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One of the earliest Antwerp records of Charles V’s Italian financier

AFFAITATI, Giovan Carlo (Johannes Carolus de AFFAYTADI). Ratificatio facta p[er] m[agnifi]cu[m] d[ominum] Jo[hannes] Carolu[s] de Affaytalis, in favorem m[agnifi]ci et r[everen]di d[omino]. Guidi d[e] Crema et Rafaelis Krumani p[e]r Castro S[anc]ti Laurentii et terris.
Antwerp, 20 January 1546. Manuscript notarial document in Latin, written in a Latin hand on one side of a single piece of sheepskin parchment (31 x 54.5 cm), opening with a large capital and closing with the notary's decorative signature, with the title and "M. Johan Carlo" on the back. Folded and loosely inserted in a paper folder (ca. 1690s?). Full description
€ 1,250
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Belon's account of his extensive travels in the Levant, one of the earliest Plantin editions

BELON, Pierre. Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvees en Grece, Asie, Indée, Egypte, Arabie & autres pays estranges.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1555. 8vo. With Plantin's early woodcut device on title-page, a double-page woodcut map (31.5 x 35 cm) showing Mount Sinai, and 45 woodcut illustrations in text (including a portrait of the author). 18th-century gold-tooled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 5,800
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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. Full description
€ 6,950
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Smallest edition of the Sixtine Latin vulgate bible, printed by the Plantin-Moretus office in Antwerp
beautifully bound for the Bishop of Evreux ca. 1700 in 9 gold-tooled morocco volumes

[BIBLE - LATIN - VULGATE].

Biblia Sacra vulgatae editionis Sixti Quinti Pont. Max. jussu recognita atque edita.
Including: Novum Jesu Christi Testamentum, vulgatae editiones, Sixti V. Pont, Max jussu recognitum atque edititum.
Antwerp, “Officina Plantiniana” [= Balthasar I Moretus, grandson of Christoffel Plantin], 1629. 7 volumes bound as 9 (Old Testament I-VII & New Testament I-II). 24mo in 8s (11.5 x 7 cm). With a richly engraved general title-page, 6 volume title-pages (each with the same Plantin-Moretus woodcut compasses device), a smaller woodcut compasses device plus 3 (of 4) repeats (2 appear on the back of the colophon; each of the others on an otherwise blank leaf), woodcut tailpieces, woodcut decorated initials. Set in roman and italic types. The present copy with 3 extra letterpress divisional title-pages, perhaps specially printed for this copy when it was bound. Uniform gold-tooled goatskin morocco (ca. 1700), sewn on 4 supports, richly gold-tooled spines, gold-tooled turn-ins and board edges. Seven volumes with the ca. 1711 engraved armorial bookplate of Jean Le Normand (1662-1733), Bishop of Evreau, and probably bound for him (his bookplate probably removed from volumes II and III as bound).

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€ 9,500
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Large paper copy of the first Dutch edition of Blaeu's great atlas of cities & towns of the Dutch Republic,
with 320 mostly double-page maps, plans and views

BLAEU, Joan.

[Toonneel der steden van de Vereenighde Nederlanden, met hare beschrijvingen, ...].
With: [Toonneel der steden van ‘s Konings Nederlanden, met hare beschrijvingen, ...].
[Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1652]. 2 volumes. Atlas folio (57 × 37 cm). With two engraved architectural title-pages, each with a blank central panel where a letterpress slip with the title and the publisher’s name would have been pasted; 181 (Dutch Republic) & 139 (Spanish Netherlands) maps, plans and views plus 2 smaller engravings in text; 20 woodcut illustration figures in the text. Uniform, early 18th-century(?) half red sheepskin.

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€ 68,500
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Seven revised ornithological offprints by Napoleon's nephew

BONAPARTE, Charles Lucien. [Collection of revised ornithological offprints from Comptes rendus].
Paris, Mallet-Bachelier, 1855-1856. 4to. 7 parts in 1 volume. With a collective title-page for several of the offprints: Tableaux paralléliques des oiseaux praecoces ou autophages. Gallinacés, échassiers, palmipèdes et rudipennes (Paris, 1856) and all first leaves of the quires signed with a "B", indicating a revised offprint. Modern half morocco.

Including:
Coup d'oeil sur l'ordre des pigeons. Paris, 1855.
Tableaux synoptiques de l'ordre des hérons. Paris, 1855.
Catalogue des genres et sous-genres d'oiseaux contenus dans le Muséum Brittanique. Paris, 1855.
Note sur les oiseaux des Iles Marquises, et particulièrement sur le genre nouveau Serresius. Paris, 1855.
Tableaux paralléliques de l'ordre des gallinacés. Paris, 1856.
Excursions dans les divers musées d'Allemagne, de Hollande et de Belgique, et tableaux paralléliques de l'ordre des échassiers. Paris, 1856.
Ornithologie fossile servant d'introduction au tableau comparatif des ineptes et des autruches. Paris, 1856. Full description
€ 3,500
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Monumental 12-volume flora, with 721 coloured plates

BONNIER, Gaston. Flore complète, illustrée en couleurs, de France, Suisse et Belgique (comprenant la plupart des plantes d'Europe).
Paris, Librairie Générale de l'Enseignement; Neuchatel, Delachaux & Niestlé; Brussels, Lebègue, [1912-1935]. 12 volumes bound as 4, plus index volume. 4to. With 721 coloured plates. Contemporary green half morocco.
With: (2) BONNIER, Gaston and Georges de LAYENS. Flore complète portative de la France, de la Suisse et de la Belgique.
Paris, Librairie Générale de l'Enseignement, [1925?]. 8vo. Contemporary brown half morocco. Full description
€ 750
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Six rare books of secrets and informative handbooks (1540-1686),
covering metallurgy, dying, medicine, culinary carving, paper cutting and the Amsterdam labyrinth

[BOOKS OF SECRETS]. Kunstbüchlin, gerechten gründtlichen gebrauchs aller kunstbaren Werckleut. Ertzarbeyt, in un[d] ausserhalb feurs, auss alchimistischem und natürlichem grund … Jede Farben zubereyten, erhalten, bessern und widerbringen.
Frankfurt am Main, Christian Egenolph, [ca. 1540]. With woodcut illustration on title-page, depicting about 25 tools, implements and pieces of equipment for painting, metalworking, smelting, woodworking and other arts and crafts.
With:
(2) Den sack der consten, uyt den Italiaens ende Franssoys in onse Nederlantsche tale overgheset, tot vermakinghe van alle sware gheesten, ende voor de ghene die gheerne wat nieus willen hooren.
Antwerpen, Godtgaf Verhulst, 1622. With woodcut illustration on title-page and a small woodcut illustration in text.
(3) CERVIO, Vincenzo. Il trinciante ..., ampliato, et ridotto a perfettione dal cavalier reale Fusoritto da Narni.
Including: Aggiunta fattaal trinciante.
Venice, heirs of Giovanni Varisco, (1593). 2 parts. With Varisco's woodcut device on title-page of part 1 and a more attractive larger variant on the title-page of part 2 (repeated above the colophon), 4 full-page woodcuts on 2 integral leaves and 2 (of 3) folding woodcut plates.
(4) PROCACCHI, Giaccomo. Voorlegh boeck ofte maniere om verscheyden soorten van spijse soo gesooden als gebraden, aende vorck voor te snyden ende om dienen.
Leiden, Jacob Roels, 1639. With 3 folding woodcut plates and 13 full-page woodcuts on integral leaves. The numbering of the plates omits no. 8 as usual.
(5) Konstig en vermaakelijk tyd-verdryf, der Hollandsche jufferen of onderricht der papiere sny-konst. … Het eerst deel [all published].
Amsterdam, Johannes ten Hoorn, 1686. With about two dozen woodcuts in text.
(6) Verklaringe van verscheyden kunst-rijcke wercken en hare beweginghe, door oorlogie-werck ghedreven, … Alles te sien in't Oude Doolhof tot Amsterdam.
Amsterdam, Tymon Houthaak, 1650. With an engraved illustration of a labyrinth on title-page and 4 further illustrations on integral leaves (1 full-page and blank on the verso, by P. Holsteyn after A. Vinckenbrinck; 3 in text). Lacking the folding engraved plate of David and Goliath.
6 works in 1 volume. Small 4to (19.5 x 16 cm). Half vellum (ca. 1730). Full description
€ 45,000
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The second edition of Puteanus's Dutch poems

BORN, Honorius van den (= Erycius PUTEANUS). Sedigh leven, daghelycks broodt, met korte jaer-langhe dicht-stichtighe spreuck-beelden, tot deughden voedsel uytghedeylt.
Leuven, Everaert de Witte, 1639. Oblong 8vo (8 x 13.5 cm). Contemporary mottled calf, rebacked, with the original gold-tooled backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 4,500
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