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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). LXXXIII ll. Full description
€ 11,500
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Very rare anti-semitic Indian-Jewish Robinsonade with imaginary voyages from India to Portugal, Spain and the West and East Indies

ACHRACH, Jezer ben (pseud.) [= Christoph Gottlieb RICHTER]. Der jüdische Robinson beschrieben durch Jezer ben Achrach Pfleger der Schulen zu Constantinople, in India, Arabia, Persien, und Egypten, und Deutinger der Juden Gesez-Buch und Dolmetscher aller Sprachen in Orient.
"Trankebar" [= Tharangambadi, India, but printed and published in Nürnberg], [Gabriel Nikolaus Raspe?], "5808" [= 1759]. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With a woodcut vignette on the title-page and woodcut head and tail pieces (plus a headpiece built up from rococo typographic ornaments). Modern marbled boards with red morocco spine label lettered in gold, new endpapers. [16], 204 pp. Full description
€ 5,500
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Report by the Portuguese admiral and second governor of Portuguese India on the conquest of Hormuz and the important commercial pearl fishery in the Indian Ocean and the Gulf

ALBUQUERQUE, Bráz de. Commentarios do grande Afonso dAlboquerque capitao geral que foi das Indias Orientaes em tempo do muito poderoso Rey D. Manuel o primeiro deste nome.
Lisbon, Regia Officina Typografica, 1774. 4 volumes. 8vo. With 4 title-pages, each with Albuquerque's woodcut coat of arms, an engraved portrait, engraved illustration above the dedication, large engraved folding map, covering the regions from the Arabian Peninsula to southern China, including the east coast of Africa, India, the Indian Ocean and most of the East Indies, and 2 woodcut illustrations in text.Contemporary tanned sheepskin, richly gold-tooled spines, marbled edges. [8], XXX, [13], [1 blank], 343, [1 blank]; [12], 285, [3 blank]; [12], 289, [3 blank]; [11], [1 blank], 256 pp. Full description
€ 6,500
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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. XXIV, 328 pp. Full description
€ 450
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Great history of the Portuguese era in the Arabian Peninsula and beyond

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. [19], 113, 134, 131, 155 ll. Full description
€ 29,500
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Great history of the Portuguese colonial empire in South America, India, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa

ANDRADA, Francisco d'. Chronica do muyto alto e muyto poderoso Rey destes reynos de Portugal Dom João o III deste nome, ...
Coimbra, Real officina da universidade, 1796. 4 volumes. 4to. With a woodcut royal Portuguese coat of arms on title-page of each volume. Contemporary plain paper wrappers. VIII, I-XV, [1 blank], 385, [1 blank]; [4], XIX, [1 blank], 565 [=465], [1 blank]; [4], XX, 452; Full description
€ 2,500
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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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