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Dutch-language lives of the Apostles, first published during religious turmoil:
most complete copy known of last edition, with 2 leaves in an early manuscript copy

ABDIAS, the first bishop of Babylon [misatribution]. Den striit ende dat leven vanden vromen campioenen (naervolghers vanden alder vroomste[n] capiteyn onsen Heere Jesus Christus gebenedijt) der glorieuser mannen die twaelf apostelen.
Antwerp, Hendrik Wouters (colophon: printed by Matthias van Roye for Hendrik Wouters, 5 March 1574). 8vo. With the title in a border built up from arabesque typographic ornaments and woodcut publisher's device on the otherwise blank final leaf. Set in textura gothic type, with incidental roman and extensive italic. With the bifolium K4.5 replaced by a very precise near contemporary (ca. 1600?) manuscript copy. Contemporary limp vellum with a wrap-around flap on the back cover. Full description
€ 3,850
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Pope Clement XI's copies of three important works concerning the Armenian language

AGOP, Joannes (Yovhannès KONSTANDNOWPOLSECÍ). Puritas Haygica seu grammatica Armenica ...
Rome, Sacrae Congretationis de Propaganda Fide, 1675.
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(2) AGOP, Joannes. Grammatica Latina Armenice' explicata: ...
Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1675.
(3) AGOP, Joannes. Puritas lingue Armenicae ...
Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1674. 3 works in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 24,000
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Accounts of two synods held in Santiago, Chile, in 1688 and 1763

ALDAY Y ASPEE (AZPEE), Manuel de. Synodo Diocesana, ...
Lima, Oficina de la Calle de la Encarnacion, 1764. With the half-title and title-page printed in red and black, the latter in a red and black ornamented border built up from cast fleurons, each page with the text, running heads and shoulder notes in frames of thick-thin rules, a woodcut headpiece and woodcut decorated initial.
With: (2) CARRASCO Y SAAVEDRA, Bernardo. Synodo diocesana, con la carta pastoral convocatoria para ella: y otra, en orden a la paga de los diezmos.
Lima, Imprenta Real, 1764. With the title-page printed in red, green and black in a border of fleurons and other typographical elements also printed in red, green and black. With each page in a frame of rules and fleurons, woodcut tailpieces and decorated initials, numerous headpieces and other decorations built up from cast fleurons. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. Contemporary overlapping limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 3,500
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The Chinese Rites Controversy

[ALEXANDRE, Noël]. Apologia de' Padri Domenicani missionarii della China, overo rispostra al libro del P. le Tellier Giesuita intitolato Desesa de' nuovi cristiani, ed alla Dichiarazione del Padre Le Gobien della medesima compagnia.
Including: Documenta controversiam missionarum apostolicorum imperii sinici de cultu praefertim Confucii philosophi, & progenitorum defunctorum spectantia… 
Cologne, heirs of Cornelis d'Egmond, 1699. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Contempary vellum. Full description
€ 3,500
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German edition of the earliest detailed account of Ethiopia, with woodcut illustrations

ÁLVAREZ, Francisco. General Chronica, das ist: Warhaffte eigentliche und kurtze Beschreibung, vieler namhaffter, und zum theil biß daher unbekannter Landtschafften, ...
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OROSIUS, Paulus. Chronica, das ist: Warhaffte ... Beschreibung, deß Umbkreiß und Gelegenheit der gantzen Welt ...
[ORTELIUS, Abraham]. Cosmographia, das ist: Warhaffte ... Beschreibung, deß gantzen Erdbodems ...
Frankfurt am Main, (colophon, vols. 2 & 3: printed by Johann Schmidt for Sigmund Feyerabend), 1581. 3 volumes bound as 1. Folio. With 3 title-pages, 18 woodcut illustrations (plus 15 repeats) in vol. 1, mostly half-page. Contemporary blind-tooled leather over wooden boards, red edges, and a pair of brass fastenings (1 clasp and anchor plate lacking), the catchplate on a leather strap and the catchplates and clasp with engraved decoration. Full description
€ 25,000
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Great history of the discoveries and conquests of the Portuguese colonial empire in America

ANDRADA, Francisco d'. Cronica do muyto alto e muito poderoso Rey destes Reynos de Portugal dom João o III. deste nome. Dirigida ha C. R. M. del Rey dom Felipe o III. deste nome nosso senhor.
Lisbon, Jorge Rodriguez for the author, sold by Francesco Lopez, 1613. 4 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a central crowned coat of arms of Portugal on the title-page, title and coat of arms set in ornamental border, woodcut initials. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum.
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€ 29,500
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Fables for Christians, by one of the founders of Rosicrucianism

[ANDREAE, Johann Valentin]. Mythologiae Christianae sive virtutum & vitiorum vitae humanae imaginum. Libri tres.
Strasbourg, heirs of Lazarus Zetzner, [1619]. With an engraved title-page.
With: (2) [GESSEL, Timan van]. Synopsis locorum sacrae scripturae patrum, et recentiorum quorundam theologorum, quibus demonstratur, quaenam sint ad salutem creditu necessaria & sufficientia.
Amsterdam, [Joan Blaeu?], 1650. 2 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 7,500
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Aquinas's Summa theologiae in Chinese

[AQUINAS, Thomas]. Tchao sin hio yao.
[China, early 20th century]. 7 (of 30) volumes. 8vo. Traditional Chinese binding with new wrappers, title label with Chinese characters and titles in contemporary manuscript on front wrappers, preserved in a modern blue cloth slipcase with ivory clasps. Full description
€ 5,000
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Biography of a famous abbess and reformer of Port-Royal. With notes on the history of Port-Royal, Maubuisson and other monasteries

ARNAULD D'ANDILLY, Angélique de Saint Jean. Relations sur la vie de la Reverende mere Angelique de Sainte Magdelaine Arnauld, ou receüil de la mere Angelique de Saint Jean Arnauld d'Audilly, sur la vie de sa tante la mere Marie-Angelique de Sainte Magdelaine Arnauld, & sur la réforme des abbayes de Port-Royal, Maubuisson & autres, faite par cette Sainte Abbisse.
With: (2) ARNAULD, Angélique de Sainte Magdelaine. Mémoires pour servir à la vie de la R. Mëre Marie Angélique de Sainte Magdelaine Arnauld, reformatrice de Port Royal.
[France], 1737. 2 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine with red morocco title-label, marbled edges and marbled endpapers. Full description
€ 3,500
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Unidentified humanist's selections from St Augustine
to defend the Catholic faith against reformers and heretics

AUGUSTINE, Saint. Collectanea, ex universo opere librorum D. Aurelii Augustini passim decerpta, semitam quanda[m] media[m] Christianis, nu[n]c misere dissentie[n]bus[!] mon[s]trantia, qua unanimiter ad ecclesiam Christi redeant.
Deventer, Albert Paffraet, 1529. 8vo (16.5 x 10.5 cm). With the title in letterpress in a woodcut border and one woodcut initial. With a contemporary manuscript index (31 1/2 pp.) and contemporary manuscript notes (1 1/2 pp.) giving quotations from Saint Augustine on 16 leaves bound at the front. Contemporary blind-tooled brown calf over wooden boards (the back board replaced with paperboard), with a brass catch-plate in the middle of the fore-edge (clasp and anchor plate lacking and binding repaired). Full description
€ 12,500
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Two rare editions of sermons, printed and published at Cologne ca. 1502 and in 1505

AUGUSTINUS DE LEONISSA. Sermones pulcherrimi sup[er] d[omi]nica[m] or[ati]o[n]em Pater noster & angelicam salutat[i]o[n]em Ave Maria. Unicuiq[ue] ad populu[m] vole[n]ti declamat[i]o[n]es facere acco[m]modati. editi p[er] venera[n]du[m] patre[m] Augustinu[m] de Leonissa ...
(Colophon: Cologne, heirs of Heinrich Quentel, 1505). With 3 decorated woodcut initials, many 3-line and 2 larger Lombardic initials. With the first decorated initial hand coloured, and rubricated throughout.
With: (2) BONAVENTURA, Saint (pseudo). Sermo[n]es Quattuor novissimorum perutiles et n[e]cc[ess]arii. unu[m]que[m]que in devot[i]o[n]is ardorem dei quam timore[m] i[n]ducentes. a Beato Bonaventura editi.
(Colophon : Cologne), [Cornelis de Zierikzee, ca. 1502]. With a small woodcut of Christ at the Last Judgement on the title-page framed by 4 decorative woodcut strip borders, a full-page woodcut of King David meeting Christ at the Last Judgement (repeated at the end), a few 3-line Lombardic initials and spaces left for a few larger manuscript initials (not filled in). 2 works in 1 volume. Small 8vo (14.5 x 10.5 cm). Modern blind-tooled brown goatskin morocco. Full description
€ 4,850
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Redeeming Austrian Christian captives from Muslim prisons

[AUSTRIAN PRISONERS OF WAR]. Verzeichniss der gefangenen Christen, welche die, in gesammten kaiserlich-königlichen Erblanden, des durchlauchtigsten Erzhauses von Oesterreich, ....theils in den afrikanischen Plätzen, fürnehmlich: zu Algier, Maschera, und Tripoli; theils in der europäischen und asiatischen Türkey ....
Vienna, Schulz-Gastheim ('gedruckt mit Schulzisch-Gastheimischen Schriften'), [1780]. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, engraved coat of arms of the dedicatee Franz Joseph I, prince of Liechtenstein, on verso of the title-page. Sewn.
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€ 1,850
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Old Testament history in Maori

BAMBRIDGE, William and Robert MAUNSELL (translator). He whakapapa ara. Nga mahi me nga aha noa a te Atua raua ko tana Hahi (= A record. The works and the dealings of God with his Church).
Auckland, J. Williamson for the Church Mission, 1847. 12mo. Blue paper wrappers. Full description
€ 950
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Biography of the well-known martyr Ignacio de Azevedo

BEAUVAIS, Gilles-François. La vie du venerable pere Ignace Azevedo, de la Compagnie de Jesus. L'histoire de son martyre, & de celui de trente-neuf autres de la même Compagnie. Le tout tiré des procès-verbaux dressés pour leur canonisation. Dédiée au Roi de Pologne. 
Paris, Hippolyte-Louis Guerin, 1744. 12mo. With engraved armorial headpiece above the dedication to King Stanislaus I of Poland. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine, gold fillets on board edges. Full description
€ 2,250
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­­­The first history of Christianity in England
in contemporary blind-tooled calf with a roll showing Reformation portraits

BEDA VENERABILIS (The Venerable BEDE). Ecclesiasticae historiae gentis Anglorum libri quinque diligenti studio à mendis, quibus hactenus scatebant, vindicati.
Including: BEDA VENERABILIS. Epitome sive breviarium totius praecedentis historiae Anglorum ...
Antwerp, Joannes de Grave (Gravius), 1550. Folio. With De Grave's woodcut armorial device on title-page (repeated on the otherwise blank final leaf) and 30 woodcut decorated initials. Contemporary blind-tooled calf, each board with a double border made from a roll with 4 heads in profile, not labelled but showing Martin Luther, Philipp Melanchthon, Desiderius Erasmus and apparently the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V rather than the more common Jan Hus, each in an oval wreath and separated by foliage (bilaterally symmetrical both vertically and horizontally). With a ca. 1680 endleaf and early 19th-century spine labels and marbled paste-downs. Full description
€ 4,000
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Bellarmino's Arabic catechism with the rare Arabic instructions for confession and communion

BELLARMINO, Roberto. [Title in Arabic] | Dichiarazione piú copiosa della dottrina cristiana.
Rome, [Propaganda Fide], 1770. 8vo.
With: (2) BORGIA, Stefano. Irsad li-ajl al-i'tiraf wa-tanawul al-qurban, … [= Instructions for confession and communion]
[Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1770?]. Both works are set entirely in Arabic type. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo (18 x 12 cm). Contemporary half sheepskin. Full description
€ 4,500
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First edition of 2 letters from a Jesuit missionary, giving many Europeans their first account of India

BERSE (BELGA, BARZEE, BARTZ.), Gaspar. Epistolae Indicae in quibus luculenta extat descriptio rerum nuper in India Orientali praeclarè gestarum à theologis societatis Jesu: …
(Colophon: Dillingen, Sebald Mayer, 1563). Small 8vo (15.5 x 10.5 cm). With 2 woodcut decorated initials (and 1 repeat) showing scenes with people, including a martyr being thrown into a well. Contemporary limp vellum (given a reddish-brown surface stain), leather thong ties. Full description
€ 9,500
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Letters from the Jesuit mission in Japan and the East Indies

[BERSE, Gaspar, Francis XAVIER et al.]. Epistolae Indicae et Iapanicae de multarum gentium ad Christi fidem, per Societatem Iesu conversione. Item de Tartarorum potentia, moribus, & totius penè Asiae religione. Tertia editio cum indice castigatior & auctior.
Leuven, Rutger Velpius, 1570. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Each part with woodcut publisher's device on last blank and numerous decorated woodcut initials. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 19,500
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Letters from Hormuz Island and the East Indies

[BERSE, Gaspar, Francis XAVIER et al.]. Epistolae Indicae et Iapanicae de multarum gentium ad Christi fidem, per Societatem Iesu conversione. Item de Tartarorum potentia, moribus, & totius penè Asiae religione. Tertia editio cum indice castigatior & auctior.
Louvain, Rutger Velpius, 1570. With the title-page in a frame built up from fleurons and a woodcut publisher's device on last blank.
With: (2) GARETIUS, Johannes (Jan GARET). De sanctorum invocatione liber: in quo orthodoxorum patrum testimoniis asseritur, apostolica[m] esse traditionem, sanctorum animas post mortem in caelesti gloria angelis esse similes.
Ghent, Gislenus Manilius, 1570. With the title-page in a frame built up from fleurons, the woodcut coat-of-arms of Cunerus Petri (bishop of Leeuwarden) on the back of the title-page and on the last leaf a woodcut printer's device within a frame built up from fleurons. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary limp vellum. Full description
€ 19,500
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First edition of an account of the Jesuit Mission in Syria,
with a description of the region & people

BESSON, Joseph. La Syrie Sainte. Ou la mission de Jesus et des peres de la compagnie de Jesus en Syrie.
Paris, Jean Henault, 1660. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a folding engraved map of Syria (including Lebanon, eastern Cyprus, and Palestine as far south as Gaza and the Dead Sea), with an inset map of the Lebanese coast from Beirut to Lebanese Tripo. Contemporary mottled tanned sheepskin, with gold-tooled fillets on the spine and boards. Full description
€ 11,000
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22 hand-coloured costume plates

BIEDENFELD, Ferdinand von. Ursprung, Aufleben, Größe, Herrschaft, Verfall und jetzige Zustände sämmtlicher Mönchs- und Klosterfrauenorden im Orient und Occident. Nebst der illuminirten Abbildungen von 77 verschiedenen geistlichen Orden.
Weimar, Bernhard Friedrich Vogt, 1837-1839. 3 volumes. 8vo. With 21 full-page hand-coloured lithographs (including 2 frontispieces) and large folding table. Contemporary marbled boards.
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€ 850
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Large and richly decorated early 18th-century Dutch silver binding
with crucifixion & resurrection

[BINDING - SILVER]. [Pair of embossed silver book covers, with two engraved silver clasps].
[Netherlands?, ca. 1725?]. Pair of embossed silver book covers (34 x 25 x 3 cm); each cover with a large scrollwork cartouche surrounded by extensive vine and flower decorations and with medallion portraits in each of the four corners, the front showing the crucifixion flanked by Mary and St. John (with an "INRI" scroll above, flanked by a crescent moon and a sun, and a scull and crossbones below), with portraits of four saints, each with a blank scroll (above left bearded with a regal crown; above right clean-shaven with a round-topped mitre; below left and right bare-headed and bearded), the back showing the resurrection with an angel and two astonished guards, with portraits of the four Evangelists. Full description
€ 11,500
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A catechism in French and Carib

BRETON, Raymond. Petit catechisme ou sommaire des trois premieres parties de la doctrine chrestienne. Traduit du françois, en la langue des Caraibes Insulaires.
Auxerre, Gilles Bouquet, 1664. 8vo. With a small woodcut on the title-page showing the Virgin, and almost full-page woodcut of the Crucifixion. Modern half maroon morocco, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 19,500
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Biblical travels in the form of a travel book

BÜNTING, Heinrich and Matthias HASAERT. Itinerarium Sacrae Scripturae. Dat is: het reysboek der Heyligher Schrift.
Including:         BÜNTING, Heinrich. Een besonder tractaet ende onderwijsinghe van de munte ende ghewichtre der Heyligher Schrifturen... [BÜNTING, Heinrich]. Itinerarium Novi Testamenti. Dat is: een reysboeck, over het Nieuwe Testament. Het tweede deel...BÜNTING, Heinrich. Harmonia evangelistarum, dat is: eene seer schoone ende eendrachtige over-een-stemminge der heyliger vier evangelisten...Amsterdam, Hendrik Laurentsz., 1635. 4 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With 5 woodcut and 2 engraved folding maps. Contemporary vellum, modern endpapers. Full description
€ 1,950
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Much ado about the façade of Milan Cathedral, with unexecuted designs

CASTELLI, Francesco. Per la facciata del duomo do Milano.
[Milan, 1654]. Folio. With 6 unnumbered engraved plates, 5 showing designs for facades for the Cathedral (4 with small plans at the foot) and 1 showing a floor plan (5 folding, including 1 with three engraved slips showing alternative designs for parts of the facade). 18th-century flexible boards covered with 2 sheets of the same gold brocade paper, with a pattern of red flowers on a gold background. Full description
€ 25,000
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The most extensive Arabic catechism, with more than 1800 pages

[CATECHISM - ARABIC - ROMAN RITE]. Catechismus Romanus: ex decreto Concilii Tridentini iussu S. Pii V editus.
[Rome], Propaganda Fide, 1786 [= 1787]-1787. 2 volumes. 8vo. With an Arabic title-page on the second page of each volume. Set in 2 sizes of nashk Arabic type, with some preliminary pages set in roman and italic type. Early 19th-century half sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 4,500
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10 etched plates after drawings by a pupil of Rembrandt

CAYLUS, Anne Claude Philippe Comte de. Histoire de Joseph, accompagnée de dix figures, rélatives aux principaux evenemens de la fils de ce fils du patriarche Jacob, et gravées sur les modèles du fameux Reimbrandt.
Amsterdam, Jean Neaulme, 1757. Folio. With title-page printed in red and black, and 10 full-page etched plates. Contemporary boards. Full description
€ 3,950
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Paris manual for priests, by the Bishop of Condom
with Clichtove’s work on the priesthood, inaugurating Parisian Renaissance typography:
two Paris first editions (1519) bound for a relative of Clichtove’s editor

CLICHTOVE, Josse (Judocus CLICHTOVEUS). De vita et moribus sacerdotum, opusculum: singularem eoru[m] dignitatem oste[n]dens, & quibus ornati esse debea[n]t virtutibus: explanans.
Paris, Henri Estienne I, 1519 (colophon: 4 August). With woodcut title-page with the letterpress title and imprint in the central opening; further with about 21 woodcut initials (4 series, mostly criblé) plus about 4 repeats.
With: (2) MARRE, Jean. Enchiridio[n] sacerdotale concinnatu[m] ad salutarem eruditionem Christifideliu[m] ab lo[n]ge revere[n]do in Christo patre d[omi]no Ioanne Mare Co[n]domien[sis]. episcopo. In quo haec sunt capita. ...
[Paris], (colophon: Jodocus Badius Ascensius, 25 November 1519). With numerous woodcut decorated initials (4 series, the largest 45-47 mm. criblé initials). 2 works in 1 volume. 4to (20 x 14 cm). 16th-century blind- and gold-tooled calf, each board in a panel design, with the owner's name "D. Ioa[n]mes[!] Lassere" on the front and motto "memento mortis" on the back, the motto and fleurs-de-lis on the back in gold. Full description
€ 7,500
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Criticism on all religions, proving Islam the true religion

CLOOTS (CLOOTZ), Anacharsis. La certitude des preuves du mahométisme, ou réfutation de l'examen critique des apologistes de la réligion mahométane. Par Ali-Gier-Ber, Alfaki.
London [= the Netherlands, probably Amsterdam], 1780.
With (2). CLOOTS, Anacharsis. Lettre sur les Juifs, a un ecclésiastique de mes Amis, lue dans la séance publique du Musée de Paris, le XXI Novembre 1782. Par. M. le B. d. C. d. V. d. G.
Berlin, 1783. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,000
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7 rare complete Antwerp devotional print series, some Jesuit,
plus 3 other groups of rare Antwerp prints:
4 series and some additional prints apparently unique

COLLAERT, Adriaen, Antonius WIERIX and Theodore GALLE. [Binding title:] Recueil d'estampes Collaert Wierix and Galle.
[Antwerp], Adriaen Collaert, Antonius Wierix II, Theodore Galle, Cornelis Pinssen & anonymous, [ca. 1595-ca. 1610]. 9 print series plus 5 separate prints. Large 4to album with mostly 8vo prints. An album containing 7 complete devotional print series (together 109 prints), a (complete?) set of 3 town fortification plans (each with a madonna and child and patron saint or other local saints), 5 portraits and 6 illustrations from a book, making 123 engraved prints in total. Dark green gold-tooled morocco (ca. 1890), gilt edges. Full description
€ 32,500
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First Italian edition of a pioneering work on medicinal plants in Asia & America

COSTA, Cristóvão da (Cristóbal ACOSTA). Trattato ... della historia, natura, et virtu delle droghe medicinali, & altri semplici rarissimi, che vengono portati dalle Indie Orientali in Europa, con le figure delle piante ritratte, & disegnate dal vivo poste a' luoghi proprii. Nuovamente recato dalla Spanuola nella nostra lingua.
Venice, Francesco Ziletti, 1585. 4to. With 45 nearly full-page woodcuts of plants, 2 nearly full-page woodcuts of two Indian elephants. A few woodcuts of plants (leaves) have been simply coloured by a contemporary hand. Recased in early limp sheepskin parchment. New endpapers. Full description
€ 9,500
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120 architectural prints in 11 series: Parisian churches, other buildings, portals, altars, pulpits,
fountains, decorative wall & ceiling panels, sculpture and other architectural details

COTTART, Pierre. Receuil, des plus beaux portails de plusieures eglises de Paris.
[Paris], Jacques van Merle, 1660. Series of 11 (of 12) engraved prints, including the title-print, showing elevations and plans of 17th-century Parisian baroque churches, portals and altars, some naming the architects Mansart, Brosse and Le Mercier.
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(2) MAROT, Jean. [Recueil de plusieurs portes des principaux hostels et maisons de la ville de Paris ensemble le retable des plus considerables autels des eglises].
[Paris, Pierre Mariette II, ca. 1660/65]. Series of 19 (of 20) etched prints showing portals of numerous Paris churches and civic buildings.
(3) LE PAUTRE, Jean. Retables dautels a lItaliene inventes et graves par Jean Potre ...
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1660/65]. Complete series of 6 etched prints, including title-print, showing richly decorated altars, some with a plan at the foot.
(4) LE PAUTRE, Jean. Porte cochere, inventée et gravée par J. Le Potre ...
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1657/59?]. Complete series of 6 etched prints, including the title-print, showing richly decorated portals, each with a plan at the foot. Very rare series.
(5) LE PAUTRE, Jean. Cheminees a la moderne inventées et gravéez par Jean le Pautre.
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, 1661. Complete series of 6 unnumbered etched prints, including the title-print, showing a hearth with a richly decorated mantelpiece.
(6)  LE PAUTRE, Jean. Desseins de plaphons inventez et gravez par Le Pautre.
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1660/65?]. Series of 5 (of 6) etched plates, including the title-print, showing a richly decorated ceiling, some with an elaborate painted scene in the central panel.
(7)  MAROT, Jean. Nouveaux desseins d'Alcoves inventés et gravés par J. Marot.
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1665?]. A complete series of 8 numbered engraved prints, including the title-print, showing alcoves (at least some of them for beds) with richly decorated walls and doorways. Very rare edition.
(8)  LE PAUTRE, Jean. Chaires de predicateurs nouvellement inventées et gravées par J. Le Pautre.
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, 1659. Series of 4 (of 6) etched prints, including the title-print, showing elaborately decorated pulpits, most with the preacher and congregation during the sermon.
(9)  BOISSEAU, Jean. [Paris buildings].
[Paris], Jean Boisseau, [1655?]. Series of 6 (of 14) engraved prints, showing buildings in Paris.
(10) PIERRETZ, Antoine. Recherche de plusieurs beaux morceaux d'ornamens antiques et modernes, comme trophées, frises, masques, feuillages, et autres, dessignés et graves par A. Pierretz.
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1657/59?]. Series of 24 (of 25) engraved plates, namely 1-7 (helmets, military insignia), 8-11, 13-14 (decorated borders, friezes), 15-21 (masks), 22-25 (decorated architectural elements) and an extra no. 24 of a geometrical design. Very rare series.
(11) FANELLI, Francesco. Varie architeture di Francesco Fanelli Fiorentino scultore del Re della Gran Bretagne.
Paris, Jacques van Merle, 1661. A complete series of 21 unnumbered engraved prints, including the title-print. Five prints show grottos with sculpture, all but one including fountains, and the other fifteen show free-standing fountains.
11 series in 1 volume. Small oblong folio (18.5 x 29 cm). Contemporary limp parchment. Full description
€ 15,000
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With plates of Moravian brethren among Greenland Eskimos,
American Indians & black West Indian slaves

[CRANZ, David and/or J.K. ULRICH]. Briève & fidèle exposition de l'origine, de la doctrine, des constitutions, usages et ceremonies ecclesiastiques de l'eglise de l'unité des freres connus sous le nom de Freres de Boheme & de Moravie, ... avec XVI. planches.
[Saxony?], 1758. 8vo. With 16 numbered double-page engraved plates. Brown morocco (Lyon, ca. 1900) with gold-tooled turn-ins, signed by L(ouis) GUÉTANT. Full description
€ 4,500
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Only Portuguese edition of Crasset's history of the Jesuits in Japan, the only edition with a map of Japan

CRASSET, Jean and Maria Antonia de Saõ Boaventura MENEZES (translator). Historia da Igreja do Japaõ, . . .
Lisbon, Manoel da Sylva (vols. 1-2), Manoel Soares (vol. 3), 1749-1751. 3 volumes. 4to. With 5 folding engraved plates, 1 folding engraved map of Japan (28×42 cm) and 1 engraved illustration in the text. Contemporary tanned sheepkin, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 12,000
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The first overland journey from Spain to the East Indies, by way of Iran

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. Full description
€ 18,000
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First separate edition of Cyril's commentary on the Law of Moses

CYRIL of Alexandria. De adoratione in spiritu et veritate, & spiritali totius legis Mosaicae in religione Christiana observantia, … 
Lyon, Sybille de la Porte, 1588. 4to. With Porta's woodcut device on title-page, a woodcut headpiece, several woodcut tailpieces, numerous decorated woodcut initials (at least 3 series) and decorations built up from cast fleurons. Contemporary limp calf parchment. Full description
€ 1,850
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Account on the confinement and death of one of the leading men in the rites controversy in China

[DANDI, Giovanni Pellegrino]. Relazione del penosissimo carcere, e della preziosa morte dell' eminentissimo Sig. Carlo Tomaso Maillard di Tournon ... con la facoltà di Legato a Latere nell' impero della Cina, e regni dell' Indie Orientali seguita nella citta di Macao, li 6 del mese di Guigno dell' anno 1710.
Forli, Fasti, "17012" [= 1712]. Small 8vo (14.5 x 10 cm). Contemporary stiff wrappers covered with brocade paper. Full description
€ 9,500
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14 extremely rare religious print series, some emblematic and some Jesuit

DAVID, Johannes. Duodecim specula ...
Antwerp, “Theodore Galle” [= Jan Galle], [ca. 1675? (engraved by Theodore Galle 1610)]. [1], XII ll.  World Cat (1 copy).

With:
2) [VOS, Maerten de, artist]. Speculum vitae humanae per decem aetatis gradus distinctum.
[Antwerp], Jan Galle, [ca. 1675 (engraved by Gerard de Jode ca. 1590)]. 10 ll.  Hollstein XLIV, M. de Vos 1468-1477, 3rd ed.
3) [VIRGIN MARY & JESUS - LIFE]. Praecipua vitae Jesu et Mariae ... [with Jesuit IHS device and motto, "Acta et mysteria" at head of title-page].
Antwerp, Jan Galle, [ca. 1675? (engraved by Karel & Philip de Mallery ca. 1630?)]. 44 ll.  Not in Holstein; WorldCat.
4) LEEUW, Siardo de (artist?). Elogia ab excellentibus virtutibus ... B. Virgini ...
Antwerp, Jan Galle, [ca. 1675? (engraved by Karel de Mallery ca. 1630?)]. 40 ll. WorldCat (3 copies).
5) [VIRGIN MARY - LIFE].Virginis Mariae vita.
Antwerp, Theodor Galle, [ca. 1610?]. [18] ll.  WorldCat (1 copy).
6) [VIRGIN MARY - LIFE & CHRIST - PASSION & RESSURECTION]. Psalterii B. Mariae Virginis aut rosarii inventor, ...
[Antwerp], Jan Galle, [ca. 1675]. ll. A-Q. not in Hollstein; WorldCat.
7) [HENSBERG, Vincent L.]. Miracula et beneficia SS. rosario Virginis Matris devotis ...
Antwerp, Jan Galle, [ca. 1675 (engraved 1610)]. [1], 15 ll.  WorldCat (1 copy).
8) [PORTRAITS - 4 CHURCH FATHERS]. [Each print with its own title:] S. Hieronymus ... S. Ambrosius ... S. Augustinus ... S. Gregorius.
Antwerp, Jan Galle (engraved by Jan Collaert, ca. 1625?), [ca. 1675?]. 4 ll. Not in Hollstein; WorldCat.
9) [VIRGIN MARY]. S. Maria protectrix Carthusianorum.
Antwerp, Gaspar Hubert [engraver's name erased: F[?] Ila[?] del[?] et fec], [ca. 1690?]. [15] ll.  Not in Hollstein; WorldCat.
10) [CHRIST - 7 SHEDDINGS OF BLOOD]. Typus 7 effusionum sanguinis Christi
[Antwerp], Jan Galle, [ca. 1675?]. [1], 7 ll. [but most numbers erased]. Not in Hollstein; WorldCat.
11) [CHRIST - PASSION & RESURRECTION]. Passio et resurrectio, domini nostri Jesu Christi
Antwerp, Jan Galle, [ca. 1675 (engraved by Theodore Galle?, 1605)]. 22 ll. WorldCat (1 copy?); not in Hollstein.
12) [CHRIST & APOSTLES]. IHS.
[Antwerp?, Joannes Galle?], [ca. 1675?, (engraved by Filibert Bouttats the younger, Théodore van Merlen and Gaspar Huybrechtsz.]. [17] ll. Not in Hollstein; WorldCat.
13) AVONT, Pieter van, artist. [Life of Christ].
[Antwerp?], Jan Huybrechtsz., [ca. 1675]. [8] ll. Not in Hollstein; WorldCat.
14) [RELIGIOUS LESSONS]. [incipit:] De kercke vanden levenden godt de welcke is de pilaert ...
[Antwerp], (engraved by Michiel vander Gucht), [ca. 1680?]. [14] ll. Not in Hollstein; WorldCat.
14 engraved print series. 4to. 18th-century vellum. Full description
€ 26,500
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Fierce Jesuit attack responding to a 1605 polemic by the great Leiden professor J.J. Scaliger

[DELRIO, Martin Antonio]. Peniculus foriarum elenchi Scaligeriani pro Societate Iesu, Maldonato, Delrio. Auctore Liberio Sanga Verino Cantabro ad Clarum Bonarscium Belgam.
“Metelloburgi Mattiacorum” [= Antwerp?], “apud haeredes Matthianos” [printed by Hendrik Swingen?], 1609. 12mo (14 x 9 cm). Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 3,250
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Early reports on Jesuit missions in India, the East Indies, Southeast Asia, China and Japan

DÍAS, Baltasar, Luís FRÓIS, Melchior NUNES BARRETO and others. Nuovi avisi dell' Indie di Portogallo, ricevuti dalli reverendi padri della compagnia di Giesu, tradotti dalla lingua Spagnuola nell' Italiana.
(Colophon: Venice, Michele Tramezzino), 1559. 8vo. With Tramezzino's woodcut device on the title-page. Olive-brown polished, gold-tooled calf (ca. 1800?), older marbled endpapers (ca. 1700?). Full description
€ 39,500
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1558 declaration signed by the great botanist Dodoens
in his capacity as Mechelen churchwarden

DODOENS (DODONAEUS), Rembert. [Declaration of financial and other documents received as incoming churchwarden of the Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Mechelen].
[Mechelen], 27 December 1558. Oblong 4to (19 x 21.5 cm). A document written in dark brown ink on paper, with the opening words filled in afterwards in light brown ink and the signature in light brown ink. Full description
€ 12,500
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The life of the Virgin, engraved ca. 1506 by Raimondi after Dürer:
stunning series of 17 very large prints

DÜRER, Albrecht and Marcantonio RAIMONDI. [Life of the Virgin Mary].
[Bologna?, ca. 1685/90 (engraved Bologna, ca. 1506)]. 1mo (40 x 29 cm) A series of 17 very large numbered engraved prints. Each with Dürer's AD monogram and the last also with Raimondi's MAF monogram. Late 18th-century boards, in a paste-paper slipcase with an engraved label showing the coat of arms of the Count of Somaglia, (Don Gaetano?) Cavazzi in Milan. Full description
€ 22,500
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Rare 5th (2nd American) edition of a guide to the sacrament of communion,
in a contemporary American (probably Boston) scaleboard binding

EARLE, Jabez. Sacramental exercises, or, the Christian's employment, before, at, and after the Lord's Supper. ... The fourth edition. To which is added, divine hymns, for sacramental occasions.
Boston, printed [by Thomas Fleet] for Daniel Henchman, 1725. 12mo (13.5 x 8 cm). Contemporary American (Boston?) tanned sheepskin over wooden scaleboards. Full description
€ 1,500
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With 12 plates of the life of Jesus

ELANDT, Hendrik and Jan van ORLEY. De wonderbare en heilsame geboorte; benevens de voornaamste wonderdaden, van onsen eenigen middelaar Jesus Christus.
Amsterdam, Andries van Damme; Leiden, Hendrik van Damme, 1700. Oblong folio (24.5×36.5). With a letterpress title-page and a series of 12 numbered engraved plates, incl. the title-plate. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,950
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1st Antwerp edition of Seyssel's French Eusebius, the contemporary binding with an unusual Flemish panel stamp

EUSEBIUS. L[']histoire ecclesiastique ..., translatee de Latin en Fra[n]coys, par Messire Claude de Seyssel, Evesque lors de Marseille, & depuis Archevesque de Thurin.
Antwerp, Maarten de Keyser, 1533 (colophon: 17 April). 8vo. With a woodcut border on the title-page, assembled from 4 blocks (that at the foot with De Keyser's printer's device), about 10 woodcut decorated initials plus about 10 repeats (2 gothic series and 2 roman series). Set in three sizes of bastarda type with textura initials. Contemporary Flemish blind panel-stamped calf, each board with the same panel and double and single fillets, a triple fillet in the panel stamp separating the inner and outer panel. The inner is an acorn cresting panel with 4 1/2 acorns on each side and the flowers not attached to the acorns, remnants of leather ties. Full description
€ 7,500
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Drawing (and writing) by artist with no hands or feet

EVERT, Jacobus Joannes. [Devotional drawing with text]. Geschreven van my, dien die wyse voorzienighyt Godts als een verwonderens waerdigs exempel van der natuer den 7:de meert 1735 zonder handen of voeten ...
[Mechelen, ca. 1770]. (Ca. 50 x 28 cm). Pen drawing with text in Dutch on vellum, signed.
With: (2) [EVERT, Jacobus Joannes]. Met permissie van de regeringe dezer stad, word aan alle heren en dames, en verdere liefhebbers bekend gemaakt, dat alhier is aangekomen. Een wonder man, Monsieur Evert genaamt ...
[Mechelen, ca. 1770]. Broadsheet (22 x 16.5 cm). Full description
€ 6,500
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Three editions of humanist works, two from Antwerp known only from 1 other copy each
in contemporary Flemish panel-stamped calf with 6 animals in foliage plus an unusually detailed peacock

[FIOCCO, Andrea Domenico] under the name of Lucius FENESTELLA. De magistratibus, sacerdotiisq[ue] Romanorum libellus, iam primum nitori restitutus. Pomponii Laeti itidem de magistratibus & sacerdotiis, & praeterea de diversis legibus Rom[anorum]. Item Valerii Probi grammatici de literis antiquis opusculum.
Including: POMPONIO LETO, Giulio. De Ro[manorum]. magistratibus, ...
Basel, (colophon: Valentino Curio, May 1523). With the general title in a woodcut border, Curio's large architectural woodcut device on the otherwise blank final page.
With:
(2) LUCIANUS OF SAMOSATA. Complures ... dialogi à Desiderio Erasmo Roterodamo ... in Latinum conversi, & à Nicolao Buscoducensi illustrati, additis Fabularum & difficilium vocabulorum explanationibus.
(Colophon: Antwerp, Michael Hillen van Hoochstraten, 1524).
(3) MOSELLANUS, Petrus (Peter SCHADE). Paedologia ..., in puerorum usum conscripta & aucta. Dialogi XXXVII. Dialogi pueriles Christophori Hegendorphini. XII. ...
Including: HEGENDORF, Christoph. Dialogi pueriles ... XII. ...
(Colophon: Antwerp, Michael Hillen van Hoochstraten, 1523).
3 editions in 1 volume. 8vo (16 x 10.5 cm). Contemporary panel-stamped calf, each board with the same 3 panel stamps: 2 virtually identical panels with 6 animals in 2 grape vines (the animals from head to foot in the left vine: a monkey, dog and wyvern; and in the right vine: a squirrel, hare and lion) in a border of a diaper of quatrefoils in lozenges, the two separated by a small panel stamp sith a peacock, paste-downs made from a leaf from an Aristotle manuscript on vellum. Full description
€ 12,000
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Laws and regulations of the Franciscan Order in 17th-century Spain

[FRANCISCAN ORDER]. Leyes, y ordenaciones de la Sta Provincia de Los Angeles de la regular, y reformada observancia del orden de N.S.P.S. Francisco: Revistas, aprobadas, y admitidas en los dos capitulos provinciales, que se celebraron en el Convento de los cinco martyres de la Villa de Bellalcaçar, en 9. de Diziembre de 1662. y en 30. de Enero de 1666. ãnos. Y ultimamente mandadas promulgar en la congregacion, que se celebrò en el Convento de San Antonio de Sevilla en 15. de Setiembre de 1667. ãnos. Presidiendo en ella N.M.R.P. Fr. Iuan Luengo ...
Sevilla, Juan Francisco de Blas, 1667. 4to. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 1,250
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1565/66 pilgrimage to the Middle East, with author's portrait, coat of arms and 6 illustration plates

FÜRER VON HAIMENDORF, Christoph. Itinerarium Aegypti, Arabiae, Palaestinae, Syriae, aliarumque regionum orientalium.
Nuremberg, Abraham Wagenmann, 1621 (colophon: Nuremberg, printed by Abraham Wagenmann, 1620). Small 4to. With finely engraved full-page portrait of the author by Peter Isselberg, full-page engraved Fürer von Haimendorf coat of arms, 6 folding engraved plates. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 12,500
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Early work on Ethiopia, with uncensored native sources

GOES (GÓIS), Damião de. Fides, religio, Moresque Aethiopum sub imperio Preciosi Joannis …
Paris, Chrestien Wechel, 1541. With Wechel's woodcut Pegasus device and 3 lines of woodcut text in Ethiopic.
With: (2) NONNIUS, Ludovicus. Hispania sive populorum, urbium, insularum, ac fluminum in ea accuratior descriptio.
Antwerp, Hieronymus Verdussen, 1607. With Verdussen's woodcut device. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. 17th-century vellum. Full description
€ 12,500
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Astronomical and geographical information on regions in China and India

GOUYE, Thomas. Observations physiques et mathematiques, pour servir a l'histoire naturelle & à la perfection de l'astronomie & de la geographie: envoyées des Indes et de la Chine à l'Académie Royale des Sciences à Paris, par les Peres Jesuites.
Paris, Imprimerie Royale (colophon: Jean Anisson), 1692. 4to. With woodcut coat of arms on title-page, 2 double-page engraved maps and 1 engraved plate. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,500
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Marking the brief golden age of Christianity in the Arabian peninsula

GREGENTIUS, Saint. [Title in Greek followed by:] Disputatio cum Herbano Iudaeo: nunc primùm Graecè edita, cum interpretatione Nic. Gulonii, Carnutis, literarum Graecarum professoris regii, notis illustrata. Hoc dialogo sides Christiana tum divinorum oraculorum exposition, tum miraculorum effectu confirmatur.
Paris, Fédéric Morel, 1586. 8vo. With text in Latin and Greek on facing pages. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 6,500
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On the work of the Jesuit missionaries
in Japan, the East Indies, India, Africa and elsewhere

[GUERREIRO, Fernão (ed.)]. and Christobal SUÁREZ DE FIGUEROA (transl.). Historia y anal relacion de las cosas que hizieron los padres de la Compañia de Jesus, por las partes de Oriente y otras, en la propagacion del Santo Evangelio, los años passados de 607. y en 608.
Madrid, Imprenta Real, sold by Juan Hasrey, 1614 (colophon 1613). 4to. With the large woodcut coat of arms of the dedicatee, Don Geronimo Corella y Mendoza. 20th-century sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 12,000
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A history of the many religions of the world,one volume devoted to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East

HAZART, Cornelius. Kerckelycke historie vande gheheele wereldt, namelyck vande voorgaende ende teghenwoordighe eeuwe, ...
Antwerpen, Michiel Cnobbaert, 1667-1671. 4 volumes. Folio. With an engraved frontispiece in each volume; volume 1 with a title-page printed in red and black and 45 engraved plates; volume 2 with 17 engraved plates; volume 3 with 37 engraved plates; volume 4 with 19 engraved plates (total of 122 engraved plates, incl. frontispieces). Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 4,500
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Magnificent plates of Freising Cathedral

[HECKENSTALLER, Joseph Jacob von]. Dissertatio historica de antiquitate, et aliis quibusdam memorabilibus Cathedralis Ecclesiae Frisingensis una cum serie episcoporum, praepositorum, et decanorum Frisingensium.
Munich, Michael Lindauer, 1824. Large folio (42 x 26 cm). With 7 large plates (5 folding). Contemporary boards. Full description
€ 3,250
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First edition of educational Latin dialogues by the rector of the Deventer Illustre School,
a leading humanist and teacher of Erasmus and Pope Adrian VI

HEGIUS (VAN DEN HECK), Alexander. Dialogi. De scientia et eo q[uo]d co[n]tra Academicos. De tribus anim[a]e generibus. De incarnationis misterio dialogi duo quib[us] ... Dialogus physicus. De sensu et sensili. De arte et inertia. De rhetorica. De moralibus. Eiusde[m] Farrago cui addita invectiva eius in modos significandi ... Epistola una et altera eius ceteris apud suos latentibus.
(Colophon: Deventer, Richard Pafraet, 1503). Small 4to (21 x 14.5 cm). With spaces left for 3- to 5-line manuscript initials (most with printed guide letters). Set in a rotunda gothic type with the title, colophon, running heads, etc. in a larger textura gothic and the author's name in a still larger rotunda, with occasional words in Greek. With one blue "Lombardic" initial filled in in manuscript, capitals and paragraph marks rubricated throughout. Half tan sheepskin (ca. 1860?). Full description
€ 7,500
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The Desert of Paran and the 42 stations of the Exodus, with a map

HERMANN, Amand. Desertum Pharan mystice explicatum, cum quadraginta duabus in eo mansionibus filiorum Isràél ad Palaestinam pergentium: . . .
Kalisz, printed by the college of the Society of Jesus, 1685. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece, showing a map of the Holy Land and the route of the Exodus with the 42 stations numbered. Contemporary overlapping vellum. Full description
€ 1,950
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Important work on mystic theology

HERP, Henrick. Den spieghel der volmaecktheydt. Seer profijtelijck allen menschen, in wat staet sy zijn. ... Nu weder van nieus ghevisiteert ende gheapprobeert.
Antwerp, Hieronymus Verdussen, 1607. 8vo. With a woodcut roundel portrait of Jesus on the title-page (signed "A"), a woodcut tailpiece, and decorations built up from cast arabesque fleurons. Contemporary overlapping vellum, leather thong ties. Full description
€ 1,450
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Post-incunable edition of the travels of "the Dutch Sir John Mandeville"
visiting Egypt and the lands of Prester John

HESE (HESSE), Johannes Witte de. Itinerarius Joannis de Hese presbyteri a Hierusalem describens dispotiones terra[rum] insular[um] montiu[m] et aquar[um]. Ac etiam queda[m] mirabilia et p[er]icula per diversas p[ar]tes mu[n]di continge[n]tia lucidissime enarrans.
(Colophon: Deventer, Jacobus de Breda, 1504). Small 4to (20.5 x 14.5 cm). Rubricated throughout with the blank spaces for initials left open. Including the last blank leaf. Modern calf in period style. Full description
€ 45,000
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Introduction to reading the Bible, intended for young people

HOFFMANN, Gottfried.

Außerlesene Kern-Sprüche Heiliger Schrifft, durch kurtze Fragen deutlich erkläret und nützlich angewendet, nebst einer ausführlichen Einleitung zum Bibel-Lesen ...
Leipzig, Friedrich Lankisch, 1705. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece, title-page printed in red and black, a folding letterpress table and occasional lines in Greek and Hebrew type. Contemporary vellum, manuscript title on spine.

Full description
€ 950
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Rare Dutch translation of a work on the origin of temples and churches

HOSPINIANUS, Rodolphus. Van de tempelen: dat is vijf boecken van den oorspronck, voortganck, ghebruyck en de misbruyck der tempelen ende gheheelijck aller dinghen, die tot de tempelen behooren.
Amsterdam, Jan Evertsz. Cloppenburch, 1606. 4to. With Cloppenburch's printer's device on title-page and one page (O1) rubricated in red. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 2,500
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Calendar of indulgences that can be “earned” throughout the year:
the only surviving early printed broadside in the Dutch language concerning indulgences,
published on the eve of the Protestant Reformation

[INDULGENCE CALENDAR - LEO X]. Dyt is den aflaet en[de] ghenaden van allen stacien binnen ende buten der heiligher stadt van Romen dat ganse jaer doer sijn te verdienen.
[Deventer, Jacobus de Breda, ca. 1516]. Small 1mo broadside (42.5 x 29.5 cm). With the woodcut Medici coat of arms of Pope Leo X (47 x 40 mm), paragraph marks (2 sizes) and a Maltese cross (1 size) to mark days when indulgences were available for all sins and for the release of the soul from purgatory respectively. Set in two columns in a rotunda gothic type, with the first line of the title in a larger rotunda and the rest of the title, other headings and note at the foot in a textura gothic type. Attached with 2 paper hinges to a modern paperboard. Full description
€ 35,000
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Jesuit letters from Japan

[JESUITS - JAPAN]. Cartas que los padres y hermanos de la Compañia de Jesus, que andan en los Reynos de Japon[,] escrvieron a los dela misma Compañia, desde el año de mil y quinientos y quare[n]ta y nueve, hasta el de mil y quinientos y setenta y uno.
Alcala, Juan Iñiguez de Lequerica, 1575. 4to. With woodcut of the Crucifixion on the back of the colophon, charming woodcut initials, and 1 page (p. 72) with woodcut Japanese characters for 12 words in text. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment, reinforced with 2 pieces from a 16th-century(?) manuscript. Full description
€ 35,000
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First edition in Arabic of the Samaritan book of Joshua

JUYNBOLL, Theodorus Willem Johannes. Chronicon Samaritanum, Arabice conscriptum cui titulus est liber Josuae. Ex unico codice Scaligeri nunc primum edidit, Latine vertit, annotatione instruxit, et dissertationem de codice, de chronico, et de quaestionibus, ...
Leiden, Samuel and Johannes Luchtmans, 1848. 4to (27 x 22 cm). With a folding lithographed plate. Set in roman and italic types with the 55-page transcription in Arabic type and shorter passages in Hebrew, Samaritan and Syriac type. Modern half cloth, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,500
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Rare first edition of Thomas à Kempis in Arabic

KEMPIS, Thomas à. De imitatione Christi libri quatuor, de Latino in Arabicum versi a P.F. Coelestino à S. Liduina [= Petrus Golius]. ...
Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1663. 8vo. With the title in Arabic and Latin in a frame built up from cast fleurons, woodcut Propaganda Fide device on the back of the title-page. With the main text set in Arabic type and the preliminaries also in roman and italic. Gold-tooled red morocco (1838?), each board with a large and elaborately decorated cross in the centre, blue watered silk endleaves, gilt edges. Full description
€ 25,000
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First Armenian edition of De imitatione Christi

KEMPIS, Thomas à. Imitatio Christi. [Title in Armenian:] ... Yalags hamahetewmann Kristosi: ...
Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1674. 8vo. With the woodcut seal of the Propaganda Fide on the back of the half-title, and numerous woodcut decorated Armenian erkat'agir initials. Gold-tooled brown, grained sheepskin (ca. 1830?). Full description
€ 9,500
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Richly illustrated and influential 17th-century book on China

KIRCHER, Athanasius. Tooneel van China.
Amsterdam, Johannes Janssonius van Waesberge and the widow of Elizaeus Weyerstraten, 1668. Folio. With engraved frontispiece, engraved author's portrait, 24 engraved plates (including 2 double-page maps and 1 folding plate) and 60 engraved illustrations in text (plus another copy on a separate leaf, without letterpress text, of the engraving on 2F3v). Including maps of China and Asia, traditional Chinese costumes, illustrations of the Chinese and the Mughal rulers in abundantly decorated rooms, linguistic illustrations, zoological illustrations, etc. Contemporary gold-tooled calf, later endpapers (re-cased). Full description
€ 8,000
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Primer in a Bantu dialect for the Finnish Lutheran mission in Namibia

KURVINEN, Pietari. Ondonga kielen ABD. Ensimäinen irja Ondonga kielellä . . . =ABD Moshindonga. Omukanda uatango koshindonga ua piangoa . . .
Helsinki, Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seuran [=Finnish Literature Society], 1876. 8vo. With 2 title-pages, the first in Finnish and the second in Ndonga, a brief preface in both languages, but with the sample texts in Ndonga. Contemporary brown textured cloth. Full description
€ 2,500
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Freeing Christian slaves in Algiers and Tunis in 1720

[LA FAYE, Jean Baptiste de]. Voyage pour la redemption des captifs, aux royaumes d'Alger et de Tunis. Fait en 1720. Par les PP. François Comelin, Philemon de la Motte, & Joseph Bernard de l'Ordre de la sainte Trinité, dits Mathurins.Including: La tradition de l'eglise.
Paris, Louis-Anne Sevestre and Pierre-François Giffart, 1721. 2 parts in 1 volume. 12mo. With an engraved frontispiece portrait of Louis XV, engraved by P.F. Giffart, folding engraved plate of the court of the Dey (Regent) of Algiers, and a regular engraved plate in the second part. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,000
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Illustrated ethnographic description of the Iroquois in Canada

LAFITEAU, Joseph-François. De zeden der wilden van Amerika. Zynde een nieuwe uitvoerige en zeer kurieuse beschryving van derzelver oorsprong, godsdienst, manier van oorlogen, huwelyken, opvoeding, oeffeningen, feesten, danzeryen, begravenissen, en andere zeldzame gewoonten.
The Hague, Gerard vander Poel, 1731. 2 volumes bound as 1. Folio. With engraved frontispiece,  engraved map of North and South America and 41 engraved plates. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,750
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A French voyage to the Levant

LA ROQUE, Jean de. Voyage de Syrie et du Mont-Liban.
Paris, André Cailleau, 1722. 2 volumes. 12mo. With 9 engraved plates (5 folding), including a folding map showing the course of the Orontes river; dedication with woodcut coat of arms of De Fleury. Contemporary sprinkled calf, gold-tooled spines with gilt-stamped crest of Henry Edward Bunbury. Full description
€ 4,950
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South Africa at the beginning of the 19th century

LATROBE, Charles Ignatius. Journal of a visit to South Africa in 1815, and 1816. With some account of the missionary settlements of the United Brethren, near the Cape of Good Hope.
London, W. M'Dowall for L.B. Seeley and R. Ackermann, 1818. 4to. With folding map (53 x 27 cm), partly hand-coloured, 12 full-page hand-coloured aquatints, and 4 full-page engravings. Later half calf. Full description
€ 2,950
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A great compendium of canon law, finely printed in Antwerp for the English market

LYNDWOOD, William. Provinciale seu constitutiones Anglie: cum summarijs, atque justis annotationibus, politissimis caracteribus, summaque accuratione rursum reuise, atque impresse.
Including: BADIUS, Jodocus (Josse BADE). Tabula indices.
London, Franciscus Bryckman (colophon: Antwerp, printed by Christoffel van Ruremund, 20 December 1525). 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With two title-pages, each in a woodcut border. The first shows above heaven with the holy trinity surrounded by the heavenly population, and below the world with the pope and the king kneeling before the church, surrounded by the clergy; on the second title-page the coat of arms of England, a Tudor rose with the “IHS” and Saint George and the dragon. Printed in black and red throughout. Contemporary calf in modern slipcase. Full description
€ 7,000
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The Jesuit mission in the East and Peru, including a description of Hormuz Island

[MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro]. Rerum a Societate Iesu in Oriente gestarum volume.
Cologne, Gerwin Calenius and the heirs of Johann Quentel, 1574. With a woodcut oval portrait of Jesus on the title-page and 5 pages of woodcut Japanese.
With: (2) TORRES, Diego de. De rebus Peruanis.
Antwerp, Martinus Nutius, 1604. With woodcut printer's device on title-page. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 9,500
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The Portuguese in Brazil and Asia, with a folding world map

MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro. Historiarum Indicarum libri XVI. Selectarum, item, ex India epistolarum, eodem interprete, libri IV. Accessit Ignatii Loiolae vita.
Cologne, [successors to Arnold?] Birckman, Arnold Mylius, 1593. Folio. With a large folding engraved map of the world (26 x 48.5 cm). Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with a triple border of rolls (1 initialled EW A[ugsburg]) around central panel stamps with allegorical figures (Patience and the 3 theological virtues on the front; the 4 cardinal virtues on the back), with 17th-century(?) gold tooling added, including a centrepiece with Saint Urban and the St. Urban coat of arms on the front board, and the boards coloured brown. Full description
€ 12,500
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Unique first dated edition of letter from Portuguese Jesuit in India and the East Indies

[MAGAGLIANES, Diego di]. Avvisi nuovi et certezza della parte di mezzo giorno. Dove s'intende tre infideli Rè della fede Mahomettana convertiti, & battezzati con li suoi regni, & venuti alla nostra Christiana fede.
Florence, 16 February 1571. Small 8vo (15 x 10.5 cm). With the large woodcut coat of arms of Pope Pius V (74 x 62 mm). Sewn in later stiff paper wrappers. Full description
€ 12,500
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Italian friar captured by Ottoman pirates

MAGGIO, Francesco Maria. Vita, e morte del venerabil P. F. Alipio di S. Giuseppe Scalzo di S. Agostino Palermitano della congregazione d'Italia, in odio della confessione della S. Fede di Giesù Cristo, crudelissimamente ucciso da' Turchi di Barberia, nella città di Tripoli, a 17 di febbraio l'anno 1645 ...
Rome, Ignatio de' Lazzari, 1657. 4to. With 3 engraved plates. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 3,500
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On the success of missionary work among the indigenous Americans
An early example of American fine binding by one of the best binderies:
the Bradstreet Bindery in New York

MATHER, Increase. De successu Evangelii apud Indos Occidentales, in Novâ-Angliâ; epistola. Ad cl. virum D. Joannem Leusdenum, linguae sanctae in Ultrajectina Academia professorem, scripta, ...
Including: SPECHT, Herman, and others. De successu Evangelii apud Indos Orientales, epistolae aliae conscriptae[.] Tum â D. Hermanno Specht, V.D.M. in urbe Colombo, sitâ in insula Ceilon. Tum etiam, à D. Adriano de Mey, V.D.M. in Jaffanapatnam, sitâ in eadem insula, praefecto Collegii Malabarici; et à D. Francisco Valentino, V.D.M. in Amboina, ad eundem Johannem Leusden.
Utrecht, Willem Broedelet, 1699. 8vo. Grained, gold-tooled red morocco (ca. 1875?) signed by the Bradstreet Bindery in New York (stamp on the verso of the first free endleaf), with 5 bands on the spine, gold-tooled spine with the author and title in the second compartment, an X-form decoration in each of the others and the publication date at the foot, gold double fillet borders on sides, gold-tooled turn-ins, gold fillets on board edges, marbled endpapers. Rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 5,000
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Collection of 11 sermons in Maori

[MAUNSELL, Robert]. [A series of sermons].
Including:
- Ko te Whakapono.
- Ko nga Mahi Hou.
- Ko te Hapa Tapu.
- He mahi aha ta nga Minita.
- Ko te inoi a te tahae.
- Ko te tino Tohunga Nui.
- Ko te Manawanui o Hopa.
- Ko te Iriiri Tapu.
[Purewa], Church-Mission Press, [1846-1847].
With:
(2) [MAUNSELL, Robert]. He patai.
[Purewa, 1845?]
(3) [WILBERFORCE, Samuel and William COLENSO? (translator)]. Te Motu Kohatu.
Purewa, St John's College, 1850.
(4) [FURQUHAR, Barbara H. and Mary Ann MARTIN (translator)]. Ko e tahi Hua o te Whakapono
Purewa, St John's College, 1852.
4 works in 1 volume. 8vo. 19th or 20th-century green cloth. Full description
€ 2,500
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Presentation copy of a Thai hymnal produced by the mission press in Phetchaburi
8 years after the death of King Mongkut (of The King and I)

MCFARLAND, Samuel Gamble, ed. Siamese hymnal.
Phetchaburi (in Thailand), Samuel Gamble McFarland, 1876. 8vo. With Western round-head letterpress music notation. Set in Thai type with incidental roman. This copy with the letterpress presentation slip on blue paper tipped in (from McFarland and his wife), for people who contributed to the project. Contemporary half tanned sheepskin, probably bound for presentation. Full description
€ 7,000
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First complete edition of Cosmas's Christiana topographia
describing his travels in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf

MONTFAUCON, Bernard de (editor). Collectio nova patrum et scriptorum Graecorum, Eusebii Caesariensis, Athanasii, & Cosmae Aegyptii.
Paris, Claudius Rigaud, 1707. 2 volumes. Folio. With 4 engraved plates, and 3 woodcut illustrations in the text. Each volume with an engraved headpiece, the first incorporating the coat of arms of Pope Clement XI, and the second that of Jean-Paul Bignon. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine and binding edges. Full description
€ 25,000
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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. Full description
€ 10,000
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Illustrated first edition of the Dutch translation of "Der goldene Thron", intended for women & men

OTTO VAN PASSAU. Boeck des gulden throene of der xxiiij ouden. 
Utrecht, "tC", (30 March) 1480. Folio. With 24 illustrations in text (ca. 9 x 6.2 cm), printed from 1 complete woodcut (plus 4 repeats) and 15 components assembled in different combinations, all rubricated and with architectural frames. Each of the 24 chapters begins with a large manuscript initial, 11 with two or more colours and others with interior white decoration. A smaller initial with penwork opens the book's first page and there are numerous further 1-line and 2-line initials. Woodcut printer's device at the end. Contemporary (Utrecht?) blind-tooled calf over wooden boards, each board in a panel design; rebacked. Full description
€ 185,000
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A subtle mixture of Christian and Pagan wisdom

OTTO VON PASSAU. Boec des gulden throe[n]s of der xxiiij. ouden en[de] hoemen elke[n] vinden mach en[de] va[n] hoerre leringhen die si leren om te comen totten ewighen leven.
(colophon: Haarlem, [Jacob Bellaert], 25 October 1484). Folio (29 x 21.5 cm). With large woodcut printer's device (142 x 82 mm) on verso of last leaf (with the arms of the city of Haarlem above an eagle holding a larger blank shield, here filled in by a contemporary owner); 4 woodcut illustrations and 20 repeats, representing the 24 elders, each showing one of the male elders, standing, teaching a female novice kneeling before him. Further with spaces left for initials, all filled in with uncials by hand, about 25 with penwork decoration in 1 or 2 additional colours: 1 blue 6-line initial with decorations in red and violate extending far into the margin, about 24 red 3 to 9-line (mostly 7-line) initials with lavendar penwork (1 with 2 green dots), some extending into the margin, and more than 70 2-line red initials without penwork decoration; a few spaces left for ¶-marks, also filled in in red; capitals rubricated throughout. Set entirely in Baellart's textura (99 or 100 mm/20 lines or about 14.5 point). Lacking leaf 137 (the second to last text leaf) and the final blank. Modern sheepskin. Full description
€ 75,000
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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. Full description
€ 19,000
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Important sources for the history of the Aztec Nahuatl language, printed in Mexico

PÉREZ, Manuel. Farol Indiano, y guia de curas de Indios. Summa de los cinco sacramentos que administran los ministros Evangelicos en esta America.
Mexico City, Francisco de Rivera Calderon, 1713.
With: (2) PÉREZ, Manuel. Arte de el idioma mexicano. ... Dedicalo a la dicha Santissima Provincia.
Mexico City, Francisco de Rivera Calderon, 1713. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment; 18th-century library or owner's name branded on top edge. Full description
€ 7,500
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On the authority of bishops and other questions of dogma,
by the "father of the history of dogma"

PÉTAU, Denis (Dionysius PETAVIUS). Dissertationum ecclesiasticarum libri duo, in quibus de episcoporum dignitate, ac potestate; deque aliis ecclesiasticis dogmatibus disputatur.
Paris, Sebastien Cramoisy, 1641. 8vo. With Cramoisy's engraved coupling storks device on the title-page. Gold-tooled red goatskin morocco (ca. 1700?), gilt edges. Full description
€ 2,950
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Early lives of saints, with a stunning full-page woodcut by Urs Graf

PETRUS DE NATALIBUS. Catalogus sanctorum & gestorum eorum ex diversis voluminibus collectus: ...
(Colophon: Strasbourg, printed by Martin Flach, 1513). Folio (22.2 x 32 cm). Title-page with a woodcut decorated initial and a 4-piece woodcut border by Hans Wechtlin, 1 full-page woodcut by Urs Graf, hundreds of woodcut decorated uncial initials. Set mostly in rotunda gothic types. Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, in a panel design, with 2 brass clasps on leather straps with brass catchplates and anchorplates. Full description
€ 7,500
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Important Spanish account of missionary activities in Japan
in excellent, contemporary parchment binding

PIÑEYRO, Luys. Relacion del sucesso que tuuo nuestra santa fe en los reynos del Iapon, desde el año de seyscientos y doze hasta el de seyscientos u quinze, Imperando Cubosama.
Madrid, widow of Alonso M. de Balboa, 1617. Folio. With woodcut coat of arms on title-page, repeated at the end of books 1, 2 and 3. Contemporary parchment. Full description
€ 31,500
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First edition of the history of the dioceses Tongres, Maastricht and Liège

PLACENTIUS, Johannes Leo. Catalogus omnium antistitum Tungarorum, Traiectensium, ac Leodiorum, & rerum domi, bellique gestarum compendium.
Antwerp, Willem Vorsterman, [1530?; preface dated 14 September 1529]. Small 8vo (13.5 x 10 cm). Title with woodcut coat-of-arms of Cardinal Everard van de Marck in a 4-piece woodcut border, a large woodcut coat of arms on the last page, 2 woodcut illustrations, one showing Mary and Jesus with Saint Anne (63 x 42 mm), and the other a bishop in his study (45 x 43 mm), each in the same 4-piece woodcut border (different from that on the title-page). Capitals rubricated throughout, some woodcuts also rubricated and some headings and other words underlined in red. Vellum (ca. 1700?). Full description
€ 8,500
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A nearly complete collection of the earliest Propaganda Fide exotic alphabets (1629-1776), including Arabic, Burmese, Ethiopic, Greek and Syriac

[PROPAGANDA FIDE]. (1) Alphabetum Armenum iussu S.D.N. Gregorii XV. ...
(2) Alphabetum Aethiopicum, sive Abyssinum.
(3) Alphabetum Arabicum …
(4) Alphabetum Barmanum seu Bomanum …
(5) Alphabetum Brammhanicum …
(6) Alphabetum Chaldaicum, …
(7) Alphabetum Chaldaicum …
(8) Alphabetum Cophtum sive Aegyptiacum …
(9) Alphabetum Graecum …
(10) Alphabetum veterum Etruscorum …
(11) Alphabetum Ibericum, …
(12) [Alfabeta].
(13) Alphabetum Hebraicum …
Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1629-1776. 13 works in 1 volume. 8vo and small 4to. Sheepskin parchment (ca. 1776). Full description
€ 12,500
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Promoting Catholicism through missionary work as the Jesuits lost power:
a manuscript from the Sir Thomas Phillipps collection

[PROPAGANDA FIDE]. Africa [-] Greci - Italo Greci [-] Armeni di Venezia [-] varie.
[Rome and perhaps elsewhere, ca. 1758-1764 (transcribing original documents going back to at least 1664)]. 4to. Collection of manuscript transcriptions of about 30 letters and other documents. Contemporary Italian sheepskin parchment over flexible boards. Full description
€ 39,500
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Work on the early Christian church bound together with a work on ancient Greece

QUENSTEDT, Johann Andreas. Antiquitates biblicae et ecclesiasticae, accedit ejusdem autoris tractatus de antiquis ritibus sepulchralibus Graecorum, Romanorum, Judaeorum & Christianorum ...
Wittenberg, Christian Schrödter, 1688.
With: (2) PFEIFFER, Johann Philipp. Libri IV, antiquitatum Graecarum gentilium sacrarum, politicarum, militarium & oeconomicarum.
Königsberg; Leipzig, Heinrich Boye, 1689. With an engraved title-page, engraved author's portrait as frontispiece and title-page printed in red and black. 2 works in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 875
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Islamic texts on the Christian crusades

REINAUD, Joseph Toussaint. Extraits des historiens Arabes, relatifs aux guerres des croisades, ouvrage formant, d'après les écrivains Musulmans, un récit suivi des guerres saintes ...
[Paris], Imprimerie Royale, 1829. 8vo. Contemporary dark green half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 6,500
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The state of religion in the Dutch East Indies

RHIJN, Leonard Johannes van. Reis door den Indischen Archipel, in het belang der evangelische zending.
Rotterdam, M. Wijt & zonen, 1851. 8vo. With 1 chromolithographed and 4 lithographed folding maps and 8 tinted lithographed illustrations. Rebacked in modern half cloth and the original gold-tooled green sheepskin backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 1,500
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"Pioneer Portuguese Jesuit missionary to Japan"

RODRIGUEZ GIRÃO, João. Litterae Iaponicae annorum M.DC.IX et X. ad R. admodum piae mem. p. Claudium Aquavivam generalem praepositum Societatis Iesu A.R.P. Provinciali eiusdem in Iapone Societ. Missae.
Antwerp, Petrus and Johannes Bellerus, 1615. 8vo. With woodcut printer's device on title-page. Modern limp parchment, gilt edges. Full description
€ 4,750
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Rules for a good monastic life

ROLEWINCK, Werner. Formula vivendi canonico[rum] sive vicario[rum] seculariu[m] aut etiam alio[rum] devoto[rum] presbiterorum.
(Colophon: Delft, [Christiaen Snellaert], April 1496). 4to (19.5×13.5). With the main text in a rotunda type (64G), quire signatures in a slightly larger rotunda (82G), title and text opening in a larger textura (145G) and a few small printed "Lombardic" uncial initials. Rubricated throughout, with 1 4-line and a few smaller red "lombardic" uncial initials written or drawn in the blank spaces provided, red paragraph marks; type area 14.5×9 cm. Half vellum (ca. 1900?). Full description
€ 9,500
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A work of learning and pastoral wisdom by a moderate inquisitor

ROSEMONDT, Godschalc. Confessionale sive libellus modum confitendi pulcherrime co[m]plecte[n]s, necessarius atq[ue] utilis, & cuilibet recte confiteri vole[n]ti, & ipsis sacerdotibus, qui aliorum confessiones audire habe[n]t. Editus a celeberrimo academie Lovanien[sis]. ... Denuo ab eodem recognitus et castigatus anno mil. CCCCC. XIX. men. Junii. die. xxvii.
(Colophon: Antwerp, Michiel Hillen van Hoochstraten, 8 July 1519). Small 8vo (14 x 10 cm). Title-page in red & black with a red woodcut rebus of the author's name at the foot. 17th-century(?) vellum with the vellum. Full description
€ 7,500
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Voyage to Jerusalem in 1522, with sections on Arabia

SALIGNIACO, Bartholomeus de. Itinerarij Terre Sancte: inibique sacrorum locorum: ac rerum clarissima descriptio: omnibus sacre scripture tractatoribus utilissima: peramena auditoribus.
Lyon, Gilbertus de Villiers, 1525. 8vo. With woodcut coat of arms of Cardinal Jean de Guise of Lorraine on the title-page, a full-page woodcut of the crucifixion, 10 small woodcuts of Christ's passion in the text, and small woodcut initials throughout. 18th-century red morocco, gold-tooled spine, boards and board edges, and richly gold-tooled turn-ins, gilt edges. Full description
€ 12,500
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The "Mirror of human life", printed at Rome in 1473, with contemporary marginal manuscript notes
Set in one of the first roman printing types ever produced

SÁNCHEZ DE ARÉVALO, Rodrigo (Rodericus SANCIUS or ZAMORENSIS). Speculum vit[a]e human[a]e.
Rome, Joannes Philippus de Lignamine, 31 July 1473. Small folio (26.5 x 20 cm). With spaces left for 2 large (6-line) and about 80 small (3-line) initials. Text block 19.5 x 11.5 mm with 31 lines per page. Set in a single roman type throughout (Lignamine 125R). Limp sheepskin parchment (ca. 1740/50). Full description
€ 22,500
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Illustrated description of the Duchy of Brabant with a Counter-Reformation programme

SANDERUS, Antoine. Chorographia sacra Brabantiae sive celebrium aliquot in ea provincia ecclesiarum et coenobiorum description, …
Brussels, Philips Vleugaert, 1658-1660. 24 parts in 1 volume. Folio (43.5 x 28 cm). With 26 double-page engraved plates, 2 engraved portraits (the author's portrait in facsimile), 12 engravings on 6 leaves, a full-page engraving, and 10 engravings in text. Most of these are views of churches, castles and abbeys with their gardens, and many by Lucas Vorsterman the Younger. Further with engraved illustrations on 23 (of the 24) title-pages, mostly portraits of saints or coat of arms. 19th-century blind-tooled, tanned sheepskin. Full description
€ 4,500
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Centuries of youth for helping St. Francis in India - only known copy of the first(?) edition,
one of two in the original Spanish

SANTA MARIA, Andrés de. Verissima relacion embiada a Don Fray Andres de S. Maria Obispo de Cochin, la qual trata de como en las Indias de Portugalay un hombre que tiene trezientos y ochenta años, y ha sido ocho vezes casado, y se le han caydo todos los dientes dos vezes, y le bolvieron a nacer. ... Este es el verdadero retrato del hombre que passô en braços al glorioso San Francisco por el Rio de Ganga, el qual fue sacado a instancia del reverendo padre Don Fray Andres de S. Maria Obispo de Cochin.
Salamanca, Antonio Ramires, 1609. 4to (19 x 14.5) . With a woodcut illustration of a man carrying Saint Francis across the Ganges River in India on the title-page and a woodcut centaur below the colophon. Vellum (ca. 1880). Full description
€ 18,500
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Comparing the calendars of the Greeks, Romans, Persians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Jews and others

SCALIGER, Joseph Justus. Opus de emendatione temporum: hac postrema ed., ex auctoris ipsius ms., emend., magnáque acces. auctius. Add. veterum Graecorum fragmenta selecta.
Including: Computus Arabicus ecclesiae Antiochenae.
Geneva, Pierre de la Rovière, 1629. Folio. With title-page printed in red and black and with woodcut printer's device and several woodcut initials. Set in roman and italic types with long passages set in Greek, Arabic and Hebrew and shorter passages in Syriac. The long passages in Samaritan and Ethiopic, printed from meticulous woodblocks. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 8,500
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Four rare post-incunables in defence of the Catholic faith, printed in Antwerp

SCHENCK DE TAUTENBURCH, Fredericus. Enchiridion veri praesulis secundum apostolicam traditionem.
Antwerp, Michiel Hillen van Hoochstraten, 1526
With:
(2) ISIDORUS Hispalensis
. De officiis ecclesiasticis libri duo ante annos D. CCCC. ab eo aediti, & nunc ex vetusto codice in lucem restituti.
Antwerp, Johannes Graphaeus for Johannes Steelsius, 1534.
(3) WICELIUS, Georgius. Loci ex sacris literis de bonis operibus.Ad haec praeconium Evangelicae gratiae. Theies aliquot. Praecatio pro ecclesia. Matth. v. Quisquis fecerit & docuerit, hic magnus vocabitur in regno coelorum.
Antwerp, Johannes Graphaeus for Johannes Steelsius, 1534.
(4) AMBROSIUS. De his qui mysteriis initiantur, cum nonnullis aliis hac tempestate scitu dignissimis. Claruit sub Theodosio imperatore clementissimo. Anno domini CCCLXXX.
Antwerp, printed by Johannes Graphaeus for Johannes Steelsius, 1534. 4 works in 1 volume. 8vo. With the title-page of Enchiridion within a fine woodcut border, with the portrait of Virgilius Maro, and several decorated woodcut initial letters. 19th-century half calf. Full description
€ 4,500
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Expanded and illustrated second edition of a classic description of Friesland

[SCHOTANUS, Christiaan]. Beschryvinge van de heerlyckheydt van Frieslandt tusschen 't Flie end de Lauwers.
[Franeker], Johannes Wellens, [1664]. Folio. With engraved title-page, full-page engraved coat of arms of the province of Friesland, and 46 engraved maps and plans (4 large folding maps, 31 double-page maps and 11 double-page city plans) by Jacob van Meurs after Bernardus Schotanus à Sterringa. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 5,000
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Anti-Spanish pamphlets with 3 satirical engravings, with references to America

[SCOTT, Thomas]. Vox Populi. Or Newes from Spayne, translated according to the Spanish coppie. Which may serve to forewarn both England and the United Provinces how farre to trust to Spanish pretences.
[The Netherlands], "1620" [= 1624?].
With:
(2) SCOTT, Thomas. [Engraved title-page:] The second part of Vox populi, or Gondomar appearing in the likeness of Matchiavell in a Spanish Parliament, wherein are discovered his treacherous & subtile practises to the ruine as well of England, as the Netherlandes. Faithfully transtated[!] out of the Spanish coppie by a well-willer to England and Holland.
Gorinchem [= London], "Ashuerus Janss" [printed by Nicholas Okes], 1624. 2 separately published parts in 1 volume. 4to. The second part with an engraved title-page showing a full-length portrait of Don Diego Sarmiento de Acuña, Count of Gondomar and 2 large engravings in text, showing the Spanish Parliament with a devil and a bishop and the English Jesuit-Council. Half red sheepskin (ca. 1800), with blind-stamped coat-of-arms of William Stirling Maxwell on front. Full description
€ 1,950
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Illustrated account of Antwerp at the start of the 17th century

SCRIBANI, Charles. Antverpia.
Including: [SCHONDONCK, Gilles]. Hê prôtogeneia kai epistrephomonê tychê tês Anbersês.
Antwerp, Jan Moretus I, 1610. With an engraved printer's device on title-page and a woodcut printer's device on the otherwise blank page following the main part.
With: (2) SCRIBANI, Charles. Origines Antverpiensium.
Antwerp, Jan Moretus I, 1610. With an engraved printer's device on title-page, woodcut printer's device on the otherwise blank last page, folding engraved map of Antwerp and 6 double-page engraved plates. 2 works in 1 volume; 1st work in 2 parts. 4to. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 3,000
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First edition of a famous collection of nearly 200 sermons: the earliest dated book printed in Zwolle
and a rare early experiment labelling double-page openings
this copy in an unrecorded variant

[SERVASANCTUS DE FAENZA and others] (spuriously attributed to Saint BONAVENTURA). [Sermones de tempore et de sanctis].
(Colophon: Zwolle, [Johannes de Vollenhoe], 1479). Small (Chancery) folio (27.5 x 20.5 cm). With one 5-line and hundreds of 2- and 3-line spaces left for initials, filled in with manuscript "Lombardic" capitals in red; manuscript paragraph marks in red; and capitals rubricated throughout. Set entirely in a single textura gothic type (103 mm/20 lines) in 2 columns of 39 lines to the page. Early 18th-century tanned sheepskin. Full description
€ 35,000
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Rare first and only edition of an important account of the Christian missions,
by an Augustinian in Mexico

SICARDO, José (Joseph). Christiandad del Japon, y dilatada persecucion que padecio. Memorias sacras, de los martyres de las ilustres religiones de Santo Domingo, San Francisco, Compañia de Jesus; ...
Madrid, Francisco Sanz, 1698. Folio (31 x 22 cm). With the title in a frame of vine-leaf ornaments and 2 woodcut armorial headpieces plus 1 repeat. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment, later lettered spine-title. Full description
€ 35,000
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First and only edition of a Catholic devotional work
With nearly 700 Van Sichem woodcuts

SICHEM, Christoffel II van. 't Schat der zielen, dat is: Het geheele leven ons Heeren Jesu Christi naer de vyer Evangelisten. Naer vervolgh des tijdts by een ghevoeght, in seven stucken verdeelt. Met seer schoon figuren verciert, gesneden door C. van Sichem, voor P. J. P[aets].
Amsterdam, Pieter J[acobsz]. P[aets], 1648. With 686 woodcuts, many full-page, by Christoph van Sichem (many with his monogram), after his own designs and after drawings and paintings by Aldegrever, Goltzius, Dürer, Bloemaert, the Wierix brothers, Lucas van Leyden, Maarten van Heemskerck, Joannes Stradanus, etc. 17th-century vellum, manuscript title on smooth spine. Full description
€ 8,000
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Religious festivities in the Southern Netherlands

[SPLENDID CEREMONY - MECHELEN]. Prael-treyn verrykt door ry-benden, praelwagens, zinne-beelden en andere oppronkingen toegeschikt aen het duyzend-jaerig jubilé van den … heyligen Rumoldus.
Mechelen, J.-F. vander Elst, [1775?]. With engraved coat of arms, engraved headpiece, and 16 engraved plates (14 folding).
With:
(2) [SPLENDID CEREMONY - BRUSSELS]. Beschryvinge van de ry-bende ofte cavalcade, verciert met praelwagens … ter oorsaeke van het vier-honderd-jaerig jubilé van het alderheyligst sacrament van mirakel binnen Brussel den 16 en 29 julii 1770.
Brussels, J. vanden Berghen, [1770]. With 5 numbered folding engraved plates.
(3) [MEYER, Jean Thomas]. Beschryvinge van het zeven honderdjaerig jubilé van den heyligen Macarius. Ghent, Jean Meyer, [1767]. With 15 mostly folding engraved plates, including a large folding plate showing fireworks (36.5 x 48 cm). 3 works in 1 volume. 4to. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 7,500
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China in 23 coloured maps

STANFORD, Edward. Atlas of the Chinese Empire containing separate maps of the eighteen provinces of China proper ...
London [etc.], Morgan & Scott, [1908]. 33.5 x 22.5 cm. With 23 coloured maps (1 key map; 6 double-page). Publisher's red cloth. Full description
€ 1,250
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One of the most famous Jesuit emblem books,
with emblems engraved in the form of Easter eggs

STENGEL, Georg. Ova paschalia sacro emblemate inscripta descriptaque.
Ingolstadt, (colophon: widow of Joan. Simonis Knab), 1672. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With engraved title-page, engraved vignette on the title-page of the second part, and 103 engravings in the text (portrait of Ferdinand III of Bohemia and, 100 engraved emblems and 2 others). Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 3,000
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Description of Siam, Java & Sumatra by a French Jesuit

TACHARD, Guy. Voyage de Siam des Peres Jesuites, envoyés par le Roy, aux Indes à la Chine. Avec leurs observations astronomiques, & leurs remarques de physique, de géographie, d'hydrographie, & d'histoire. Enrichi de figures.
Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1688. 12mo. With a woodcut illustration of a printing office as publisher's device on the title-page, engraved frontispiece and 30 engraved plates (17 double page). Also with 1 decorative woodcut initial, 1 factotum (plus repeats), 1 headpiece and 1 tailpiece. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,750
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The visit of a Siamese embassy to Rome, during the Siamese revolution of 1688

[TACHARD, Guy]. [Drop-title:] Breve ragguaglio di quanto è accaduto in Roma à Sig: Mandarini venuti co[n] il P: Guido Tasciard della compagnia di Giesù, inviato straordinario dal rè di Siam dopo l'Udienza hauuta da N.S. Innocenzo XI.
(Colophon: Rome, Domenico Antonio Ercole, 1689). Small 4to (21.5 x 15.5 cm). With decorated woodcut initial on the first page. Disbound. Full description
€ 3,800
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Russian Orthhodox tetraptych brass icon with 21 scenes in relief,
20 with a blue enamel background

[TETRAPTYCH ICON]. [Incipit:] Kr[es]tou tvoemou pokli[!]naemsya vl[adi]koi s[vya]toe voskresenie tvoe slavim [= We bow before your cross, master, and praise your holy resurrection].
[Moscow or vicinity?, ca. 1810?]. A Russian Orthodox brass icon comprising 4 panels hinged to each other (15 x 9.5 x 1.5 cm closed; 15 x 35.5 x 0.5 cm open), each of the 4 interior sides with 5 relief scenes with a blue enamel background (1 scene in the onion-dome top and 1 in each of the 4 quarters of the square body), each scene with an inscription above it. Further with a brass relief veneration of the cross on the front of the exterior in a decorated architectural frame, with an oval at the head bearing the text transcribed above. Full description
€ 2,500
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Rare 1527 edition of classical dictionary
owned by the neo-Latin poet Renier Tengnagel (d. 1565)

TORRENTINUS, Hermannus (Herman van der BEKE). Elucidarius poeticus co[n]tinens historias poeticas, fabulas, insulas regiones, urbes, fluvios, mo[n]tesq[ue] insigniores, atq[ue] huiusmodi alia, …
Antwerp, Michiel Hillen van Hoogstraten, 1527. With the title in an elaborate woodcut border.
With: (2) [FIOCCHI, Andrea Dominico (Andras Dominicus FLOCCUS)] under the name of Lucius FENESTELLA. De magistratibus, sacerdotiisq[ue] Romanorum libellus, iamprimum nitori restitutus.
[Cologne, Hero Fuchs, 1527]. With the title in a finely cut 4-piece woodcut border. 2 editions in 1 volume. 8vo. 16th-century(?) limp vellum (formerly used for a slightly thinner book). The binding is an interesting example of a spine reinforced with a horizontal metal rod at the central sewing support to give more support and prevent the bookblock from becoming concaved or developing sharp kinks; probably bound in Flanders. Full description
€ 9,500
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The life of St Francis Xavier in German

TORSELLINI (TURSELLINUS), Orazio. Apostolisches Leben und Thaten deß heiligen Francisci, der Francisci Xaverii, der Societet Jesu, Indianer Apostels.
München, Sebastian Rauch, 1674. 4to. With engraved frontispiece by Melchior Küsell after J. M. Tobrias and an extra frontispiece by the same engraver bound in after page 512. Contemporary vellum with two clasps. Full description
€ 6,500
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A utopian Ethiopia

URRETA, Luis de. Historia de la Sagrada Orden de Predicadores, en los remotos Reynos de la Etiopia.
Valencia, Juan Chrysostomo Garriz, 1611. Small 4to (21 x 15 cm). With woodcut arms of the Dominican order on title-page, and a variant version on the last page, and 3 woodcuts in text (2 saints and the Cross). Further with 24 decorated woodcut initials in two series, including 11 repeats. Contemporary gold-tooled mottled calf, each board with the coat of arms of the French Seguier family, rebacked with original gold-tooled backstrip laid-down. Full description
€ 35,000
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Pioneering work on Indian languages and society by an "unjustly forgotten" Indologist

VESDIN (VEZDIN), Filip (PAULINUS A SANCTO BARTHOLOMAEO). Viaggio alle Indie Orientali umiliato alla Santita di N. S. Papa Pio Sesto pontefice massimo …
Rome, Antonio Fulgoni, 1796. 4to. With 12 engraved illustration plates (6 with 2 illustrations each to make 18 in total), engraved roundel portraits of Pope Pius VI (on the title-page) and the author (above the opening of the main text) and some small woodcut illustrations of "Indian hieroglyphs". Set in roman and italic types with occasional words in Greek, Arabic, East Syriac, Devanagari and more extensive texts in Malayalam, plus a Malabar song with a double staff made with built-up round-head music notes. 19th-century maroon half sheepskin, blue textured-paper sides, shell on shell marbled endpapers. Full description
€ 4,500
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Printed in the Alsace for Koberger in Nuremberg with 10 magnificent woodcuts

VIGERIUS, Marcus. Decachordum Christianum Julio II. Pont. Max. dicatum. Controversia de excellentia instrumentorum Dominicae passionis, per eundem Dn. Marcum Vigerium discussa.
[Hagenau, printed by Th. Anselm & Joh. Albertus for Joh. Koberger, Nuremberg, 1517]. Folio. With title in woodcut border by Urs Graf and 10 beautiful full-page woodcuts (ca. 13.9-14.4 x 9.7-10.2 cm) by the "Master I S with the shovel", a pupil of Hans Schäufelein. Contemporary calf over wooden boards, blind-tooled side, two brass clasps. Leaves from a 14th-century liturgical manuscript pasted on the inner sides of the boards. From the "Koberger Werkstatt". Full description
€ 12,500
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Seven very rare post-incunabules printed in Antwerp
(1 unique and only 1 surviving in more than 4 complete copies)
in an Antwerp panel-stamped binding with a finely executed portrait of Charles V

VOLDER, Willem de (Guilielmus GNAPHEUS). Acolastus. De filio prodigo comoedia Acolasti titulo inscripta.
Antwerp, Martinus de Keyser for Willem Vorsterman, March 1535. With title in a 4-piece architectural woodcut border.
With:
(2) PLAISIER, Jean le (Johannes PLACENTIUS). Susanna. Eusebii Candidi Elegia, in vanam brevemque humanae vitae gloriolam. Item Ode Sappica eiusdem Eusebii, in mortis recordationem. Item Plausus luctificae mortis ad modum dialogi, expemporaliter ab eodem Eusebio lusus.
(Colophon: Antwerp, Willem Vorsterman), 1536. With title in a woodcut border.
(3) CRÔCUS, Cornelius. Comoedia sacra, cui titulus Joseph, ad Christianae iuventutis institutionem iuxta locos inventionis, veteremque artem, nunc primum & scripta & edita.
Antwerp, Joannes Steelsius, 1537 (colophon: printed by Joannes Graphaeus). With a woodcut decoration on the title-page and Steelsius's woodcut device on the last page.
(4) PLAUTUS. Aulularia Plautina, comoediarum lepidissima. Quae etsi alias incomplete, à Codro Urceo, & Martino Dorpio tamen est perfecta. Cum familiari explanatione. Index dictionum hic insertarum, in calce est additus.
Antwerp, Michiel Hillen van Hoochstraten, 1531. With title in a 4-piece woodcut border.
(5) LUCIANUS Samosatensis. Dialogi aliquot, per D. Erasmi versi, ac à Nicolao Buscoducensi, succinctis pariter & eruditis scholiis explanati, recens per eundem diligenter recogniti.
(Colophon: Antwerp, Michiel Hillen van Hoochstraten, August 1533). With Hillen van Hoochstraten's device on the last page.
(6) SCHOTTEN(NIUS), Hermann(us). Vita honesta, sive virtutis: quomodo quisque vivere debeat, omni aetate, omni tempore, & quotlibet loco, erga Deum & homines. Cui novissime adiecimus Institutionem Christiani hominis, per Adrianum Barlandum Aphorismis digestam. Omnia multo quam antehac emendatiora.
Antwerp, Joannes Steelsius, 1538 (colophon: printed by Joannes Graphaeus).
(7) ERASMUS, Desiderius.De civilitate morum puerilium ... libellus ab autore recognitus, & novis scholiis illustratus per Gisbertum Longolium Ultratraiectinum.
Antwerp, Willem Vorsterman, 1533. Title in a 4-piece woodcut border.
7 works in one volume. Small 8vo (16 x 10.5 cm). Contemporary (ca. 1538) Antwerp panel-stamped calf, each side with the same panel stamp (85 x 55 mm), showing a roundel with a half length portrait of the then reigning Holy Roman Emperor Charles V, the Imperial double-headed eagle stands above the roundel between two small columns and Charles's motto below the roundel (":PLUS:OVLTRE. | .KAROLVS.V.IMP:"), with two 5-pointed stars above it and a lion face with decorations below it; the whole is flanked by decorative columns. Full description
€ 45,000
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Fighting the plague with amulets to ward off the devil

WICHMANS, Augustinus Franciscus. Apotheca spiritualium pharmacorum contra luem contagiosam aliosque morbos, ...
Including: [WICHMANS, Augustin]. Diarium ecclesiasticum de sanctis contra pestem tutelaribus, ...
Antwerp, Hieronymus Verdussen, 1626. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With Verdussen's woodcut lion device on title-page. Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards (front board with gold-tooled initials "G*F*A*G" -- George Falb, Abbot of Göttweig Abbey -- and date "1630"), with 2 strap fastenings with engraved brass clasps and catchplates, and brass anchorplates. Full description
€ 3,250
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First edition of the first major collection of Jesuit letters
from Japan, India, the Moluccas, Macao and Brazil,
many published here for the first time

XAVIER, Francis, Luís FRÓIS and others. Epistolae Japanicae, de multorum gentilium in variis insulis ad Christi fidem per Societatis nominis Jesu theologos conversione. In quibus etiam mores, leges, locorumque situs, luculenter descibuntur. [Volume 2: Epistolae ... gentilium ad Christi ... Societatis Jesu theologos. Pars altera.].
Louvain, Rutger Velpius, 1569. 2 volumes bound as 1. 8vo. Contemporary gold- and blind-tooled calf. Full description
€ 15,000
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First printed grammar of the Persian language
and lives of Christ and Saint Peter in Persian and Latin

XAVIER, Hieronymous (Jerónimo de EZPELETA Y GOÑI) and Abd al-Sattar (translators) and Ludovicus de DIEU (ed.). Historia Christi Persice conscripta.
With:
(2) XAVIER, Hieronymous (Jerónimo de EZPELETA Y GOÑI). Historia S. Petri Persice conscripta.
(3) DIEU, Ludovicus de. Rudimenta linguae Persicae.
Leiden, Bonaventura and Abraham Elzevier, 1639. 3 works in 1 volume. 4to. Vellum (ca. 1700?). Full description
€ 2,750
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Jesuit warning of the consequences of licentiousness,
in magnificently gold-tooled morocco (ca. 1643)

ZEHENTNER, Paul. Promontorium malae spei: impiis periculose navigantibus propositium. Sive, signum & nota reprobationis: procrastinatio poenitentiae, scripta cautelae hominum, emendatione[m] vita[e] cunctantium, spe aliquando resipiscendi.
Graz, [heirs of Georg] Widmanstetter for Sebastian Haupt, 1643. Large 4to (25.5 x 19 cm). With an engraved allegorical frontispiece and a richly designed armorial and emblematic dedication plate, both by David Tscherning. Contemporary, richly gold-tooled black morocco, each board in a panel design of rolls and stamps with a large built-up centrepiece in a double frame of multiple decorative rolls (the diagonals connecting the inner and outer frames possibly intended to give the effect of a three-dimensional niche), and the spine treated as a single field with built-up decorations in a frame of multiple rolls, gold fillets on turn-ins, the whole with hundreds of impressions of dozens of stamps and rolls, gilt edges, traces of 2 pair of ties. Full description
€ 7,950
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