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5 engravings of decors of the new Amsterdam city theatre

[AMSTERDAM - THEATRE DECORS]. [Collection of engravings of theatre decors of the Amsterdam city theatre:] "Het gothisch paleis", "De ouderwetse burgerkamer", "De legertenten", "De Romeinsche hofzaal", "De kerker".
[Amsterdam, Jan Willem Smit, 1787-1794]. Collection of 5 engravings (impression: 33 x 41.5 cm, image: 20 x 24 cm) by Cornelis Brouwer (fl. 1773-1802), Pieter Hendrik Jonxis (1757-1843) and Izaak Jansz. de Wit (fl. 1759-1809) after drawings by Jan Bulthuis (1750-1901) and Daniël Kerkhoff (1766-1821), after the original paintings by Jan Gerard Waldorp (fl. 1758-1808), Pieter Barbiers (1717-1780), Jurriaan Andriessen (1742-1819) and Hermanus Numan (1744-1820). Full description
€ 475
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Dutch edition of Barrow's Travels in China

BARROW, John. Reizen in China, ...
Haarlem, François Bohn, 1807-1809. 3 volumes. 8vo. With 10 engraved plates (6 folding, 1 double-page), the double-page plate with 2 portraits hand-coloured, 4 leaves with engraved music, and several woodcut and engraved illustrations in the text. Original publisher's boards. Full description
€ 950
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Humanist dialogues on Dante, music and other topics

BARTOLI, Cosimo. Ragionamenti accademici ..., sopra alcuni luoghi difficili di Dante. Con alcune inventioni & significati, & la tavola di piu cose notabili.
Venice, Francesco de Franceschi, 1567. 4to. With Franceschi's finely executed woodcut device on the title-page, repeated on the last, otherwise blank page, a fine woodcut portrait of the author in a decorative cartouche, a woodcut headpiece (plus 4 repeats) another woodcut decoration, and 5 woodcut decorated initials (2 series, the larger 43 mm with finely executed background scenes) plus 2 repeats. Contemporary limp parchment. Full description
€ 2,000
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Printed memento of a noble wedding,
bound in red velvet with emblematic gold and silver embroidery

[BINDING]. [GHELARDI SCOLOPI, Orazio Antonio]. La pace tra la virtu', la gloria, ed amore. Componimento drammatico da cantarsi in occasione delle faustissime nozze del nobil uomo signor Silvestro Michele Arnolfini con la nobil donzella signora Beatrice Luisa Bernardini dedicato alla medesima.
Lucca, Giuseppe Rocchi, 1767. Small 4to (17 x 14 cm). Contemporary red velvet, embroidered with silver and gold thread and white and yellow silk (each board with an emblematic image: a crowned mirror[?] showing a hand planting a flag, perhaps intended as the groom's hand on the front and the bride's hand on the back), sewn without supports through 3 holes, brocade paper endpapers (grape vines and large flowers, white on a copper background), green silk ribbon marker. Full description
€ 15,000
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2nd known copy of a musical treatise by Antonio Borghèse,
with his manuscript models for the 11 plates of musical examples, never produced

BORGHÈSE, Antonio D.R. Traité général de musique, ou l'Art musical ramené a ses vrais principes; humblement dédié a Son Altesse Royale le Prince des Asturies ...
[back wrapper:] Bayonne, Imprimerie de Duhart-Fauvet, [ca. 1807?]. Large 4to (27 x 20 cm). With 11 folding "plates" containing manuscript examples of mensural music. With no title-page, but with the letterpress title and composer's name on the front wrapper and the letterpress imprint on the back wrapper. Bound with the wrappers in contemporary gold-tooled, long-grain red goatskin morocco, gilt edges. Full description
€ 12,500
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120 prints, nearly all 1601-1725, including at least 4 complete series,
most brought together ca. 1745

[CALLOT, Jacques, Carel ALLARD & others]. [Collection of 120 engravings by French, Dutch, Italian and German artists].
Venice, Paris, [Amsterdam], etc., 1601-1725 (album ca. 1745?), with additions [1788] & [ca. 1790]. 8vo, 4to, etc. (19 x 13 cm). 120 engraved prints, namely 44 from 4 complete print series (1 with a title-print), 57 (including 3 title-prints) from 10 or 11 other series and 19 prints apparently not from any series, by Jacques Callot (1 complete series), Odoardo Fialetti, Herman Weyen, Balthasar Moncornet, Henri Bonnart, Carel Allard (3 complete series), P. Landry and others (see contents, below). Mottled sheepskin (ca. 1745?). Full description
€ 9,500
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Greatly expanded second (and final) Dutch edition of Descartes's collected works

DESCARTES, René. Principia philosophiae: of beginselen der wysbegeerte [and other works].
With:
(2) Meditationes de prima philosophia of Bedenkingen van d'eerste wysbegeerte [and other works].
(3) Proeven der wys-begeerte; ofte Redenering. Om door bequame middelen de reden wel te leiden [and other works].
(4) Brieven, aan veele hoog-geagte personen, van verscheyde ampten, geschreven.
Amsterdam, Jan Claesz ten Hoorn, 1690-1692. 4 volumes. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece and engraved portrait of the author in volume 1, and about 200 woodcut diagrams and other illustrations (including about 5 full-page) plus repeats. Contemporary and largely uniform blind-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 22,500
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Splendidly bound dedication copy of a wholly engraved music guide

[DUMAS, Antoine-Joseph]. L'art de la musique enseigné et pratiqué par la nouvelle methode du bureau typographique.
Paris, Sr. Auguste [for the author], [1753]. Large oblong 4to (26 x 33.5 cm). Wholly engraved, including an engraved title-page, two-page engraved dedication, a double-page folding engraved musical table ("Elémens de la musique. Plan général du bureau typographique musical") and 427 engraved text pages by Mademoiselle Vandôme. Contemporary gold-tooled dark green (goatskin) morocco, richly gold-tooled spine with red morocco title label, gold-tooled boards with the coat of arms of Louis-Philippe d'Orléans (1725-1785) on both sides, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, pink silk endleaves, gilt edges (attributed to Jean-Charles-Henri Lemonnier). Full description
€ 37,000
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