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Book Image WATERCOLOUR VIEW OF CEYLON (SRI LANKA)

[WATERCOLOUR - CEYLON]. [BERG, Albert].

Bei Point de Galle.
Ceylon, 1860. Watercolour on paper (25.5 x 36 cm), inscribed and dated in pencil (lower left) "Bei Point de Galle. Ceilon [18]60"; signed "AB" and numbered "334" on the back. Mounted in a passe-partout.
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Book Image STUNNING LITHOGRAPHIC ILLUSTRATIONS & DETAILED ROUTE MAP  OF A VOYAGE THROUGH PERSIA, AFGHANISTAN, UZBEKISTAN AND INDIA

BURNES, Alexander.

Voyages de l'embouchure de l'Indus a Lahor, Caboul, Balkh et a Boukhara; et retour par la Perse, pendant les années 1831, 1832 et 1833 ... Atlas. Paris, Arthus Bertrand (colophon on back wrapper: Imprimerie et Fonderie de Fain), [1835]. 3 text volumes and 1 atlas volume. 8vo. With 11 numbered lithographed plates (1 folding) showing costumes of the regions, medals and engraved stones, topographic views, archaeological sites, etc., and a large folding engraved map (37 x 51 cm, not counting the captions and an extension beyond the top border) with the routes hand-coloured in red and orange. Contemporary gold-tooled half sheepskin, chemical-marbled sides, marbled edges (text volumes), original publisher's letterpress-printed brown paper wrappers, with the title repeated on the front and a wreath and colophon on the back, each in the same decorative border built up from cast fleurons and thick-thin rules (atlas volume).
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Book Image PRIMARY SOURCE FOR THE PORTUGUESE IN 16TH-CENTURY INDIA

[FREIRE, Antonio].

Primor e honra da vida soldadesca no estado da India.
Lisbon, Jorge Rodrigues, 1630. 4to. With the title-page in a double border of thin letterpress rules, a small woodcut of Thomas the Apostle, Patron Saint of India, on the title-page, 5 decorated woodcut initials (3 series) plus 3 repeats, a headpiece built up from cast fleurons, a woodcut tailpiece (plus 1 repeat) and a large woodcut factotum used as tailpiece with the word "fim." (end). Late 18th-century mottled tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine with red morocco label, marbled endpapers, red sprinkled edges.
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Book Image JOHAN DE MAUREGNAULT, MERCHANT AT COLOMBO

[MANUSCRIPT - DOCUMENT - CEYLON]. HAAN, Mattheus de.

[Letter of appointment of a merchant and procurator-fiscal at Colombo].
Batavia, in 't Casteel, 5 September, 1727. 1 leaf (ca. 33 x 21 cm). In Dutch.
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Book Image HISTORICAL NARRATIVE OF A VOYAGE TO INDIA AND PERSIA WRITTEN BY A SURGEON OF THE BRITISH ROYAL NAVY

IVES, Edward.

Reize naar Oost-Indië en Persië, en de daar omliggende landen. Ondernomen langs een' ongewoonen weg.
Amsterdam, De Compagnie, 1779. 2 volumes bound as 1. 4to. With 2 engraved title-pages (identical except for the volume number) by Th. Koning after J.G Waldorp showing an allegorical illustration, 2 folding engraved maps, one of India (44 x 51 cm), the other tracking Ives' journey from Basrah to Latichea (ca. 42 x 56 cm), 9 engraved plates (including 1 large folding), woodcut tables, woodcut tailpieces and factotums, and decorations built up from cast fleurons. Early 20th-century boards, covered with very unusual marbled pape, black morocco spine label.

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Book Image LETTER FROM THE VOC'S GOVERNOR OF CEYLON

[AUTOGRAPH]. KRAYENHOFF, Cornelis Dionysius.

[Letter to Thomas de Saint Laurent].
Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka), 30 December 1783. 4to (21 x 17 cm). Autograph letter in French, signed, written in dark brown ink on paper in a Latin hand. In a later paper folder with an old manuscript note.
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Book Image SHIPWRECK OF THE FATTYSALAM OFF COAST OF COROMANDEL

[MEUSNIER DE QUERLON, Anne-Gabriel].

[Half-title:] Naufrage et retour en Europe de monsieur de Kearny.
[Paris?, the author?, 1764?]. 8vo. With a headpiece built up from Fournier's rococo cast fleurons. Set in Fournier types, including decorated titling capitals. 20th-century (sponge printed?) decorated paper wrappers in lavendar, green and brown, red sprinkled edges.
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Book Image PROVISIONAL AGREEMENT BETWEEN NETHERLANDS & PORTUGAL OVER CEYLON

[NETHERLANDS - STATES GENERAL - CEYLON].

Translaet uyt het Latijn in de Nederlandtsche tale. Provisioneel ende particulier tractaet, gemaeckt, gearresteert ende besloten in 's Graven-Hage, den 27. Martii, 1645. tusschen de heer Francisco de Zousa Continho, raedt ende ambassadeur van den doorluchtighsten grootmachtigen Koningh van Portugael, Algarves, &c. ...; ende de … Staten Generael van de Vereenighde Nederlandtsche Provincien, &c. aengaende de controversie over de jurisdictie ende territorie van 't Fort Galle [in Ceylon], &c.   
[Copy imprint:] The Hague widow and heirs of Hillebrandt Jacobsz. van Wouw, 1645 [= The Hague, Paulus Scheltus, ca. 1697?]. 4to. With the woodcut arms of the States General in an elaborately decorated cartouche with military attributes on title-page. Modern plain-paper wrapper.
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Book Image 33 WATERCOLOURS & SKETCHES OF INDIA AND EGYPT, DRAWN BY AN IRISH CAPTAIN IN 1824

[DRAWINGS - EGYPT - INDIA]. [PRINGLE, John W.].

Sketches. Egypt & India &c &c.
Egypt, Saudi Arabia, India, March-August, 1824. Oblong album (23 x 34 cm). With 33 pen and ink drawings (4.5 x 17.5 to 19 x 24 cm), nearly all over pencil sketches and either finished in watercolour or with coloured washes, all in an 11-leaf album. The drawings appear on 29 pieces of paper, 3 drawn on both sides and mounted in paper windows, and 1 (a half sheet folded to make 2 leaves, loosely inserted) containing a map with a profile and a view with details of architectural ornamentation. Brown stiff-paper wrappers, manuscript title on front cover ("Sketches. / Egypt & India &c &c/ by J.W.P.").
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Book Image CRITICAL WORK ON FRENCH EAST INDIA COMPANY IN MADAGASCAR & INDIA
FIRST ILLUSTRATED ISSUE

[RENNEFORT, Urbain Souchu de].

Memoires pour servir à l'histoire des Indes Orientales contenans une description des Isles du Cap Verd, de Sainte Helene, du Cap de Bonne Esperance, de l'Isle de Ceilon, & generalement de toutes les Indes Orientales. Ou l'on traite de differens terroirs de tous ces païs, de leur ports, des fruits & des animaux qu'on y trouve de leur habitans, de leur coutumes, de leur religion &c.
[Amsterdam], "Aux dépens de La Societé", 1702. 12mo. With 6 large folding engraved plates by Petrus Schenk, showing views of Cape of Good Hope, Pernambuco, Punto Gale, Colombo, Goa and Surat. 18th-century mottled calf, with blind-stamped sides and gold-tooled spine.
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Book Image IMPORTANT SOURCE FOR STUDY OF MUGHAL COURT LIFE

ROE, Thomas.

Journael, van de reysen ghedaen door … Sr. Thomas Roe, … afgevaerdicht naer Oostindien aen den Grooten Mogol, ende andere ghewesten in Indien. Nevens verscheyde aenmerckens en ghedenckwaerdighe gheschiedenissen, en een een[!] beschrijvinghe van de volckeren, steden, landen, ende vruchten. Uyt het Engels ...
Amsterdam, Jacob Benjamin, 1656. 4to. With engraved title-page, letterpress title-page with woodcut vignette, and 4 large engraved illustrations in text, showing 3 scenes of the Mughal court life and a view of a sea battle. Half red goatskin morocco (ca. 1900?), gold-tooled spine (with title) and gold fillets, red cloth sides, curl-marbled endpapers, gilt edges.
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Book Image PORTUGUESE BREAK 1546 MUSLIM SIEGE OF DIU IN GUJARAT

TEIVE, Diogo de (Jacobo TEVIO).

Com[m]entarius de rebus in India apud Dium gestis anno salutis nostrae M. D. XLVI.
Coimbra, (colophon: produced by João de Barreira and João Álvares, printers to the King), 1548. Small 4to (18.5 x 13.5 cm). With woodcut arms of King João III of Portugal on title-page, and 2 woodcut decorated initials (2 series). Set in Peter Schoeffer the younger's Parangon (121 mm/20 line or 18 point) italic and with an extremely early use of Claude Garamont's Canon roman (not previously recorded before 1549). Gold-tooled red sheepskin (18th-century refurbished in the 19th century, or 19th-century incorporating materials from an 18th-century binding), curl-marbled endpapers, red edges.
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Book Image PIONEERING WORK ON INDIAN LANGUAGES & SOCIETY BY "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.
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Book Image BOOK-SHAPE TROPICAL HARDWOOD BOX FOR STORING DOCUMENTS,
WITH VOC MONOGRAM & DATE 1757 ON BRASS FITTINGS

[VOC].

[Wooden box of tropical hard wood, in the shape of a book].
[Colombo?], 1757. Box in the shape of a book with the hinged top as the front board, a rounded piece of wood forming the book's spine, and the book thicker (that is, the box taller) and taller (the box wider) at the fore-edge than at the spine. With brass fittings: a large central ornament on the top bearing the VOC monogram and date 1757 supported by 2 exotic birds with their heads turned outward; a large ornament on the front upright, also with 2 exotic birds facing outward; decorated pieces on the 4 corners and the centres of the 2 long sides of the top, on the 2 front vertical edges and in the centres of the 2 vertical sides. These 12 pieces all have matching engraved decorations, made slightly crudely with a knife-like tool. Further with 30 round bosses (11-25 mm), 2 hinges, and a latch catch on the top of the vertical front. One of the bosses has a pin running through the front-centre ornament on the top, bent to form a hook to latch the box (an arrow scratched on the boss shows which way the hook points).
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Book Image HISTORY OF THE MOGUL EMPIRE, PRINTED IN BATAVIA

[VOC].

Beknopte historie, van het Mogolsche keyzerryk, en de zuydelyke aangrensende ryken.
Batavia, C.C. Renhard, 1758. Folio. With a woodcut device on title-page (VOC ship on a shield, flanked by Poseidon and Amphitrite, topped by an armillary sphere), folding letterpress genealogical table, 2 large woodcuts (plus 1 repeat) with letterpress text, representing the seals of 3 Mogul rulers (each with 2 concentric circles with 11 or 13 smaller circles inbetween, with the ruler's name in the centre and his predecessors numbered in the surrounding circles), a woodcut headpiece, tailpiece (plus repeats) and 3 large decorated initials (3 series). Modern blue paper wrappers.
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