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Alphands monumental work showing his major project of designing the "green" gardens, boulevards and parks in 19th-century Paris, with 585 illustrations

ALPHAND, Jean-Charles Adolphe. Les promenades de Paris: histoire, descriptions des embelissements, dépenses de création et d'entretien, des Bois de Boulogne et de Vincennes, Champs-Elysées, parcs, squares, boulevards, places plantées, étude sur l'art des jardins et arboretum.
Paris, J. Rothschild (printed by J. Claye), "1867-1873". 1 text volume and 1 plates volume. Elephant folio (ca. 62 x 44.5 cm). With the title-page in red and black with the Paris coat-of-arms in brown, a letterpress part-title in red for the plates volume, and richly illustrated with 485 wood-engravings, 77 engraved plates and 23 chromolithographs. Uniform, original publisher's half goatskin morocco with the Paris coat of arms on the spine and front board. Text vol.: [18], LIX, [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 246, [1], [1 blank], CVIII, [12] pp. Plate vol.: [5] ll. interleaving the plates. Full description
€ 6,850
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Graphically stunning 3-volume historical manuscript atlas

[ATLAS - HISTORICAL]. Atlas historique. - Souvenirs historiques. - Tableaux et cartes.
[Montpellier?], [date on spine of vol. 1:] 1851. 3 volumes. Folio (vol. 1) and large 4to (vols. 2-3). Neatly written manuscripts on paper with 23 graphically vibrant maps, coloured in outline with subtly shaded washes in grey (for the coasts) and numerous bright colours (for political boundaries), and with calligraphic headings. Contemporary bindings: vol. 1 red half goatskin; vol. 2 black half goatskin; vol. 3 black sheepskin. [1], [26 double]; [1], [22 double]; [1], 30 double, [1] ll. Full description
€ 1,750
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First edition of the first printed ethnographic comparison of the world's people, typographically stunning

BOEMUS (BÖHM), Johannes. Omnium gentium mores leges et ritus ex multis clarrissimis rerum scriptoribus ... nuper collecti: & in libros tris distinctos Aphricam, Asiam, Europam, optime lector lege. [Half-title:] Repertorium librorum trium Ioannis Boemi de omnium gentium ritibus. Item index rerum scitu digniorum in eosdem. Cum privilegio Papali ac Imperiali M.D.XX.
(Colophon: Augsburg, Sigismund Grimm & Marcus Wirsung, July 1520). Folio. With the letterpress half-title in an elaborate woodcut border with a trophy of arms, putti and mermen. 17th century vellum with 3 raised spine-bands. [6], LXXXI, [1] ll. Full description
€ 5,750
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First edition of a detailed description and illustration of the cities along the coasts of the Baltic Sea
in the context of the Crimean War

[BOSCHETTI, Ambrogio]. Il Mar Baltico e le sue coste descritti e illustrati con alcune carte geografiche topografiche ed orografiche per la guerre d'Oriente.
Triest, Colombo Coen, 1854. Large 4to (32.5 x 23.5 cm). With 1 folding map of the Baltic Sea as the frontispiece, 1 military plan of Kronstadt, 15 plates of Finnish, Swedish, Baltic and Russian cities, and 1 small illustration in the text on p. 58. Contemporary half brown cloth, grey paper sides, with the publishers front wrapper (for the "seconda edizione") printed letterpress on pink paper. 131, [1] pp. Full description
€ 3,250
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The first German edition of Boswell's Account of Corsica with a folding map

BOSWELL, James. Beschreibung von Corsica nebst vielen wichtigen Nachrichten und Anecdoten vom Pascal Paoli dem General der Corsen.
Leipzig, Caspar Fritsch, 1768. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With an engraved folding map of Corsica (29 x 44 cm). Contemporary paper-covered boards, spine with red title label lettered in gold, red edges. [14], 346 pp. Full description
€ 1,875
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Fine untrimmed copy of a pilot guide, with coloured maps and aquatint profiles

BOUGARD, René and John Thomas SERRES. The little sea torch: or, true guide for coasting pilots.
London, J. Debrett for the "author" [Serres], G. & W. Nicol, et al. [printed by T. Rickaby], 1801. Large folio (47 x 30 cm). With 20 numbered aquatint plates containing 137 coastal profiles, and 12 partly numbered engraved plates containing 24 maps of port cities, harbours, islands and the Strait of Gibraltar. All coastal profiles and maps beautifully and subtly coloured by a contemporary hand. Contemporary boards. VI, 144, [5] pp. Full description
€ 14,500
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First edition of a sumptuous account of a voyage to Russia, Persia and the East Indies,
with large folding views of Moscow and Isfahan (194x42 cm)

BRUYN (LE BRUN), Cornelis de. Reizen over Moskovie, door Persie en Indie: verrykt met driehondert konstplaten, vertoonende de beroemste lantschappen en steden, ook de byzondere dragten, beesten, gewassen en platen, die daer gevonden worden ...
Amsterdam, Willem and David Goeree for the author, 1711. Folio (40x25.5 cm). With engraved frontispiece by Bernard Picart, engraved author's portrait, 2 folding engraved maps, 109 engraved plates (13 folding, 55 double-page, 41 full-page) and 36 engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum. [8], 472, [12] pp. Full description
€ 9,000
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Travels through Switzerland, Italy and the Netherlands, by celebrated clergyman

BURNET, Gilbert. Nauwkeurige voyagie door Italiën, Switserland, &c. Behelsende veele aanmerkenswaardige, curieuse, en tot noch toe ongehoorde saken, welke in geen Reys-beschrijvingen aangetekend zijn.
Utrecht, Johannes Ribbius, 1687. 4to. With woodcut decoration on title-page and a woodcut tailpiece. Modern multi-coloured decorative boards. [1], [1 blank], 182, [13], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 750
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The future King Philip II of Spain’s travels from Spain to the Low Countries: eye-witness account by his tutor

CALVETE DE ESTRELLA, Juan Cristóbal. El felicissimo viaje d'el muy alto y muy poderoso Principe Don Phelippe, hijo d'el Emperador Don Carlos Quinto Maximo, desde España à sus tierras dela Baxa Alemaña: con la descripcion de todos los estados de Brabante y Flandes. Escrito en quatro libros, ...
Antwerp, Martinus Nutius I, 1552 (colophon 25 May 1552). Small folio (27 x 19.5 cm). With the woodcut arms of Charles V on title-page, a full-page woodcut triumphal arch erected in Ghent for Philip's entry, Nutius's woodcut device at the end, and dozens of woodcut decorated initials (4 series). Near contemporary limp vellum, with 6 fragments of a 16th-century manuscript reinforcing the spine of the bookblock, blind- and (later) gold-tooled spine. [8], 335, [19] ll. Full description
€ 9,000
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