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First edition of a well-illustrated account of Phipps's arctic expedition

PHIPPS, Constantine John. A voyage towards the North Pole undertaken by His Majesty's command 1773.
London, William Bowyer and John Nichols for J. Nourse, 1774. Large 4to. With 15 large double-page and larger folding engraved plates, and many letterpress tables in the text. Contemporary tree calf, gold-tooled board edges, rebacked soon after with a richly gold-tooled spine with globes and numerous floral stamps, red morocco spine-label. VIII, 253 pp. Full description
€ 4,000
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Five rare architectural print series by the court architect of the Stadholders Frederik Hendrik and Willem II

POST, Pieter. [Collection of five architectural print series showing buildings designed and built by Pieter Post].
Amsterdam, [Pieter Post(?) and] Frederik de Wit, 1654-1664. 5 parts in 1 volume. Folio. 5 print series containing 10, 8, 4, 11 and 22 engraved architectural prints respectively (plus 2 engraved title-pages, for series 1 & 5), including 2 folding and 27 double-page prints, showing plans and views of buildings and gardens designed by Pieter Post and engraved by Jan Mathys and Pieter Nolpe. Contemporary gold-tooled, sprinkled brown calf, each board with a centrepiece in a double border with four cornerpieces, gold-tooled spine with a red morocco spine label lettered in gold, gold-tooled turn-ins, gilt edges. [1], [10]; 7; [4]; 12; [1], 22 ll. Full description
€ 19,500
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Overland journey through South Africa 1790/91 in search of survivors of the wreck of the Grosvenor

REENEN, Jacob van (Edward RIOU, ed.). A journal of a journey from the Cape of Good Hope, undertaken in 1790 and 1791, by Jacob van Reenen, and others of his countrymen, in search of the wreck of the honourable the East India Company's ship the Grosvenor; to discover if there remained alive any of the unfortunate sufferers. With additional notes, and a map.
London, G. Nicol, 1792. 4to. With a folding map (43 x 56 cm). 19th century half blue morocco. 51 pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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"Repton's longest and most important work"

REPTON, Humphry. Observations on the theory and practice of landscape gardening including some remarks on Grecian and Gothic architecture, collected from various manuscripts, in the possession of the different noblemen and gentlemen, for whose use they were originally written.
London, printed by T. Bensley for J. Taylor, 1803. Large 4to (35 x 26 cm). With stipple engraved portrait of the author, 27 aquatint plates (15 hand-coloured or tinted and some with movable overlays), 11 aquatints in text and numerous woodcuts and wood engravings in text. Early 20th-century brown half morocco, richly gold-tooled spine (Sangorski & Sutcliffe). 16, 222, [2] pp. Full description
€ 9,500
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Complete set of articles from the first ten years of the Royal Asiatic Society

[ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY]. Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
London, 1824-1834. 3 volumes in 8 parts. 4to. With 80 lithographed plates, including several folding plates and 2 chromolithographed plates, and some smaller illustrations in text. Contemporary blue and grey paper wrappers, kept in two modern half morocco boxes. Full description
€ 18,000
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Pioneering work on colour printing, first and only edition, signed by the author, with spectacular colour plates

SAVAGE, William. Practical hints on decorative printing, with illustrations engraved on wood, and printed in colours ...
London, printed by the Type Press [and by John Johnson] and published for the proprietor by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme and Brown; Robert Triphook and 4 others, "1822" [= 1818-1823]. 2 parts in 1 volume. Large 4to (28 x 23 cm). With 2 colour-printed letterpress title-pages (one printed in gold), a colour-printed frontispiece and 34 other wood-engraved illustration plates, mostly printed in colour; 2 leaves of type specimens, 6 leaves showing 18 colour ink swatches, and 9 pages showing 9 of the woodblocks after they were defaced to make a reprint impossible. Dark blue half goatskin morocco (ca. 1950) by Banyan-Rivière in Bath, gold-tooled spine. Copy no. 58, signed by the author. [1], [1 blank], "vi" [= viii], 118 (lacking 101-102), [10] pp. plus the plates and the 1818 notice. Full description
€ 10,000
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The eternal city of Rome and the idyllic Dutch countryside: two very rare engraved print series engraved by Pieter Schenk

SCHENK, Pieter. Roma aeterna, sive ipsius aedificiorum Romanorum, integrorium collapsorumque, conspectus duplex.
[Amsterdam, Pieter Schenk, ca. 1705]. 2 works in 1 volume. Oblong 4to. With engraved title-page and 100 engraved views of the city of Rome.
With: (2) Jan van CALL. Admirandorum quadruplex spectaculum.
Amsterdam, Petrus Schenk, [ca. 1705]. 4 parts in 1 vol. With richly engraved allegorical title-page, engraved dedication to Frederik Duke of Saxony, mezzo-tint portrait of the Duke, 4 engraved part-titles and 4 series of engraved views. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine with brown morocco label, sprinkled edges. Full description
€ 11,500
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One of the greatest bird books of all time, with 446 coloured plates, plus 1 extra plate

SELIGMANN, Johann Michael, George EDWARDS and Mark CATESBY. Sammlung verschiedener ausländischer und seltener Vögel, ... [erste-neunter ... Theil].
Nuremberg, Johann Joseph Fleischmann, 1749-1776. 9 parts in 3 volumes. Folio. With 3 different engraved frontispieces, 1 large engraved folding map, 445 (of 473) engraved illustration plates numbered in 5 series plus 1 plate by Seligmann numbered "115" in part 4 but not normally included. With all the usual illustration plates (plus the map) coloured by a contemporary or near contemporary hand, but the extra plate uncoloured. Near contemporary uniform gold-tooled calf, gilt edges. [18], [50]; [1], [1 blank], [52], [2]; [66], [50]; [1], [1 blank], [98]; [4], [52]; [1], [1 blank], [68]; [4], [52]; [16], 63, [1 blank]; [4], [24] pp. plus plates. Full description
€ 48,500
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Robert Smith's influential theories on light and optics together in the first edition of an illustrated textbook for university students

[SMITH, Robert and others]. The elementary parts of Dr. Smith's compleat system of opticks, selected and arranged for the use of students at the universities: to which are added in the form of notes some explanatory propositions from other authors.
Cambridge, printed by J. Archdeacon, 1778. Large 4to (27 x 20.5 cm). With 17 numbered, folding engraved plates. Contemporary gold-tooled brown sprinkled calf, gold-tooled red morocco spine label, gold-tooled board edges. VI, [9], [1 blank], 119, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 6,000
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