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Mission activities in Jaffna

AMERICAN MISSIONARY SEMINARY. Fifth triennial report of the American Mission Seminary, Jaffna, Ceylon. With an appendix. January, 1839.
Jaffna, Press of the American Mission, 1839. 8vo (20 x 13.5 cm). Original orange-brown wrappers, side stitched through 5 holes. 48, [1] pp. Full description
€ 650
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First edition of a French - Annamese (Vietnamese) dictionary, printed in Bangkok by the Catholic missionaries.

AUBARET, Louis Gabriel Galdéric. Vocabulaire Français-Annamite et Annamite-Français, précédé d'un traité des particules annamites, rédigé par les sions de M. Aubaret lieutenant de Vaisseau, chevalier de la Legion d'honneur.
Bangkok, Thailand, Imprimerie de la mission catholique, 1861. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary half-sheepskin, smooth back. [4], XCVI, 157 pp. Full description
€ 3,750
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Collection of autograph letters by the leading French sinologist Stanislas Aignan Julien

[AUTOGRAPH LETTERS]. JULIEN, Stanislas Aignan. [Collection of 28 autograph letters by Stanislas Julien to several correspondents].
Paris, 17 January 1839 - 13 April 1869. Varying sizes, most on similar paper 21 x 13.5 cm. Autograph letters written in French, in a neat cursive in brown ink, signed and dated, many of the letters have been written on paper with a "Collége[!] Imperial de France" letterhead. One with Paris postal stamps on the back (addressed to Monsieur Desnoyers, 17 January 1839). 5 letters are mounted on additional leaves (4 letters in 2 pairs, each pair on a separate leaf and 1 dated 13 April 1869 on a separate leaf). The whole collection is kept together in a clear plastic cover. 28 letters on 28 (folded) leaves. Full description
€ 12,500
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Baglivi's complete works: including his famous and influential treatise on tarantulas

BAGLIVI, Giorgio. Opera omnia medico-practica, et anatomica. Editio septima.
Lugduni [= Lyon], Anisson & Joannis Posuel, 1710. 4to. With 3 engraved plates, including the famous one showing two tarantulas, 3 woodcut illustrations in the text, numerous woodcut decorated initials, some headpieces built up from typographic ornaments and some floral woodcut tailpieces. Contemporary brown sprinkled calf. [6], XXXIX, [11], 854, [2] pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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Rare first edition of the biography of the national hero of Albania

BARLETI, Marin. Historia de vita et gestis Scanderbegi epirotarum principis.
Rome, [Bernardino Vitali], [ca. 1508-1510]. Folio. With a full-page woodcut portrait of Skanderbeg (25.5 x 16.5 cm), a woodcut decorative frame on the title-page, and woodcut decorated initials of various sizes throughout. Contemporary? vellum, with a manuscript title on the spine. [4], CLIX [1] pp. Full description
€ 25,000
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Monumental and seminal critical edition of the Greek New Testament (1550) with all woodcut devices, headpieces and initials coloured, including much gold and silver and extensive additional colour decorations in a rococo style

[BIBLE - NEW TESTAMENT - GREEK]. ESTIENNE, Robert, editor. Tῆò Káéíῆò ÄéáèÞêçò ἅπáíôá [Tes Kaines Diathekes Apanta] = Novum Jesu Christi D.N. Testamentum Ex Bibliotheca Regia.
Paris, Robert Estienne, King's printer, 1550. Folio (35 x 24 cm). With a Greek and Latin title-page including Estiennes woodcut basilisk device as Kings printer (and 1 repeat), his woodcut olive tree device on the otherwise blank last page (N6v), 3 single-piece decorated architectural frames with putti, etc. (plus 3 repeats) for the tables of the Eusebian canons for the Gospels, 9 woodcut headpieces and 21 decorated woodcut initial letters (plus numerous repeats). Set almost entirely in the three sizes of Claude Garamonts famous Greek printing types, known as the Grecs du Roi, and the first use of the largest size. The present copy has been richly decorated, probably around the time it was bound, not just by colouring Estiennes woodcut devices (the basilisk in gold), decorative frames, headpieces and initials, but also by adding extensive decorations in rococo style, the whole using a large number of mostly bright colours plus gold and silver. Gold-tooled black sheepskin, the gold-tooled spine with the title, publisher and date in the 2nd and 6th of 7 compartments in roman capitals, gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, gilt and richly gauffered edges, Dutch combed and curled endpapers. [32], “272” [= 268], 202, [2] pp. Full description
€ 95,000
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Rare, finely hand-coloured set of Buffon’s Histoire naturelle in its rarest and most luxurious form

BUFFON, Georges-Louis Leclerc de. Histoire naturelle, générale et particulière, avec la description du cabinet du roi. Nouvelle édition.
Dordrecht, Abraham Blussé, 1766-1799. 38 parts in 21 volumes. Large 4to. With more than 1100 hand-coloured engraved plates, 10 maps, 1 folding engraved table, and an engraved portrait of Buffon (by Houbraken, with an extra-added uncoloured portrait pasted on the verso). Contemporary, uniform half tanned sheepskin. Full description
€ 125,000
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Early 19th century edition of a woodcut plan imaging Nagasaki and Deshima

[MAP] BUNKINDO HAN. Hishu Nagasaki (no) zu (plan of Nagasaki, Hizen province).
(Nagasaki, Bunkindo, 1821). 615 x 870 mm. Large folding woodcut map of the port and city of Nagasaki, printed in three colours (ochre, blue and green) on four sheets. In Japanese ochre paper etui decorated with blue and white flowers and title label with Japanese characters pasted on, preserved in later dark blue cloth slipcase in Japanese style closing with two ivory clasps. Full description
€ 2,950
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