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Rare 17th-century writing book & instructions, for learning without a master

ALLAIS, Jean Baptiste. L'art d'ecrire.
Paris, chez l'auteur, 1680. Folio. With large woodcut vignette on letterpress title-page, a woodcut headpiece, 2 woodcut decorative initials, decorations built up from cast arabesque fleurons, an engraved calligraphic title-page and 22 (of 23) engraved leaves with calligraphic writing samples and illustrations, all engraved by Louis Senault. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine, and unusual marbled paste-downs. [4], 12 pp. plus 23 (of 24) engr. ll. Full description
€ 2,250
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Key Hindu text in Sanskrit, set in Devanagari type, each paragraph followed by an English translation

CHIRUNJEEVI; BAHADUR, Rajah Kalee-Krishna (transl.) Vidvun-moda-taranginee; or fountain of pleasure to the learned ... Second edition, the text of the original in Deva-Nagara letters; and the version with improvements.
Calcutta, Sobha Bazar Press, 1834. 4to. With the Sanskrit text set in Devanagari type and the English text in roman type, with a few words set in a bold textura gothic and a few in slab-serif types. Blue paper wrappers. [8], 53, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Bellarmino's Arabic catechism with the rare Arabic instructions for confession and communion

BELLARMINO, Roberto. [Title in Arabic] | Dichiarazione piú copiosa della dottrina cristiana.
Rome, [Propaganda Fide], 1770. 8vo.
With: (2) BORGIA, Stefano. Irsad li-ajl al-i'tiraf wa-tanawul al-qurban, ... [= Instructions for confession and communion]
[Rome, Propaganda Fide, 1770?]. Both works are set entirely in Arabic type. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo (18 x 12 cm). Contemporary half sheepskin. 411, [1 blank]; 109, [1 blank], [1], [3 blank] pp. Full description
€ 4,500
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With the text printed in gold and bound by the most important Dutch bindery of the 18th century

[BIBLE - DUTCH - MINIATURE]. Kern des Bybels.
The Hague, Antony de Groot and sons, 1750. 128mo (binding 4.5 x 3.0 x 1.0 cm). With text printed in gold, title-page printed in gold, red and black with woodcut device, woodcut frontispiece, 6 full-page (3.3 x 1.6 mm!) woodcut illustrations, and headpieces built up from fleurons. The drop-titles of the five chapters and the appendix are printed in red, as is the fleuron used as a tailpiece at the end of each. Contemporary richly gold-tooled black morocco by the so-called first "stadhouderlijke" bindery, gilt edges. 80 pp. Full description
€ 4,750
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Lovely commemoration of the Imperial success against the French at Acqui Terme in Piedmont,
printed in gold and in a gold-brocade wrapper

BIORCI, Guido. Applausi poetici alla vera rigenerazione del Piemonte operata nel 1799. Dalla divina provvidenza col celebre valore delle armi Austro-Russe.
Acqui Terme (between Torino and Genoua), Giovanni Francesco Arcasio, [1799?]. 4to. With woodcut arms on first leaf. Printed in gold throughout. Gold-brocade decorated paper wrappers, showing an embossed floral pattern with hunters, a wild boar, deer and dogs scattered through it, in gold, orange, yellow, lavendar and blue. In modern clamshell box. [1], [1 blank], [8], [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 4,000
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First edition of first French translation of Boccaccio's first work, with woodcut illustrations

BOCCACCIO, Giovanni. Le philocope ..., contena[n]t l'histoire de Fleury & Blanchefleur, divise en sept livres traduictz d'Italien en Francoys par Adrian Sevin ...
Paris, Jean André, bookseller to the University (colophon: printed by Denis Janot), 1542 (colophon: 24 February 1542). Folio (31.5 x 21.5 cm). With Jean André's woodcut device on the title-page and 15 woodcut illustrations plus 21 repeats in the text (mostly 5.5 x 8 cm, each in any of several 4-piece decorative borders, including 8 foot pieces, each with a different coat of arms; one illustration 13.5 x 8.5 cm with an 8-piece decorative border), 5 woodcut decorated initials (2 series) plus 1 repeat, and many spaces with guide-letters for manuscript initials (not filled in). French calf (ca. 1760?), richly gold-tooled spine, gilt edges. VI, CLXXIIII ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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First edition of the French translation of Taylor's versified miniature Bible bound
for the daughter of a Leiden alderman, Maria Louisa Hartingh (1780-1866)

[MINIATURE BOOK]. DU BOIS, J.P.J. La sainte Bible, mise en vers.(title-page of vol. 2: Le Nouveau Testament, mis en vers).
The Hague, Pieter Servaas, 1752. 2 volumes bound as 1. 72 mo (& 48mo?) in 8s (4.5 x 2.9 cm). With 4 engraved plates, namely an engraved title-page "Biblia" without imprint and 3 Bible illustrations, and occasional decorations made with typographic ornaments. Gold-tooled red morocco (1790s?), the front with the name of the owner for whom the book was bound ("Marie Louise Harting") in roman capitals, gold-tooled board edges, decorated endpapers with a floral design printed from a woodblock in brown paste, gilt and gauffered edges, brown ribbon marker. Stored in a 19th-century(?) red cloth box, lined with decorated paper, perfectly fitting the book. 192; 192 pp. plus 4 plates. Full description
€ 1,500
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