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Medical secrets plus a largely imaginary Medieval European view of India

[ACHILLINI, Alessandro]. Secreta secretorum Aristotelis.
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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). Full description
€ 11,500
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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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An expedition to the South African interior: "of great permanent worth",
together with a description of the Cape of Good Hope

[BRINK, Carel Frederik]. Nouvelle description du Cap de Bonne-Espérance, avec un Journal historique d'un voyage de terre, . . . , dans l'intérieur de l'Afrique. . . . Sous le commandement du Capitain Mr. Henri Hop, . . .
Amsterdam, J.H. Schneider, 1778. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Title-page with an engraved vignette by Christian Friedrich Fritzsch and 16 folding engraved plates. Olive half calf (ca. 1840), gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 3,950
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Fossils from the Brussels region, with 32 coloured plates

BURTIN, François-Xavier. Oryctographie de Bruxelles ou description des fossiles tant naturels qu'accidentels découverts jusqu'à ce jour dans les environs de cette ville.
[Brussels], Le Maire, 1784. Folio (46 x 28 cm). With engraved title-page by Pris after M.J. Speeckaert, and 32 engraved plates printed in brown and coloured by a contemporary hand. 19th-century half sheepskin (roan). Full description
€ 6,000
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First scientific study of the St. Pietersberg at Maastricht

FAUJAS DE SAINT-FOND, Barthélemy. Natuurlijke historie van den St. Pieters Berg bij Maastricht. ... Uit het Fransch door J.D. Pasteur.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1802. 8vo. With an engraved title-page with a small illustration by D. Vrijdag, a folding engraved map and folding engraved plan of the St. Pietersberg, and numerous illustrations of minerals and fossils on 52 folding engraved plates. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,600
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The rights and duties of women in sex, love and marriage

KORNMANN, Heinrich. Sibylla trig-Andriana, seu virginitate, virginum statu et jure tractatus novus et jucundus …
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-De Annulo triplici: usitato, sponsalitio, signatorio: ...
-Linea amoris sive commentarius in versiculum glossae, ...
The Hague, Adriaan Vlacq, 1654. 2 editions in 1 volume (the first in 3 parts). 12mo.
With: (2) BOETHIUS. De consolatione philosophiae, libri v. ex vetustissimis libris a Th. Pulmannus.
Leiden, Officina Plantiniana, Franciscus Raphelengius, 1590. With Plantin's woodcut compasses device on title-page. 17th-century overlapping sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 1,500
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One of the most beautiful works on microscopy, with 174 coloured plates

LEDERMÜLLER, Martin Frobenius. Mikroskoopische vermaaklykheden, zo voor de oogen als voor den geest, behelzende de afbeeldingen van veelerley voorwerpen, zo van dierlyke lighaamen, als van planten en delfstoffen. … Thans aanmerkelyk vermeerderd.
Amsterdam, heirs of Frans Houttuyn, 1776. 4 parts in 2 volumes. 4to. With 174 engraved plates mostly by Adam Wolfgang Winterschmidt (1733-1796) after the author, all beautifully coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 7,950
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Important poem on the magical and medicinal qualities of precious stones

MARBODE (MARBODIUS) of Rennes. De gemmarum lapidumq[ue] pretiosorum formis, naturis, atq[ue] viribus eruditu[m] cu[m] primis opusculu[m], ... scholiis q[uo]q[ue] illustratu[m] p[er] Alardu[m] Aemstelredamu[m].
Cologne, Hero Alopecius [Fuchs], 1539. 8vo. With a woodcut illustration on the title-page, representing a Jewish priest behind a board with the names of 12 stones which represent the 12 tribes of Israel. 17th-century gold-tooled red morocco, richly gold-tooled spinel, gold-tooled fillets and small cornerpieces on both boards, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins. Full description
€ 12,500
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Astrology, alchemy and mineralogy on the threshold of modern science

MAZZOTTA, Benedetto. De triplici philosophia naturali, astrologica, et minerali. In quibus differit cohaerenter de elementis, & variis mixtorum proprietatibus. ... Opus theol. philos. medicis, chymicis, & astrologis jucundum, ac simul utile.
Bologna, Giovanni Bapttista Ferroni, 1653. 4to. With an engraved heraldic and allegorical frontispiece drawn and engraved by Bartolomeo Coriolano with the arms of the dedicatee Hipolyto Cattaneo, a full-page engraving (with 7 figures) on an integral leaf, and 2 engraved illustrations and 2 woodcut diagrams in the text. Contemporary boards covered with a vellum leaf from a 16th-century(?) plain-chant manuscript antiphonary. Full description
€ 19,500
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