the head and foot, a brass strip near the hinge on the front board (lacking on the back board) and 2 brass catch plates on the front board with traces on the back board of leather straps that would have had brass clasps. [20], CCX, [10] ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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Beautifully illustrated and hand coloured first edition of the natural history of Barbados,
from the library of Árpád Plesch

HUGHES, Griffith. The natural history of Barbados.
London, printed for the author, 1750. Royal 4to in 2s. With a large folding, hand coloured map of the island of Barbados and with 30 hand coloured, numbered engraved plates. The plates were engraved by Austen, G. Bickham and Mynde after the designs of G. Bickham and G. D. Ehret. The map and all engraved plates also show the coats of arms of the dedicatees of each individual illustration. With a small vignette on the title page, 5 large headpieces showing a prospect of Bridgetown in Barbados (including 3 hand coloured), numerous other engraved floral and ornamental head- and tailpieces, and ornate decorated initials (at least 4 series) throughout. Contemporary sprinkled calf with a gold-tooled double fillet frame on both boards and an elaborately gold-tooled spine with a gold-tooled red morocco title label, gold-tooled board edges, red edges. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], [12], VII, [1], "314" [= 318], [7], [1 blank], [11], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 32,500
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Beautifully illuminated and finely lettered manuscript altar canon on three wall panels

[ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT - ALTAR CANON]. Accipiendo in manibus hostiam dicat[!].... Initium Sancti Evangelii secundum Joannem. ... Cibavit illum dominus pane vitæ et intellectus.
[Belgium?], [ca. 1790?]. Three illuminated manuscript wall panels in matching style, forming a three-part altar canon lettered in blue and red ink on parchment (one 47.5 x 57 cm & two 31 x 22 cm; image sizes 46 x 54.5 cm & 29.5 x 21 cm), the larger stretched over a wooden frame and each of the smaller two over a wooden panel. All three panels meticulously and finely lettered in the style of roman printing types with 1 line in italic capitals, all 12 initials and some of their decoration in gold. All three panels richly illuminated around and between the text blocks with a gold background and extensive gold highlights, the illumination including decorated cartouches. The principal scenes at the head (miniatures in a wide variety of colours) show the Last Supper, Saint John the Evangelist and Christ washing his apostles feet; the central scenes at the foot (ink and ink wash drawings, probably emblematic, that on the large panel in grey and those on the small panels in red) show a lamb and cross on an altar, 4 standing figures with long staffs around a table with a platter (of bread?: some of the figures are eating something) and herald angels before a kneeling figure (it doesnt look like a shepherd or the Virgin Mary). Full description
€ 16,000
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The most spectacular marine atlas ever published: a magnificent copy, beautifully bound by the important Amsterdam Double Drawer Handle Bindery, with noble provenance

JAILLOT, Hunter and Pierre MORTIER. Neptunus, de Fransche, of nieuwe atlas van de zeekarten, opgenommen en gegraveerd door uitsrukkelyke order des Konings, tot het gebruik van zyne zeemachten ... Overgezien ... door de Heeren Pene, Cassini, en anderen. = Zee atlas tot het gebruik van de vlooten des Konings van Groot Britanje ... - Vervolg van de Neptunus, of zee atlas van de nieuwe zee-karten; opgenomen door uitdrukkelyke order der Koningen van Portugaal ... En int light gebraght door de sorge van wylen dHeer dAblancourt ...Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1693-1700. 3 parts in 2 volumes. Double Elephant folio (65 x 52.5 cm). With richly engraved allegorical frontispiece by Jan van Vianen, large engraving of a sailing ship on title-page, engraved plates include scales of various units, an admirals ship and a series of 18 numbered ships, 12 plates of flags, double-page nautical chart of the world, and 29 double-page nautical charts of the coasts of Europe; beautiful engraved frontispiece by Romeyn de Hooghe, large engraving of a sailing ship on title-page and 9 full-page and double-page nautical charts of the coasts of the English Channel, including a splendid large folding chart of the coasts of the Mediterranean with a large number of views and plans of the Mediterranean towns in the borders by Romeyn de Hooghe in the second part; and the engraved coat-of-arms of Amsterdam on title-page, the winds, and 34 mostly double-page nautical charts of the coasts outside Europe (including Africa, Asia and America) in the third part, all engravings, including the vignettes on title-pages, the scales and the winds, all magnificently coloured and highlighted in gold throughout by a strictly contemporary hand. Bound by the Double Drawer Handle Bindery (1697-1742?), the most important Amsterdam workshop of the 18th century, in richly gold-tooled calf of which four motives or stamps are identified as being used by the Double Drawer Handle Bindery: both rolls on the boards with flowering foliage and flowers, the centrepiece showing Atlas staggering under the weight of a celestial globe and the four corner pieces and the stamps (with a loosely stamped supporting base) in the fields on the spine, being small globes. Full description
€ 450,000
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Tempo Doeloe revisited: spectacular collection of 133 magnificent original Woodbury & Page photographs
of Java and Sumatra, the most important islands of the Dutch East Indies

[JAVA - SUMATRA]. Souvenir des Indies (Java and West Sumatra).
Batavia, Woodbury & Page, 1865-1885. 3 albums (34 x 46 x 5.5 cm; photographs ca. 19.5 x 24.5 cm). 33 original photographs (numbered in pencil), all albumen prints (ca. 190-200 x 230-250 mm), mounted on thin paperboard leaves (42.5 x 31 cm) with gilt edges. Stored in 3 contemporary book-shaped boxes. A few annotations in pencil on the back of some photographs. Full description
€ 22,500
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Captivating account of the life in the Carribean of one of the most influential Dutch naval writers
of the late eighteenth century

JONG, Cornelis de. Reize naar de Caribische Eilanden, in de jaren 1780 en 1781; door Cornelius de Jong, toen ter tijd als luitenant dienende, aan boord van s'Lands schip van oorlog Mars onder bevel van den schout bij nacht Willem Krul
Haarlem, François Bohn, 1807. 8vo. Two engravings, one portrait of Willem Krul (14 x 8.7 cm), the other engraving depicting Dutch and English battleships (14,5 x 18,5 cm) by Gerrit Groenewegen. Contemporary pasteboard binding. X, 326 pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Extremely rare hand-coloured copy of the first and only Dutch edition of Jonston's famous zoological encyclopaedia

JONSTON, Johannes (Matthias GRAUS, translator). Naeukeurige beschryving van de natuur der vier-voetige dieren, vissen en bloedlooze water-dieren, vogelen, kronkel-dieren, slangen en draken.
Amsterdam, Jan Jacobsz. Schipper, 1660. 6 parts (issued as 4) in 1 volume. Folio. With a general letterpress title-page without imprint, 2 letterpress part-titles without imprint, 4 hand-coloured engraved part-titles and with 250 expertly engraved plates, 249 coloured by a contemporary hand. Further with woodcut decorated initials, coloured by hand with the letters themselves in gold. 18th-century(?) blind-tooled vellum. [8], 194; [6], 179, [1]; 56; 181, [3]; [4], "152" [= 154]; [1], [1 blank], 39, [1] pp. Full description
€ 27,500
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Rare journal of De la Salles last American voyage, exploring the Mississippi River,
including the large folding map, rarely included

JOUTEL, Henri (Monsieur DE MICHEL, ed.). Journal historique du dernier voyage que feu M. De la Sale fit dans le Golfe de Mexique, pour trouver l'embouchure & le cours de la riviere de Missicipi, nommée à présent la rivière de Saint Louis, que traverse la Louisiane. Où on voit l'histoire tragique de sa mort, & plusieurs choses curieuses du nouveau monde.
Paris, Estienne Robinot, 1713. 12mo. With a large folding engraved map. Contemporary calf. XXXIV, 386 pp. Full description
€ 10,000
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Sumptuously bound for the author for presentation to G.P. Oliva, Superior General of the Jesuit Society, on Royal paper.

KIRCHER, Athanasius. Ars magna sciendi, in XII libros digesta, qua nova & universali methodo ... [vol. 2 half-title:] Artis magnae seu combinatoriae sciendi, ... [titles on the frontispieces:] Ars magna sciendi sive combinatoria [vol. 1] Artis magnae combinatoriae [vol. 2].
Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge and the widow of Elizaeus Weyerstraten, 1669. 2 volumes bound as 1. Royal folio (46 x 30 x 5.5 cm). With 2 richly engraved allegorical frontispieces, an engraved plate with a full-page portrait of the Holy Roman Emperor Leopold I, an engraved plate showing all knowledge of the universe organised as a tree, 2 engraved volvelles (with 4 rotating dials), 20 further engravings on integral leaves and a couple dozen woodcut figures in the text. Contemporary richly gold-tooled red goatskin morocco decorated a petit fers, gold-tooled turn-ins, board edges and raised bands, giving a total of more than 1500 impressions of about 14 stamps and 3 rolls, edges gilt over red and blue squiggles. Janssonius van Waesberge, who published Kircher's books in Amsterdam from 1664/65 to 1682, arranged to have copies of several luxuriously bound for Kircher to present to leading figures and this is almost certainly one of them, presented to Giovanni Paolo Oliva, Superior General of the Jesuit Society. [18], 482, [10] pp. (including 2 integral frontispieces), plus 4 inserted tables & 2 plates. Full description
€ 50,000
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Very rare first and only Dutch edition of Kotzebue's account of his first major expedition in search of a north western passage

KOTZEBUE, Otto von and Pieter Gerardus Witsen Geysbeek (translator). Ontdekkingsreis in de Zuid-zee en naar de Bering-straat in de jaren 1815, 1816, 1817 en 1818, onder het bevel van Otto von Kotzebue, luitenant der Russisch-keizerlijke marine.
Amsterdam, Johannes van der Hey, 1822. 3 volumes. 8vo. Vol. 1 with an engraved title-page showing a view of the Kotzebue-sound engraved by D. Veelwaard after L. Choris, a hand coloured engraved plate and an engraved folding map; vol. 2 with an engraved title-page showing a view of the Airick island by Veelwaard after Choris, 3 hand coloured engraved portraits, 2 engraved folding plates and 4 engraved folding maps, including one large map showing the route of the entire voyage; vol. 3 with an engraved title-page showing a hand coloured "Vanessa Tammeamea" butterfly by Veelwaard after Eschbach, an engraved folding map signed by C. v. Baarsel and son and an engraved folding plate showing skulls. Half brown calf and brown decorated paper sides, with gold- and blind tooled spines VIII, 428, [2 blank], [1], [1 blank]; IV, 413, [1 blank], [1], [1 blank]; VIII, 492, [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,950
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First edition of Le Maire’s journal and first Dutch edition of Herrera’s description of the New World, with 19 newly engraved maps, including the first two to show California as an island

LE MAIRE, Jacob. Spieghel der Australische navigatie, ...
Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn, 1622. With an engraved world map on the title-page, engraved portrait of the author on the back of the title-page, 3 double-page engraved maps, 5 nearly full-page numbered engraved views on integral leaves.
With:
(2) HERRERA Y TORDESILLAS, Antonio de. Nieuwe werelt, anders ghenaempt West-Indien. [engraved title-page:] Descriptio Indiae Occidentlis.
Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn, 1622. With engraved Latin title-page and 14 numbered double-page engraved maps.
(3) ORDONEZ DE CEBALLOS, Pedro. Eyghentlijcke beschryvinghe van West-Indien: ...
Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn, 1621. With a woodcut view on the title-page. 3 volumes bound as 1. Small folio (28.5 x 20 cm). 19th-century vellum. [16], 72 pp., 73-85 ll.; 8, 111, [1 blank]; 29, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 28,000
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Rare first Dutch edition of the famous Lewis and Clarke expedition

LEWIS, Meriwether, William CLARKE and Nicolaas Godfried van KAMPEN (translator). Reize naar de bronnen van den Missouri, en door het vaste land van America naar de Zuidzee. Gedaan op last van de regering der Vereenigde Staten van America, in de jaren 1804, 1805 en 1806.
Dordrecht, A. Blussé and son, 1816-1818. 3 volumes. 8vo. With a large folding engraved map of the Missouri River (34.5 x 71 cm) by Cornelis van Baarsel and son, after the map in the first British edition. Modern half calf. XXXII, 398; VIII, 390; "XII" (lacking I-II), 335, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 8,500
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Predicting the future: copy from the Broxbourne Library of the rare 1511 edition
of one of the most important prophetic astrologies of the 15th and 16th century

LICHTENBERGER, Johannes. Pronosticatio in latino rare & prius non audita: quae exponit & declarat nonnullos coeli ifluxus: & i[n]clinatione[m] certaru[m] constellationu[m] magne videlicet co[n]iunctionis & eclipsis: quae suera[n]t istis annis: quid boi maliue hoc tempore & in futuru[m] huic mu[n]do porte[n]dant: durabitq[uam] pluribus annis.
[colophon:] Venice, [Niccolò & Domenico dal Gesù = Nicolo & Domenico Sandri dal Jesus], 23 August [1511?]. 4to. With the large Dal Jesus white-on-black woodcut device, 45 half-page or nearly full-page woodcuts in the text, most with letterpress captions above or below, the first showing Ptolemy, Aristotle, the Sibyl, Birgitta of Sweden and Brother Reinhart receiving divine inspiration, with an explanation on the facing page in a 4-piece ornamental floral woodcut frame. Modern half red morocco. 39, [1 blank] ll. Full description
€ 15,000
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First Dutch edition of one of the greatest herbals, with approximately 2185 botanical woodcuts

LOBEL [also L'OBEL or LOBELIUS], Matthias de. Kruydtboeck oft beschrijvinghe van allerleye ghewassen, kruyderen, hesteren, ende gheboomten.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1581. 2 volumes bound as 1, the second in 3 parts. Large folio. With an engraved title-page, the author's large "candore et spe" woodcut device on leaf *6r, approximately 2185 botanical woodcuts in the text. The medieval manuscript parchment pastedowns are rubricated in red and ink. The Latin legal text is written in a littera bononiensis (variant of the littera textualis) in brown ink. With three loosely inserted contemporary or near contemporary slips with manuscript notes, in Dutch regarding a recipe and other notes. Tanned sheepskin over thick wooden boards (perhaps partly contemporary but refurbished in the early 19th-century) with brass fastenings. Sewn on 5 double cords supports with corresponding raised bands on the spine creating 6 compartments, with a black morocco title label lettered in gold in the second compartment, and with medieval manuscript binding waste parchment pastedowns. [10], 994, [2 blank], "312"[=314, p. 294 + 2 blank], [2 blank], 15, [1 blank], [67], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 22,500
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A truly outstanding Cedid in its original binding

MAHMOUD Ra’if. Cedid Atlas Tercümesi [= New Atlas, Translated].
Üsküdar (district in Istanbul), Tab'hane-yi Hümayunda / Mühenduishâne Press, 1218 AH (1803/1804 CE). Folio (54 x 36.5 cm). With an engraved title-page (the title in Arabic script in an elaborate decorated frame with a roundel bearing an inscription in Arabic script in the head and clusters of military attributes in the other 3 sides) and 25 engraved maps (22 double-page and 3 larger folding) after William Faden, coloured by a contemporary hand.Contemporary black morocco (executed in Istanbul?), richly silver- and blind-tooled. Bright yellow paste-downs. Engr. title-page plus [1], 79 pp. plus 25 engr. maps. Full description
€ 250,000
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17th-century illustrated German manuscript containing the statutes of the German Teutonic Order as approved by the Grand Master

[MANUSCRIPT - GERMAN & LATIN - HERALDRY - LITURGY]. MAYER, Lieven. (Drop-title on f. 5r:) Der hochen Deutschen Ritterordens Buech ...
[Germany], [after 1606, perhaps before 1618]. 4to. Manuscript in German and Latin on paper, written in a 17th-century hand. With 3 heraldic crosses showing the coats of arms of the Teutonic Order (a black Maltese cross) and 4 drawings showing costumes of several members of the order, all executed in watercolour highlighted with eggwhite. 20th-century mottled sheepskin, sewn on 5 supports, each board with a frame of blind double fillets crossing at the corners, with blind double fillets across the spine, title stamped in green roman capitals in the 3rd of 6 compartments. [5], 129 ll. Full description
€ 8,500
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Navigating the Brazilian coast, from Rio de Janeiro to the Rio de la Plata and returning northward

[MANUSCRIPT - NAVIGATION - BRAZIL]. (Drop-title:) Note sur la navigation de Rio Janeiro[!] à la Rivière de la Plata.
[1821 or soon after?]. Folio (29 x 18.5 cm). French text written in a neat, legible 19th-century cursive hand in brown ink on paper. Folded, with a pin holding the leaves together in the gutter. The manuscript is loosely inserted between leaves of stiff white paper. [3], [1 blank] ll. Full description
€ 2,750
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Charming 16mo German manuscript prayerbook in contemporary blind-tooled pigskin

[MANUSCRIPT - PRAYERBOOK]. [1st rubric:] Form zu betten unser liebe[n] frawen mantel, Gebet. [incipit:] Cegrüest seiestu o süesse aller heiligste junckfraw maria ...
[Ravensburg?], [ca. 1670]. Small 16mo in 8s (10 x 8.5 x 4 cm; leaf: 9 x 7.5 cm). German manuscript in red and black ink on paper, written in an upright, semi-cursive gothic hand, with so-called lombardic initials in red, rubricated throughout. With 11 lines per page, text block 7 x 5.5 cm. Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over bevelled wooden (beechwood?) boards, sewn on 3 double supports, In total more than 100 impressions of about 9 stamps. Further with 2 strap fastenings with brass clasps (each with an owners(?) stamp: 1.5 mm roman capital initials "LH" above a 3 mm head in profile, facing right), catchplates and anchor plates, plain headbands, blue edges. With 27 mm roman capital initials "BR" in brown ink on the foot edge. [423], [3 blank] pp. plus 3 endleaves at the front and 5 at the back. Full description
€ 8,500
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First edition of one of the earliest grammars featuring a Romantisation of Chinese characters

MARSHMAN, Joshua. Elements of Chinese grammar, with a preliminary dissertation on the characters, and the colloquial medium of the Chinese, and an appendix containing the Ta-Hyoh of Confucius with a translation.
Serampore, printed at the mission press, 1814. Large 4to. With one woodcut illustration of a suanpan (abacus of Chinese origin) on p. 318. Text is set in roman type (Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters and occasionally in Bengali characters. Contemporary half red calf and black cloth sides with the title in gold on the spine. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], XVI, VII, [1 blank], 2, 566, 56 pp. Full description
€ 5,500
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An extensive and richly illustrated treatise on mortars and bombs,
by a veteran of the Thirty Years War in Italy

MARTENA, Giovanni Batista. Flagello militare diviso in quattro parti. La prima tratta de' trabucchi. La seconda de' petardi. La terza de' burlotti, e fuochi artificiali di mare, e di terra. La quarta di mine, contramine, e d'altre cose importanti all'arte militare.
Naples, Novello de Bonis, 1676. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece, engraved author's portrait and 73 illustrations on 18 engraved plates. Contemporary vellum. [12], 211, [1] pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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Stunning collotypes and chromolithographs of Pompeii wall paintings in situ soon after their excavation

MAU, August. Geschichte der decorativen Wandmalerei in Pompeji ... Mit 20 Tafeln in einer Mappe.
Berlin, G. Reimer, 1882. 1 text volume & 1 portfolio with plates. 8vo (text volume) and 1mo (plates portfolio 53 x 43 cm). With 20 large numbered plates showing Pompeii wall paintings in situ, mounted on card stock, loose in a separate portfolio with letterpress title-leaf and contents leaf: 9 sepia collotypes (21 x 16 to 26.5 x 24.5 cm) and 11 chromolithographs (21.5 x 19 to 37 x 36 cm), no. 18 actually comprising 7 small chromolithographs on 1 card, each plate with a letterpress label on the back; and 7 black and white floor plans in the text. Contemporary half sheepskin parchment (text); contemporary blue half cloth portfolio (plates). XII, 462 pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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Astrology, alchemy and mineralogy on the threshold of modern science

MAZZOTTA, Benedetto. De triplici philosophia naturali, astrologica, et minerali. In quibus differit cohaerenter de elementis, & variis mixtorum proprietatibus. ... Opus theol. philos. medicis, chymicis, & astrologis jucundum, ac simul utile.
Bologna, Giovanni Bapttista Ferroni, 1653. 4to. With an engraved heraldic and allegorical frontispiece drawn and engraved by Bartolomeo Coriolano with the arms of the dedicatee Hipolyto Cattaneo, a full-page engraving (with 7 figures) on an integral leaf, and 2 engraved illustrations and 2 woodcut diagrams in the text. Contemporary boards covered with a vellum leaf from a 16th-century(?) plain-chant manuscript antiphonary. Frontispiece plus [10], [2 blank], 148, “252” [= 272] pp. Full description
€ 19,500
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Four pioneering works of printing in Arabic, set in the stunning Arabic types of Robert Granjon

[MEDICI PRESS]. Alphabetum Arabicum.
Rome, Typographia Medicea, 1592. With the presss woodcut emblematic device (in an elaborately decorated cartouche with motto "In exultatione metent" from Psalms 125:5) on the title-page and each page in a frame of rules.
With:
(2) [I'TIQAD ALAMARAH ...]. Brevis orthodoxae fidei professio, quae ex praescripto Sanctae Sedis Apostolicae ab Orientalibus ad Sacrosanctae Romanae Ecclesiae unitatem venientibus facienda proponitur.
Rome, Typographia Medicea, 1595. With 2 half-page woodcut illustrations (biblical scenes) and the presss emblematic woodcut device at the end (the same as on the title-page of the Alphabetum). Each page in a frame of thin-thick-thin rules with a typographic ornament at each corner.
(3) IBN AJURRUM, Muhammad ibn Muhammad al Sinhaji. [Kitab al-ajurrumiyyah].
[Rome, Typographia Medicea, 1592]. Set in Arabic type throughout, printed in red and black.
(4) IBN AL-HAJIB, 'Uthman ibn-'Umar. [Kafiya li-Ibn al-Hajib].
[Rome, Typographia Medicea, 1592]. Set in Arabic type throughout, printed in red and black.
4 works in 1 volume. 4to (17 x 23 cm). Contemporary parchment with traces of a handwritten title across the head of the spine. 64; [28]; [24]; [96] pp. Full description
€ 125,000
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Final edition of the famous Mercator-Hondius atlas, with 164 maps attractively coloured by a contemporary hand and with a noble provenance

MERCATOR, Gerard and Henricus HONDIUS. Atlas sive cosmographicae meditationes de fabrica mundi et fabricati figura. ... Editio decima.
[Amsterdam], heirs of Henricus Hondius, 1630. Folio (47 x 34 cm). With engraved title-page, engraved double-page portrait of Mercator and Hondius; 4 engraved divisional title-pages, 164 engraved maps (almost all double-page) and many woodcut initials and tailpieces, all fully coloured by a contemporary hand, with some occasional details highlighted with gum arabic, and with the title-pages with some text and details highlighted in gold. All maps with letterpress texts on the back. 18th-century gold- and blind-tooled calf, gilt edges. [22], 391, [35], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 125,000
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Beautifully contemporary hand-coloured copies of Maria Sibylla Merian's masterpieces
on the Surinam and European insects and their plants bound together

MERIAN, Maria Sibylla. Over de voortteeling en wonderbaerlyke veranderingen der Surinaamsche insecten, waar in de Surinaamsche rupsen en wormen, met alle derzelver veranderingen, naar het leeven afgebeelt en beschreeven worden, zynde elk geplaatst op dezelfde gewassen, bloemen en vruchten, daar ze op gevonden zyn, beneffens de beschryving dier gewassen. Waar in ook de wonderbare padden, hagedissen, slangen, spinnen en andere zeltzaame gediertens worden vertoont en beschreeven. ...
Amsterdam, Jean Frederic Bernard, 1730. With an engraved frontispiece by J. Oosterwijk after F. Ottens, with an engraved title vignette and 72 full-page plates of Surinam insects, caterpillars, butterflies, worms, toads, lizards, snakes, spiders, shells, tadpoles and frogs, all coloured by a contemporary hand. With: (2) MERIAN, Maria Sibylla; Jean MARRET (add.). De Europische insecten, naauwkeurig onderzogt, na 't leven geschildert, en in print gebragt door Maria Sibilla Merian, ...Amsterdam, Jean Frederic Bernard, 1730. Title-page in red and black with an engraved title-vignette by B. Picart and 185 engravings of flowers and insects, each printed from a separate plate, including 184 printed on 47 inserted leaves (3 or 4 engravings to one leaf) and one plate printed at the end of the letterpress text, all coloured by a contemporary hand.
2 works in 1 volume. Imperial folio (ca. 53.5 x 37 cm). Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine with red morocco spine label with the author's name in gold, red and blue sprinkled edges. Preserved in a modern slipcase. [10], 51, [1 blank] pp.; [4], 84 pp. Full description
€ 180,000
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Beautifully illustrated guide to astronomy, geography and the use of globes

MOXON, Joseph. A tutor to astronomy and geography. Or an easie and speedy way to know the use of both the globes, caelestial and terrestrial.
London, printed by S. Roycroft, for Joseph Moxon, 1686. 4to. With an engraved portrait of the author as a frontispiece, one full page engraving of Atlas carrying the world on his shoulders and 40 engraved or woodcut globes, scientific instruments, mathematical figures, tables, astronomical figures and other illustrations in the text. With a woodcut decorated initial on A3r. Contemporary blind-tooled calf, [1 blank], [1 = frontispiece], [1], [1 blank], [4], 271, [9] pp. Full description
€ 950
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Remarkable, richly illustrated and highlighted in gold French manuscript containing "holy odes" or poems about the life of Jesus Christ

[MANUSCRIPT - FRENCH]. MOYSSON, P[ierre]. Odes sainctes traitant despuis la nativité de n[ost]re sauv[eur] Iesus Christ fins à son Asse[n]tion.
[France; probably in Tournon-sur-Rhône or Valence], 1613. 12mo (ca. 11 x 7 cm). French manuscript, written in a red double fillet frame in a neat cursive hand in dark brown/black and red ink on vellum. With an open-work title page with the title in gold in the centre of the leaf and 28 detailed copper engravings on paper (ca. 7 x 5.5 cm) mounted on the vellum leaves throughout the work showing the life of Christ, all illustrations are beautifully hand coloured and highlighted in gold and captioned in brown or red ink. With intricate manuscript decorated initials in dark brown/black, red or blue ink, some also highlighted in gold and numerous delicate manuscript tailpieces in brown ink. Early 18th-century dark green morocco, elaborately gold-tooled on both boards, spine, board edges and turn-ins, sewn on 5 supports with 5 raised bands creating 6 compartments with the title in gold in the second compartment. With gilt edges, blue silk covered endpapers and a green and a reddish-brown silk ribbon marker [1], [1 blank], XII, 188, [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 35,000
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The patron saint of Mexico City, martyred in Japan, with engraved title-page & 16 plates,
printed in Mexico City and preserved in a contemporary Mexican binding

[MUNIBE, José María]. Breve resumen de la vida y martyrio del inclyto Mexicano, y proto-martyr del Japon, el Beato Felipe de Jesus. Añadidas algunas obvias reflecciones en honor del mismo Heroë esclarecido, y de esta dichosisima civdad felize en ser su pátria. Por un eclesiàstico de este arzobispado, afecto del santo, quien lo dedica á la exemplarísima, religiosísima provincia del santo evangelio de esta civdad de México.
Mexico City, "Oficina Madrileña" [literally "Madrid office", a name used by the Jáuregui heirs], 1802. 4to (19.5 x 14 cm). With engraved title-page dated 1801, an engraved portrait of Felipe de Jésus (both engravings by Montes de Oca) and extra-illustrated with 15 (of 30) engraved plates also by Montes de Oca, from the closely related 1801 print series originally issued with the same engraved title-page. With the engraved title and all 16 plates coloured by a contemporary hand and many words, letters and punctuation marks on the two title-pages coloured red. Contemporary Mexican tanned sheepskin mottled in an irregular tree pattern, gold-tooled spine. 71, [1 blank] pp. plus plates. Full description
€ 10,000
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Rare Dutch postincunable on the value of learning and wisdom

MURMELLIUS, Joannus. Joannis Murmelii de discipulorum officiis q[uo]d Enchiridion scholasticon inscribitur. Ep[istol]a seu volumen divi Hieronymi ad Nepotianum de clericorum officiis cu[m] Murmellii commentariis. Hermanni Buschii carmen saphicu[m] in urbem Ruremundensem. Joa[n]nis Murmellii ode saphica de duplici voluptate
Zwolle, Pieter van Os, ca. 1505. 4to. Woodcut title page illustration of Saint Jerome, woodcut collophone illustration. Contemporary vellum binding. [52] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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Voyage to the Strait of Le Maire and first detailed exploration of the region, with an engraved folding map, and types made famous by Ibarra in Madrid

NODAL, Bartholome Garcia de & Gonzalo. Relacion del viage, que por orden de su magestad, y acuerdo de el real consejo de Indias ...
Including: ECHELEVAR, D. Manuel de, J.M. y J. Instruccion exacta, y util de las derrotas, y navegaciones ...
Cadiz, Don Manuel Espinosa de los Monteros, Impressor de la Real Marina, [1766?-1769]. 4to. With a folding map of the Strait of Magellan drawn and engraved by D.M. de Rueda, dated 1769. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment by the Cadiz printing office's own bindery. [18], [2 blank], "162" [= 164], [2], [2 blank]; 41, [2], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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Rare and beautiful study of tattooing, ethnography and decorative carving in the South Pacific

NOURY, Charles-Gaëtan. Album Polynésien de M. C. Noury, Capitaine de Vaisseau.
Nantes, Olivier Merson, 1861. Folio. With a lithographed title-page, a lithographed table of contents with brief descriptions of the 15 lithographed plates that follow (7 hand-coloured and 8 tinted or double-tinted), by B. de Girardot, Bourgerel and Alfred Clericeau. Preserved in a modern red morocco case made for this work, title in gold on spine. [17] ll. Full description
€ 25,000
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Horblit-copy of an important early description of the nocturnal astronomical instrument and its use, with the extremely rare woodblock-printed dials and pointers to construct the nocturnal and sundial-lunar dial

PADOVANI, Giovanni. Opera nuova ... tradotta di Latino in volgare, laqual dichiara luso del maraviglio so istrumento astronomico da lui intitulato horoscopio. ...
Verona, Paolo Ravagnano, 1560. 4to. With Ravagnanos woodcut emblematic device on the title-page (a hand emerging from a cloud and holding a stalk with three lilies, the whole in an oval in a rectangular scrollwork cartouche, with the motto, "candidio animus"), a folding plate (oblong long folio: 15.5 x 41.5 cm) containing 2 woodcuts (12.5 x 22 cm & 12 cm diameter with the 4.5 cm gnomen making it 14 x 13 cm) designed to be cut up to make the authors "horoscopio" in the form of a volvelle and the sundial-lunar dial, 3 decorated woodcut initials (pictorial), planetary and zodiac signs, and numerous tables of numerical data. 19th-century(?) boards, covered with block-printed decorated paper (black on white). [46], [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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"Some of the most accurate information on China to be found in the first half of the seventeenth century"

PANTOJA, Diego de. Advis ... envoyé de Paquin cité de la Chine, au R.P. Loys de Gusman ... Sur le succes de la religion chrestienne au royaume de la Chine. De l'entree d'aucuns peres de ladire compagnie en la cour du roy, & de plusieurs choses memorables, qu'ils ont veu en ce païs.
Lyon, Pierre Rigaud, 1607. 12mo. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment, remains of ties. [8], 145, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 19,000
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Very rare pamphlet recommending emigration to Kansas

PARDONNET, Georges de. Émigration au Kansas (États-Unis de l'Amérique du Nord). Le Kansas, ses ressources et produits, ses concessions gratuites de terres, conseils pratiques aux émigrants, la compagnie du chemin de fer du "Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway" et ses immenses possessions réputées les meilleures terres du centre des États-Unis.
Antwerp, Frédéric Tuetey (Colophon: Paris, printed by Lahure), [1874]. 8vo. Modern half calf, original blue printed wrappers preserved. 52 pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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4 editions (1528-1531) containing 6 works on pharmacology, herbal medicine and magical gems,
in blind-tooled pigskin (near Freiburg ca. 1570?)

PAULUS OF AEGINA (ed. by Otto BRUNFELS and Wilhelm KOPP). Pharmaca simplicia, Orthone Brunfelsio interprete.
Including: De ratione victus Gukielmo Copo Basiliensi interprete.
(Colophon: Strasbourg, Georg Ulricher, September 1531). With a finely executed woodcut on the title-page repeated on the verso of the otherwise blank last leaf.
With:
(2) VALLA, Giorgio. De simplicium natura liber unus.
Strasbourg, Heinrich Sybold, (colophon: August 1528). With the title in a woodcut architectural frame.
(3) ODO OF MEUNG (misattributed to Aemilius MACER). De herbarum virtutibus, cum Joannis Atrociani co[m]mentariis, ...
Including: STRABO, Walafrid. Hortulus vernantissimus.
Freiburg im Breisgau, (colophon: Johann Faber, 1530).
(4) MARBOD OF ANJOU (with notes and additions by Georg PICTORIUS). De lapidibus pretiosis encheridion, cum scholiis Pictorii Villingensis. Eiusdem Pictorii De lapide molari carmen.
[Freiburg im Breisgau], [Johan Faber], 1531. With a woodcut initial with pictorial decoration. Set in an Aldine-style italic.
4 editions containing 6 works, in 1 volume. 8vo (16.5 x 11 cm). Blind -tooled pigskin (Freibrug or vicinity? ca. 1570?) over tapered wooden boards, each board with fields edged by multiple fillets, the outer field containing a frame made from a large roll with allegorical female figures representing the four theological virtues. The front board with owner's initials "A W", and with 2 engraved brass fastenings. [12], 86, [1 blank], [1]; [104]; [4], 108; 55, [1] ll. Full description
€ 45,000
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Second and improved edition of one the finest items of Australiana

PÉRON, François Auguste and Louis Claude de Saulses de FREYCINET. Voyage de découvertes aux Terres Australes, fait par ordre du gouvernement, sur les corvettes le Géographe, le Naturaliste et la goëlette le Casuarina, pendant les années 1800, 1801, 1802, 1803 et 1804; historique.
Paris, (printed by Lebel for) Arthus Bertrand, 1824. 4 text volumes (8vo) and 1 atlas volume (folio). With lithographed portrait of François Péron; the atlas with engraved title-page and 68 (27 hand-coloured) lithographed plates, maps and charts, including a double-page map of Australia. Contemporary gold-tooled red half sheepskin. XXIV, 400; 532; 432; 353, [4] pp.; Atlas vol. [10] pp. text (Index of plates). Full description
€ 35,000
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Programme printed on Commodore Perry's ship in Japan for its black-face minstrel show

[PERRY, Matthew Calbraith]. Ethiopian concert. United States steam frigate Powhatan, Hakodadi, Island of Yesso, Empire of Japan, May 29th [1854]. An Ethiopian entertainment will be given by the Japanese Olio Minstrels, on board this ship, this evening, weather favorable, to which the Officers invite your attendance.
[On board the Powhatan], Japan Expedition Press, [1854]. 19 x 26 cm as opened flat. A programme and invitation, printed letterpress on washi mulberry tissue paper with a lace-like decorative flower pattern in white. Full description
€ 27,500
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Exploring New Mexico and Louisiana and searching for the source of the Mississippi,
while unknowingly supporting plans for empire in the Southwest

PIKE, Zebulon Montgomery. Reize naar Nieuw-Mexico en de binnenlanden van Louisiana, voorgegaan door eenen togt naar de bronnen der Mississippi.
Amsterdam, Cornelis Timmer (colophon: printed by A. Breeman & Co.), 1812. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 3 engraved folding maps: the first two showing the interior of Louisiana and the third the Mississippi River. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. VIII, 327, [1]; [4], 374 pp. Full description
€ 4,950
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The history of Hawaii: only edition in Hawaiian and French

REMY, Jules (translator). Ka Mooolelo Hawaii[.] Histoire de l'archipel Havaiien (Iles Sandwich)[.] Texte et traduction précédés d'une introduction sur l'état physique, moral et politique du pays.
Including: REMY, Jules (translator). Moolelo Hawaii[.] Histoire Havaiienne.
Paris, A. Franck; Leipzig, Franck'sche Verlags-Buchhandlung (back of half-title: printed by Jules Claye), 1861-1862. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With original Hawaiian text on the left and the French translation on the right page. Modern brown half morocco, with the original printed wrappers bound in. [4], LXXV, [1 blank]; 254, [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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The frogs and toads of Germany in the manner of Maria Sybilla Merian

RÖSEL VON ROSENHOF, August Johann. Historia naturalis ranarum nostratium in qua omnes earum proprietates, praesertim quae ad generationem ipsarum pertinent, fusius enarrantur. | Die natürliche Historie der Frösche hiesigen Landes worinnen alle Eigenschaften derselben, sonderlich aber ihre Fortpflanzung, umständlich beschrieben werden.
Nuremberg, Johann Joseph Fleischmann, [1753]-1758. 2 parts in 1 volume. Royal folio (48 x 33 cm). With hand-coloured engraved frontispiece and 2 sets of the 24 engraved plates. Each of the 24 plates is present twice: beautifully hand-coloured with the figures still unnumbered, and in black and white with the figures numbered (and key letters added) but with Rösel's name erased. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. [2], VIII, [6], 116 pp. Full description
€ 22,500
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Ruysch's anatomical specimen: "The eight wonder of the world"

RUYSCH, Frederik. Alle de ontleed- genees- en heelkundige werken. Meerendeels in 't Nederduyts vertaalt door Ysbrand Gysbert Arlebout.
Amsterdam, Janssoons van Waesberge, 1744. 3 volumes. Large 4to. Engraved allegorical frontispiece, 3 titles in red & black, engraved portrait of Ruysch designed by I. Wandelaar and executed by D. Hoogstraten, 7 engraved illustrations in text, 2 woodcut illustrations in text and 133 engraved folding plates with anatomical designs and anatomical specimen. Contemporary marbled calf, spines ribbed and gilt with red-morocco title-labels. [4], 1280, [184] pp. Full description
€ 17,500
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Best fish illustrations for centuries

SALVIANI, Ippolito (Hippolito). Aquatilium animalium historiae, liber primus [all published], cum eorumdem formis, aere excusis.
Rome, Hippolito Salviani, 1554 (colophon: January 1558). Folio. With an engraved title-page and 98 figures on 81 full-page engravings (plate size 33 x 22.5 cm) printed on integral leaves, a Salviani's woodcut device on the last page, and about 100 decorated pictorial woodcut initials (2 series) including repeats. Recased in 18th-century(?) sheepskin parchment. [8], 256 ll. Full description
€ 19,500
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A prosecutor’s enquiry of the traumatic Dutch capitulation of Saldanha Bay

SPOORS, Jakob. Rapport van Jakob Spoors, als fiscaal van den Hoogen Zee-krygsraad, omtrend het gedrag van den capitein Engelbertus Lucas en verdere commandanten der schepen behoord hebbende tot het esquader in den jaare 1796. Naar de Oost-Indien gedestineerd; benevens de resolutie en sententie ten deze door den Hoogen Zee Krygsraad genomen en geslagen.
The Hague, 's Lands-Drukkery, 1798. 8vo. Printers vignette on title page. Modern blue cloth. [2], 151, [1]. Full description
€ 1,250
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Rare edition of Staden's famous account of Brazil and the Tupinambá Indians,
with 19 woodcuts (17 from the blocks of Plantins 1558 edition)

STADEN, Hans. Beschrijvinghe van America, wiens inwoonders, wildt, naeckt, seer godloos, ende wreede menschen-eters zijn; hoe hy selve onder de Brasilianen lange gevangen geseten heeft, die hem dagelijcks dreygden doot te slaen en t'eten: ...
Including: Avontuerlijcke, vreemde, ende waerachtighe beschryvinge van het landt America, alwaer Hans van Staden onder de Brasilianen, Tuppin Imbas ghenaemt, lange gevangen geseten heeft, ...
Amsterdam, Jan Jacobsz. Bouman, 1660. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With 2 title-pages, the first printed in red and black, each with a different large (7 x 13 cm) woodcut illustration; and 17 smaller (5 x 6.5 cm) woodcut illustrations (plus 12 repeats) in the text, mostly of Brazilian Indians. 20th-century dark brown calf, with older stiff paper wrappers bound in. [8], 72 pp. Full description
€ 7,000
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Second edition of Steno’s seminal study of muscle tissue and the formation of fossils

STENO, Nicolaus (Niels STENSEN). Elementorum myologiae specimen: seu musculi descriptio geometrica. Cui accedunt canis carchariae dissectum caput, et dissectus piscis ex canum genere.Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge and the widow of Elizeus Weyerstraet, 1669. With many woodcut diagrams and other illustrations in the text and 7 engraved folding plates with figures and tables.
With: (2) HOBOKEN, Nicolaas. Anatomia secundinae humanae, quindecim figuris ad vivum propriâ autoris manu delineatis, illustrata. ... Cum annexo S. Specilegio epistolarum, rem potissimum generatoriam referentium.Utrecht, Joannes Ribbius, 1669. With an engraved frontispiece, a full-page portrait of Nicolaas Hoboken by C. Hagens facing the frontispiece and 15 figures on 8 engraved folding plates.
8vo. Contemporary vellum, title in ink on spine, blue edges. [1 blank], [1], 221, [11]; [1], [1 blank], 148, [3], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 4,500
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An early mention of Australia and a window into early 17th-century Spanish daily life

SUAREZ DE FIGUEROA, Christobal (Thomaso GARZONI). Plaza universal de todas ciencias, y artes, parte traduzida de Toscano, y parte compuesta por el doctor Christoval Suearez de Figueroa.
Perpignan, Luis Roure, 1630 (colophon: 1629). 4to. With title printed in woodcut border with large woodcut coat of arms; interesting woodcut initials and head- and tailpieces. Contemporary mottled calf. [8], 379, [1 blank] ll. Full description
€ 6,500
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14 Chinese colour drawings on pith paper, showing 72 fish and seashells, some in metallic colours

[SUNQUA?]. [Chinese fish and seashells].
[Guangzhen (Canton)?, Sunqua?, ca. 1845/55?]. Oblong folio album (26.5 x 34.5 cm). 14 drawings depicting 72 fish and seashells in coloured gouaches, the fish with gold and silver speckles to give a metallic effect to the scales, executed on pith paper (18 x 29 cm), framed with 4 strips of blue silk, and with a loose tissue leaf inserted before each drawing. Contemporary boards, covered with yellow-green silk. [14] ll. Full description
€ 18,000
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The retaking of Bahia from the Dutch by the Spanish and Portuguese fleet,
the official and comprehensive account

TAMAYO DE VARGAS, Tomas. Restauracion de la ciudad del Salvador i Baía de Todos-Sanctos, en la provincia del Brasil.
Madrid, widow of Alonso Martin, 1628. 4to. With the woodcut coat of arms of King Philip IV of Spain, crowned and with the Order of the Golden Fleece, on the title-page and 2 woodcut decorated initials. Contemporary limp vellum, manuscript title on spine, a mark ("Co D Sa") branded into the top edge, and (remnants of) white leather ties. [7], [1 blank], 178, [4] ll. Full description
€ 25,000
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A history of the kings of Persia and Hormuz, one of the earliest Western books mentioning Qatar

TEIXEIRA, Pedro, [Mir KHWAND and Turan SHAH]. Relaciones de Pedro Teixeira d'el origen descendencia y succession de los reyes de Persia, y de Harmuz, y de un viage hecho por el mismo autor dende la India Oriental hasta Italia por tierra.
Antwerp, Hieronymus Verdussen, 1610. 8vo. With a woodcut on title-page. 17th century mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine, red edges. [8], 384, [8], 115[=215], [17] pp. Full description
€ 45,000
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Early Himalayan manuscript: a complete Sutra written in gold on blue-stained paper

[TIBET - MANUSCRIPT]. [The perfection of wisdom in eight thousand lines].
Tibet, 13th century CE. 20 x 65 cm. Manuscript written in gold ink on both sides of 314 sheets of heavy, multi-layered paper stained blue over the surface, varnished on the writing space, surrounded by a frame, each page containing 8 lines of approximately 80 characters in Tibetan uchen (dbu-can) script. Front cover from another manuscript, in black ink; under a flap are 2 lines of very large script with the words "in the language of India". The first leaves of the manuscript contain 4, 5, 6 and 7 lines of script. Text is complete. Stored in a large custom-made red cloth case (71 x 24 x 15.5 cm) with a gold-tooled red morocco title label. 314 ll. Full description
€ 125,000
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A scarce, incredibly important work on Hindu astronomy in both Tamil and English

ULLAMUDEIAN (translator), Visvanatha SASTRIYAR (compiler) and Henry Richard HOISINGTON (editor and translator). [Sothi Sastra]. The Oriental astronomer: being a complete system of Hindu astronomy, accompanied with a translation and numerous explanatory notes. With an appendix.
Jaffna, Ceylon [= now Sri Lanka], American Mission Press, 1848. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Printed in both Tamil and English, with numerous scientific, astronomical tables in the text. Including: [IDEM]. A complete system of Hindu astronomy, being a translation of the foregoing work.
Jaffna, American Mission Press, 1848.
Contemporary half red morocco and marbled paper sides, with a gold-lettered black morocco title label on the spine and blue sprinkled edges. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 177, [3 blank]; [1], [1 blank], 145, [1 blank], [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 5,000
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First biography of Charles V, with descriptions of the Spanish in Mexico and Peru

ULLOA, Alfonso de. Historie, ende het leven van den aldermachtichsten ende victorieusten keyser Caerle de Vijfde van dien name. Inden welcken niet alleen beschreven en zijn de hooge ende seer vrome daden vanden selven Prince, maer oock de merckelijckste saken die over alle de werelt/ insonderheyt inde Oost ende West-Indyen geschiet zijn. Eerstmael in Italiaensche tale beschreven.
Amsterdam, Jacob Pietersz. Paets [printed by Isaac Jansz. Canin in Dordrecht?], 1610. Folio. With the engraved architectural frame on the title-page signed with a BD monogram (Baptista van Doetecum?) and 16 full-page and 2 smaller engraved portraits of contemporary lords and rulers by Nicolaes de Clerck (1569/70-1623). Contemporary vellum. [2], 221, [9] ll. Full description
€ 3,500
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"This work ranks with the voyages of Cook and La Pérouse among the most important of the 18th and 19th centuries"

VANCOUVER, George. Reisen nach dem nördlichem[!] Theile der Südsee während der Jahre 1790 bis 1795. Aus dem Englischen übersetzt und mit Anmerkungen begleitet von Joh. Friedr. Wilh. Herbst.
Berlin, (colophon: printed by Johann Wilhelm Schmidt) for the Vossische Buchhandlung, 1799-1800. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a large folding engraved map (52 x 42 cm) by Ferdinand Sprögel (Berlin, 1800) of the northwest coast of America, and 2 folding aquatints. Contemporary half calf. [2], 386; VIII, 406 pp. Full description
€ 2,950
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Beautifully illustrated astronomy and more by “the most important Italian thinker of his times”

VENETUS, Paolo Nicoletti [and Restoro d'AREZZO]. Summa philosophie naturalis ... una cu[m] libro de co[m]positione mundi qui astronomie ianua nuncupari potest ... [at the head of the page:] Primus liber incipit De co[m]positione mu[n]di.
Paris, Jean Lambert (colophon: printed by Thomas Kees, 14 November 1513). Small 4to (28 x 20.5 cm). With 55 woodcut illustrations in the text, including 12 northern and 12 southern pictorial constellations with stars. Flexible wrap-around paperboards (ca. 1750?), sewn on 3 tanned leather supports. [35], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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The other way around: North America and Europe seen through the eyes of a Chilean historian

VICUÑA MACKENNA, Benjamin. Pájinas de mi diario durante tres años de viajes. 1853. - 1854. - 1855. ... California. - Mejiico. - Estados-Unídos. - Canada. - Islas Britanicas. - Francia. - Italia. - Alemania. - Paises-Bajos. - Costas del Brasil. - Provincias del Plata.
Santiago, Imprenta del Ferrocarril, 1856. 4to. Contemporary half green sheepskin, marbled edges. [8], 454 pp. Full description
€ 4,950
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Whittock's richly illustrated companion instructional works on the art of drawing and colouring from nature in one volume

WHITTOCK, Nathaniel. The art of drawing and colouring from nature, flowers, fruit, and shells. To which is added, correct directions for preparing the most brilliant colours for painting on velvet, with the mode of using them. Also, the new method of oriental tinting.
London, Isaac Taylor Hinton, 1829.
With: (2) WHITTOCK, Nathaniel. The art of drawing and colouring, from nature, birds, beasts, fishes, and insects.
London, Isaac Taylor Hinton, 1830. 2 works in 1 volume. Large 4to (ca. 26 x 20.5 cm). Ad 1: with 48 lithographed plates, half of which are hand coloured: each subject is illustrated by a plain and a coloured plate. The plates are not signed or captioned. Ad 2: with 48 lithographed plates, half of which hand coloured: each subject is illustrated by a plain and a coloured plate. 22 of 24 [=44 of 48] plates are captioned and 3 plates are signed. All plates in ad 1 and 2 are interleaved with tissue paper. Contemporary gold- and blind-tooled purple morocco with a red morocco title-label on the spine and with gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, gilt edges, marbled endpapers and a green silk ribbon marker. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank] 96; [3], [1 blank], 100 pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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