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Medical secrets plus a largely imaginary Medieval European view of India

[ACHILLINI, Alessandro]. Secreta secretorum Aristotelis.
Including:
ARISTOTLE [pseudo]. Maximi philosophi ... de signis aquarum: & tempestatum.
ARISTOTLE [pseudo]. Maximi philosophurum ... de mineralibus.
ALEXANDER OF APHRODISIAS. De intellectu.
AVERROES. De beatitudine anime.
ACHILLINI, Alexander. De universalibus.
ALEXANDER THE GREAT [pseudo]. De mirabilibus Indie.
(Colophon: Lyon, Antoine Blanchard, 23 March) 1528. Small 8vo (15 x 10.5 cm). With a title-page with a decorated woodcut border, woodcut printer's device on last page, 6 woodcut initials. Contemporary blind-tooled sheepskin(?) parchment over wooden boards, in a panel design, brass catch-plates and anchor-plates (straps and clasps lost). LXXXIII ll. Full description
€ 11,500
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The book that opened America

ACOSTA, José de. Historie naturael ende morael van de Westersche Indien.
Enkhuizen, Jacob Lenaertsz. Meyn (colophon: Haarlem, printed by Gillis Rooman), 1598. 8vo. With a woodcut decoration on the title-page. Vellum (ca. 1700?). [7], 398, [8] ll. Full description
€ 7,500
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Rare early edition of a popular book of botanical, mineralogical and zoological wonders, with a large woodcut of the author among his books

ALBERTUS MAGNUS (pseudo). Liber secretorum ... De virtutibus herbarum: & animalium quorundam. Eiusdemq[ue] liber De mirabilibus mundi: & etiam de quibusdam effectibus causatis a quibusdam animalibus &c.
(Colophon: Venice, Johan Baptist Sessa, 12 February 1502). Small 4to (21 x 15.5 cm). With a large woodcut portrait of the author at his desk. Gold-tooled maroon morocco (ca. 1870/90?) for James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk (1827-1905), gilt edges. 16 ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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Largest assembly of natural history illustrations published before the 18th century

ALDROVANDI (ALDOVANDUS), Ulisse. [Opera omnia].
Bologna, 1599-1668. 13 volumes. Folio (35 x 24 cm). With engraved title-page to each volume, engraved full-page portrait of Aldrovandi in 3 volumes and several thousand woodcut illustrations in text, mostly after designs by J. Ligozzi and many full-page. Blind-tooled vellum (ca. 1645 & ca. 1670), with a large centrepiece on each board (the 11 volumes dated 1599-1642 from a single block; the 2 volumes dated 1648 & 1667 from a different block), the spines uniformly gold-tooled in the 18th-century. Full description
€ 150,000
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Two important works on Henri Bakers microscope and its use, translated into Dutch
complete with all plates and uniformly bound in richly gold-tooled calf

BAKER, Henri. Het microscoop gemakkelyk gemaakt of beschryving van de beste en nieuwste microscoopen, en van der zelver behandeling. Als mede een berigt van de verbaazende ontdekkingen gedaan met de vergrootglazen. ... Tweede druk. Amsterdam. Isaak Tirion, 1760. With 14 full-page plates on folding leaves and 1 folding table.
With: (2) BAKER, Henri. Nuttig gebruik van het mikroskoop, of handleiding tot nieuwe waarneemingen omtrent de configuratiën en krystallen der zouten ... Waar by komt de beschouwing van veele te vooren onbekende water-diertjes en andere insekten ...
Amsterdam, F. Houttuyn, 1756. With 18 engraved folding plates. 8vo. 2 volumes. Mottled calf, green marbled edges. [20], 300, [16]; [16], 498, [14] pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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Important work on landscape gardening

BECKER, Wilhelm Gottlieb (editor). Der plauische Grund bei Dresden, mit Hinsicht auf Naturgeschichte und schöne Gartenkunst.
Nuremberg, Frauenholzischen Kunsthandlung, 1799. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With an engraved folding plan, and 24 engraved plates, including 8 hand-coloured. Early 19th-century green half morocco. XII, 128; [4], 120 pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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Groundbreaking chemical analysis of minerals

BERGMAN, Torbern Olof. Manuel du minéralogiste; ou sciagraphie du règne minéral, distribuée d'après l'analyse chimique; ... Mise aujour par M. Ferber ... et traduite et augmentée de notes par M. Mongez le Jeune. Nouvelle édition, considérablement augmentée, par J.C. Delamétherie.
Paris, Cuchet, 1792. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 2 engraved plates (1 folding). Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. CXX, 359, [1 blank]; [4], 443, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 750
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"on pesche les perles ... dans le Golfe Persique, principalement ... aupres de Baroyn [= Bahrain]"

BERQUEN, Robert de. Les merveilles des Indes Orientales et Occidentales, ou Nouveau traitté des pierres precieuses & perles, ...
Paris, Christophe Lambin, 1661. 4to. With an engraved portrait of Anne Marie Louise d'Orleans facing the dedication. Contemporary gold-tooled, tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled sides. [12], 112 pp. Full description
€ 25,000
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