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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). Full description
€ 11,500
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First Italian edition of a pioneering work on medicinal plants in Asia & America

ACOSTA, Christoval. Trattato ... della historia, natura, et virtu delle droghe medicinali, & altri semplici rarissimi, che vengono portati dalle Indie Orientali in Europa, con le figure delle piante ritratte, & disegnate dal vivo poste a' luoghi proprii. Nuovamente recato dalla Spanuola nella nostra lingua.
Venice, Francesco Ziletti, 1585. 4to. With 45 nearly full-page woodcuts of plants, 2 nearly full-page woodcuts of two Indian elephants. A few woodcuts of plants (leaves) have been simply coloured by a contemporary hand. Recased in early limp sheepskin parchment. New endpapers. Full description
€ 9,500
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Fauna of the Indian Sea, with 98 illustrations

ALCOCK, Alfred William. A naturalist in Indian seas or, four years with the Royal Indian marine survey ship "Investigator".
London, John Murray (colophon: printed by Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh), 1902. 8vo. With a photogravure frontispiece depicting the Investigator, a folding map and 98 illustrations on 58 plates. Contemporary black-blocked cloth; rebacked with brown board, modern endpapers. Full description
€ 450
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Great history of the discoveries and conquests of the Portuguese colonial empire in America

ANDRADA, Francisco d'. Cronica do muyto alto e muito poderoso Rey destes Reynos de Portugal dom João o III. deste nome. Dirigida ha C. R. M. del Rey dom Felipe o III. deste nome nosso senhor.
Lisbon, Jorge Rodriguez for the author, sold by Francesco Lopez, 1613. 4 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a central crowned coat of arms of Portugal on the title-page, title and coat of arms set in ornamental border, woodcut initials. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum.
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€ 29,500
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Highly detailed wall map of Asia and the Arabian peninsula,
from the collection of the Governor of Ceylon

ARROWSMITH, Aaron. Asia.
London, Aaron Arrowsmith, 1 January 1801. Engraved wall map, hand coloured in outline, on 4 sheets joined as 2 (measuring 124 x 147 cm in total) on a scale of ca. 1:6,490,880, with an elaborately decorated cartouche at the head left, a dedication below ("To major James Rennell, Esqr. F.R.S. &c. &c.") and the name of the engraver at the foot right (George Allen). Mounted on cloth and divided into 32 sections. Contemporary slipcase, covered with marbled paper and a manuscript title-label on front. Full description
€ 7,500
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First printed record of Abu Dhabi and Dubai:
the first Latin edition

[BALBI, Gasparo]. DE BRY, Johann Theodor. Indiae Orientalis pars septima [...].Including: Icones, hoc est verae variorum populorum et regum, ceremoniarum item, superstitiosorum rituum et rerum aliarum, ...
Frankfurt, Wolfgang Richter, 1606. Folio (32.5 x 20 cm). With the letterpress title in an engraved architectural border, a separate letterpress title-page for the Icones, an engraved coat of arms on the dedication leaf, 20 engravings in text and 2 double-page engraved plates. 20th-century green half morocco. Full description
€ 18,500
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Renowned Portuguese voyages of discovery 1419-1539 (large paper copy)

BARROS, João de. De doorlugtige scheeps-togten der Portugysen na Oost-Indiën, mitsgaders de voornaamste gedeeltens van Africa en de Roode-Zee met alle daar omtrent gelegene eylanden, ... Alles onlangs uyt het Portugys in 't Nederlands getrouwelijk vertaalt, ... Nu aldereerst dusdanig in twee stukken afgescheyden in 't ligt gebragt.
Leiden, Pieter van der Aa, [ca. 1711]. 2 volumes. 1mo. With 2 engraved title-pages, engraved dedication, 22 engraved maps (2 double-page, and 20 half-page on 10 leaves), and 60 engravings in text. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum, boards with a large blind-tooled centrepiece with the initials H.B. Full description
€ 8,500
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Introduction to Hindi, with an alphabet: the first book printed in any north Indian type

BELIGATTI, Cassianus and Giovani Cristoforo AMADUZZI. Alphabetum Brammhanicum seu Indostanum Universitatis Kasí.
Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1771. 8vo. With the Propaganda Fide's woodcut Christ and Apostles device on the title-page. Set in roman, italic and Devanagari types with a few words in Greek. Half sprinkled calf (ca. 1800?). Full description
€ 1,800
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First edition of 2 letters from a Jesuit missionary, giving many Europeans their first account of India

BERSE (BELGA, BARZEE, BARTZ.), Gaspar. Epistolae Indicae in quibus luculenta extat descriptio rerum nuper in India Orientali praeclarè gestarum à theologis societatis Jesu: …
(Colophon: Dillingen, Sebald Mayer, 1563). Small 8vo (15.5 x 10.5 cm). With 2 woodcut decorated initials (and 1 repeat) showing scenes with people, including a martyr being thrown into a well. Contemporary limp vellum (given a reddish-brown surface stain), leather thong ties. Full description
€ 9,500
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Letters from Hormuz Island, the East Indies and Japan

[BERSE, Gaspar, Francis XAVIER et al.]. Epistolae Indicae et Iapanicae de multarum gentium ad Christi fidem, per Societatem Iesu conversione. Item de Tartarorum potentia, moribus, & totius penè Asiae religione. Tertia editio cum indice castigatior & auctior.
Including: Epistolae Iapanicae, de multorum in variis insulis gentilium ad Christi sidem conversione.
Leuven, Rutger Velpius, 1570. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Each part with woodcut publisher's device on last blank. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 19,500
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Letters from Hormuz Island and the East Indies

[BERSE, Gaspar, Francis XAVIER et al.]. Epistolae Indicae et Iapanicae de multarum gentium ad Christi fidem, per Societatem Iesu conversione. Item de Tartarorum potentia, moribus, & totius penè Asiae religione. Tertia editio cum indice castigatior & auctior.
Louvain, Rutger Velpius, 1570. With the title-page in a frame built up from fleurons and a woodcut publisher's device on last blank.
With: (2) GARETIUS, Johannes (Jan GARET). De sanctorum invocatione liber: in quo orthodoxorum patrum testimoniis asseritur, apostolica[m] esse traditionem, sanctorum animas post mortem in caelesti gloria angelis esse similes.
Ghent, Gislenus Manilius, 1570. With the title-page in a frame built up from fleurons, the woodcut coat-of-arms of Cunerus Petri (bishop of Leeuwarden) on the back of the title-page and on the last leaf a woodcut printer's device within a frame built up from fleurons. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary limp vellum. Full description
€ 19,500
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Urdu Gospels and Acts of the Apostles, printed at Calcutta in Arabic type

[BIBLE - GOSPELS & ACTS - URDU]. The four gospels and the Acts, in Hindustání. Translated from the Greek. by the Calcutta Baptist missionaries.
Calcutta (Kolkata), The Bible Translation Society, American and Foreign Bible Society, 1849. 12mo. With the title in Hindustani (Urdu) and English, and the text in Urdu only. Contemporary textured  cloth. Full description
€ 1,250
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Madagascar and its opportunities for trade and colonization, detailing the trade with India, Persia, Hormuz and other countries and tribes along the Arabian Sea

BOOTHBY, Richard. A breife discovery or description of the most famous island of Madagascar or St. Laurence in Asia neare unto East-India.
London, Printed by E[dward]. G[riffin]. for John Hardesty, 1646. Small 4to (20 x 15.5 cm). Gold-tooled tanned sheepskin (ca. 1850). Rebacked, with original backstrip laid-down. Full description
€ 35,000
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The Dutch translation of the first French book on Siam

BOURGES, Jacques de. Naaukeurig verhaal van de reis des bisschops van Beryte, uit Frankryk te lant en ter zee naar China: namelyk uit Marsilien over de Middelantsche zee naar Aleppo, en voort te lant deur Syrien, Arabien, Persiën, en verscheide Indiäansche lantschappen.
Amsterdam, Abraham Wolfgang, 1669. 4to. With woodcut printer's device on title, and 8 half-page engraved illustrations in text.  Modern half vellum. Full description
€ 2,950
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Five rare publications on the 17th-century French mission in southeast Asia

BOURGES, Jacques de. Relation du voyage de Monseigneur l'evesque de Beryte, vicaire apostolique du royaume de la Cochinchine, par la Turquie, la Perse, les Indes, &c. jusqu'au royaume de Siam, & autres lieux.
Paris, Charles Angot, 1683. 8vo.
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(2) PALLU, François. Relation abregée des missions et des voyages des evesques François envoyez aux royaumes de la Chine, Cochinchine, Tonquin, & Siam.
Paris, Charles Angot, 1682.
(3) [FERMANEL DE FAVERY, Luc (editor)]. Relation des missions des evesques François aux royaumes de Siam, de la Cochinchine, de Camboye, & du Tonquin, &c. Divisée en quatre parties.
Paris, Charles Angot, 1684.
(4) Relation des missions et des voyages des evesques vicaires apostoliques, et de leurs ecclesiastiques és années 1672, 1673, 1674 & 1675.
Paris, Charles Angot, 1682.
(5) Relation des missions et des voyages des evesques vicaires apostoliques, et de leurs ecclesiastiques és années 1676 & 1677.
Paris, Charles Angot, 1682. 5 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 12,500
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First edition of a sumptuous account of a voyage to Russia, Persia and the East Indies, with large folding views of Moscow and Isfahan (194x42 cm)

BRUYN (LE BRUN), Cornelis de. Reizen over Moskovie, door Persie en Indie: verrykt met driehondert konstplaten, vertoonende de beroemste lantschappen en steden, ook de byzondere dragten, beesten, gewassen en platen, die daer gevonden worden ...
Amsterdam, Willem and David Goeree for the author, 1711. Folio (40x25.5 cm). With engraved frontispiece by Bernard Picart, engraved author's portrait, 2 folding engraved maps, 109 engraved plates (13 folding, 55 double-page, 41 full-page) and 36 engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 9,000
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First edition of a sumptuous account of a voyage to Russia, Persia and the East Indies
With large folding views of Moscow and Isfahan (194 x 42 cm)

BRUYN (LE BRUN), Cornelis de. Reizen over Moskovie, door Persie en Indie: verrykt met driehondert konstplaten, vertoonende de beroemste lantschappen en steden, ook de byzondere dragten, beesten, gewassen en platen, die daer gevonden worden ...
Amsterdam, Willem and David Goeree for the author, 1711. Folio in 4s (40 x 25.5 cm). With full-page engraved frontispiece by Bernard Picart, title-page printed in red and black with woodcut vignette, full-page engraved author's portrait, 2 folding engraved maps, 109 engraved plates (13 folding, 55 double-page, 41 full-page) and 36 engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary gold-tooled mottled calf, gilt edges. Rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 12,500
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Stories of hunting in India, with 8 tinted lithographed plates
and chromolithographed binding illustrations

CASTILLON, A. and Jean Victor Vincent ADAM. Chasses aux Indes.
Paris, A. Courcier (back of half-title & colophon: printed by Charles Noblet), [1861]. Oblong 4to (22 x 31.5 cm). With 8 tinted lithographed plates (the first as frontispiece) by V. Adam. Original publisher's chromolithographed boards, with hunting scenes on the front and back. Rebacked. Full description
€ 1,750
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Treaty on the Dutch and Portuguese commerce and territories in Ceylon

[CEYLON]. Provisioneel en[de] particulier tractaet, ... tusschen de heer Francisco de Sousa Continho, raedt ende ambassadeur vanden ... coningh van Portugael ... ende de heeren gedeputeerden vande ... Staten Generael ... aengaende de controversie over de jurisdictie ende territorie van 't fort Galle, etc.
The Hague, Widow and heirs of Hillebrant Jacobsz van Wouw, 1645. 4to. With the woodcut arms of the States General (lion with sword and 7 arrows) in an elaborately decorated cartouche with military attributes on title-page. Modern black paper wrappers. Full description
€ 750
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First edition of a teaty on the Dutch and Portuguese commerce and territories in Ceylon

[CEYLON]. Provisioneel ende particulier tractaet, ... tusschen de heer Francisco de Sousa Continho, raedt ende ambassadeur van den doorluchtighsten grootmachtigen Coninck van Portugael, ...; ende de heeren ghedeputeerden vande hooch mogende heeren Staten Generael vande Vereenichde Nederlandtsche Provincien, etc. aengaende de controversie over de jurisdictie ende territorie van 't Fort Galle [in Ceylon], etc. [At head:] Translaet uyt het Latijn inde Nederlantsche tale.
The Hague, widow and heirs of Hillebrant Jacobsz van Wouw, 1645. 4to. With the woodcut arms of the States General (lion with sword and 7 arrows) in an elaborately decorated cartouche with military attributes on title-page and woodcut initial on first page. Never bound and with the bolts unopened, making a folded full sheet. Full description
€ 475
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Provisional agreement between the Netherlands and Portugal over Ceylon

[CEYLON]. 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.   
The Hague widow and heirs of Hillebrandt Jacobsz. van Wouw, 1645 [= The Hague, Paulus Scheltus, ca. 1697?]. 4to. Modern plain-paper wrapper. Full description
€ 300
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Eulogy of João de Castro, Viceroy of Portuguese India, who travelled the coasts of the Arabian peninsula

[COELHO, Simão Torresão and João Pinto RIBEIRO]. Elogio do muy valeroso, e de raras virtudes dom Ioão de Castro illustrissimo governador, & visorrey da India.
Lisbon, Domingos Lopes Rosa, 1642. Small 4to (19 x 15 cm). With a large woodcut ship on title-page. 19th-century half tan sheepskin, refurbished ca. 1925 with grey paper sides and new endpapers. Full description
€ 9,500
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Nice Italian atlas of the Dutch Republic and its possessions overseas

CORONELLI, Vincenzo Maria. Teatro della Guerra. Il Belgio Confederato.
[Venice, 1706]. Oblong 8vo (leaves 19.1 x 25.5 cm). With 127 engraved plates: 2 general titles (transcribed together to give the title above), and 10 part-titles, folding portrait of the English King and Dutch Stadtholder William III, 2 plates with coats of arms, 11 full-page maps, 53 plates with 75 plans of cities and fortifications (including 1 repeat), 33 plates with 50 city views, 8 plates with views of buildings, 3 of tombs of naval heroes, 3 costume plates and a view of a wind cart on the beach. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 12,500
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Printed in Goa

COTTINEAU DE KLOGUEN, Denis Louis and Miguel Vicente d'ABREU (translator). Bosquejo historico de Goa escripto em inglez ... vertibo em Portuguez, e accrescentabo com algumas notas, e rectificações ...
Nova-Goa, Imprensa Nacional, 1858. 8vo. With a small illustration of one of the gates of Goa. Later half red morocco. Full description
€ 950
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The first overland journey from Spain to the East Indies, by way of Iran

CUBERO SEBASTIAN, Pedro.

Breve relacion, de la peregrinacion que ha hecho de la mayor parte del mundo.
Madrid, Juan Garcia Infançon, 1680. Small 4to (20 x 14.5 cm). With the title-page in a border built up from cast fleurons, woodcut coat of arms of the dedicatee Charles II of Spain, and some woodcut initials and tailpieces. Gold-tooled morocco, by the leading Barcelona binder Emilio Brugalla (1901-1987), with the arms of the Spanish bibliophile Isidoro Fernandez (1878-1963) stamped in gold on front and back.

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€ 18,000
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Extensive history of the Portuguese in the East

DANVERS, Frederick Charles. The Portuguese in India, being a history of the rise and decline of their eastern empire.
London, W.H. Allen and Co., 1894. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a frontispiece in each volume, volume 1 with 10 plates (5 folding or double-page); volume 2 with 9 plates (6 folding or double-page); including several maps. Original publisher's light blue cloth. Full description
€ 1,750
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Transcriptions of letters written during first years of the East India Company

DANVERS, Frederick Charles (introduction) and William FOSTER. Letters received by the East India Company from its servants in the East, transcribed from the 'original correspondence' series of the India office records.
London, Sampson Low, Marston & Comapny, 1896-1902. 6 volumes. 8vo. With each title-page printed in red and black. Original publisher's blue cloth, with the arms of the East India Company in gold on front cover and title in gold on the spines. Full description
€ 4,850
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Early reports on Jesuit missions in India, the East Indies, Southeast Asia, China and Japan

DÍAS, Baltasar, Luís FRÓIS, Melchior NUNES BARRETO and others. Nuovi avisi dell' Indie di Portogallo, ricevuti dalli reverendi padri della compagnia di Giesu, tradotti dalla lingua Spagnuola nell' Italiana.
(Colophon: Venice, Michele Tramezzino), 1559. 8vo. With Tramezzino's woodcut device on the title-page. Olive-brown polished, gold-tooled calf (ca. 1800?), older marbled endpapers (ca. 1700?). Full description
€ 39,500
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A fine set in the original wrappers

DISTANT, William Lucas. A monograph of oriental Cicadidae.
London, printed by West, Newman & co., sold by King & Co., etc., 1889-1892. 7 parts. Large 4to (32 x 25.5 cm). With 15 lithographed plates, showing numerous figures, with the central figure of each plate coloured by hand. Publisher's original light blue printed wrappers. Full description
€ 1,750
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Brief history of the Far East

DUBOIS DE JANCIGNY, M. Japon, Indo-Chine empire Birman (ou Java), Siam, Annam (ou Cochinchine), Peninsule Malaise, etc. Ceylan ...
Paris, Ambroise & Hyacinthe Firmin Didot, 1850. 8vo. With 3 woodengraved maps and 20 woodengraved plates. Contemporary half calf, paste paper sides and endpapers, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 150
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Boxer's copy of the classic history of the Dutch East Indies

DU BOIS, Johann Peter Isaak. Vies des gouverneurs généraux, avec l'abrégé de l'histoire des etablissemens Hollandois aux Indes Orientales; …
The Hague, Pieter de Hondt, 1763. Royal 4to (30.5 x 24.5 cm). With title-page printed in red and black; 34 engraved plates, namely 25 maps and plans (20 folding), including plans of Nagasaki (incl. Decima), Batavia, Amboina, and maps of Java, Australia, Ceylon, the Cape of Good Hope, Bali, etc., 8 folding views of Ternate, Neira, Amboina, Point de Galle, Malaka, Samboupo, Batavia and the slaughter of the Chinese at Batavia and 1 giving the text of the Lord's Prayer in Sinhalese; 1 engraved allegorical headpiece and 28 numbered engravings heading the biographies, each with the portrait and coat of arms of the relevant Gouvernor-General of the Dutch East Indies, flanked by merchantile, maritime and military attributes. Contemporary half red sheepskin. Full description
€ 5,500
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The classic history of the Dutch East Indies

DU BOIS, Johann Peter Isaak. Vies des gouverneurs généraux, avec l'abrégé de l'histoire des etablissements hollandois aux Indes Orientales; ...
Including: IMHOFF, G.W. van. Considerations sur l'etat present de la compagnie hollandoise des Indes Orientales.
The Hague, Pieter de Hondt, 1763. Royal 4to (27.5 x 22.5 cm). With 34 engraved plates, 1 engraved allegorical headpiece and 28 numbered headpieces with portraits of the Gouvernors-General of the Dutch East Indies. All plates were drawn and presumably engraved by the artist and engraver Jacob van Schley (1715-1729). 19th-century half cloth. Full description
€ 4,500
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Afghanistan and its dependencies in Persia, Tartary and India,
with 14 hand-coloured plates, in original wrappers

ELPHINSTONE, Mountstuart. Tableau du royaume de Caboul, et de ses dépendances, dans la Perse, la Tartarie et l'Inde, offrant les moeurs, usages et costumes de cet empire, … traduit et abrégé de l'anglais, par M. Breton.
Paris, Nepveu, 1817. 3 volumes. 18mo. With 14 engraved plates depicting various costumes, lords on horseback, etc., all beautifully coloured by hand. Original publisher's printed wrappers, each volume with wood engraved illustrations on front, back and spine. Preserved in a modern gold-tooled green morocco box. Full description
€ 4,950
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The natural history, politics and medicine of India and Persia, with a section on Muscat

FRYER (FREYER), John. Negenjaarige reyse door Oostindien en Persien, ... Begonnen met den jaare 1672 en geeyndigt met den jaare 1681.
The Hague, Abraham de Hondt, Jacobus van Ellinkhuysen and Meyndert Uytwerf, 1700. 4to. With engraved frontispiece, engraved author's portrait, 3 folding engraved maps, 7 folding engraved views and other plates, and several woodcut illustrations in text. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 3,750
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Astronomical and geographical information on regions in China and India

GOUYE, Thomas. Observations physiques et mathematiques, pour servir a l'histoire naturelle & à la perfection de l'astronomie & de la geographie: envoyées des Indes et de la Chine à l'Académie Royale des Sciences à Paris, par les Peres Jesuites.
Paris, Imprimerie Royale (colophon: Jean Anisson), 1692. 4to. With woodcut coat of arms on title-page, 2 double-page engraved maps and 1 engraved plate. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,500
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On the expediency of British rule in the East Indies

GRANT, Robert. The expediency maintained of continuing the system by which the trade and government of India are now regulated.
London, printed for Black, Parry and J. Hatchard (back of title-page: printed by Cox and Baylis), 1813. 8vo. With 2 letterpress folding tables (1 printed in red and black). Contemporary calf, gold-tooled. Full description
€ 3,500
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On the work of the Jesuit missionaries
in Japan, the East Indies, India, Africa and elsewhere

[GUERREIRO, Fernão (ed.)]. and Christobal SUÁREZ DE FIGUEROA (transl.). Historia y anal relacion de las cosas que hizieron los padres de la Compañia de Jesus, por las partes de Oriente y otras, en la propagacion del Santo Evangelio, los años passados de 607. y en 608.
Madrid, Imprenta Real, sold by Juan Hasrey, 1614 (colophon 1613). 4to. With the large woodcut coat of arms of the dedicatee, Don Geronimo Corella y Mendoza. 20th-century sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 12,000
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A 1718 voyage from Goa to Macao, published in Lisbon

GUERREIRO, João Tavares de Velez. Jornada, que Antonio de Albuquerque Coelho, governador, e capitaõ[!] general da cidade do Nome de Deos de Macao na China, fez de Goa atè chegar á dita cidade no anno de 1718.
Lisbon, Officina da Musica (Jaime or Jayme de la Te y Sagau), 1732. 8vo. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine, rebacked. Full description
€ 9,500
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A history of the many religions of the world,one volume devoted to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East

HAZART, Cornelius. Kerckelycke historie vande gheheele wereldt, namelyck vande voorgaende ende teghenwoordighe eeuwe, ...
Antwerp, Michiel Cnobbaert, 1667-1671. 4 volumes. Folio. With an engraved frontispiece in each volume; volume 1 with a title-page printed in red and black and 45 engraved plates; volume 2 with 17 engraved plates; volume 3 with 37 engraved plates; volume 4 with 19 engraved plates (122 engraved plates in total, incl. frontispieces). Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 4,500
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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, 2 folding engraved maps, one of India (44 x 51 cm), the other tracking Ives's journey from Basra to Latakia (ca. 42 x 56 cm), and 9 engraved plates (including 1 large folding). Early 20th-century boards. Full description
€ 2,950
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Historical narrative of a voyage to India and Persiawritten 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 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With 2 engraved title-pages, 2 folding engraved maps, one of India, the other tracking Ives's journey from Basra to Latakia, and 9 engraved plates (including 1 large folding). Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 3,950
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Travels through the Middle East, India and Europe,
with 34 woodcut illustrations, including several trees

LA BOULLAYE LE GOUZ, Francois de. Les voyages et observations du sieur de la Boullaye-le-Gouz gentil-homme Angevin, où sont décrites les religions, gouvernemens, & situations de estats & royaumes d'Italie, Grece, Natolie, Syrie, Palestine, Karamenie, Kaldée, Assyrie, grand Mogol, Bijapour, Indes orientales des Portugais, Arabie, Egypte, Hollandse, grande Bretagne, Irlande, Dannemark, Pologne, isles & autres lieux d'Europe, Asie & Affrique, où il a séjourné, le tout enrichy de figures ...
Paris, Francois Clousier, 1653. 4to. With a woodcut and an engraved author's portrait and 34 woodcut illustrations in text, including several full-page. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 18,000
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Drawing of a scene on the Coromandel Coast
for an engraving in a book by Johann Georg Jacobi

LIPS, Johann Heinrich. Die Küste Coromandel.
[Zürich, 1803]. Pen drawing (10.3 x 6.3 cm) in grey ink with washes on paper (12.5 x 8.5 cm), signed by the artist in the lower right corner of the illustration and with the title in pencil in the lower margin. The whole mounted on a larger paper leaf (with notes: "dessin no 522" and "Lips f." in ink), with a passepartout and in a gilt wooden frame. Full description
€ 6,500
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"the finest work on seventeenth-century Thailand"

LOUBÈRE, Simon de la. Du Royaume de Siam.
Amsterdam, Abraham Wolfgang, 1691. 2 volumes bound as 1. 12mo. With the same woodcut printer's device on both title-pages, 2 folding engraved maps, 17 double-page engraved plates with printed music, Siamese alphabets, inhabitants etc., 21 full-page engraved plates, engraved headpiece and several woodcut illustrations in text. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 8,950
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The Jesuit mission in the East and Peru, including a description of Hormuz Island

[MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro]. Rerum a Societate Iesu in Oriente gestarum volume.
Cologne, Gerwin Calenius and the heirs of Johann Quentel, 1574. With a woodcut oval portrait of Jesus on the title-page and 5 pages of woodcut Japanese.
With: (2) TORRES, Diego de. De rebus Peruanis.
Antwerp, Martinus Nutius, 1604. With woodcut printer's device on title-page. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 9,500
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The Portuguese in Brazil and Asia, with a folding world map

MAFFEI, Giovanni Pietro. Historiarum Indicarum libri XVI. Selectarum, item, ex India epistolarum, eodem interprete, libri IV. Accessit Ignatii Loiolae vita.
Cologne, [successors to Arnold?] Birckman, Arnold Mylius, 1593. Folio. With a large folding engraved map of the world (26 x 48.5 cm). Contemporary blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards, with a triple border of rolls (1 initialled EW A[ugsburg]) around central panel stamps with allegorical figures (Patience and the 3 theological virtues on the front; the 4 cardinal virtues on the back), with 17th-century(?) gold tooling added, including a centrepiece with Saint Urban and the St. Urban coat of arms on the front board, and the boards coloured brown. Full description
€ 12,500
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Unique first dated edition of letter from Portuguese Jesuit in India and the East Indies

[MAGAGLIANES, Diego di]. Avvisi nuovi et certezza della parte di mezzo giorno. Dove s'intende tre infideli Rè della fede Mahomettana convertiti, & battezzati con li suoi regni, & venuti alla nostra Christiana fede.
Florence, 16 February 1571. Small 8vo (15 x 10.5 cm). With the large woodcut coat of arms of Pope Pius V (74 x 62 mm). Sewn in later stiff paper wrappers. Full description
€ 12,500
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14th-century tales of travels in Turkey, the Middle East, Near East, India and the East Indies
illustrated with about 60 woodblocks

MANDEVILLE, John [= Jehan d'OUTREMEUSE]. The voyages & travels of Sir John Mandevile, Knight, … to the Holy Land, and to Hierusalem: as also to the lands of the Great Caan, and of Prestor John: to Inde, and divers other countries: ...
London, Richard Chiswell, Benjamin Walford, Matthew Wotton, George Conyers, 1696. 4to. With a woodcut ship on the title-page and about 60 woodcut illustrations in the text (mostly about 5.5 x 8 cm) plus about 10 repeats. Gold-tooled, red goatskin morocco by Robert Riviere in London (ca. 1875/80), one of England's best binders. Full description
€ 22,500
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Rare contemporary report
of Albuquerque's conquests in India and the East Indies

MANUEL I, King of Portugal. Epistola potentissimi ac invictissimi Emanuelis Regis Portugaliae, & Algarbiorum. &c. de victoriis habitis in India et Malacha. Ad. S. in Christo Patre[m] & dominu[m] nostru[m]. Do. Leonem. X. Pont. Maximum.
(Colophon: Vienna, Hieronymus Vietor & Johannes Singriener, 16 September [1513]). Small 4to (20 x 14.5 cm). Set in 2 sizes of Venetian-style roman type (in the variant form common in northern Europe). 20th-century dark brown half calf. Full description
€ 75,000
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On the success of missionary work among the indigenous Americans
An early example of American fine binding by one of the best binderies:
the Bradstreet Bindery in New York

MATHER, Increase. De successu Evangelii apud Indos Occidentales, in Novâ-Angliâ; epistola. Ad cl. virum D. Joannem Leusdenum, linguae sanctae in Ultrajectina Academia professorem, scripta, ...
Including: SPECHT, Herman, and others. De successu Evangelii apud Indos Orientales, epistolae aliae conscriptae[.] Tum â D. Hermanno Specht, V.D.M. in urbe Colombo, sitâ in insula Ceilon. Tum etiam, à D. Adriano de Mey, V.D.M. in Jaffanapatnam, sitâ in eadem insula, praefecto Collegii Malabarici; et à D. Francisco Valentino, V.D.M. in Amboina, ad eundem Johannem Leusden.
Utrecht, Willem Broedelet, 1699. 8vo. Grained, gold-tooled red morocco (ca. 1875?) signed by the Bradstreet Bindery in New York (stamp on the verso of the first free endleaf), with 5 bands on the spine, gold-tooled spine with the author and title in the second compartment, an X-form decoration in each of the others and the publication date at the foot, gold double fillet borders on sides, gold-tooled turn-ins, gold fillets on board edges, marbled endpapers. Rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 5,000
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Royal visit to the British Colonies. With original photographic portrait, graphotypes and chromo-lithographs

MILNER, John and Oswald W. BRIERLY. The Cruise of H.M.S. Galatea, Captain H.R.H. the Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., in 1867-1868.
London, W. H. Allen & Co., 1869. 8vo. With a photographic portrait of the Duke of Edinburgh, 8 chromo-lithographed and 4 double-tinted plates, 6 full-page and 6 smaller black-and-white illustrations, and a folding "engraved" lithographed map (34 x 50 cm), mounted on cloth. Contemporary half calf, shell-marbled sides, re-backed and with new endpapers. Full description
€ 600
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First complete edition of Cosmas's Christiana topographia
describing his travels in the Red Sea and the Arabian Gulf

MONTFAUCON, Bernard de (editor). Collectio nova patrum et scriptorum Graecorum, Eusebii Caesariensis, Athanasii, & Cosmae Aegyptii.
Paris, Claudius Rigaud, 1707. 2 volumes. Folio. With 4 engraved plates, and 3 woodcut illustrations in the text. Each volume with an engraved headpiece, the first incorporating the coat of arms of Pope Clement XI, and the second that of Jean-Paul Bignon. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine and binding edges. Full description
€ 25,000
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British India's foreign trade during the years 1874-1884

O'CONOR, James Edward. Review of the accounts of the trade and navigation of India for 1874-75, as compared with previous years.
Calcutta, Office of the superintendent of government printing, 1876.
With:
(2) Memorandum reviewing the accounts of the trade and navigation of British India for 1875-76. Dated the 24th February 1877.
[Calcutta?], Government central press, 1877.
(3) Review of the trade of British India for the official year 1876-77.Calcutta, 25 October1877.
(4) Review of the trade of British India with other countries, for the official year 1878-1879.
[Calcutta?], Government central press, 1879.
(5) Review of the maritime trade of British India with other countries for the official year 1879-80.Calcutta, office of the superintendent of government printing, 1880.
(6) Review of the maritime trade of British India with other countries for the official year 1880-81.Calcutta, office of the superintendent of government printing, 1881.
(7) Review of the maritime trade of British India with other countries for the official year 1881-82.Calcutta, office of the superintendent of government printing, 1882.
(8) Review of the accounts of the sea-borne foreign trade of British India for the official year ending 31st March 1883.Simla, Government central branch press, 1883.
(9) Review of the accounts of the sea-borne foreign trade of British India for the official year ending 31st March 1884.Simla, Government central branch press, 1884.
9 parts in 1 volume. Folio. Near contemporary red cloth. Full description
€ 6,500
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Two voyages to China described by two pupils of Linnaeus

OSBECK, Peter, Olof TOREEN and Charles Gustavus ECKEBERG. A voyage to China and the East Indies, by Peter Osbeck ... Together with a voyage to Suratte by Olof Toreen ... and an account of the Chinese husbandry by Captain Charles Gustavus Eckeberg. Translated from the German, by John Reinhold Forster ... To which are added, a faunula and flora Senensis.
London, Benjamin White, 1771. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 14 full-page engraved plates. Contemporary gold-tooled calf. Full description
€ 3,500
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Detailed survey of the coasts of Africa, Madagascar and Arabia
With an account of the Mazrui's resistance against the Sultan of Oman

OWEN, William Fitzwilliam Wentworth. Narrative of voyages to explore the shores of Africa, Arabia, and Madagascar; performed in H.M. ships Leven and Barracouta.
London, Richard Bentley, 1833. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 5 full-page lithographed plates, 4 folding engraved maps, 5 wood-engraved illustrations in the text. Contemporary grey boards. First volume rebacked. Untrimmed. Full description
€ 4,250
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Nepalese manuscript in Sanskrit, with 5 colour miniatures of the Buddhist female protective deities
and with the associated five great Buddhas carved on the upper wooden board

[PANCARAKSA]. [Pancaraksa sutra (Sutra of the five-fold protection)].
[Lalitpur(?) in Nepal, ca. 1840]. (9.5 x 35 x 11 cm). Nepalese manuscript in Sanskrit, written in black ink on sturdy haritalika paper (9 x 35 cm). With 5 miniatures (each 9 x 6.5 cm) delicately rendered in colour and silver, each showing a different female protective deity (in various colours, with 6 to 12 arms, each deity supported by a pair of animals or people). With at least five small rosettes in the text, apparently signalling points in the text. Loose between contemporary wooden boards (1 cm thick), the upper one elaborately carved with 5 decorated arches in a decorated border, each arch containing a figure of one of the pancatathagata (five great Buddhas) in lotus position. Full description
€ 6,950
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Kashmir manuscript: “five pearls” of Hindu literature,
including the Bhagavad gita, with 5 full-page miniatures

[PANCARATNAGITA]. Pancha ratnani.
[Kashmir, early 19th-century]. Oblong (9 x 15.5 cm). Manuscript in Sanskrit, written in Devanagari script with a reed(?) pen in red and black ink on both sides of the Asian paper leaves, with 5 full-page miniatures in many colours plus gold and silver with decorative borders, and each page of text in a border of multiple lines with orange predominating. 20th-century boards covered with decorated cloth. Full description
€ 6,000
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The official, richly illustrated account of the Perry expedition

PERRY, Matthew Calbraith and Francis Lister HAWKS. Narrative of the expedition of an American squadron to the China Seas and Japan, performed in the years 1852, 1853, and 1854, under the command of Commodore M.C. Perry, United States Navy, by order of the Government of the United States.
Including: JONES, George. United States Japan expedition. Observations on the zodiacal light, from April 2, 1853, to April 22, 1855, made chiefly on board the United States steam-frigate Mississippi, during her late cruise in eastern seas, and her voyage homeward: with conclusions from the data thus obtained; …
Washington, A.O.P. Nicholson, 1856. 3 volumes. 4to. With over a hundred lithographed (some tinted) and wood-engraved plates, several hand-coloured, hundreds of wood-engravings in text and 39 maps and charts, several folding. Publisher's blind-blocked cloth. Full description
€ 3,750
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Second known copy of a Jesuit account of India
printed by Cardinal Borromeo’s press in Milan

PIMENTA, Nicolao. Copia d'una [lettera] del P. Nicolo Pimenta, visitatore della provincia d'India Orientale. al molto reverendo P. Claudio Acquaviva ... del primo di Decembre 1600.
Milan, Archiepiscopal press (heirs of Pacifico da Ponte, & Giovanni Battista Piccaglia), 1602. 8vo. With a woodcut Jesuit device on the title-page. Sheepskin parchment (ca. 1700?). Full description
€ 4,950
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Rare Tranquebar imprint by the Danish missionaries

[PSALMBOOK]. Psalmodia evangelica, ou livro de cantigas espirituaes, tiradas de varios textos e muytos lugares da escritura sagrada, da theologia positiva e moral, e de outros livros asceticos, ...Trangambar (Tranquebar), Off. da Real Missaò de Dinamarca, 1744. Agenda 12mo (17 x 7 cm). Contemporary half calf, with the elephant device of the Luxdorph Library in gold on front board. Full description
€ 6,500
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Radical critique of European overseas expansion in 10 volumes
Extremely rare second Dutch edition

RAYNAL, Guillaume Thomas François. Wysgeerige en staatkundige geschiedenis van de bezittingen en den koophandel der Europeaanen, in de beide Indiën.
Amsterdam, Matthijs Schalekamp, 1792-1803. 10 volumes bound as 9. 8vo. With 2 different engraved author's portraits, 8 engraved plates (5 as frontispieces), 12 engraved folding maps and 23 letterpress folding tables. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 7,500
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Arabic travel account from the early Abbasid era,
concerning China and India

REINAUD, Joseph Toussaint (translator). Relation des voyages faits par les Arabes et les Persans dans l'Inde et à la Chine dans le IXe siècle de l'ère chrétienne; texte Arabe imprimé en 1811 par les soins de feu Langlès …
Paris, Imprimerie royale, 1845. 2 volumes. 18mo (15 x 10 cm). With Arabic title-page printed in red and black. Later half calf, gold-tooled spine, with the original blue printed wrappers bound in. Full description
€ 4,500
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A French voyage to the Far East, presentation copy

RENOUARD DE SAINTE-CROIX, Felix. Voyage commercial et politique aux Indes Orientales, aux Iles Philippines, a la Chine, avec des notions sur la Cochinchine et le Tonquin, pendant les années 1803, 1804, 1805, 1806 et 1807.
Paris, Clament frères (printed by Crapelet), 1810. 3 volumes. 8vo. With 2 folding engraved maps (India and Southeast Asia, coloured in outline), and 4 folding letterpress tables. Contemporary gold-tooled tree calf. Full description
€ 7,500
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"the earliest European account of Hinduism in Southern India"

ROGERIUS, Abraham. De open-deure tot het verborgen heydendom ofte Waerachtigh vertoogh van het leven ende zeden; mitsgaders de religie, ende gods-dienst der Bramines, op de cust Chormandel, ende de landen daar ontrent.
Leiden, Franciscus Hackius, 1651. 4to. With engraved title-page showing 7 different scenes around the title itself, with manuscript notations referring to the related pages. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 3,850
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Complete set of articles from the first ten years of the Royal Asiatic Society

[ROYAL ASIATIC SOCIETY]. Transactions of the Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain and Ireland.
London, 1824-1834. 3 volumes in 8 parts. 4to. With 80 lithographed plates, including several folding plates and 2 chromolithographed plates, and some smaller illustrations in text. Contemporary blue and grey paper wrappers, kept in two modern half morocco boxes. Full description
€ 18,000
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Centuries of youth for helping St. Francis in India - only known copy of the first(?) edition,
one of two in the original Spanish

SANTA MARIA, Andrés de. Verissima relacion embiada a Don Fray Andres de S. Maria Obispo de Cochin, la qual trata de como en las Indias de Portugalay un hombre que tiene trezientos y ochenta años, y ha sido ocho vezes casado, y se le han caydo todos los dientes dos vezes, y le bolvieron a nacer. ... Este es el verdadero retrato del hombre que passô en braços al glorioso San Francisco por el Rio de Ganga, el qual fue sacado a instancia del reverendo padre Don Fray Andres de S. Maria Obispo de Cochin.
Salamanca, Antonio Ramires, 1609. 4to (19 x 14.5) . With a woodcut illustration of a man carrying Saint Francis across the Ganges River in India on the title-page and a woodcut centaur below the colophon. Vellum (ca. 1880). Full description
€ 18,500
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Travels to the East Indies by a VOC ship's surgeon,
with 43 engraved plates

SCHOUTEN, Wouter. Reys-togten naar en door Oost-Indien; in welke, de voornaamste landen, koningryken, steden, eylanden, bergen, en rivieren, met haare eigenschappen, beneffens de wetten, godsdiensten, zeden en dragten der inwoonders, en wat verder zoo van dieren, vrugten, en planten aanmerkelyks in die gewesten is; naauwkeurig word beschreven ...
Amsterdam, Andries van Damme, 1708. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With engraved frontispiece (giving the title as "Gedenkwaardige reysen naar Oost-Indien"), engraved author's portrait, 43 engraved plates (including 16 double-page and 2 larger folding) and 4 engraved illustrations in the text. Contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine and board edges. Full description
€ 8,500
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Extremely rare collection of disastrous Dutch voyages, with 13 engraved plates

[SHIPWRECKS]. Schouw-tooneel van wederwaardigheden of verzameling van rampspoedige en ongelukkige reistochten, van en naar verscheide gewesten van den aardbodem, gedaan door Nederlandsche en andere schepen, …
Including:
[CAMSTRUP, Nicolaas Jansz.]. [Drop-title:] Rampspoedige reys-beschryving, ofte journaal van het ed: Oostindische Compagnies schip Blydorp, …
[STEENIS, Hendrik Cornelis]. Journaal wegens de rampspoedige reys-tocht, van … Hendrik Cornelis Steenis, ... Met het oorlogschip genaamt het Huys in 't Bosch, … Vyfden druk.
[LOP, Martinus]. Weederwaardige te huys-reyze, van het Neerlandsche Oost-Indische-Compagniesch retour-schip, gezegt de Gerechtigheid, …  gevoerd by den capitein-luitenant Martinus Lop, …
[MORIN.] Twee rampspoedige zee-reyzen, den eenen gedaan door den ed: heer capitein Morin, met een Fransch Oost-Indische Compagnie-schip, genaamt Le Prince, … Den anderen, met het Hollandsche Oost-Indische Compagnie schip, genaamt Rustenwerk, … Tweede druk.
[JONGE, Marten de]. [Drop-title:] Verhaal van het droevig ongeluk, dat het Nederlands Oost-Indisch retour-schip Nieuw Vyver-Vreugd, gevoerd door schipper Marten de Jongh, … [and 17 other accounts].
Amsterdam, Bernardus Mourik, [ca. 1778]. 5 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With 13 engraved plates and 1 engraved frontispiece to the second part. Later marbled wrappers. Full description
€ 8,500
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A raunchy satire of country life in Holland ca. 1700 with appendices on the Cape,
East Indies and fictitious Isle of Pines

SPAAN, Gerrit van. Het koddig en vermakelyk leven van Louwtje van Zevenhuizen, of het schermschool der huislieden, vervat in twee deelen. Waar agter gevoegt is de Afrikaansche en Aziaansche weg-wijzer, ...
Rotterdam, Pieter de Vries, 1752. 4 parts in 2 volumes, bound as 1. 8vo. With engraved allegorical frontispiece, a letterpress general title-page, 4 part-titles. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 4,500
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First-hand accounts of Russia ca. 1670, also with a section on Muscat;
from the library of a famous German explorer

STRUYS, Jan Jansz. Drie aanmerkelyke reizen, door Italien, Griekenland, Lyfland, Moscovien, Tartaryen, Meden, Persien, Oostindien, Japan, en verscheiden andere gewesten.
Including: HEIDEN, Frans Jansz. van der. Vervaarlyke schipbreuk van 't Oostindiesch jacht Ter Schelling, onder het land van Bengale, …
Amsterdam, Steven van Esveldt, 1746. 4to. 2 parts in 1 volume. Part 1 with an engraved title-page, 19 engraved folding plates and 1 engraved folding map; part 2 with an engraved title-page and 12 engraved plates. 19th-century red half sheepskin. Full description
€ 4,000
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Sanskrit verses with music for 44 realms of Queen Victoria’s empire
printed and bound in Calcutta

TAGORE, Sourindro Mohun (Saurindra Mohana THAKURA). Victoria Sámrájyan, or Sanskrit stanzas [with a translation] on the various dependencies of the British Crown, each composed and set to the respective national music in commemoration of the assumption by ... Queen Victoria of the diadem - "Indiae Imperatrix." ... Second edition.
Calcutta (Kolkata), published by the author, printed by I.C. Bose & Co. (The Stanhope Press), 1882. Royal 8vo (23.5 x 15 cm). With more than 25 woodcut tailpieces (plus a couple repeats) showing Indian musical instruments. Contemporary gold-tooled green sheepskin, made in Calcutta for the author, probably for presentation, each board with a decorative roll outer border, a thick-thin inner border with 4 large waterlily cornerpieces, the front board with the author's family crest and motto, the back board with an ornamental centrepiece, title in the 2nd of 5 fields on the spine, the others with decorations, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, gilt edges. Full description
€ 2,500
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31 Sanskrit, Hindi and Bengali songs with music
printed and bound in Calcutta

TAGORE, Sourindro Mohun (Saurindra Mohana THAKURA). A few specimens of Indian songs.
Calcutta (Kolkata), published by the author, printed by I.C. Bose & Co. (The Stanhope Press), 1879. Royal 8vo (23.5 x 15 cm). Set in Devanagari (for Sanskrit and Hindi), Bengali (for Bengali) and roman types with incidental italic and textura gothic. The present copy has the dedication leaf for Lord Robert Bulwer-Lytton, Viceroy and Governor-General of India, printed in blue with an elaborate red border built up from typographic ornaments. Contemporary gold-tooled green sheepskin, made in Calcutta for the author, probably for presentation, each board with a decorative roll outer border, a thick-thin inner border with 4 large waterlily cornerpieces, the front board with the author's family crest and motto, the back board with an ornamental centrepiece, title in the 2nd of 5 fields on the spine, the others with decorations, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, gilt edges. Full description
€ 3,500
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Tavernier's travels through Europe, the Middle East and Asia,
with 2 maps and 68 engraved plates, some by Jan Luyken

TAVERNIER, Jean-Baptist and Jan Hendrik Glazemaker (translator). De zes reizen van de heer J. Bapt. Tavernier, Baron van Aubonne, die hy, gedurende de tijt van veertig jaren, in Turkijen, Persiën, en in d'Indiën, langs alle de wegen, die derwaarts strekken, gedaan heeft. Eerste [Tweede; Darde] deel; ...Amsterdam, widow of Johannes van Someren, 1682. 3 parts in 2 volumes. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece and engraved author's portrait in volume one, two folding engraved maps in volume 2, and a total of 68 engraved plates, including 27 folding. Some of the plates signed by Jan Luyken. Contemporary or near contemporary vellum, modern endpapers. Full description
€ 4,000
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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 (18.5×13.5 cm). With woodcut arms of King João III of Portugal on title-page. 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). Full description
€ 45,000
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The life of St Francis Xavier in German

TORSELLINI (TURSELLINUS), Orazio. Apostolisches Leben und Thaten deß heiligen Francisci, der Francisci Xaverii, der Societet Jesu, Indianer Apostels.
München, Sebastian Rauch, 1674. 4to. With engraved frontispiece by Melchior Küsell after J. M. Tobrias and an extra frontispiece by the same engraver bound in after page 512. Contemporary vellum with two clasps. Full description
€ 6,500
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Description of Gujarat (Northwest India) by the director of the VOC

TWIST, Johan van. Generale beschrijvinghe van Indien. Ende in 't besonder kort verhaal van de regering, ceremonien, handel, vruchten en geleghentheydt van 't Koninckrijck van Gusuratten, staende onder de beheerschinghe van den Groot-Machtighen Koninck Cajahan: anders genaemt den grooten Mogor ... Hier achter is by-gevoeght de aenwijsinge van meest alle kusten, drooghten ende reeden, om door gantsch Indien te zeylen.
Amsterdam, for Joost Hartgers, 1648. 4to. With woodcut printer's device on the title-page. 19th-century marbled wrappers. Full description
€ 2,500
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Richly illustrated journey of Nicholas II of Russia through Asia

UKHTOMSKY (UCHTOMSKIJ), Esper Esperovich and Hermann BRUNNHOFER (translator). Orientreise seiner kaiserlichen Hoheit des Grossfürsten-Thronfolgers Nikolaus Alexandrowitsch von Russland, 1890-1891.
Leipzig, F.A. Brockhaus, 1894-1899. 2 volumes. 4to. With engraved portrait of Nicholas, 7 photogravures, 541 wood engravings after drawings and photographs and 5 chromolithographed maps. Publisher's cloth, richly blocked in black, gold and grey, gilt edges. Full description
€ 8,500
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The most comprehensive and authoritative source
on the Dutch colonial empire in the East
with 268 engraved plates

VALENTIJN, François. Oud en nieuw Oost-Indiën, vervattende een naaukeurige en uitvoerige verhandelinge van Nederlands mogentheyt in die gewesten, ... Te zamen dus behelzende niet alleen een zeer nette beschhryving van alles, wat Nederlands Oost-Indiën betreft, maar ook 't voornaamste dat eenigzins tot eenige andere Europeërs, in die gewesten, betrekking heeft.
Dordrecht, Johannes van Braam; Amsterdam, Gerard onder den Linden, 1724-1726. 5 volumes. Folio. With engraved frontispiece, engraved dedication to Egidius van den Bempden, engraved author's portrait, 265 engraved plates (many folding), 8 letterpress folding tables, and 80 engravings in text. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine with a floral/ornithological tool in 5 of 7 compartments, gold-tooled board edges. Bound by the so-called Pentateuch Bindery, located in Amsterdam. Full description
€ 39,500
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The first European to enter Mecca and Medina

VARTHEMA, Ludvico di. De uytnemende en seer vvonderlijcke zee-en-landt-reyse van de heer Ludovvyck di Barthema, van Bononien, Ridder &c. Gedaen inde Morgenlanden, Syrien, vrughtbaer en woest Arabien, Perssen, Indien, Egypten, Ethiopien en andere.
Utrecht, Gerard Nieuwenhuysen and Willem Snellaert, 1654. 4to. With engraved frontispiece and 4 engraved plates. Re-cased in contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 25,000
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Pioneering work on Indian languages and society by an "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. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
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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, and 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 in between, with the ruler's name in the centre and his predecessors numbered in the surrounding circles). Modern blue paper wrappers. Full description
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First edition of the first major collection of Jesuit letters
from Japan, India, the Moluccas, Macao and Brazil,
many published here for the first time

XAVIER, Francis, Luís FRÓIS and others. Epistolae Japanicae, de multorum gentilium in variis insulis ad Christi fidem per Societatis nominis Jesu theologos conversione. In quibus etiam mores, leges, locorumque situs, luculenter descibuntur. [Volume 2: Epistolae ... gentilium ad Christi ... Societatis Jesu theologos. Pars altera.].
Louvain, Rutger Velpius, 1569. 2 volumes bound as 1. 8vo. Contemporary gold- and blind-tooled calf. Full description
€ 15,000
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