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First edition of Blaeu's atlas of Scotland and Ireland, beautifully coloured and highlighted with gold

BLAEU, Joan. Vyfde stuck der aerdrycksbeschryving, welck vervat Schotlandt en Yrlandt.
Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1654. Atlas folio (57.5 x 39.5 cm). With engraved architectural title-page with the arms of Scotland filling the top half, elaborately crested, supported by unicorns with flags and still with the old Stuart royalist mottos, and 55 engraved maps (54 double-page and 1 of the Irish County Caterlogh, full-page), often richly adorned with additional cartouches with regional scenes, but most often with coats of arms from the region. Numerous woodcut tailpieces and decorated initial letters. The title-page and all maps, including the cartouches, scenes and coats of arms, beautifully coloured by hand and highlighted with gold. All maps in their first states, without added ships or compass roses. 17th-century Dutch gold-tooled vellum. [8], 189, [1 blank], 70, [1, 1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 24,000
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Navigation and astronomical research in present-day Canada

CHABERT, Joseph Bernard. Voyage fait par ordre du Roi en 1750 et 1751, dans l'Amérique septentrionale...
Paris, Imprimerie Royale, 1753. 4to. With an engraved printer's vignette on the title-page, an engraved headpiece at the beginning of the first chapter, 6 folding engraved maps, a folding engraved plate showing geometrical figures, and a large folding table with calculations for the position of the sun and the moon. Contemporary gold-tooled red morocco, with the title lettered in gold on the spine, gold-tooled tun-ins, gilt edges. [2], VIII, 288, [10] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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Copiously illustrated, important botanical work on flowering plants from North-Africa

DESFONTAINES, René Louiche. Flora Atlantica, sive Historia plantarum, quae in Atlante, agro Tunetano et Algeriensi crescunt.
Paris, L. G. Desgranges, Imprimerie Panckoucke, 1798-1799 (anno sexto). 3 parts in 2 volumes. 4to. With "261" [=263] numbered, full-page, engraved plates. Late 19th-century black morocco. [6], XX, 444; 458 pp. Full description
€ 6,950
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Exceptionally rare first edition of an unrivalled plate collection containing plans of antique cities

[HASE, Johann Matthias]. Plans des villes que passent pour les plus grandes de l'antiquité, et de nos jours ...
Nuremberg, Homann heirs, 1745. Folio. With 15 hand coloured, numbered, engraved plates. Modern folder, marbled paper over boards. Each leaf (ca. 56 x 66 cm) is separately mounted in a passe-partout (ca. 60 x 78 cm). [8] ll. Full description
€ 2,500
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Fine work illustrating the cities, ports, and factories of the Dutch East India Company in Asia and Africa

HEYDT, Johann Wolffgang. Allerneuester Geographisch und Topographischer Schau-Platz, von Africa und Ost-Indien.
Nuremberg, C. Tetschner, 1744. Oblong folio (31 x 36.5 cm). With 115 numbered engraved maps and plates, an engraved frontispiece, and an engraved title-page. Contemporary vellum, with the author and title lettered in gold on the spine, red edges. [24], 345, [4] pp. Full description
€ 17,500
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Rare account of an important Russian diplomatic visit to China, with one of the first Western descriptions of Siberia

IDES, Evert Ysbrants. Driejaarige reize naar China, te lande gedaan door den Moskovicen afgezant, E. Ysbrandts Ides...
Including: KAO, Dionyzius. Korte beschrijving van t magtig keizerryk China ...
Amsterdam, Pieter de Coup, 1710. 4to. With an engraved title-page bound as a frontispiece before the typographical title-page, which is printed in red and black, a large folding map of Russia and parts of Asia, 8 folding engraved plates of cities and other views, 1 full-page engraving, and 21 half-page engravings in the text. Further with woodcut and engraved decorated initials, a large engraved head-piece at the start of the main text, 2 woodcut floral tail-pieces, and a small woodcut floral vignette on the typographical title-page. 19th-century gold-tooled light brown splattered paper with a red title-label on the spine. [30], 243, [4], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 3,950
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Beautiful work on Austrian plants and fungi, with a pioneering article on Stapelieae

[JACQUIN, Nikolaus Joseph von; Joachim Friedrich Plappart; Joseph Sonnauer]. Miscellanea Austriaca ad botanicam, chemiam, et historiam naturalem spectantia, cum figuris partim coloratis.
Vienna, ex officina Krausiana, 1778-1781. 2 volumes bound as 1. 4to. With 44 contemporary hand coloured, full-page copper-engraved plates of flowering plants, fungi and lichen. All plates are numbered and a few are signed ("J. Adam sculp."). Later gold-tooled quarter mottled calf. [4], 212; 423, [1] pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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Unpublished legal work

LAMPUGNANI, Girolamo. In [quatuor] libros institutionu[m] imperialiu[m] disputationes.
[Rome?, first half of the 17th century]. 2 parts in 1 volume. 12mo. With floral decorations in ink at the start of some of the chapters. Contemporary limp vellum, gilt edges. [2 blank], 128, [2 blank]; 129-260 [= 132 leaves] ll. Full description
€ 7,500
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Beautiful prints of early Christian hermits living in the desert

LEU, Thomas de (or de LEEUW) [drawn by Marten de VOS]. [engraved title:] Solitudo sive vitae patrum eremicolarum per antiquissimu[m] Patrem D. Hieronimu[m] eorundem primarium olim conscripta iam vero primum aeneis laminis. 1606. Thomas de Leu. excudit.
[Paris], Thomas de Leu, 1606. Small oblong folio (19 x 25.5 cm). With an engraved allegorical title-page including a 2-line quotation from Hebrews 11:37-38, and 29 engraved prints (plate size ca. 15 x 19 cm: mostly numbered, but a few unnumbered or irregularly numbered) illustrating the lives of the early Christian hermits living in the desert, 7 signed by Thomas de Leu as printer-publisher, in 2 cases accompanied by the monogram "NB" (the engraver Nicolaes de Bruyn). Gold-tooled blue goatskin morocco (ca. 1890?) by Bernard David (or his son Salvador David) in Paris (signed with a stamp - in sans-serif capitals - in the corner of the first free endleaf "DAVID"). [1], 29 engraved ll. Full description
€ 2,500
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