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One of the earliest Antwerp records of Charles V’s Italian financier

AFFAITATI, Giovan Carlo (Johannes Carolus de AFFAYTADI). Ratificatio facta p[er] m[agnifi]cu[m] d[ominum] Jo[hannes] Carolu[s] de Affaytalis, in favorem m[agnifi]ci et r[everen]di d[omino]. Guidi d[e] Crema et Rafaelis Krumani p[e]r Castro S[anc]ti Laurentii et terris.
Antwerp, 20 January 1546. Manuscript notarial document in Latin, written in a Latin hand on one side of a single piece of sheepskin parchment (31 x 54.5 cm), opening with a large capital and closing with the notary's decorative signature, with the title and "M. Johan Carlo" on the back. Folded and loosely inserted in a paper folder (ca. 1690s?). Full description
€ 1,250
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Extremely rare satirical print series lampooning Louis XIV with the total eclipse of the Sun King
showing 1 major and at least 3 minor variants not recorded in the literature

[ALLARD, Carel]. Koninglyke almanach: beginnende met den aanvang der oorlog, van anno 1701 .... Waer in duydelijk de loop der zon der ongeregtigheid, met zyn eclipsen, of de regtvaardige straf des heemels, door XVIII zinnbeelden in koopere plaaten vertoond word; ... | Almanach royal. Commencant[!] avec la guere de l'an 1701 jusques .... ou est exactement observé le cours du soleil d'injustice; avec ses eclips; ou la juste punition du ciel. Demonstré dans XVIII emblemes. ...
“Paris” [= Amsterdam], “imprimé â l’imprimerie royale du Petit Louis” [= Carel Allard, 1706?]. Small folio (32 x 21 cm). Engraved print series with an engraved title-page and 24 engraved prints (9 single-page and 15 double-page; 18 bound in and 6 loosely inserted), the double-page prints with extensive letterpress text flanking and/or below the engraving. Contemporary marbled-paper wrappers. Full description
€ 8,750
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Topographic map of Paris, showing the new Séré de Rivières line

ANDRIVEAU-GOUJON, Eugène (editor). Environs de Paris dans un rayon de 30 kilomètres.
Paris, Eugène Andriveau-Goujon (printed by Erhard), 1889. Large folding engraved map (84 x 106 cm), colour-printed in outline with additional hand-colouring, drawn by Antoine and Calmelet and engraved by Charles Cornélis. The map has been divided into 36 sections and mounted on linen. Also with a protective cover of green cloth. Full description
€ 350
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Maritime atlas of the Middle East, Africa, Indian Ocean, East Indies, Far East and South Pacific
a magnificent display of colonial power ca. 1780

APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE, Jean-Baptiste d’. Le neptune oriental, ...
Paris, Antoine Guénard Demonville; Brest, Romain-Nicolas Malassis, 1775.
(2) APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE, Jean-Baptiste d'. Supplément au neptune oriental, ...
Paris, Antoine Guénard Demonville; Brest, Romain-Nicolas Malassis, 1781.
2 text volumes bound as 1, plus 1 atlas volume. Imperial folio (55 x 42 cm). With engraved frontispiece and 72 large engraved nautical charts (33 double-page and 39 single-page, plate size about 50 x 68 and 48 x 35 cm). Uniform contemporary mottled, gold-tooled calf, with the crowned French royal arms on each board and "Conseil de la Marine" below it on each front board. Rebacked, with most of the original backstrips laid down.
(3) APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE, Jean-Baptiste d'. Instructions sur la navigation des Indes orientales et de la Chine, pour servir au Neptune oriental, dédié au roi ,...
Paris, Jean-Claude Dezauche (colophon: Brest, printed by Romain-Nicolas Malassis), 1775.
(4) APRÈS DE MANNEVILLETTE, Jean-Baptiste d'. Supplément au Neptune oriental, ...
Paris, Antoine Guénard Demonville; Brest, Romain-Nicolas Malassis, 1781.
Large 4to (26 x 21 cm). 2 volumes bound as 1. "Maroquin"-pattern sheepskin (ca. 1840?), gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 75,000
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Biography of a famous abbess and reformer of Port-Royal. With notes on the history of Port-Royal, Maubuisson and other monasteries

ARNAULD D'ANDILLY, Angélique de Saint Jean. Relations sur la vie de la Reverende mere Angelique de Sainte Magdelaine Arnauld, ou receüil de la mere Angelique de Saint Jean Arnauld d'Audilly, sur la vie de sa tante la mere Marie-Angelique de Sainte Magdelaine Arnauld, & sur la réforme des abbayes de Port-Royal, Maubuisson & autres, faite par cette Sainte Abbisse.
With: (2) ARNAULD, Angélique de Sainte Magdelaine. Mémoires pour servir à la vie de la R. Mëre Marie Angélique de Sainte Magdelaine Arnauld, reformatrice de Port Royal.
[France], 1737. 2 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine with red morocco title-label, marbled edges and marbled endpapers. Full description
€ 3,500
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Graphically stunning 3-volume historical manuscript atlas

[MANUSCRIPT - 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. Full description
€ 4,250
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Two dissertations on the Venus of Eryx

BALBI, Ambrogio. Dissertazioni risguardanti il culto di Venere Ericina.
-Il culto di Venere Ericina rivendicato ad erice re di Sicilia suo vero institutore.
-Dissertazione sopra una lapide inscritta da silla a Venere Ericina.
Turin, widow Pomba and sons, 1824. 8vo. Green half morocco, gold-tooled spine, with the arms of Joaquín Gómez de la Cortina (1808-1868) in gold on each board. Full description
€ 1,250
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Including the first printing of game boards and rules for a 10th-century dice game

BALDERIC, Bishop of Noyon and Tournai (ed. George COLVENEER). Chronicon Cameracense et Atrebatense, sive historia utrisque ecclesiae, III libris, ab hinc DC sere annis conscripta. Nunc primum in luce edita, & notis illustrata.
Douai, Jean Bogard, 1615. 8vo. With Bogard's engraved device on the title-page, 1 large folding engraved game board, and 2 large folding letterpress rectangular game boards, each of the letterpress ones with the same 4 small engravings in the centre (representing the sides of 3 cubic vowel dice and 1 tetrahedronal consonant die) and explanatory text on the backs, the same 4 engravings of dice in the text along with 3 small engravings of seals (plus 4 repeats). 17th-century vellum. Full description
€ 7,000
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Important illustrated study of emblems,
with a lengthy treatment of women's emblems

BARGAGLI, Scipione. Dell' imprese die Scipion Bargagli … Alla prima parte, la seconda, e la terza nucoamente aggiunte.
Venice, Francesco de Franceschi, 1594. Small 4to (20.5 x 15 cm). With oval engraved device on title-page, full-page engraved portrait of Rudolf II, full-page engraved dedicatory emblem, and 138 engraved oval emblems in text. 19th-century half sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 3,500
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A Franciscan discovering the Holy Land. From the library of king Louis-Philippe

[BEAUGRAND, Felix]. Relation fidele du voyage de la Terre Sainte dans laquelle se voit tout ce qu' il y a de remarquable, tant par mer que par terre, depuis le départ de Marseille jusqu' au retour de ce saint voyage. Par un religieux de S. François Observantain, qui a fait le voyage trois fois.
Paris, Gabriel Valleyre, 1760. 8vo. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine and binding edges. Full description
€ 5,000
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Dried samples of 23 varieties of mushroom collected in France 1862-1912

BERTILLON, [Louis-Adolphe] & F[rançois]. [Herbier de champignons].
[Paris and Maison-Laffitte], 1862-1912. 4to & folded folio leaves in a 4to portfolio (23 x 18 cm). A mushroom herbarium comprising samples of 23 varieties of mushroom, each mounted on paper, with manuscript notes and an occasional pencil drawing, the two earliest mounted and written on a pre-printed form. Loosely inserted in a contemporary half green cloth portfolio. Full description
€ 1,500
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Printed memento of a noble wedding,
bound in red velvet with emblematic gold and silver embroidery

[BINDING]. [GHELARDI SCOLOPI, Orazio Antonio]. La pace tra la virtu', la gloria, ed amore. Componimento drammatico da cantarsi in occasione delle faustissime nozze del nobil uomo signor Silvestro Michele Arnolfini con la nobil donzella signora Beatrice Luisa Bernardini dedicato alla medesima.
Lucca, Giuseppe Rocchi, 1767. Small 4to (17 x 14 cm). Contemporary red velvet, embroidered with silver and gold thread and white and yellow silk (each board with an emblematic image: a crowned mirror[?] showing a hand planting a flag, perhaps intended as the groom's hand on the front and the bride's hand on the back), sewn without supports through 3 holes, brocade paper endpapers (grape vines and large flowers, white on a copper background), green silk ribbon marker. Full description
€ 15,000
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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. Full description
€ 4,000
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Essays on coral, volcanoes, botany, fossils and more,
with 16 engraved plates

BOCCONE, Paolo. Natuurkundige naspeuringen op proef- en waerneemingen gegrond. ... Groey der planten, ... wonderbare versteeningen van verscheide lighamen; de wording van het corael, de star-steenen, de mynstoffige bezoar en het verschil van deeze met de dierlijke, de versteenden vis-tanden, ammon-hoorn, schelpen, enz.
The Hague, Johannes de Cros, 1745. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece, an engraved ornament on the title-page and 16 engraved plates (including 2 folding). Contemporary red half roan. Full description
€ 400
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Seven revised ornithological offprints by Napoleon's nephew

BONAPARTE, Charles Lucien. [Collection of revised ornithological offprints from "Comptes rendus"].
Paris, Mallet-Bachelier, 1855-1856. 4to. 7 parts in 1 volume. With a collective title-page for several of the offprints: Tableaux paralléliques des oiseaux praecoces ou autophages. Gallinacés, échassiers, palmipèdes et rudipennes (Paris, 1856) and all first leaves of the quires signed with a "B", indicating a revised offprint. Modern half morocco.

Coup d'oeil sur l'ordre des pigeons. Paris, 1855.
Tableaux synoptiques de l'ordre des hérons. Paris, 1855.
Catalogue des genres et sous-genres d'oiseaux contenus dans le Muséum Brittanique. Paris, 1855.
Note sur les oiseaux des Iles Marquises, et particulièrement sur le genre nouveau Serresius. Paris, 1855.
Tableaux paralléliques de l'ordre des gallinacés. Paris, 1856.
Excursions dans les divers musées d'Allemagne, de Hollande et de Belgique, et tableaux paralléliques de l'ordre des échassiers. Paris, 1856.
Ornithologie fossile servant d'introduction au tableau comparatif des ineptes et des autruches. Paris, 1856. Full description
€ 3,500
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Souvenir album showing the Holy Land, Egypt, Athens and Venice in the second half of the 19th century

BONFILS, G. LEKEGIAN & CO, Brothers ZANGAKI, Collection MERLIN and Carlo NAYA. [Souvenir album with photographs of the Holy Land, Cairo, Athens and Venice].
[Palestine, Cairo, Athens, Venice, ca. 1890]. Oblong album (41.5 x 31 cm) containing 62 albumen prints, mostly 23 x 28 cm, with 2 smaller prints of ca. 16 x 28 and 5 large prints of 35.5 x 27 cm. Most of the photographs are numbered and captioned in French, and sometimes also in English, on the negative. Contemporary brown half morocco. Full description
€ 9,500
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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. Full description
€ 14,500
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The avifauna of Dauphiné, with 72 lithographed plates on china paper

BOUTEILLE, Hippolyte and M. de LABATIE. Ornithologie du Dauphiné ou description des oiseaux observés dans les départements de l'Isère, de la Drome, des Hautes-Alpes et les contrées voisines.
Grenoble, for the author and "les principaux libraires de la ville", by F. Allier, 1843[-1844]. 2 volumes bound as 1. Royal 8vo (27 x 18.5 cm). With 72 mounted lithographed plates by C. Pégeron after Victor Desirée Cassien, printed on china paper, and a large folding table. Contemporary half calf, with gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,750
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The avifauna of Dauphiné, with 72 lithographed plates

BOUTEILLE, Hippolyte and M. de LABATIE. Ornithologie du Dauphiné ou description des oiseaux observés dans les départements de l'Isère, de la Drome, des Hautes-Alpes et les contrées voisines.
Grenoble, for the author and "les principaux libraires de la ville", by F. Allier, 1843[-1844]. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 72 lithographed plates by C. Pégeron after Victor Desirée Cassien, and a large folding table. Contemporary half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 900
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Well-illustrated study of the coins of ancient France, large paper copy

BOUTEROUE D'AUBIGNY, Claude. Recherches curieuses des monoyes de France depuis le commencement de la monarchie.
Paris, Edme Martin, 1666. Large folio (42 x 27.5 cm). With title-page with engraved allegorical illustration by N. Bonnart (including a minting press), and numerous engravings in text incl. 7 full-page (on pp. 336, 342, 349, 354, 359, 364 and 370). Contemporary mottled calf (ca. 1693), richly gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, gilt edges; and each board with the (later) gold-tooled British Royal arms in the form used in Scotland 1801-1816, encircled by the inscription, "The Society of Writers to the Signet" (that is the Signet Library in Edinburgh; stamp 3, ca. 1815). Full description
€ 3,500
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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. Full description
€ 12,000
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With 42 original watercolour drawings of orchids. One of 12 sets produced

CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées des environs de Paris.
Paris, Paindebled, 1885. 2 volumes. Royal folio (atlas volume: 48 x 31 cm) and folio (text volume: 39.5 x 27 cm). With 42 original watercolour drawings, highlighted with gum arabic, each signed by the author. They are numbered 1-40, with a "duplicate" no. 25 and an unnumbered drawing not normally included in the series. The photogravure text volume with calligraphic wrapper-title and dedication, and text reproduced from manuscript (mostly from the author's autograph). The atlas volume with the watercolours mounted on heavy paper in the original green cloth portfolio. Full description
€ 12,500
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108 original watercolour drawings of orchids in large folio format
presented by the author to his daughter Aimée

CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées des environs de Paris.
[Paris,] 1885.
(2) CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées de France.
[Paris,] 1891.
(3) CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Orchidées....
[Without place and date].
(4) CAMUS, Edmond Gustave. Iconographie des orchidées des environs de Paris. - Texte.
Paris, Paindebled, 1885. 4 volumes bound as 2. Drawings volumes large folio (48 x 33 cm) and text volume folio (38.5 x 26 cm). With 3 calligraphed title-pages (drawings volumes) and 1 photogravure title-page (text volume, with the calligraphic dedication Camus’s hand-written text reproduced in the same manner), 108 original watercolour drawings of orchids, exquisitely coloured, finished with gum arabic and signed by the author, photograph of author pasted onto leaf preceding title-page. Uniformly bound in blue half morocco. Full description
€ 48,500
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Contemporary accounts of two power struggles, in Italy and in the Low Countries

CAPELLA, Galeazzo Flavio. De rebus nuper in Italia gestis [in the running heads: "De bello Mediolanensi"] libro octo ...
(Colophon: Antwerp, Maarten de Keyser), 1533.
With: (2) SERVILIUS, Johannes (Jan KNAAP). Geldrogallica conjuratio in totius Belgicae clarissimam civitatem Antverpiam, duce Martino Rosheymio, ...
Augsburg, Heinrich Steiner, 1544. 2 works in 1 volume. Small 8vo (15 x 10 cm). Contemporary vellum wrappers, with 2 fragments of the March and April calendar leaf (in red and black) of a manuscript Missale romanum (ca. 1475/1500?) used as end leaves. Full description
€ 4,500
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Offensive defence by the "organizer of victory"

CARNOT, Lazare. De la défense des places fortes, ouvrage composé... pour l'instruction des élèves du corps du génie;... troisième edition.
Paris, widow of Courcier, 1812. Large 4to (25 x 20 cm). With 11 folding engraved plates. Contemporary boards, covered with decorated paper; recased, with later endpapers. Full description
€ 700
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Much ado about the façade of Milan Cathedral, with unexecuted designs

CASTELLI, Francesco. Per la facciata del duomo do Milano.
[Milan, 1654]. Folio. With 6 unnumbered engraved plates, 5 showing designs for facades for the Cathedral (4 with small plans at the foot) and 1 showing a floor plan (5 folding, including 1 with three engraved slips showing alternative designs for parts of the facade). 18th-century flexible boards covered with 2 sheets of the same gold brocade paper, with a pattern of red flowers on a gold background. Full description
€ 25,000
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Includes excellent logarithmic-trigonometric tables

CAVALIERI, Bonaventura Francesco. Trigonometria plana, et sphaerica, linearis, & logarithmica. Hoc est, tam per sinuum, tangentium, & secantium multiplicationem, ac divisionem iuxta veteres: quam per logarithmorum simplicem fere additionem iuxta recentiores; ad triangulorum dimetiendos angulos, & latera procedens.
Bologna, heirs of Victor Benati, 1643. 4to. With engraved frontispiece and 28 geometrical figures on a folding engraved plate. Contemporary vellum, with manuscript title on spine. Full description
€ 2,500
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Secrets of the goldsmith and sculptor; with an important passage on Michelangelo's sculptural techniques

CELLINI, Benvenuto. Due trattati, uno intorno alle otto principali arti dell' oreficeria. L'altro in materia dell'arte della scultura; dove si veggono infiniti segreti nel lavorar le figure di marmo, & nel gettarle di bronzo.
Florence, Valente Panizzi, Marco Peri, 1568. 4to. With the woodcut coat of arms of the Medici on the title-page, a woodcut printer's device at the end, 1 small and 36 large architectural historiated initials. 19th-century marbled-paper boards. Full description
€ 5,950
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Oval portrait painting of Voltaire

CERF, J. de. [Oval miniature portrait painting of Voltaire].
[France?], "1687" [= ca. 1735?]. Oval portrait painting (11 x 9 cm) in grisaille on copper, with a note on the back "J. de Cerf A[nn]o 1687". Mounted in a gilt rectangular wooden frame (34.5 x 28 cm). Full description
€ 9,500
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A rare pocket atlas for officers and travellers, with 25 maps

CLEYNHENS, Bernardus. Accuraat geografisch kaart-boekje of zak-atlas van het keyzerryk en geheel Duytsland, de Oostenrykse Nederlanden, …
Haarlem, Bernardus Cleynhens, [ca. 1747?]. Small 8vo (16 x 10 cm). With 25 double-page engraved maps (2 overview maps), and an engraved plate with 8 scales, all hand-coloured, partly in outline. Half textured red cloth (ca. 1860?). Full description
€ 5,000
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An excellent treatise on viniculture

COLLIGNON D'ANCY, Théodore. Nouveau mode de culture et d'echalassement de la vigne, applicable à tous les vignobles où l'on cultive les vignes basses.
Metz, printed by Dembour and Gangel for Warion, [1847]. 8vo. With woodcut vignette on the title-page, and 3 large folding plates, lithographed by Dembours and Gangel. Modern half morocco, preserving the original illustrated wrappers. Full description
€ 3,950
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Cordier’s mushrooms of France,
together with the original drawings for its 60 plates

CORDIER, François-Simon. Les champignons de la France.
Paris, Jules Rothschild (back of half-title: printed by Adolphe Lainé), 1870. With a few wood engraved illustrations in text and 60 chromolithographic plates.
With: (2) Album of the 60 original drawings for "Les champignons de la France" by Aimée-Eugénie Delville-Cordier, in brown ink and coloured gouaches, numbered I-LX (renumbered in a different order when published), plus 1 unfinished unnumbered drawing not used for the book. Most drawings include several figures, giving in total about 300 figures showing about 110 species. Book: Large 8vo (28 x 18.5 cm) and drawings: Imperial oblong long 4to (25 x 35.5 cm). Contemporary half tanned sheepskin (book) and gray-brown paper wrappers (drawings). Full description
€ 5,000
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120 architectural prints in 11 series: Parisian churches, other buildings, portals, altars, pulpits,
fountains, decorative wall & ceiling panels, sculpture and other architectural details

COTTART, Pierre. Receuil, des plus beaux portails de plusieures eglises de Paris.
[Paris], Jacques van Merle, 1660. Series of 11 (of 12) engraved prints, including the title-print, showing elevations and plans of 17th-century Parisian baroque churches, portals and altars, some naming the architects Mansart, Brosse and Le Mercier.
(2) MAROT, Jean. [Recueil de plusieurs portes des principaux hostels et maisons de la ville de Paris ensemble le retable des plus considerables autels des eglises].
[Paris, Pierre Mariette II, ca. 1660/65]. Series of 19 (of 20) etched prints showing portals of numerous Paris churches and civic buildings.
(3) LE PAUTRE, Jean. Retables dautels a lItaliene inventes et graves par Jean Potre ...
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1660/65]. Complete series of 6 etched prints, including title-print, showing richly decorated altars, some with a plan at the foot.
(4) LE PAUTRE, Jean. Porte cochere, inventée et gravée par J. Le Potre ...
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1657/59?]. Complete series of 6 etched prints, including the title-print, showing richly decorated portals, each with a plan at the foot. Very rare series.
(5) LE PAUTRE, Jean. Cheminees a la moderne inventées et gravéez par Jean le Pautre.
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, 1661. Complete series of 6 unnumbered etched prints, including the title-print, showing a hearth with a richly decorated mantelpiece.
(6)  LE PAUTRE, Jean. Desseins de plaphons inventez et gravez par Le Pautre.
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1660/65?]. Series of 5 (of 6) etched plates, including the title-print, showing a richly decorated ceiling, some with an elaborate painted scene in the central panel.
(7)  MAROT, Jean. Nouveaux desseins d'Alcoves inventés et gravés par J. Marot.
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1665?]. A complete series of 8 numbered engraved prints, including the title-print, showing alcoves (at least some of them for beds) with richly decorated walls and doorways. Very rare edition.
(8)  LE PAUTRE, Jean. Chaires de predicateurs nouvellement inventées et gravées par J. Le Pautre.
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, 1659. Series of 4 (of 6) etched prints, including the title-print, showing elaborately decorated pulpits, most with the preacher and congregation during the sermon.
(9)  BOISSEAU, Jean. [Paris buildings].
[Paris], Jean Boisseau, [1655?]. Series of 6 (of 14) engraved prints, showing buildings in Paris.
(10) PIERRETZ, Antoine. Recherche de plusieurs beaux morceaux d'ornamens antiques et modernes, comme trophées, frises, masques, feuillages, et autres, dessignés et graves par A. Pierretz.
Paris, Pierre Mariette II, [ca. 1657/59?]. Series of 24 (of 25) engraved plates, namely 1-7 (helmets, military insignia), 8-11, 13-14 (decorated borders, friezes), 15-21 (masks), 22-25 (decorated architectural elements) and an extra no. 24 of a geometrical design. Very rare series.
(11) FANELLI, Francesco. Varie architeture di Francesco Fanelli Fiorentino scultore del Re della Gran Bretagne.
Paris, Jacques van Merle, 1661. A complete series of 21 unnumbered engraved prints, including the title-print. Five prints show grottos with sculpture, all but one including fountains, and the other fifteen show free-standing fountains.
11 series in 1 volume. Small oblong folio (18.5 x 29 cm). Contemporary limp parchment. Full description
€ 15,000
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"a landmark in the history of geology" (DSB)

CUVIER, Georges and Alexandre BRONGNIART. Description géologique des environs de Paris ... Nouvelle édition, dans laquelle on a inséré la description d'un grand nombre de lieux de l'Allemagne, de la Suisse, de l'Italie, etc., qui présentent des terrains analogues à ceux du bassin de Paris.
Paris and Amsterdam, G. Dufour and E. d'Ocagne, 1822. Large 4to (30 x 22.5 cm). With a folding handcoloured engraved map, a folding engraved plate, and 16 lithographed plates (1 handcoloured). Modern half morocco. Full description
€ 1,500
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Richly illustrated dance of death

[DANCE OF DEATH]. La grande danse macabre des hommes et des femmes, historiée & renouvellée de vieux Gaulois, en langage le plus poli de notre temps. Avec: le débat du corps & de l'ame. La complainte de l'ame damnée. L'exhortation de bien vivre & de bien mourir. La vie du mauvais Antechrist. Les quinze signes du jugement.
Troyes, Jean-Antoine Garnier, [1728]. 4to. With 60 woodcuts in text, including 3 repeats, most of them half-page. 19th-century half cloth. Full description
€ 5,000
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In the wake of Napoleon: an important work on Egypt

DENON, Dominique Vivant. Reize in Opper- en Neder- Egipte, gedurende den veldtocht van Bonaparte. Uit het Fransch door Herm. Bosscha met de voornaamste platen.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1803-1805. 3 volumes. 8vo. With 2 folding engraved maps of Lower and Upper Egypt after Denon by C. van Baarsel, 41 numbered plates (39 folding, 2 full-page and including 5 bis plates), engraved by Vinkeles and Vrijdag after the original drawings by Denon, and a folding letterpress leaf with Greek writing and the Dutch translation. Contemporary half calf. Full description
€ 1,850
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A splendid work on Rome, lavishly illustrated with fine engraved views of historical sights

DESEINE, François. Beschryving van oud en niew Rome, verdeelt in drie deelen.
Including: BARTOLI, Pietro Santi and Giovanni Pietro BELLORI. Oude of antyke schilderyen, gevonden in het graf der nazoonen op den Flaminischen weg buiten Rome.
Amsterdam, François Halma, 1704. 3 parts in 2 volumes. Large folio (53.5 x 31.5 cm). With 3 engraved frontispieces and 112 plates and maps (many double-page; the first map hand-coloured) on 101 leaves. Further with 22 engraved illustrations in the text. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spines. Restored. Full description
€ 8,500
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12 albumen prints showing Paris after the Franco-Prussian War,
including 9 by the French photographer Disdéri

DISDÉRI, André. [Collection of 12 photographs of Paris and surroundings just after the Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871)].
[Paris], André Disdéri, 1871. Seven albumen print by Disdéri (measuring 10/20 x 29 cm), mounted onto blue stiff paper leaves, with a caption in pencil in the left foot corner; three albumen prints, each mounted onto a white stiff paper leaf, including one by A. Serrault with printed text underneath; and two small portraits of carte de visite format (89 x 54 mm), probably by Disdéri, mounted together on one stiff paper leaf. Full description
€ 1,250
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Rare and old-fashioned pharmacopoeia of Douai

[DOUAI - PHARMACOPOEIA]. BRISSEAU, Michel, and others. Pharmacopoeia Duacena galeno-chymica nobilissima et amplissimi senatus authoritate et jussu munita & edita.
Douai, Jacques-François Willerval, 1732. Small folio (25.5 x 17 cm). With a woodcut of the then current Douai coat-of-arms (a shield with an arrow and eight drops of blood) on the title-page. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,750
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Beech trees and beech forests

DRALET, Étienne-François. Traité du hêtre et de son aménagement comparé a celui du chêne et des arbres résineux, ouvrage dans lequel on présente des vues sur l'économie générale du sol forestier de la France.
Toulouse, J.M. Douladoure; (back of half-title: Paris, Madame Huzard), 1824. 12mo. Slightly later dark green half sheepskin. Full description
€ 750
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Architectural drawings for alterations to an important Veronese library

[DRAWINGS - ARCHITECTURAL]. Dissegno per la fabrica della Libreria Canonicale.
[Verona, ca. 1720/25]. Folio (38.5 x 25.5 cm). With 4 architectural drawings, 3 double-page (ca. 37 x 50 cm at a scale of about 1:60) and 1 loosely inserted full-page (24 x 35 cm at a scale of about 1:107), skillfully drawn in brown ink and several shades of grey watercolour. Two of the double-page drawings are elevations (1 partly in cross-section), the other 2 drawings are floor plans, each plan with a folding flap tipped on showing the plan of a higher level. Contemporary stiff paper wrappers. Full description
€ 25,000
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Portugal's political and economic decline,
with extensive chapters on France and the Umayyad Caliphate

DULAC, Antonio Maximino. Genuina exposição do tremendo marasmo politico em que cahio Portugal, com desenganada indicação dos unicos remedios apropriados a' sua cura radical... Tomo I [-II].
Lisbon, Imprensa Nacional, 1834. 2 volumes bound as 1. 4to. With lithographed frontispiece, and a small woodcut Portuguese royal coat of arms on title-page of each part. Contemporary half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,800
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French expedition to Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific,with 60 lithographed plates

DUMONT D'URVILLE, Jules Sébastien César. Entdeckungs-Reise der französischen Corvette Astrolabe unternommen auf Befehl König Karls X. in den Jahren 1826-1827-1828-1829.
Schaffhausen, J. Brodtmann, [ca. 1840]. 2 parts in 1 volume (text and plates). Folio.  With a lithographed title-page and 60 lithographed plates. Modern green half morocco, original boards. Full description
€ 4,950
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Important collection of 45 rare “Ordre du jours” from the French campaign in Egypt,
printed in Cairo by Jean Joseph Marcel

[EGYPTIAN CAMPAIGN]. Au quartier-général du Kaire … Ordre du jour.
Cairo, Imprimerie nationale, 1799-1801. Small folio. Collection of 45 placards, mostly single leafs printed on both sides, but also some single leafs printed on one side and a few folios with three to four pages. All with the woodcut symbol of the French Republic showing Marianne, and with the header: Liberté. Egalité. Republique Francaise. Preserved in a modern faux-leather box. Full description
€ 35,000
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Rare account of a journey from Basra to Aleppo, with a folding map

[EVERS, Samuel]. Dagverhaal eener reize van Bassora na Bagdad, en verder door de kleine woestyne van Arabie, na Aleppo, enz. in Italie.
Including: VASLIN. Brieven enz. van den heere Vaslin. consul te Alexandrie.
Amsterdam, J. Yntema, 1787. 8vo. With folding engraved map (22 x 38 cm) showing the route from Basra to Aleppo highlighted in red. Modern red half morocco. Full description
€ 2,500
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Monograph on rivers, torrents and inland navigation

FABRE, Jean Antoine. Essai sur la théorie des torrens et des rivières, contenant les moyens les plus simples d'en empêcher les ravages, d'en rétrécir le lit & d'en faciliter la navigation, le hallage & la flottaison. Accompagné d'une discussion sur la navigation intérieure de la France; et terminé par le projet de rendre Paris, port maritime en faisant remonter à la voile, par la Seine, les navires qui s'arrêtent à Rouen.
Paris, Bidault, 1797. 4to (29 x 21.5 cm). With 8 folding engraved plates, showing how to determine the drop of a river, the contents of water, how to change currents, how to create different effects with different dyke constructions, etc. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine, in the style of Bradel & Derôme. Full description
€ 750
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The fountains of Rome, with 42 beautiful plates, mostly double-page

FALDA, Giovanni Battista. Der römischen Fontanen wahre Abbildung wie solche, so wohl auf offentlichen Plätzen und Palatien, als auch Frescada Tivoli und denen Lust-Gärten, mit ihren Prospecten, der Zeit allda zu ersehen sind.
Nuremberg, Sandrart (printed by Christian Sigmund Froberg), 1685. Folio. With 2 engravings and 1 woodcut in text and 42 numbered engraved plates (40 double-page) of fountains and gardens. Near contemporary sprinkled calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 11,500
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"Few books had greater influence on the subsequent teaching of elementary mathematics"

FELICIANO, Francesco Libro di arithmetica & geometria speculativa & praticale ... intitulato Scala Grimaldelli: novamente stampato
(Colophon: Venice, Francesco de Leno), 1563. 4to. With the title in a 5-piece woodcut border  with an allusive woodcut illustration (ladder and key), and with numerous woodcut diagrams, geometric figures and other illustrations printed in the large fore-edge margin. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 2,750
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Europe fortified: the fortifications of Marolois, Stevin and Vauban, beautifully mapped,
together with an atlas of the coasts of France, also with fortifications

FER, Nicolas de. Les forces de l' Europe, ou description des principales villes; avec leurs fortifications. . . .
Paris, "chez l'auteur" [=Nicolas de Fer, a false imprint], 1695-1696 [printed in Amsterdam, for Pieter Mortier, 1695-ca. 1702]. 10 parts in 1 volume. With 234 beautifully engraved plates (a few folding) with 366 maps and views of fortified cities.
With: (2) FER, Nicolas de. Costes de France, sur l' ocean & sur la Mer Mediterranée &c. avec leurs fortifications. . . .
Paris, "Nicolas de Fer" [a false imprint], 1695. [printed in Amsterdam, for Pieter Mortier]. With engraved title-page and 40 engraved plates (including 2 folding). 2 works in 12 parts or volumes, bound as 1 volume. Oblong 1mo (30×37 cm). Contemporary tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 17,500
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25 beautiful ca. 1660 etchings depicting a cavalry battle, animals and landscapes,
including 3 complete series

FLAMEN, Albert. [5 etched print series:]
1) Divers combats.
Series of 6 unnumbered prints including title-print.
2) Diverses especes d[']animaus faits apres nature.
Series of 7 unnumbered prints including title-print.
3) Veuës et païsages du Chasteau de Longuetoise et des environs.
6 unnumbered prints, including title-print, from a series of 12.
4) [Views near Paris].
Series of 4 numbered prints, published without title.
5) [Pastoral views].
Series(?) of 2 unnumbered prints without title.
Paris, [Jacques Lagniet (ads 1, 3), Jacques van Merlen (ad 4), unknown publisher (ads 2, 5)], [ca. 1660]. Small 4to (16.5 x 13 cm). Five series of small oblong folio etched views (16 x 21.5-23 cm; plate size: 10 x 17 to 12.5 x 21.5 cm), 3 complete, 1 incomplete and 1 documented only as separate prints. Each print folded to form a double leaf and mounted on a stub so that it can open flat. Gold-tooled, dark green goatskin morocco (ca. 1890). Full description
€ 7,500
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Testing chronometers by Harrison's leading French rival

FLEURIEU, Charles Pierre Claret, Count d'Eveux de. Voyage fait par ordre du Roi en 1768 et 1769, à différentes parties du monde, pour éprouver en mer les horloges marines inventées par M. Ferdinand Berthoud. Première[-seconde] partie, ...
Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1773. 2 volumes. Large 4to (27 x 20.5 cm). With 5 numbered folding engraved plates in volume 1 (4 maps of the Atlantic Ocean, the Canaries, the Azores, etc., and 1 plate with topographic diagrams), 1 folding engraved plate with geometrical figures illustrating the determination of latitude[!], and 5 folding letterpress tables in volume 2. Contemporary gold-tooled mottled calf. Full description
€ 9,500
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French edition of Forster’s acclaimed and influential Ansichten vom Niederrhein

FORSTER, Georg. Voyage philosophique et pittoresque, sur les rives du Rhin, a Liège, dans la Flandre, le Brabant, la Hollande, l'Angleterre, la France, etc. fait en 1790, ...
Paris, F. Buisson and Charles Pougens, l'an VIII [= 1800]. 3 volumes. 8vo. With a folding engraved map of Great Britain and 9 folding engraved views of famous English buildings. Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin (tree pattern), gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 2,650
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Fortification and military architecture, with 32 folding colour drawings (plans, sections, etc.)

[FORTIFICATION MANUSCRIPT]. Traite des fortifications.
[France, ca. 1730?]. 4 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With 32 folding drawings in black and red ink and grey and coloured washes showing plans, sections and elevations of fortifications and of military buildings, bridges, gates, etc. Near contemporary calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 7,500
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Insects found in and around Paris

FOURCROY, Antoine François de and Étienne Louis GEOFFROY. Entomologia Parisiensis; sive catalogus insectorum quae in agro Parisiensi reperiuntur; secundum methodum Geoffraeanam in sectiones, genera & species distributus: cui addita sunt nomina trivalia & fere trecentae novae species.
Paris, Via et Aedibus Serpentineis, 1785. 2 parts in 1 volume. 12mo (14.5 x 8.5 cm). Later marbled boards. Full description
€ 750
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Original architectural drawings by an Italian architect ca. 1789,
plus 2 important series of 17th-century engraved architectural plates

[DRAWINGS - ARCHITECTURE]. FRANCESCHINI, Lodovico. [Architectural drawings].
[Rome?, ca. 1789]. Folio (36.5 x 26 cm). With 48 mostly full-page (2 double-page) original architectural drawings, including floor plans, elevations, cross-sections, many designs for tile floors, ornamental detail, an illustration of a pantograph, diagrams illustrating the construction of figures, projections, perspective, etc., mainly executed in ink and coloured washes. 4 drawings are signed by Lodovico Franceschini and 3 dated "1789". The 44 plates of Vignola's Regula (Siena, Bernardino Oppi, 1635) and the 21 plates of Giovanni Battista Montano's Tabernacoli diversi by (Rome, Giovanni Jacomo de Rossi, 1684, pt. 5) are interspersed among the drawings, often with an engraving and a related drawing on facing pages. Contemporary blind-tooled tanned goatskin, sewn on 3 recessed cords, each board divided into 16 triangular fields by horizontal, vertical and diagonal 5-line fillets, each triangle with 3 impressions of a 6-petalled flower and 1 impression of a larger floral ornament, 5-line fillets on spine, with a roman capital "B" (replacing a fainter "A") inscribed in black ink on front board, 6 paper templates (ca. 1800?) for decorative motifs (for cartouches?) pasted on paste-downs.
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€ 36,500
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Photos of 124 ornate dance card cases from the 18th century

FRANCK, Bernard. Collection de 124 carnets de bal du XVIIIe siècle formée par M. Bernard Franck a Paris de l'année 1875 au 23 avril 1902.
Paris, Gerschel, Photographe, 1902. Large 4to (32.5 x 29 cm). With one full-page (27.5 x 23 cm) and 248 mounted carbon print photographs (ca. 8.5-9 x 4.5-5.5 cm) on 63 leaves of thick hinged card board, and 4 preliminary letterpress text pages printed in red and black. Original dark green half morocco, with title in gold on front board and spine, gilt edges. Full description
€ 1,500
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Letters and related documents, 3 signed by Prince Frederik of Orange-Nassau, son of King Willem I

FREDERIK, Prince, of Orange-Nassau, Prince of the Netherlands. [Letter in German, signed, to General-Major Von Elderhorst]. 
The Hague, 24 December 1841. 24.5 x 20 cm. In pen and ink on wove paper. [1], [3 blank] pp.
(2) FREDERIK, Prince, of Orange-Nassau. [Letter in Dutch, signed, to the jurist Mr. Jacobus Wertheim Jzn., with envelope sealed with red wax and the royal arms].
The Hague, 19 July 1851 (postmarked 20 July). 26.5 x 21.5 cm. Pen and ink letter thanking Wertheim for a copy of his doctoral thesis (De consulibus mercatorum Batavis, University of Utrecht, 1851). The paper is unusual, perhaps machine-made, but with a pattern of chainlines and wavy laidlines. [1], [3 blank] pp.
(3) FREDERIK, Prince, of Orange-Nassau. [Printed form letter in Dutch, signed, filled in and addressed to the jurist Mr. Jacobus Wertheim Jzn].
The Hague, 10 March 1863. 32.5 x  21 cm. Printed form letter on laid paper informing him that he has been made a member of a commission for the erection of a monument commemorating (the 50th anniversary of) the return of the House of Orange to the Netherlands in November 1813 after the defeat of Napoleon.  [5], [3 blank] pp.
(4). LOUISE OF PRUSSIA, Princess of Orange-Nassau. [Autograph signature, perhaps clipped from a letter to Mademoiselle de Viereck in Berlin, a lady in waiting of Louise's late mother, the Queen of Prussia].
The Hague? (stamped on envelope), [1826?]. 7.5 x 10 cm. Pen and ink signature on laid paper, mounted on wove paper. With envelope with black wax seal. The signature reads "Louise Prinzeß in der Niederlande geborene Prinzeß von Preußen". She and Frederik were married in 1825. The envelope is addressed "A Mademoiselle| Mademoiselle de Viereck Dame d'atour de feu S.M. la Reine de Pruße". [1] p.
(5). TIMM. [Autograph letter in German].
[No place], 18 January 1826. 24 x 19.5 cm. Pen and ink letter. [2] pp. A letter mentioning Prince Frederick and his recent bride Louise.
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€ 650
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Splendid manuscript on the state, condition and organization of the
French Royal navy in 1732, from the library of Henri Beraldi

[MANUSCRIPT - MILITARY - FRENCH ROYAL]. [Binding title:] Abregé de la marine du Roy 1732.
[Paris?, 1732]. 13.5×19 cm. Manuscript in brown-black, red and blue ink on vellum, some of the lettering and borders gilt. With a beautiful frontispiece painting in coloured gouaches (14×9.5 cm) pasted on the page facing the opening of the text, showing a small warship at a shipyard in a small harbour being repaired by workmen. Contemporary red morocco, gold-tooled spine, gold-tooled fillets on boards and board edges, richly gold-tooled frame, gilt edges. Full description
€ 95,000
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Very rare educational work in a fine armorial dedication binding from the Bourbon restoration ,
for Marie Thérèse, Duchess of Angoulême, the only direct heir of Louis XVI to survive the Revolution

GALLAND, P.J. Cours pratique d'éducation à l'usage des jeunes demoiselles, et convenable aux jeunes gens qui ne sont pas à porté de suivre les études de collège, ou qui les ont suivies sans succès; contenant la grammaire, précédée de principes de lecture servant d'introduction; la rhétorique, l'arithmétique, la cosmographie, la géographie, l'histoire et la mythologie, traitée séparément pour l'enfance et pour l'adolescence, par demandes et par réponses. Dédié à Son Altesse Royale Madame, Duchesse d'Angoulême.
Paris, Librairie d'Éducation d'Alexis Eymerie, and the author (on back of title-page: printed by J.-B. Imbert), 1816 (vol. 3!)-1817 (vols. 1-2). 3 volumes. Large 12mo (17.5 x 10.5 cm). With a large folding engraved map of France, 3 astronomical and cosmographical figures on 3 engraved plates, a large folding hierarchical "tableau synoptique" of French grammar, and numerous numerical tables and mathematical equations in the text. Contemporary richly gold-tooled, grained green morocco, each board with the large arms of the dedicatee, Marie Thérèse de France, Duchesse d'Angoulême, daughter of King Louis XVI: a crowned double coat- of-arms (each in an oval) in a wide border of fleurs-de-lis and tulip-like flowers, the dexter arms (of her husband) that normally used by the Duc de Berry, but also by the seconde maison Capétienne d'Artois and the sinister arms (of her father Louis XVI) matching that of the Kings of France, pink silk endleaves, gilt edges. Full description
€ 25,000
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Molluscs from Agen and Aquitaine, presentation copy

GASSIES, Jean-Baptiste. Tableau méthodique et descriptif des Mollusques terrestres et d'eau douce de l'Agenais.
Paris, J.B. Baillière; Agen, J.B. Barrière, 1849. With 4 hand-coloured lithographed plates.
With: (2) GASSIES, Jean-Baptiste. Malacologie terrestre et d'eau douce de la région intra-littorale de l'Aquitaine.Paris, J.B. Baillère and F. Savy, 1867. With one lithographed plate. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary green half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine, marbled endpapers. Full description
€ 250
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With 715 mostly coloured plates of French mushrooms

GILLET, Claude Casimir. Les hyménomycètes ou Description de tous les champignons (fungi) qui croissent en France avec l'indication de leurs propriétés utiles ou vénéneuses.
Alençon, Ch. Thomas (colophon: printed by Ch. Thomas & L. Mention), 1874-1898. 1 volume text, 3 volumes plates. 8vo. With illustrations of 717 varieties of mushrooms on 715 lithographed plates, mostly coloured. Contemporary half sheepskin. Full description
€ 3,500
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Early and esteemed work on birds,
by the falconer of the Gonzagas' court in Mantua

GIORGI, Federico. Libro ... del modo di conoscere i buoni falconi, astori, e sparavieri, di farli, di governarli, et di medicarli, come nella tavola si puo vedere.
Venice, Gabriel Giolito de Ferrari, 1547. 8vo. With Giorgi's woodcut phoenix printer's device on title-page and a stunning larger one at the end. Blue stiff paper wrappers (ca. 1800). Full description
€ 15,000
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3 militaria: on understanding the "human heart" of soldiers
and on battles in the West Indies

GRASSE-TILLY, Francois Joseph Paul de. Memorie van den Graave de Grasse, betreffende de actien in de West-Indiën voorgevallen. 
[Amsterdam?, 1782]. With 8 large folding engraved nautical nautical charts.
(2) [KINSBERGEN, Jan Hendrik van]. Korte schets over de noodzaaklykheid van de kennisse van het menschlyk hart voor een chef.
Amsterdam, Gerard Hulst van Keulen, 1791.
(3) [KINSBERGEN, Jan Hendrik van]. Korte verklaringe van verscheidene actiën tusschen de Engelsche en Fransche vlooten, geduurende den laatsten oorlog. In de West-Indiën voorgevallen.
Amsterdam, Gerard Hulst van Keulen, 1791. With 21 folding engraved plates including nautical charts showing the French and English fleets near Grenada, Basseterre, Martinique, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Santo Domingo on Hispaniola. 3 works in 1 volume. Royal 4to (29 x 23.5 cm). Contemporary gold-tooled mottled calf. Full description
€ 5,950
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Rare issue of a detailed account Dieppe's defeat of the Flemish in an important 1555 sea battle

[GUILLAS, Denis]. Historie de la bataille navalle faite par les Dieppois & Flamans: qui est l'une des plus furieuses & soudaines expeditions de mer, qui ayt esté entreprise de nostre temps sur les ennemis du Roy.
Paris, Estienne Denise, [1557?]. Small 8vo (15 x 10 cm). With 2 woodcut decorated initials and one cast fleuron (Vervliet, Vine leaf ornaments 173). Set in roman type with incidental italic. Finely executed late 19th-century(?) French red morocco by René Aussour, gold-tooled turn-ins, title, place of publication and date 1555 in gold in 2nd and 3rd of 6 spine compartments, gilt edges, headbands worked in red and white, double-combed marbled endpapers. Full description
€ 7,500
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Finely illustrated work on garden design and layout,
first edition, with 46 engraved plates

[GUIOL]. Essai sur la composition et l'ornement des jardins; ou receuil de plans de jardins de ville et de campagne, de fabriques propres a leur décoration, et de machines pour élever les eaux. Ouvrage faisant suite à l'Almanach du bon jardinier.
Paris, Audot, 1818. 12mo. With 46 engraved plates (including which 17 folding; numbered 1-44, plus 36 and 41 bis). Contemporary tree calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges. Full description
€ 850
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Bound for King Louis XV

HAMILTON, Hugh. De sectionibus conicis. Tractatus geometricus. In quo, ex natura ipsius coni, sectionum affectioens [!] facillime deducuntur. Methodo nova.
London, William Johnston, 1758. 4to. With numerous illustrations on 17 folding engraved plates. Contemporary French gold-tooled red goatskin morocco, with the arms of the French King Louis XV in the centre of each board and his crowned monogram in each compartment (except that with the title) of the spine. Full description
€ 13,000
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A history of the many religions of the world,one volume devoted to the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East

HAZART, Cornelius. Kerckelycke historie vande gheheele wereldt, namelyck vande voorgaende ende teghenwoordighe eeuwe, ...
Antwerpen, Michiel Cnobbaert, 1667-1671. 4 volumes. Folio. With an engraved frontispiece in each volume; volume 1 with a title-page printed in red and black and 45 engraved plates; volume 2 with 17 engraved plates; volume 3 with 37 engraved plates; volume 4 with 19 engraved plates (total of 122 engraved plates, incl. frontispieces). Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 4,500
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PMM 41: "Father of History" in elegant & famous first Greek edition by Aldus Manutius, from the Arenberg library

HERODOTUS. [Historiarum] libri novem. Quibus musarum indita sunt nomina.
(Colophon: Venice), Aldus Manutius, (colophon: September 1502). Folio (29.5 x 20 cm). With Aldus's anchor and dolphin device on title-page and the verso of the last leaf. Late 19th-century blind-tooled, polished tan calf, the central panel with the arms of the Dukes of Arenberg. Full description
€ 69,500
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The Franco-Dutch War, strikingly illustrated

HOOGHE, Romeyn de. Schouburgh der Nederlandse veranderingen, geopent in ses tooneelen, waer op de wisselbeurten des Vereenigde Staets door den Fransen oorlog gebrouwen, in historieele sinnebeelden, vertoont en beschreven zijn.
Amsterdam, the author, 1674. Small folio (28.5 x 19 cm). With engraved frontispiece and 6 large engraved folding plates by Romeyn de Hooghe (plate size ca. 23 x 35 cm). Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 2,250
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Most extensive edition of Hornius’s historical atlas

HORNIUS (HORN), Georgius. Description exacte de l'univers, ou l'ancienne geographie sacrée et profane. | Accuratissima orbis delineatio; sive geographia vetus, sacra et profana. | A full and exact description of the earth, or ancient geography, both sacred and profane.
The Hague, Pieter de Hondt, 1740-1741. Folio (51 x 32.5 cm). Atlas with 63 engraved maps. It includes 6 maps, in 7 sheets, making up a large map of the Holy Land, Israel and Palestine, and a Peutinger map of the Roman roads in 4 sheets, with 2 segments each. Further with 3 title-pages, printed in red and black, in French, Latin and English, followed by Hornius's text in the said languages. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 32,500
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First-hand account of British sieges during the Peninsular War, by the acting commanding engineer

JONES, John Thomas and Charles GOSSELIN (translator).

Journaux des siéges entrepris par les alliés en Espagne, pendant les années 1811 et 1812; suivis de deux discours sur l'organisation des armées anglaises, et sur les moyens de la perfectionner... traduit de l'anglais...
Paris, Ancelin and Pochard, 1821. 8vo. With 9 folding engraved plates. Contemporary half calf.

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Madame de Pompadour’s “histoire scandaleuse”
One of the few copies surviving the protective efforts of the French ambassador

[KERSTEMAN, Franciscus Lievens]. Historie van mevrouwe de hartoginne van Pompadour. [Wrapper-title: Levensbeschryving van de hartoginne van Pompadour].
Zaltbommel, Johannes Willem Kanneman, 1761. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece and title-page printed in red and black. Recased in 18th-century vellum, later endpapers, preserving the original publisher's printed wrappers. Full description
€ 1,750
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Funeral rites and ceremonies in ancient Rome,
with 5 engraved plates by Romeyn de Hooghe

KIRCHMANN, Johann. De funeribus Romanorum libri quatuor.Including: RIGAULT, Nicolas. Funus parasiticum sive L. Biberii curculionis parasiti, mortualia. Ad ritum prisci funeris.
Leiden, Hackius, 1672. With an engraved frontispiece and 4 folding engraved plates.
With: (2) KIRCHMANN, Johann. In funere V. Cl. Pauli G.F.P.N. Merulae. Historiarum Professoris in academia Batavorum, & foederatarum provinciarum historiographi, oratio, in qua de vita scriptisque ejus disseritur.Leiden, Hackius, 1672. 2 works in 1 volume (the first in two parts). 12mo. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 950
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Travels through the Middle East, India and Europe,
with 34 woodcut illustrations, including several trees

LA BOULLAYE LE GOUZ, Francois de. Les voyages et observations du sieur de la Boullaye-le-Gouz gentil-homme Angevin, où sont décrites les religions, gouvernemens, & situations de estats & royaumes d'Italie, Grece, Natolie, Syrie, Palestine, Karamenie, Kaldée, Assyrie, grand Mogol, Bijapour, Indes orientales des Portugais, Arabie, Egypte, Hollandse, grande Bretagne, Irlande, Dannemark, Pologne, isles & autres lieux d'Europe, Asie & Affrique, où il a séjourné, le tout enrichy de figures ...
Paris, Francois Clousier, 1653. 4to. With a woodcut and an engraved author's portrait and 34 woodcut illustrations in text, including several full-page. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 18,000
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French account of the Siege of Candia (Heraklion) in first edition with engraved fortification plan

[LA FEUILLADE, François Aubusson de].

Journal de l'expedition de Monsieur de la Feuillade, pour le secours de Candie. Par un volontaire.
Lyon, Jean Thioly, 1669. 12mo. With woodcut printer's device on title-page, some woodcut initials and head-and tailpieces and 1 engraved folding plan of the fortification of Candia (20 x 28.5 cm). Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine and sprinkled edges.

Full description
€ 4,750
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Wholly lithographed catalogue of crystal glassware of the Cristallerie de Sevres, designed by Léon Ledru

LANDIER, Alfred and Léon HOUDAILLE. Cristallerie de Sevres[.] Anciennes verreries royales …
[Sèvres, Cristallerie de Sèvres (lithographed and printed by J. Walter, Paris), ca. 1880]. 2 parts in 1 volume. Large 4to (32 x 25 cm). With a decorative lithographed title-page by Léon Ledru, showing putti blowing glass, 19 and 34 numbered lithographed plates with about 1000 illustrations of glassware, each plate with a corresponding price table on the facing page, and further with lithographed index leaves to both parts. With a 4-page illustrated brochure, A. Landier & fils, Cristalleries de Sèvres & Clichy réunies, Paris, (printed by Henon), ca. 1900, loosely inserted, showing an additional 43 sets or individual pieces. Original publisher's gold-blocked red cloth. Full description
€ 2,000
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French Polynesia and Somaliland.
On occasion of the Exposition Universelle of 1900

[LEMASSON, Henry]. Notice sur les etablissements Français de l'oceanie.
[Paris, Alcan-Lévy, ca. 1900]. With 11 half-tone reproductions of photographs and a map in text.
With: (2) VIGNÉRAS, Sylvain. Notice sur la Cöte Française des Somalis.
Paris, Paul Dupont, 1900. With a folding lithographed map and 26 half-tone reproductions of photographs in text. 8vo. 2 works in 1 volume (ad 2 bound before ad 1). Contemporary black half sheepskin. Full description
€ 250
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Astronomical, atmospheric and riverine physics
by King Louis XV’s favourite astronomer

LE MONNIER, Pierre-Charles. Mémoires concernant diverses questions d'astronomie et de physique. Lûs & communiqués à l'Académie Royale des Sciences, &c.
Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1781. 4to. With woodcut vignette on title-page (with an armillary sphere and other instruments), and an engraved folding plate with 3 illustrations of eclipses engraved by Y. le Gouaz. Near contemporary half mottled calf. Full description
€ 5,000
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60 designs for interior decorations (10 complete series) in the age of Louis XIV:
houses, palaces and chapels for the French nobility

LE PAUTRE, Jean. [Collection of 10 print series of 6 plates each with model designs for altars, church tabernacles, armorial trophies, chimney-pieces, monumental doorways, wainscoting, wall panels and ceilings].
Paris, Jean I Le Blond, Pierre II Mariette, [ca. 1655-ca. 1670]. 10 print series in 1 volume. Oblong small folio & oblong 4to (20 x 26.5 cm). With 60 engraved plates (plate size ca. 15 x 22 cm). 17th-century sprinkled, gold-tooled calf, each board with the same unidentified coat-of-arms in the centre. Full description
€ 9,500
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Remarkable collection of 40 print series of ornamental architectural designs

LE PAUTRE (POUTRE), Jean. [Extensive overview of the architectural and ornamental work].
Paris, François Jollain, Pierre Mariette, Jean Le Blond, Nicolas Langlois, 1651-1670. 41 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With 40 engraved print-series nearly all by Jean Le Pautre. Further with 1 duplicate series and 6 individual plates not in these series. With a total of 253 full-page engraved plates: 33 complete series of 6 plates, 1 complete series of 12 plates, and 6 incomplete series (lacking 10 of 42 plates) plus an incomplete duplicate of one of the complete series (5 of 6 plates), and the 6 individual plates. About half the series cut down and mounted on blank leaves or on the back of engraved leaves. 18th-century mottled calf. Full description
€ 22,500
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96 letters from Dutch diplomats throughout Europe, 1715-1729

[LETTERS - DIPLOMATIC]. [Official contemporary copies of incoming diplomatic correspondence to the Dutch government in The Hague from Dutch ambassadors, envoys, diplomatic residents and others in Vienna, Graz, Schaffhausen, Turin, Madrid, Paris, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Moscow, Cologne, Frankfurt, Dresden, Regensburg, Warsaw, Grodno, Maastricht, The Hague, Brussels and Ostend].
[The Hague], letters dated 26 January-17 December 1715 and 7 November 1725-22 November 1729. Folio (32.5 x 20.5 cm). 96 letters clearly written in dark brown ink on paper, 84 in Dutch and 12 in French, mostly in a Latin hand (the Dutch ones from 1715 in a semi-gothic hand). Loose leaves in a modern portfolio. Full description
€ 8,500
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Detailed observations of life in the Ottoman Empire, Egypt
and elsewhere in the Levant and Middle East ca. 1610

LITHGOW, William. Willem Lithgouws 19 jaarige lant-reyse, uyt Schotlant nae de vermaerde deelen des werelts Europa, Asia en Africa.
Amsterdam, Jacob Benjamin (colophon: printed by Christoffel Cunradus), 1653. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With engraved frontispiece by Crispijn de Passe, 1 engraved plate and 6 engraved illustrations in the text. 19th-century half vellum. Full description
€ 1,950
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Map of Paris, showing the work on the new fortifications

LOGEROT, Auguste (editor). Plan de Paris et ses fortifications.
Paris, Auguste Logerot, 1843. Large folding engraved map (70 x 103 cm), with some details highlighted in hand-colouring, drawn by Gustave Maillard and G. Alvar Toussaint, engraved by Charles Dyonnet; and drawings of several monuments by Jean-Pierre Thénot, engraved by Alphonse Chamouin. The map has been divided into 32 sections and mounted on linen. Contemporary marbled slipcase. Full description
€ 150
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Flora of France, with 31 engraved plates

LOISELEUR-DESLONGCHAMPS, Jean-Louis-Auguste. Flora Gallica seu enumeratio plantarum in Gallia sponte nascentium, ...
Paris, J.P. Baillière (back of half-tile: printed by C. Thuau), 1828. 8vo. 2 parts in 1 volume. With 31 folding engraved plates by A.L. Marquis and Ambrosius Tardieu. Contemporary calf, rebacked with the original gold-tooled backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 285
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One of the very rare stock lists of Maggi, an Italian publisher and trader of maps

MAGGI, Giovanni Battista. Catalogo di alcune fra le migliori e piu' recenti carte geografiche e topografiche.
Turin and Florence, Giovanni Battista Maggi (colophon: Turin, Tipografia Moretti), [ca. 1862]. 8vo. With the title-page printed on the front wrapper and included in the page count (21, [1] pp.). Original printed title-wrappers. Full description
€ 850
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Unpublished mycology manuscript covering 67 genera of fungi from France, with hundreds of illustrations

[MANUSCRIPT - MYCOLOGY]. [French mycology manuscript].
[France, 1920?]. 34 parts. 8vo. With each described species illustrated in watercolour and pencil and on nearly all occasions also illustrating details and other stages of development. Each part sewn as a single quire without title-page, covered in a modern transparent paper. Full description
€ 8,500
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Stunning collotypes and chromolithographs of Pompeii wall paintings in situ soon after their excavation

MAU, August. Geschichte der decorativen Wandmalerei in Pompeji … Mit 20 Tafeln in einer Mappe.
Berlin, G. Reimer, 1882. 1 text volume & 1 portfolio with plates. 8vo (text volume) and 1mo (plates portfolio 53 x 43 cm). With 20 large numbered plates showing Pompeii wall paintings in situ, mounted on card stock, loose in a separate portfolio with letterpress title-leaf and contents leaf: 9 sepia collotypes (21 x 16 to 26.5 x 24.5 cm) and 11 chromolithographs (21.5 x 19 to 37 x 36 cm), no. 18 actually comprising 7 small chromolithographs on 1 card, each plate with a letterpress label on the back; and 7 black and white floor plans in the text. Contemporary half sheepskin parchment (text); contemporary blue half cloth portfolio (plates). Full description
€ 7,500
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30 hand-coloured lithographed views of the zinc industry

MAUGENDRE, Adolphe. Société anonyme des mines et fonderies de zinc de la Vieille Montagne[.] Album de 30 vues.
Paris, (printed by Auguste Bry), 1850-1851. Oblong 1mo (55.5 x 38.5 cm). Tinted lithographed title-page and 30 tinted lithographed plates (55.5 x 38.5 cm, one slightly smaller: 35 x 50.5 cm), all in fine contemporary hand-colouring. Loose in modern clamshell box. Full description
€ 22,500
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Illustrated account of archaeological discoveries in and around Pozzuolo,
including the rare folding map

MAZZELLA, Scipione. Sito, et antichita della citta di Pozzuolo, e del suo amenissimo distretto …
Naples, Tarquinio Longo for Giorgio Varisco (part 1) and Bartholomeo Carampello (part 2), 1606. 2 parts in 1 volume. Small 8vo (15 x 10 cm). With 3 title-pages, a large folding woodcut map with letterpress title and text (the woodcut itself 17 x 24.5 cm) showing Pozzolo and the surrounding area (omitted in some copies), 15 woodcut illustrations (plus 4 repeats) in text. 17th-century limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 5,000
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Splendidly bound history of France written by the king's historiographer

MEZERAY, Francois Eudes de. Abregé chronologique de l'histoire de France. ... Divisé en six tomes.
Amsterdam, Abraham Wolfgang, 1673-1674. With engraved frontispiece-title in the style of Romeyn de Hooghe and full-page engraved portrait of Louis XIV by A. Zylevelt in volume 1, 61 engraved portraits of French rulers in text.
With: (2) MEZERAY, Francois Eudes de. Histoire de France avant Clovis.
Amsterdam, Abraham Wolfgang, 1688. 12mo. With engraved frontispiece-title in the style of Romeyn de Hooghe. 2 works in 7 volumes. 12mo. Uniform polished, crushed, gold-tooled red morocco by the leading Brussels bookbinder Charles DE SAMBLANX (1855-1943). Full description
€ 2,750
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Early work on flower gardening

MORIN, Pierre. Remarques necessaires pour la culture des fleurs. Diligemment observées par P. Morin. Avec un catalogue des plantes rares qui se trouvent à present dans son jardin.
Paris, Charles de Sercy, 1658. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 1,200
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40 colour drawings of mosaic marble floors from Roman churches

[DRAWINGS - MOSAIC FLOORS]. [Mosaic marble tile floors from five churches, most or all in Rome].
[Rome?, ca. 1662 or 18th century]. Small folio (26 x 19.5 cm). 40 ink and watercolour drawings (28 round and 12 square, each ca. 11 x 11 cm) showing the decorative patterns and coloured marbles from the floors of 5 churches. Each has a triple-rule border in black ink with a panel at the foot containing the name of the church. Contemporary(?) boards covered with later (ca. 1840?) Storemont on shell marbled paper. Full description
€ 17,500
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Promoting trade with the French colonies

[O'HEGUERTY, Pierre André]. Essai sur les intérets du commerce maritime.
The Hague, 1754. 12mo. With a small woodcut illustrations on title-page, numerous fine woodcut head- and tailpieces, and a letterpress folding table. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine with the monogram ("BB") of the Bibliotheque Bignon, gold-tooled board edges. Full description
€ 975
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Agriculture & economy in Tuscany

[PAOLETTI, Ferdinando]. Pensieri sopra l'agricoltura.
Florence, Giovanni Battista Stecchi and Antonio Giuseppe Pagani, 1769. Large 8vo (21.5×14 cm). With engraved headpiece, a large engraved folding plate showing a pruned and an unpruned mulberry tree with letterpress instruction for pruning, and a large letterpress folding table. Contemporary paperboard wrappers. Full description
€ 3,950
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Ironclad ships on the frozen Dnieper at the Battle of Kinburn in the Crimean War

[VIEWS]. PARIS, [Edouard?], Adolphe BAYOT, Eugène CICÉRI, Antoine Léon MOREL FATTO. Nos souvenirs de Kil-Bouroun pendant l'hiver passé dans le liman du Dnieper 1855-1856. … Album lithographié …
Paris, Arthus-Bertrand (printed by Becquet frères), [1856]. 1mo (63 x 46 cm). An album of views, most including ships on the river, from the Battle of Kinburn in the Crimean War, comprising 17 plates: 1 tinted lithographed title-page, 15 tinted and double-tinted lithographed views (image size 30 x 46 cm) and a lithographed map. Many views also coloured by hand. Later half blue cloth portfolio. Full description
€ 7,500
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The Venetian merchant's practical handbook

PASI, Bartolomeo. Tariffa de i pesi, e misure corrispondenti dal Levante al Ponente: e da una terra, e luogo allaltro, quasi p[er] tutte le parti dil mondo: con la dichiaratione, e notificatione di tutte le robbe: che si tragono di uno paese per laltro … Con la sua tavola copiosissima, e facilissima a trovare ogni cosa per ordine.
Venice, (colophon: Pietro di Nicolini da Sabbio), 1540. 8vo. With the title in an architectural woodcut border. 17th-century limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 12,000
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108 engraved prints centred around the Great Turkish War,
with 14 views of the Arabian Peninsula

PEETERS, Jacob and Johannes. [Drop-title of letterpress text:] Korte beschryvinghe, ende aenwysinghe der plaetsen in desen boeck, naar hunnen tegenwoordighen standt, pertinentelyck uyt-ghebeeldt, in Oostenryck.
[Antwerp], Jacob Peeters, [ca. 1685]. Small oblong folio (17.5 x 29 cm). Collection of 108 engraved prints published by Jacob Peeters, starting with 9 engraved scenes of the siege of Vienna after Romeyn de Hooghe (numbered 1-10, but lacking plate 1), and followed by 99 engraved city views after drawings by Jacob Peeters, engraved by Lucas Vorsterman and Gaspar Bouttats. The city views are preceded by a 12 page letterpress text giving descriptions of the towns. Contemporary red paper-covered boards. Full description
€ 12,500
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100 plates of classical statues then surviving in Rome,
with a portrait of the dedicatee, Christian Eberhard of Ostfriesland

PERRIER, François and Petrus SCHENCK. Signorum et statuarum symbola Perreriana; eleganti coelo denuo exsculpta, & novo nitore edita à Petro Schenck.
Amsterdam, Petrus Schenck, 1702. Folio. With a full-page mezzotint portrait (27.5×17.5 cm) of the dedicatee Christian Eberhard, Fürst of Ostfriesland, an engraved dedication plate, and 100 numbered engraved sculpture plates (98 full-page and 2 double-page). Contemporary gold-tooled vellum. Full description
€ 9,500
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Trade in Venetian cloth in early 18th-century Cairo

[PETEA(?)], Michiel. [Letter, signed, to Nicolò Caragiani in Venice concerning the trading conditions in Cairo for different woolen and silk fabrics].
Cairo, 22 October 1732. Manuscript letter in Italian, opening with a duplicate of an earlier letter, in a different hand, dated 26 September 1732, written in ink on one page of a bifolium originally folded 4 more times for sending (to 8.5 x 14 cm) with the address on one side and traces of a red wax on the other. Full description
€ 3,500
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Attractive coloured views of the Pyrenees,
including several panoramas

PETIT, Victor Jean-Baptiste. Bagneres de Luchon et ses environs.
Paris, Charles Boivin; Pau, Auguste Bassy, [ca. 1850]. Oblong folio (26.5 x 37.5 cm). With a lithographed title-page with a hand-coloured vignette, and 29 numbered lithographed plates, all coloured by hand and some double-page (including 1 folding out vertically) or folding panoramas. All plates mounted on thick wove paper with letterpress captions. Contemporary gold- and blind-blocked dark green cloth, gilt edges. Full description
€ 1,250
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Among Le Pautre’s earliest work

PHILIPPON, Adam. Curieuses recherches de plusieurs beaus morceaus d'ornemens antiques, et modernes, tant dans la ville de Rome, ques autres villes et lieux d'Italie.
Croissant, Adam Philippon, 1645. Wholly engraved print series consisting of a title-page, dedication, privilege, and 50 plates. The leaves are numbered 1-42, followed by 10 plates with their numbers changed by hand, and the privilege.
With: (2) LE PAUTRE, Jean. Frizes feuillages ou Tritons marins antiques et modernes.Paris, P. Mariette, [ca. 1664]. Series of 6 numbered engraved plates, each with two friezes . 2 series in 1 volume. Small folio (26.5 x 18.5 cm). Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 7,000
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Bound by one of the best French binders of the 19th-century,
for William I, the first King of the Netherlands

POISSONNIER-DESPERRIERES, Gabriel Adrien Marie. Vie politique et militaire du général A.M.G. Poissonnier-Desperrières …, écrite par lui-même, et publiée de son vivant.
Paris, C.J. Trouvé, 1824. 8vo. With lithographed frontispiece-portrait of Dapuhin by Constans after a drawing by Eugénie Lebrun. Contemporary richly gold-tooled straight grained orange/brown morocco, gold- and blind-tooled boards with the arms of William I on each side, gold-tooled spine with plumed helmets, a dark-brown title-label and the name of the binder ("SIMIER.R.DU.ROI"), gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, gilt edges. Full description
€ 3,000
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Second located copy of prayerbook in magnificent roman baroque fanfare binding
attributed to the Soresini family

[PRAYERBOOK]. Piae precationes ad missas devote celebrandas, et sacrosanctam eucharistiam sumendam. Cum variis orationibus ex bonis & probatis authoribus collectis.
Rome, Aloysius Zannettus, 1604. 8vo. With woodcut title-page and some ornamented woodcut initials in the text. Contemporary richly gold-tooled brown morocco, with gauffered edges; both sided with 2 pairs of fillets along the edges with little flowers at the corners and a floral border in between; a pattern of loose gilt stamps of flowers in a spiral line, vases with flowers, lions, stars and so-called 'foglia accartocciata' ('feuilles mortes') and a crucifixion in an oval border in the centre of the front cover and the Virgin with child in an oval border in the centre of the back cover. Full description
€ 27,500
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Promoting Catholicism through missionary work as the Jesuits lost power:
a manuscript from the Sir Thomas Phillipps collection

[PROPAGANDA FIDE]. Africa [-] Greci - Italo Greci [-] Armeni di Venezia [-] varie.
[Rome and perhaps elsewhere, ca. 1758-1764 (transcribing original documents going back to at least 1664)]. 4to. Collection of manuscript transcriptions of about 30 letters and other documents. Contemporary Italian sheepskin parchment over flexible boards. Full description
€ 39,500
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Escaping from the penal colonies of Guiana

RAMEL, Jean-Pierre. Dagverhaal der lotgevallen van Pichegru, Barthelemy, Villot, Aubry, Dossonville, Le Tellier, La Rue en Ramel, uitgebannen uit Frankrijk naar Guijane, na den 18 fructidor (4 septr. 1797.).
Utrecht, G.T. van Paddenburg and son, 1799. 8vo. Original publisher's printed paper board wrappers. Full description
€ 1,750
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Illustrated catalogue of enameled metal signboards, plates and large letters, with a very large poster showing full-sized specimens

RAVASI, Fratelli. Catalogo 1913 ... Placche ferro smaltato e lettere rame ...
Milan, Ravasi brothers (colophon: Stabilimento Grafico Matarelli), 1913. Oblong 8vo (16.5 x 24 cm). With very large, loosely inserted, oblong folding tinted lithographed poster (61 x 90.5 cm), showing types and other decorations in full size in black and white on a green-grey background, and 100 numbered half-tone illustrations in text. Also with a tipped in circular letter on pink paper introducing the catalogue, by Luigi and Giovanni Ravasi. Stapled in publisher's gray paper wrappers, printed in blue. Full description
€ 850
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Two incendiary pamphlets against French Huguenots,
3 years after the revocation of Edict of Nantes

[REBOUL, Guillaume]. La cabale des Reformez, tiree nouvellement du puits de Democrite.
Montpellier [= Lyon?], “chez Le Libertin, imprimeur juré de la saincte Reformation” [= Jacques Roussin?], 1597.
With: (2) REBOUL, Guillaume. Apologie ... sur La cabale des Reformez.
[Lyon?, Jacques Roussin?], 1598. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. 17th-century gold-tooled calf; rebacked, preserving most of the backstrip. Full description
€ 4,500
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"Of particular influence on the practice of French pharmacy were the writings of Jean de Renou"

RENOU (RENODAEUS), Jean de. Institutionum pharmaceuticarum. Libri quinque quibus accedunt de materia medica. Libri tres. Omnibus succedit officina pharmaceutica, sive antidotarium ab eodem auctore commentariis illustratum.
Paris, Laurentius Archiatrus(?), 1608. 4to. 2 parts in 1 volume. With an engraved title-page and engraved author's portrait, both dated 1608 and engraved by Léonard Gaultier, engraved title-page to the second part by Jaspar Isaac, and numerous woodcut initials, head- and tailpieces. Contemporary calf, restored and rebacked, with part of the original backstrip laid down. Full description
€ 3,750
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Lovely set of a tremendously popular history of ancient Greece

ROLLIN, Charles. Histoire ancienne des Egyptiens, des Carthaginois, des Assyriens, des Babyloniens, des Medes et des Perses, de Macedoniens, des Grecs. … Nouvelle edition.
Paris, printed for the widow of Estienne & her children and the Estienne brothers; by (the widow of) F.A. Quillau and the widow of Simon, 1748-1769. 13 volumes bound as 14. 12mo. With 3 engraved maps, 2 engraved folding plates and 1 engraved folding plan. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spines and binding edges; only volume 11 (bound as 2 volumes) in a different but closely matching binding. Full description
€ 1,500
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With the embroidered arms of the marquis and marchioness de Verneuil on front board

ROQUES, Pierre. Le vray pietisme ou traité, dans lequel on explique la nature & les éffets de la piété; la juste étendue du renoncement au monde; où l'on remonte à la source générale du peu de vertu qu'il y a entre les Chrétiens, où l'on indique les moyens d'acquérir une piété solide; & où l'on fait connoître comment la piété nous dispose à l'égard de ceux qui ne pensent pas comme nous en matière de religion.
Basle, Jean Brandmuller, 1731. 4to. With engraved frontispiece portrait of the author by F.A. Störcklein. Contemporary vellum, with large embroidered coat of arms on front board (17.5 x 15.5 x 1 cm), with silver and gold thread. Full description
€ 7,500
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One of the few illustrated books printed by Bodoni, splendidly bound

[ROSSI, Giovanni Gherardo de]. Scherzi poetici e pittorici.
(Colophon: Parma, Giambattista Bodoni, 1795). 8vo (22 x 14 cm). With engraved title-page and 40 engraved plates (plate size: ca. 7 x 11 cm). Richly gold-tooled red morocco by Rémy Petit (active 1855-1900), spine with 5 raised bands resulting in 6 compartments, one with black title-label and the other five gold-tooled with black oval inlays; the sides with gilt triple fillet borders, corner ornaments with same oval inlays and a central oval ornament (gold on green); further with gilt fillets on board edges and richly gold-tooled turn-ins with a floral motive, gilt edges. Full description
€ 7,200
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Erotic photo album from the Belle Époque, mostly on the theme of flagellation

[SADOMASOCHISM]. RABIER, Hector (compiler). [Binding title:] Peines [et] supplices.
[France/Belgium, early 20th century]. 4to (23.5 x 20 cm). Album containing 24 small contact prints and 153 albumen or gelatin silver prints, 16 photographic reproductions of paintings or drawings, 2 albumen prints of nudes and 17 silver gelatin prints of sadomasochistic scenes. Contemporary black cloth, with the title ("H. Rabier - peines - supplices") on the spine. Full description
€ 15,000
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Voyage to the Holy Land in 1522, with sections on Arabia

SALIGNIACO, Bartholomeus de. Itinerarij Terre Sancte: inibique sacrorum locorum: ac rerum clarissima descriptio: omnibus sacre scripture tractatoribus utilissima: peramena auditoribus.
Lyon, Gilbertus de Villiers, 1525. 8vo. With woodcut coat of arms of Cardinal Jean de Guise of Lorraine on the title-page, a full-page woodcut of the crucifixion, 10 small woodcuts of Christ's passion in the text, and small woodcut initials throughout. 18th-century red morocco, gold-tooled spine, boards and board edges, and richly gold-tooled turn-ins, gilt edges. Full description
€ 12,500
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Large map of the Pyrenees

SANSON, Nicolas. Les Monts Pyrenées, ou sont remarqués les Passages de France en Espagne.
Paris, Hubert Jaillot, 1719. Engraved map on 2 assembled sheets (54.5 x 88 cm). With title in decorated cartouche (signed F.C.) in upper right corner and scalebars in decorated cartouche in the lower left corner. Coloured in outline. Full description
€ 500
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The volcanoes of central France

SCROPE, George Julius Poulett. The geology and extinct volcanos of central France. ... Second edition, enlarged and improved.
London, John Murray, 1858. Large 8vo (22 x 14 cm). With 17 lithographed plates printed in brown (including the frontispiece), mostly folding and including one in colour, two folding chromolithographed maps inserted in a pocket at the back paste-down, and many woodengraved illustrations in text. Contemporary green half morocco, gold-tooled spine, bound by J. Adams. Full description
€ 800
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The first 5 books of a monumental work of Renaissance architecture (all the author published)

SERLIO, Sebastiano. Il primo libro d’architettura, ... Le premier livre d’architecture ..., mis en langue Francoyse, par Jehan Martin.
Including: Il secondo libro di perspettia ... Le second livre de perspective, ... mis en langue Francoise par Jehan Martin.
(2) SERLIO, Sebastiano. Il terzo libro, nel qual si figurano, e descrivono le antiquita di Roma, e le altre che sono in Italia, e fuori de Italia.
Venice, “1544” (colophon: Pietro de Nicolini da Sabbio for Marchione Sessa, 1551). With over 100 mostly full-page woodcut plans, elevations, sections, views and details of classical Roman architecture.
(3) SERLIO, Sebastiano. Regole generali di architettura, sopra le cinque maniere de gli edifici cioe, Thoscano, Dorico, Ionico, Corinthio, e Composito, con gli essempi de l’antiquita, che per la maggior parte concordano con la dottrina di Vitruvio.
Venice, (colophon: Pietro de Nicolini da Sabbio for Marchione Sessa, 1551). With numerous woodcut plans, details and especially elevations showing the five orders of columns and doors, gates, facades, etc. using them, as well as full-page woodcuts showing ornamental panel designs for ceilings and floors, garden plans, coat of arms, etc.
(4) SERLIO, Sebastiano. Quinto libro d’architettura ..., nel quale se tratta de diverse forme de tempii sacri secondo il costume Christiano, & al modo antico. Traduict en Francois par Jan Martin.
Paris, Michel de Vascosan, 1547. With 29 large and full-page woodcut plans, elevations and sections showing temples, both Christian and classical. Gold-tooled mottled calf (ca. 1700); re-backed and restored, with most of the original backstrip laid down. Full description
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Richly illustrated work on mining and minerals

SIMONIN, Louis Laurent. La vie souterraine ou les mines et les mineurs.
Paris, L. Hachette and company (back of half-title: Imprimerie generale de Ch. Lahure), 1867. Large 8vo (26.5 x 16.5 cm). With the title-page printed in red and black, 10 chromolithographed plates depicting minerals, some highlighted with silver (including the frontispiece), 30 (chromo)lithographed maps and 163 wood engraved illustrations in text (36 full-page). Contemporary half sheepskin. Full description
€ 600
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From a series of "the finest engravings of flowers ever made"
by the teacher of Redouté

SPAENDONCK, Gerard van. Pivoine double. Paeonia officinalis L. [From: Fleurs dessinées d'après nature,… Recueil utile aux amateurs, aux jeunes artistes, aux élèves des écoles centrales et aux dessinateurs des manufactures].
[Paris, 1799-1801]. Stipple engraving on unwatermarked wove paper (56 x 36.5 cm), printed in colour à la poupée and finished by hand, of a Paeonia officinalis showing two branches with one flower each, signed "Carrée sculp." Framed (67 x 50 cm). Full description
€ 2,950
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Elaborately decorated doctorate, with the recipient's coat of arms,
in its original richly gold-tooled goatskin with
Padua University's large wax seal

[MANUSCRIPT - DOCTORATE]. STORCH, Josephus. [A doctorate in law from the University of Padua, granted under the auspices of the Doge of Venice, Aloysius Mocenigo II]. [Incipit:] In Christi nomine amen[.] Anno reparatæ salutis millesimo septingentesimo secundo, Ducatus . . . Aloysii Mocenico . . .
Padua, 25 February 1702. 24.5×18.5 cm. Manuscript authentication of the award of a doctorate in law, written in black ink and gold on sheepskin parchment, with the recipient's full-page coat of arms in red, blue, black, silver and gold, that page and the facing opening page of text with wide and elaborate borders in 5 colours plus black and gold, their decorations including a peacock, eagle, rampant lion holding a hat, fruits and flowers; the narrower floral borders of the remaining 3 pages in red and gold. Contemporary richly gold-tooled tanned goatskin in a panel design. Attached by braided cords is a flat metal canister covered with matching gold-tooled goatskin, containing the red wax seal of the University (5.5 cm diameter); metal corner pieces on the 4 fore-edge corners. Full description
€ 2,500
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Comparing Charlemagne and the French King Henri IV

STUCKI, Johann Wilhelm. Carolus Magnus redivivus, hoc est, Caroli Magni Germanorum, Gallorum, Italorum, et aliarum gentium monarchae potentissimi, cum Henrico M. Gallorum & Navarrorum rege florentissimo comparatio: utriusq[ue] regis historiam breviter complectens, quam regum & principum speculum possis appellare.
(Colophon: Zürich, Johann Wolf), 1592. Small 4to (19.5 x 15 cm). With a woodcut portrait of Charlemagne and Henry IV on title-page, two woodcut initials and a woodcut printer's device on the last leaf. 19th-century half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 1,750
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Three works related to the first and second French embassies to Siam

TACHARD, Guy Voyage de Siam des Peres Jesuites, envoyés par le Roy, aux Indes à la Chine. Avec leurs observations astronomiques, & leurs remarques de physique, de géographie, d'hydrographie, & d'histoire. Enrichi de figures.
Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1688. With engraved frontispiece, 29 (of 30) engraved plates and maps (some folding); lacking plate 13, and plate 25 heavily damaged, both provided in facsimile.
(2) TACHARD, Guy. Second voyage du pere Tachard et des jesuïtes envoyés par le roy, au royaume de Siam. Contenant diverses remarques d'histoire de physique, de geographie, & d'astronomie.
Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1689. With engraved frontispiece, engraving in text and 6 engraved folding plates.
(3) CHOISY, François Timoléon de. Journal ou suite du voyage de Siam en forme des lettres familieres fait en M.DC.LXXXV et M.DC.LXXXVI.
Amsterdam, Pieter Mortier, 1688. 3 works in 1 volume. 12mo. Contemporary calf. Full description
€ 3,850
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The visit of a Siamese embassy to Rome, during the Siamese revolution of 1688

[TACHARD, Guy]. [Drop-title:] Breve ragguaglio di quanto è accaduto in Roma à Sig: Mandarini venuti co[n] il P: Guido Tasciard della compagnia di Giesù, inviato straordinario dal rè di Siam dopo l'Udienza hauuta da N.S. Innocenzo XI.
(Colophon: Rome, Domenico Antonio Ercole, 1689). Small 4to (21.5 x 15.5 cm). With decorated woodcut initial on the first page. Disbound. Full description
€ 3,800
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Transport regulation from France to Tahiti and New Caledonia

[TAHITI & NEW CALEDONIA]. MINISTÈRE DE LA MARINE ET DES COLONIES. [Drop-title:] Cahier des conditions particulières relatives à l'adjudication sur soumissions cachetées du transport régulier de passagers, de vivres et de matériel à effectuer pendant trois ans entre la métropole et les colonies de Taïti et de la Nouvelle-Calédonie.
(Colophon: Paris, Paul Dupont), [1865]. Folio. With a letterpress table. Modern boards. Full description
€ 3,500
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The pharmacopoeia of Toulouse

[TOULOUSE - PHARMACOPOEIA]. PURPAN, Pons-François. Codex medicamentarius, seu, pharmacopoea Tolosana, amplissimi senatus autoritate munita, ex mandato noblissimorum et vigilantissimorum capitolinorum in lucem edita.
Toulouse, Arnaldus Colomerius, 1648. Small 4to (22 x 18 cm). With woodcut device on title-page, including the arms of Toulouse. Early boards, rebacked. Full description
€ 2,250
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An experienced traveller sharing his knowledge

[TRAVEL - BRAZIL - EUROPE - AFRICA]. Aanmerkingen van eenen reiziger, over Hollandt, Duitschlandt, Italie, Spanje, Portugaal, Brazilie, Africa. En eenige eilanden in de Middelandsche Zee ...
Amsterdam, Andriaan Wor, heirs of Gerard Onder de Linden, for the translator, 1729. 4to. 19th-century white half parchment. Full description
€ 4,950
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Some of the founding documents of the Dutch Republic and memorabilia of the Eighty Years War

[NETHERLANDS - STATES GENERAL - TREATIES]. Recueil van de tractaaten, gemaackt en geslooten tusschen de Hoogh Mog. Heeren Staaten Generaal der Vereenighde Nederlanden ter eenre, ende verscheyde koningen, princen en patentaaten ter andere zyde.
The Hague, Jacobus Scheltus, [between 1742 and 1759]. 4to. With a general title-page, followed by an index and 73 treaties, nearly all with their own title-page containing the original imprint and a woodcut of the Dutch lion (the arms of the States General) and a few with Van Wouw's printer's device. Contemporary vellum, with each treaty with a letterpress label attached, giving the index numbers. Full description
€ 2,950
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Richly illustrated journey of Nicholas II of Russia through Asia

UKHTOMSKY (UCHTOMSKIJ), Esper Esperovich and Hermann BRUNNHOFER (translator). Orientreise seiner kaiserlichen Hoheit des Grossfürsten-Thronfolgers Nikolaus Alexandrowitsch von Russland, 1890-1891.
Leipzig, F.A. Brockhaus, 1894-1899. 2 volumes. 4to. With engraved portrait of Nicholas, 7 photogravures, 541 wood engravings after drawings and photographs and 5 chromolithographed maps. Publisher's cloth, richly blocked in black, gold and grey, gilt edges. Full description
€ 8,500
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Vanderbilt's hippodrome in watercolour

[MANUSCRIPT - PLAN]. VANDERBILT, William Kissam. Hippodrome de Carrieres-sous-Poissy, Seine et Oise, appartenant a Mr. Vanderbilt W. K.
Poissy, Ch[arles] Robin, 1903-1904-1911. Large hand-coloured four-sheet plan (90 x 170 cm as assembled). Drawn in pen and ink, graphite and watercolour on paper mounted on canvas. Framed (105 x 205 cm). Full description
€ 45,000
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"on military technology, no works had greater influence or enjoyed greater prestige" (Guerlac)

VAUBAN, Sébastien le Prestre de [and Guillaume de Lafon de Boisguérin, seigneur DESHOULIERES].

De l'attaque et de la defense des places...
The Hague, Pieter de Hondt, 1737. With 36 folding engraved plates.
With: (2) VAUBAN, Sébastien le Prestre de. De l'attaque et de la defense des places... tome second. Contenant un traité pratique des mines,... et une autre de la guerre en general...
The Hague, Pieter de Hondt, 1742. With 11 folding engraved plates. 2 works in 1 volume. Large 4to (26.5 x 20.5 cm). Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spine.

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Death sentence for noble Venetian traitor who evaded assassins for 18 years

[VENICE - COUNCIL OF TEN]. Sententia dell' Eccelso Conseglio di Diece. Contra Anzolo Badoer cavalier. | Sententie vanden Hoogen Raedt van de Thiene. Teghens Anzolo Badoer ridder.
The Hague, Hillebrant Jacobsz. van Wouw, 1612. 4to. With a woodcut vignette on title-page, 2 woodcut decorated initials (2 series, both arabesque). With the Italian text in italic, the Dutch text in textura and with incidental roman. Sewn in later plain paper wrapper. Full description
€ 500
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The other way around: North America and Europe
seen through the eyes of a Chilean historian

VICUÑA MACKENNA, Benjamin. Pájinas de mi diario durante tres años de viajes. 1853. - 1854. - 1855. ... California. - Mejiico. - Estados-Unídos. - Canada. - Islas Britanicas. - Francia. - Italia. - Alemania. - Paises-Bajos. - Costas del Brasil. - Provincias del Plata.
Santiago, Imprenta del Ferrocarril, 1856. 4to. Contemporary half green sheepskin, marbled edges. Full description
€ 4,950
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Paris in splendid tinted and hand-coloured lithographic views

[VIEWS - PARIS]. Paris moderne[.] Grand album représentant les vues et les monuments les plus curieux de Paris et les sites les plus remarquables des environs.
Paris, Maison Martinet, [ca. 1865]. Oblong folio (28.5 x 40 cm). With a lithographed title-page including a tinted lithographed view of the Champs Elysées, 58 tinted (sometimes rainbow tinted) and hand-coloured lithographed plates, each with a tissue-guard leaf. Contemporary blind-blocked brown cloth, title in gold on front board, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. Full description
€ 7,500
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A classic treatise on columns in 44 plates, with 7 designs by Michelangelo

VIGNOLA, Giacomo Barozzi da. Regola delli cinque ordini d'architettura … con la nuuo [sic] agionta di Michelangelo Buonaroti di carte sette.
Rome, Francesco de Pauli, [ca. 1630]. Folio (39 x 27 cm). With 44 numbered engraved plates: title-page with the portrait of Vignola in the centre, 1 leaf with dedication and preface, and 42 architectural  plates. Contemporary limp vellum. Full description
€ 7,500
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Fencing in the Sicilian manner

VILLARDITA, Giuseppe. Trattato della scherma Siciliana ove si mostra di seconda intentione con una linea retta; difendersi di qualsivoglia operatione di resolutione, che operata per ferire à qualunque, ò di punta, ò taglio, che accadesse in accidente di questionarsi. Con expressione di tutte le regole che nascono di seconda operatione.
Palermo, Carlo Adamo, 1673. 12mo. Late 19th-century half tanned sheepskin. Full description
€ 4,500
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Album with 47 drawings, partly by progressive thinker Paul Voituron (1824-1891)

VOITURON, Paul, and others. Album with 47 charming drawings in several media by Paul Voituron (1824-1891) of Ghent and his sisters(?) and friends in France, Switzerland, Holland and Flanders.
Various places, [1831-]1842-1844. Oblong (12.5×24 cm). With 47 drawings including the full-length colour portrait of what may be the gentleman-artist Paul Voituron, 8 coloured drawings (including 6 of flowers), 11 black and white drawings, 21 drawings with sepia (and in one case also red) washes, and 6 drawings with black and white washes, some highlighted with white chalk. Contemporary green half cloth, gilt edges. Full description
€ 2,500
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245 stunning plates with citrus fruits, views & garden plans

VOLKAMER (VOLCKAMER), Johann Christoph. Nürnbergische Hesperides, oder Gründliche Beschreibung der Edlen Citronat- Citronen- und Pomeranzen-Früchte, .../ Continuation der Nürnbergischen Hesperidum, ...
Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Leipzig, the author, son and heirs of J.A. Endters, 1708-1714. 8 parts plus 6 appendices in 2 volumes. Folio. With 6 engraved allegorical frontispieces with garden scenes, 4 engraved part-titles, and 235 other engraved plates by the finest German artists and engravers (8 double-page & 13 larger folding). Contemporary richly blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards. Full description
€ 60,000
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24-volume set of famous voyages and travels, with 23 aquatints and 1 folding map

[VOYAGES]. Magazijn der nieuwste en meest belangrijke reisbeschrijvingen tot nut en vermaak voor alle klassen van lezers, … [part-titles:] Nieuwe reisverhalen. Een tijdschrift, ...
Amsterdam, widow G.A. Diederichs and son (parts 1-12), Diederichs brothers (parts 13-24), 1820-1826. 24 parts intended as 12 volumes, here still in parts (as published). 8vo. With 23 aquatint frontispieces and 1 folding engraved map. Original publisher's green and blue stiff paper wrappers printed letterpress, many lined with the publisher's advertisements. Full description
€ 4,950
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The travel adventures of a famous book and art collector

WILLIGEN, Adriaan van der. Aanteekeningen op eene reize van Parijs naar Napels, door het Tirolsche en van daar door Zwitserland en langs den Rhijn terug naar Holland.
Haarlem, Adriaan Loosjes, (back of half-title parts 2-4: Utrecht, G. Post), 1811-1813. 4 parts in 2 volumes. Large 8vo. With an engraved title-page to the first part (with a stipple-engraved medallion portrait of the author) and 13 engraved plates by J. P. Visscher Bender. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 4,000
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