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Three letters written in 1539 on the Ottoman threat in the Mediterranean

ALVAREZ DE TOLEDO, Pedro and Maria OSORIO Y PIMENTEL. [Three letters to Ferrante Gonzaga, Viceroy of Sicily, two from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo and one from his wife Maria Osorio y Pimentel].
Andria (in the Kingdom of Naples), 13 August to 10 September 1539. Folio (21.5 x 30 cm).
(1) Letter in Italian, signed, from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo in Andria to Ferrante Gonzaga, 13 August 1539, with a 23 mm seal bearing Alvarez de Toledo's coat of arms (with a chain of flags) stamped on a slip of paper attached with red wax.
(2) Letter in Spanish, signed, from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo in Andria to Ferrante Gonzaga, 3 September 1539, with the 45 mm imperial armorial seal stamped on a slip of paper attached with red wax.
(3) Letter in Italian, signed, from Maria Osorio y Pimentel [in Andria] to Ferrante Gonzaga, 10 September 1539, with the remains of what appears to be her husband's 23 mm red wax seal.
Each letter, in brown ink, occupies one page, with the last page containing the address and the sender's seal. The two inside pages of the second and third letter are blank. Each formerly folded for posting, so that the address would have appeared on one side and the seal on the other. Full description
€ 15,000
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Natural history of Switzerland
with ca. 90 extra illustrations and a manuscript letter

ANDREAE, Johann Gerhard R. Briefe aus der Schweiz nach Hannover geschreiben, in dem Jare 1763. Zweiter Abdruk.
Zurich & Winterthur, Johann Casper Fussli the younger, 1776. 4to. With engraved map of Switzerland on the title-page, 10 engravings in the text, and 18 engraved plates (including 3 folding). Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 12,500
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An extensive album amicorum of a German student from Stendal, with over 100 illustrations

BÖKEL (BÖCKELIUS), Wilhelm. [Album amicorum of Wilhelm Bökel junior].
Stettin (Szczecin, Poland), Helmstedt, Jena, Leipzig, Groningen, Leiden and Rotterdam, 1616-1651. 4to. Manuscript on paper, with most entries in Latin, and mottos also in Greek, French and German. Title-page with an elaborate cartouche in coloured gouaches highlighted with gold, with "GVIELMVS BOCKELIVS/IVNIOR" in silver below his coat of arms and above a scene perhaps showing Lucretia. Further with 49 coloured gouaches highlighted with gold showing coats of arms, costumes and various scenes (some cut out and mounted on the album's leaves), a pen and ink wash drawing, 23 full-page engraved portraits, 18 full-page engraved views, an engraved image of Mercury, and 12 full-page engraved emblems. Modern gold-tooled calf, gold-tooled board edges, new endpapers. Full description
€ 35,000
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