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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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Very rare early and excellent source for a Formosan language,
42 years before Psalmanazar’s hoax

[GRAVIUS, Daniel (ed.)]. Patar ki tna-?msing-an ki Christang, ka tauki-papatar-en-ato tmæu?ug tou Sou ka Makka Si-deia. | Ofte, 't formulier des Christendoms, met de verklaringen van dien, inde Sideis-Formosaansche tale.
Amsterdam, Michiel Hartogh, 1662. 4to (20.5 x 16 cm). With integral, engraved frontispiece. Early 18th-century vellum. Full description
€ 15,000
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An ill-fated gold mining expedition to Sumatra

HESSE, Elias. Ost-Indische Reise-Beschreibung, oder Diarium, was bey der Reise des ... Bergk-Comissarii, D. Benjamin Olitschens, im Jahr 1680. von Dressden aus, bis in Asiam auf Sumatras, denckwürdiges vorgegangen.
Dresden, Michael Günther (printed at Pirna, "mit Stemelischen Schriften" that is, by Johann Heinrich Stremel), 1687.
With: (2) KRECKWITZ, Georg. Totius Principatus Transylvaniae accurata descriptio. Das ist: Ausführliche Beschreibung des gantzen Fürstenthumbs Siebenbürgen.
Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Leonhard Loschge, 1688. With double-page engraved frontispiece by Daucher, folding map (ca. 20 x 27 cm), 8 portraits, and 8 views. 2 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 3,500
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Magnificent engraving of Speelman’s victory over the Kingdom of Makassar

HOOGHE, Romeyn de. Victorien der Nederl. Geoct. O. Compagnie op het Koninkryck van Macasser door den Ed. heer C. Speelman.
[Amsterdam?, 1669]. Engraved view (40 x 54.5 cm), with two battle scenes on top, flanked by portraits of Speelman and Radjah Palacca, with in the centre a laurel wreath with the monogram of the VOC, surrounded by Mars and Mercury, and a banderole with the title; and with letterpress text below the view (11 x 54.5 cm), including two poems by the famous Dutch poet Joost van den Vondel and numbered keys referring to the plate. Framed (75 x 81 cm). Full description
€ 2,950
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With 60 plates containing beautiful and accurate figures,
beautifully and subtly hand-coloured

RUMPHIUS (RUMPH), Georg Everard. Thesaurus imaginum piscium testaceorum; ... ut et cochlearum; ... quibus accedunt conchylia, ... denique mineralia; ...
The Hague, Pieter de Hondt, 1739. Large folio (44.5 x 27 cm). With an engraved title-page, engraved portrait of the author, and 60 numbered engraved plates with hundreds of figures, coloured in an early hand. Recased in contemporary sprinkled calf, gold-tooled board edges. Rebacked with a gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 35,000
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Rare German translation of Speelman's expedition against the Kingdom of Makassar

[SPEELMAN, Cornelis Janszoon]. Journal, oder kurtze Erzehlung des Anfangs, Fort- und Aussgangs des Krieges, welcher zwischen dem König und mehrerer Regierunge des Reichs Macassar und der Oost-Indischen Compagnie der Vereinigten Niederlanden in den Jahren 1666, 1668 und 1669 geführet worden.
Hamburg, Gottfried Schulken, 1670. 4to. Disbound, preserving the original endpapers. Full description
€ 3,250
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