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Belon's account of his extensive travels in the Levant, one of the earliest Plantin editions

BELON, Pierre. Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvees en Grece, Asie, Indée, Egypte, Arabie & autres pays estranges.
Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1555. 8vo. With Plantin's early woodcut device on title-page, a double-page woodcut map (31.5 x 35 cm) showing Mount Sinai, and 45 woodcut illustrations in text (including a portrait of the author). 18th-century gold-tooled calf, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 5,800
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Early work on cell biology

BONNET, Charles. La palingénésie philosophique, ou idées sur l' état passé et sur l' état futur des êtres vivans. Ouvrage destiné à servir de supplement aux derniers écrits de l'auteur ...
Genève, Claude Philibert and Barthelemi Chirol, 1770. 2 volumes. 8vo. Contemporary tanned sheepskin, richly gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 300
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“one of the most beautiful illustrated books of sixteenth-century France”
with 178 fine woodcut illustrations by Bernard Salomon and his spectacular decorative borders

BORLUYT, Willem (Guillaume BORLUUT) after OVIDIUS. Excellente figueren ghesneden uuyten uppersten poëte Ovidius uuyt vyfthien boucken der veranderinghe[n] met huerlier bedietsele. ...
Lyon, Jean I de Tournes, 1557 (note to the reader 3 September). 8vo. With 178 fine woodcut illustrations (4.2 x 5.5 cm), each with a letterpress title above, an 8-line verse below and the whole in any of 26 fine woodcut decorated borders (13 x 8 cm, also used for the title-page and closing page, making 180 in total) with a wide variety of arabesques, grotesque animals and figures, scenes from classical mythology, etc.. The woodcut illustrations, borders, initial and decorations are attributed to Bernard Salomon. 17th-century limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 4,500
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The botany, geology and geography of Madeira, edited and illustrated by a pioneering female naturalist and annotated by Cuvier and Von Humboldt

BOWDICH, Thomas Edward, Sarah BOWDICH LEE (editor), George CUVIER and Alexander VON HUMBOLDT (annotators). Excursions dans les isles de Madère et de Porto-Santo, faites dans l'automne de 1827, pendant son troisième voyage en Afrique, ... Ouvrage traduite de l'Anglais et accompagné de notes de M. le Baron Cuvier et de M. le Baron de Humboldt.
Paris, F.G. Levrault, 1826. 2 volumes. 8vo (text) and 4to (plates). With 22 lithographed plates (3 double-page and 4 hand-coloured), most of them drawn and lithographed by Sarah Bowdich. Modern half morocco; the text volume with the original publisher's wrappers bound in. Full description
€ 2,500
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Manuscript report advising the Portuguese government
on the dangers of Dutch incursions in Portuguese colonies, especially in Brazil

[BRAZIL - DUTCH INCURSIONS]. Vas nestes a pontamende de mistura as cauzas originaes que tem lancado a perder este Reino, e a India posta no stado que se ve e juntamende vão os meyos, que pode haver para se tirar dinheiro para o soccorro d[']ella.
[Lisbon?, 1628?]. Folio. Manuscript document in Portuguese. Disbound. Full description
€ 3,950
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“One of the wittiest and most learned women of her age”, with a portrait and 3 folding illustrations

CHRISTINA, former Queen of Sweden (subject). Reyse van hare doorluchtige majesteyt Christina, Koninginne van Sweden; gedaen door de Nederlanden, Duytslant, Vranckrijck, Italien, en andere gewesten des werelts, van ... 1654. tot ... 1660. Den tweeden druck vermeerdert, en van veel fouten gesuyvert.
Amsterdam, Johannes van den Bergh, 1660. 12mo. With 4 etched and engraved plates (a full-page portrait of Christina and 3 folding scenes from her journey, the folding plates 10.5 x 13.5 cm). Modern flexible beige paper binding. Full description
€ 3,950
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