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Famous sundial in the form of a poplar leaf, with beautiful woodcuts

APIANUS, Petrus. Folium populi.
(Colophon:) Ingolstadt, [Petrus Apianus], 22 October 1533. Folio (30 x 20.5 cm). With the text in Latin and German, title-page in red and black with a large woodcut by Hans Brosamer; a nearly full-page woodcut of the coat of arms of the dedicatee, J.G. of Loubenberg; a large woodcut diagram printed twice (in the Latin and in the German text); and 7 decorative initial letters. Without the folding plate included in a very small number of copies. Modern boards with the original fly-leaves preserved. Full description
€ 2,250
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Expanded Dutch edition of Baker's classic on the microscope

BAKER, Henry. Het mikroskoop gemakkelyk gemaakt, of gemeenzaame beschryving, van allerley werktuigen, die men gebruikt om zeer kleine diertjes ... te beschouwen; ... Vervolgd met een berigt van de verbaazende ontdekkingen die door middel van vergrootglazen gedaan zyn: ... Bij deezen derden druk thans nagezien, verrykt met aantekenigen en vermeerderd met een aanhangzel, ... door Martinus Houttuyn.
Amsterdam, heirs of F. Houttuyn, 1778. 8vo. With 28 folding engraved plates. Contemporary tanned half sheepskin. Full description
€ 1,275
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Two masterpieces of Dutch hydraulic engineering

BARNARD, John Gross. Report on the North Sea Canal of Holland; and on the improvement of navigation from Rotterdam to the sea; to the chief of engineers, United States army. (Professional papers of the corps of engineers, U.S. army. No. 22).
Washington D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1872. 4to. With 12 plates numbered as 11 (all but 1 folding and 1 printed in red and black). Further with a half title, title-page, preface, and list of plates. Contemporary brown half morocco, reddish-brown cloth sides gold-blocked with the title and the coat of arms of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Full description
€ 875
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The mathematical problems of fortification

BECKER (VON HERVORD), Peter. Nieuwe manier van vestingbou, hoe men alle regulare en irregulare vestingen met hare buytenwerken na haer behoorlijke proportie, sonder eenige rekeninge, door den gemeenen cirkel op een nieuwe en gansch lichte manier tekenen, afsteken en opbouwen sal. Van nieuws van den autheur selve, met het offensive en defensive vermeerdert, en door de tabulae sinuum uytgerekent, en met nodige demonstratien en figuren allen liefhebbers deser kunst verrijkt.
Amsterdam, Joannes Janssonius van Waesberge, 1673. 8vo. With an engraved allegorical title-page, a letterpress title-page, 7 engraved plates (5 folding), 3 engraved illustrations in the text and 3 folding tables. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 3,500
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A basic instruction on clocks and watches

BERTHOUD, Ferdinand. l'Art de conduire et de régler les pendules et les montres: a l'usage de ceux qui n'ont aucune connoissance d'horlogerie.
Paris, for the author and Michael Lambert (colophon: printed by H.L. Guerin and L.F. Delatour), 1759. 12mo. With illustrations on 4 folding engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,600
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With 154 plates showing the mechanisms of mills, waterworks, etc.

BÖCKLER, Georg Andreas. Theatrum machinarum novum, exhibens aquarias, alatas, iumentarias, manuarias; pedibus, ac ponderibus versatiles, plures, et diversas molas.
Cologne, Paul Fürst, 1662. Folio. With engraved title-page by V. Sommer and 154 numbered engraved plates (ca. 25 x 19 cm) by Balthasar Schwan and Eberhard Kieser. Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 6,950
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With attractive engravings of amalgamation machinery

BORN, Ignaz Edler von. Ueber das Anquicken der gold- und silberhältigen Erze, Rohsteine, Schwarzkupfer und Hüttenspeise.
Vienna, Christian Friederich Wappler, 1786. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, 21 folding engraved plates, 2 engraved vignettes in text and 1 on title-page, the vignettes are hand-coloured. Contemporary half calf. Full description
€ 1,750
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Three ground-breaking scientific works on air by Robert Boyle
In the rare Latin translations published in the Netherlands

BOYLE, Robert. Nova experimenta physico-mechanica de VI aëris elastica & ejusdem effectibus, facta maximam partem in nova machina pneumatica. Editio postrema.
Rotterdam, Arnold Leers Jr, 1669. With engraved frontispiece and a folding engraved plate.
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(2) BOYLE, Robert. Defensio doctrinae De elatere & gravitate aëris, propositae à Dno. Rob. Boyle, in novis ipsus physico-mechanicis experimentis, adversus objectiones Francisci Lini ... Editio postrema.
Leiden, Arnold Leers Jr., 1669. With 1 folding engraved plate.
(3) BOYLE, Robert. Exercitationes de Atmo-sphaeris corporum consistentium; ...
Leiden, Felix Lopez de Haro, 1676. 3 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 5,000
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