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Important 1639 handbook for the medical use of animals and animal products

BOSSCHE, Willem vanden.

Historia medica, in qua libris IV. Animalium natura, et eorum medica utilitas exactè & luculenter tractantur. Cum iconibus eorum, ad vivum delineatis.
Brussels, Jan Mommaert II, 1639. 4to. With woodcut device on title-page, a different woodcut of the same device on final page, 77 woodcut illustrations plus 3 repeats (4 signed "I.C.I." for Jan Christoffel Jegher). Contemporary sheepskin parchment over flexible boards.

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€ 3,250
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108 original watercolour drawings of orchids in large folio format
presented by the author to his daughter Aimée

CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées des environs de Paris.
[Paris,] 1885.
(2) CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées de France.
[Paris,] 1891.
(3) CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Orchidées....
[Without place and date].
(4) CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées des environs de Paris. - Texte.
Paris, Paindebled, 1885. 4 volumes bound as 2. Drawings volumes large folio (48 x 33 cm) and text volume folio (38.5 x 26 cm). With 3 calligraphed title-pages (drawings volumes) and 1 photogravure title-page (text volume, with the calligraphic dedication Camus’s hand-written text reproduced in the same manner), 108 original watercolour drawings of orchids, exquisitely coloured, finished with gum arabic and signed by the author, photograph of author pasted onto leaf preceding title-page. Uniformly bound in blue half morocco. Full description
€ 48,500
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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. Full description
€ 36,000
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Untrimmed copy of a great fortification manual, with 40 folding plates


Architecture militaire, ou L'art de fortifier, ... Premier[- seconde] partie.
The Hague, Jean Neaulme, Adriaen Moetjens II, 1741. 2 volumes bound as 1. Royal 4to (30.5 x 24 cm). With 40 numbered engraved folding plates with fortification plans (24 double-page and 16 larger full-sheet). Late 18th-century(?) mottled half calf.

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Complete deck of 25 very rare hand-coloured playing cards with 107 world-wide costume figures
with the original publisher’s illustrated label

[COSTUMES - PLAYING CARDS]. Grand jeu de la géographie avec costumes coloriées.
[Paris?, engraved ca. 1830, issued ca. 1840?]. 18mo (11 x 7 cm). A complete deck of 25 numbered, engraved playing cards on laid paper, each card with a pictorial image (6.5 x 5.5 cm) (the image generally with 4 costume figures). The 25 cards and label therefore show 107 costume figures. Each card is backed with light blue laid paper, coloured by hand as published and kept in a slipcase with the original publisher's engraved label. Full description
€ 6,500
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Celebrated account of two VOC missions to China

DAPPER, Olfert. Gedenkwaerdig bedryf der Nederlandsche Oost-Indische Maetschappye, op de kuste en in het keizerrijk van Taising of Sina: behelzende het tweede gezandschap … en het derde gezandschap …
Amsterdam, Jacob van Meurs, 1670. 3 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With engraved frontispiece (dated 1671) and 39 engraved plates, mostly double-page. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges. Full description
€ 6,000
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How to manage a country house and estate, with 24 woodcut illustrations

ESTIENNE, Charles, Jean LIÉBAULT and Melchior SEBISCH (translator). De veltbouw ofte lant winninghe: inhoudende eene rechte wel bestellinge eenes hofs te bouwen: cruyt-hoven ende fruyt-hoven te maken: alderhande boomen te planten: byen te houden, te distilleren: beemden, vijvers en de staende wateren te maken, en die te onderhouden: visschen te vangen: acker-lant te winnen: wijngaerden te oeffenen: medicinale wijnen te bereyden: parck voor wilde beesten te maken, mitsgaders de wolve-jacht.
Amsterdam, Michiel Colijn, 1622. Folio. With the title-page in a richly illustrated woodcut border and 24 woodcut illustrations in text. Contemporary vellum, with leather ties; recased. Full description
€ 3,500
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Best edition of the collected works of Ettmüller, with attractive frontispiece


Opera medica theoretico-practica.
Frankfurt am Main, [heirs of Johann David Zunner the younger?], 1708. 2 volumes bound as 3. Folio. With interesting engraved frontispiece by Joseph Montalegre, title-page printed in red and black with engraved vignette, engraved plate and 5 engraved headpieces (incl. repeats). Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spines.

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€ 1,950
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