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Exploring the Amazon River from Quito to the east with the extremely rare map

ACUÑA, Cristóbal Diatristán de. Relation de la Riviere des Amazones traduite par feu Mr de Gomberville de l'Académie Françoise. Avec un dissertation sur la riviere des Amazones pour servir de preface.
Paris, Claude Barbin, 1682. 4 parts in 2 volumes. 12mo. With a folding engraved map of the Amazon River. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. 199, [1; 4], 218; 238, [2 blank]; 206 pp. Full description
€ 14,500
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First 4to edition of the Monumenta by Arias Montanus, from the collection of Robert de Ligne (1564-1614)

ARIAS MONTANO (MONTANUS), Benito (Benedictus). Humanae salutis monumenta.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, "1571" [= 1582/83]. 4to (22 x 14.5 cm). With an engraved, illustrated title-page bearing the initials of the engraver Pieter Huys and the date 1571, an unsigned circular portrait of Jesus in profile and 70 full-page engravings (16.5 x 11.5 cm) by several artists. 17th-century gold-tooled black goatskin, the front board with a centrepiece comprising coat-of-arms (with a name below it) in an oval (the arms and name mutilated, but probably Robert de Ligne or an heir), gilt edges, later endpapers. [172] pp. Full description
€ 19,500
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Arabic manuscript based on Ibn Sina's Qanun

[IBN SINA (AVICENNA)]. Mahmud ibn Muhammad ibn Umar AL-GAMINI. Qanunceh [= Small canon].
Herat (now Afghanistan), 840 AH [= 1436 CE]. 8vo (ca. 13.5 x 20.5 cm). Arabic manuscript on paper, text block ca. 7.5 x 15 cm, carefully ruled; 9 lines per page. Black ink with relevant words and headings marked in red. Neatly written in a naskh Arabic script, albeit slightly influenced by the thuluth script. The colophon names the scribe, Abdallah al-Heravi. Near-contemporary calf. 79 ll. Full description
€ 65,000
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First edition of the French translation of Taylor's versified miniature Bible bound
for the daughter of a Leiden alderman, Maria Louisa Hartingh (1780-1866)

[MINIATURE BOOK]. DU BOIS, J.P.J. La sainte Bible, mise en vers.(title-page of vol. 2: Le Nouveau Testament, mis en vers).
The Hague, Pieter Servaas, 1752. 2 volumes bound as 1. 72 mo (& 48mo?) in 8s (4.5 x 2.9 cm). With 4 engraved plates, namely an engraved title-page "Biblia" without imprint and 3 Bible illustrations, and occasional decorations made with typographic ornaments. Gold-tooled red morocco (1790s?), the front with the name of the owner for whom the book was bound ("Marie Louise Harting") in roman capitals, gold-tooled board edges, decorated endpapers with a floral design printed from a woodblock in brown paste, gilt and gauffered edges, brown ribbon marker. Stored in a 19th-century(?) red cloth box, lined with decorated paper, perfectly fitting the book. 192; 192 pp. plus 4 plates. Full description
€ 1,500
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First edition of a detailed description and illustration of the cities along the coasts of the Baltic Sea
in the context of the Crimean War

[BOSCHETTI, Ambrogio]. Il Mar Baltico e le sue coste descritti e illustrati con alcune carte geografiche topografiche ed orografiche per la guerre d'Oriente.
Triest, Colombo Coen, 1854. Large 4to (32.5 x 23.5 cm). With 1 folding map of the Baltic Sea as the frontispiece, 1 military plan of Kronstadt, 15 plates of Finnish, Swedish, Baltic and Russian cities, and 1 small illustration in the text on p. 58. Contemporary half brown cloth, grey paper sides, with the publishers front wrapper (for the "seconda edizione") printed letterpress on pink paper. 131, [1] pp. Full description
€ 3,250
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The botany, geology and geography of Madeira, edited and illustrated by a pioneering female naturalist
and annotated by Cuvier and Von Humboldt

BOWDICH, Thomas Edward, Sarah BOWDICH LEE (editor), George CUVIER and Alexander VON HUMBOLDT (annotators). Excursions dans les isles de Madère et de Porto-Santo, faites dans l'automne de 1827, pendant son troisième voyage en Afrique, ... Ouvrage traduite de l'Anglais et accompagné de notes de M. le Baron Cuvier et de M. le Baron de Humboldt.
Paris, F.G. Levrault, 1826. 2 volumes. 8vo (text) and 4to (plates). With 22 lithographed plates (3 double-page and 4 hand-coloured), most of them drawn and lithographed by Sarah Bowdich. Modern half morocco; the text volume with the original publisher's wrappers bound in. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 447 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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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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Rare first and only Dutch edition of Cornelis de Bruin's remarks on differences between his engravings
of the ruins of Persepolis and those of Chardin & Kaempfer

BRUIN, Cornelis de. Aanmerkingen over de printverbeeldingen van de overblyfzelen van het oude Persepolis, onlangs uitgegeven door de heeren Chardin en Kempfer, waer in derzelver mistekeningen en gebreken klaer worden aengewezen, door Cornelis de Bruin..
Amsterdam, R. en G. Wetstein, J. Oosterwyk, H. van de Gaate, 1714. 8vo. With 3 engraved folding plates, a small ornament on the title-page a tail piece on p. 77, and 1 woodcut decorated initial. Later grey-brown paper wrappers. 77, [3 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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