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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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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
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Fragment of a ca. 2600-year-old Egyptian polychrome funerary stele with a hieroglyphic inscription


[Fragment from the left side of a funerary stele].
[Egypt, 26th dynasty? ca. 650/600 BC?]. Fragment of a funerary stele, painted over plaster on a wooden plank (14 x 7 x 1.5 cm), with a small part of a pictorial scene above on a beige ground, and a hieroglyphic inscription in five (of six?) horizontal bands below (reading from right to left) on an alternating yellow and beige ground. The border begins immediately above the first line of the inscription, and next to it appears the reddish-brown bare foot of a standing figure facing the centre (that is, facing right), probably the deceased making offerings to Osiris. The back is also plastered and painted yellow.

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Early bogus claim to have squared the circle, with the circle’s views on the matter

FALCO, Jacobus (Jaime Juan FALCÓ y SEGURA). Hanc circuli quadraturam invenit.
Antwerp, Petrus Bellerus (Peter Belaert), 1591. Small 4to (19.5 x 14 cm). With a woodcut of Euclid (or possibly Archimedes) with an enormous pair of dividers in his right hand and a book in his left, and between the two legs of the dividers a sceptre passing through a crown, and 29 woodcut diagrams. 20th-century half calf. Full description
€ 2,950
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