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Ethnography of the Xhosa people of South Africa, with the very rare album with four attractive hand-coloured aquatints

ALBERTI, Lodewyk and Ludwig Gottlieb PORTMAN. [Drop-title:] Zuid-Afrikaansche gezichten.
Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, [1810]. Oblong 1mo (45 x 60 cm). Letterpress text leaf and 4 large aquatint plates coloured by a contemporary hand, engraved by Ludwig Gottlieb Portman after drawings by Jacob Smies and Christopher Howen. Contemporary stiff, marbled paper wrappers, kept in a modern green half morocco clamshell box.
(2) ALBERTI, Lodewyk. De Kaffers aan de zuidkust van Afrika, natuur en geschiedkundig beschreven.
Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, 1810. 8vo. With engraved title-page, aquatint folding plan, with coastal view, of Algoa Bay, and 2 stipple-engraved plates, all but the title-page coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary gold-tooled calf; rebacked, with new endpapers.
(3) ALBERTI, Lodewyk. Description physique et historique des Cafres, sur la côte méridionale de l'Afrique ...
Amsterdam, Evert Maaskamp, 1811. 8vo. With the same plan and 2 plates as ad. 2, also coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary gold-tooled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. [1] l. text + 4 plates; [8], VIII, [4], 260, [1], [1 blank] pp.; XII, [4], 255, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 25,000
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Description of Den Briel

ALKEMADE, Cornelis van and Pieter van der SCHELLING. Beschryving van de stad Briele, en den lande van Voorn, ...
Rotterdam, Philippus Losel, 1729. 2 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a double-page engraved plan of Den Briel and 3 folding engraved maps of different parts of Voorne (each ca. 50 x 70.5 cm). Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. [28], 224, [8], 225-376; [8], 306, [20] pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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First and only edition of Alting’s extensive geography of Holland and Friesland

ALTING, Menso. Descriptio secundum antiquos, agri Batavi & Frisii una cum conterminis sive notitia Germaniae Inferioris, cis & ultra Rhenum, quà hodie est in dicione VII Foederatorum. ... [Volume 2 with title:] Descriptio Frisiae inter Scaldis portum veterem & Amisiam, ...
Amsterdam, Henricus Wetstein (vol. 2 adds Rudolf & Gerard Wetstein), 1697-1701. 2 volumes bound as 1. Large folio (37.5 x 24 cm). Richly engraved frontispiece by Jan Goeree, 2 letterpress title-pages in black and red, volume I with 6 double-page engraved maps,3 full-page engraved plates and a letterpress table, and numerous engravings in text; volume II with 9 double-page engraved maps by Gerard de Broen and a double-page letterpress table. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. [24], 132, [20], 18, [2]; [32], 216, [40] pp. Full description
€ 3,250
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First edition of the magnificent work on the Dutch colony of Brazil,
the folio edition, complete with all plates and maps

BARLAEUS, Caspar. Rerum per Octennium in Brasilia et alibi nuper gestarum.
Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1647. Folio. With an engraved title-page, an engraved portrait of Johan Maurits van Nassau, 25 double-page engraved maps and plans, and 31 double-page engraved plates. Further with a woodcut printer's device on the title-page. Contemporary vellum, upper cover ruled in blind with blind-stamped floral vignette in center. [12, including title-page, frontispiece and portrait], 340, [8] pp. Full description
€ 36,500
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Unrecorded watercolour view of Heukelom

[HEUKELOM]. [BEIJER, Jan de]. View of Heukelom.
Heukelom, 8 August, 1750. 13 x 21.5 cm. Original watercolour highlighted with white.Detached from a 19th-century paperboard support with hand drawn decorative frame and cartouche with the title "Heukelom J. de Beijer 1703-1768" (24 x 32 cm). Full description
€ 9,500
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First edition of a richly illustrated account of Surinam

BENOIT, Pierre Jacques. Voyage a Surinam. Description des possessions néerlandaises dans la Guyane.
Brussels, De Wasme & Laurent (back of half-title: Imprimerie de Societé des Beaux-Arts), 1839. Folio (47.5 x 31 cm). With a lithographed frontispiece, a small wood-engraved illustration on the title-page, and 99 tinted lithographed illustrations on 49 plates. Contemporary half black morocco, black cloth sides, gold-tooled spine. [4], 1-69, [3], 75-76, [2] pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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Extra illustrated "Staten Bijbel"

[BIBLE - DUTCH]. Bybel, dat is, de gansche H. Schrift, vervattende alle de kanonyke boeken des Ouden en Nieuwen Testaments.
Gorinchem, Nicolas Goetzee, 1748. 2 volumes. Large folio. With engraved allegorical frontispiece by J. Punt after J. de Wit, large engraved vignette by J. Punt on title, 12 double-page folding engraved maps by W.A. Bachine, including a plan of Jerusalem, and 61 double-page engraved plates by Jan Luyken, including 2 with four half-page illustrations to one plate, and extra mounted on endpapers of both volumes 8 half-page engraved bible-illustrations by G. de Jode, all richly coloured by hand. Contemporary calf over wooden boards, spines ribbed and richly gilt in a fine light flower design, with broad richly ornamental gilt borders and elegant gilt inner-panel with large gilt flowers at the four corners and large flowered gilt central ornaments. [12], 19, [3], 342, [2], 151; [4], 12, 172, [4], 77 ll. Full description
€ 12,500
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17th-century Hungary, Dalmatia, and the Peloponnese depicted in numerous engraved plates

BOUTTATS, Gaspar (engraver). Korte en nette beschryvinghe van de koninckrycken Hongheryen en Dalmatien, Midts-gaeders de vorstendommen van Sevenberghen, Wallachien, Moldavien, Burgarien, etc. ...
Antwerpen, Hendrick van Dunewalt and Gasper Bouttats, 1688.
With: (2) [BOUTATTS Gaspar (compiler) and Vincenzo Maria CORONELLI (engraver)]. Korte, beknoopte, en nette beschryvinghe van het koninck-ryck Morea. ...
Antwerpen, Hendrick van Dunwalt and Gaspar Bouttats, [ca. 1685?].
Oblong 8vo (ca. 12 x 19 cm). With 82 full-page engraved plates (44 in ad 1 and 38 (including 1 folding) in ad 2). Contemporary gold-tooled calf (or sheepskin), sewn on 3 supports with the corresponding raised bands on the spine. 47, [1 blank] and 44 engraved plates; [1], [1 blank], 24 pp. and 38 engraved plates. Full description
€ 7,500
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Extremely rare print series engraved by Simon Frisius

BRIL, Matthaeus. Topographia variarum regionum, inventa à Mathaeo Bril, aeri incisa à Simone Frisio. Ab C.J. Visscherio excusa.
[Amsterdam], Claes Jansz. Visscher, 1651. Oblong 8vo. Engraved title-print, and 24 engraved topographic views numbered 1-25 (11 x 16 cm; plate size 10 x 15.5 cm). Half green cloth (1840s?), green paper sides made from waste paper with a mirror image letterpress text (showing through from the underside or offset?), difficult to read but probably in French, with a heading in fat-face roman capitals, plain paper label with manuscript title in ink on front board. 25 engraved ll. Full description
€ 3,950
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