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Appealing heraldic manuscript on the English nobility
with more than 1050 beautifully executed coats of arms showing heraldic craftmanship

[MANUSCRIPT - HERALDRY - ENGLAND]. CLEMENTS, Joseph and J. GOLDING. (title-page:) Heraldry.
[England (Kent?), ca. 1775-1795]. Large 4to (ca. 27 x 21 cm). Manuscript in English on paper, mostly containing coats of arms with captions and a hand-written index. Completely written in brown ink in a neat 18th-century hand. With a hand-drawn and contemporary hand-coloured title-page, 108 contemporary hand-coloured smaller coats of arms showing motives on the crest and 1050 contemporary hand-coloured larger coats of arms of English noble families. Contemporary sheepskin, blind-tooled boards and spine, marbled endpapers. [2], 183 ll. Full description
€ 9,000
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Elzevier's pocket-size bestselling series of "Respublicae" in uniform gold-tooled vellum

[ELZEVIER - REPUBLICS]. [Collection of Elzevier Republics: 25 works in 27 volumes].
Leiden and Amsterdam, Bonaventura and Abraham I Elzevier, Joannes Maire, Johannes Janssonius, 1627-1634.
25 works in 27 volumes. 24mo (mainly in 8s). With an engraved title-page in 24 of 27 volumes (the second parts of some works do not include an engraved title-page, as issued, these 3 volumes contain a typographical title-page which shows Elzevier's woodcut "Non Solus" device). Ad 12 includes a full-page woodcut illustration of a branch with leaves, and ad 21 contains 7 full-page woodcut illustrations of people in Persian costume (within collation). All volumes with some woodcut decorated initials, head- and tailpieces. Uniformly bound in contemporary gold-tooled vellum, all edges gilt. A complete description including a detailed list of contents is available upon request. Full description
€ 14,000
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De Lairesse's Opus Elegantissimum, containing his remarkable engravings in their first state

LAIRESSE, Gerard de. Gerardi de Lairesse, Leodiensis pictoris, opus elegantissimum, Amstelaedami ipsa manu tam aeri incisum, quam inventum.
Including: [LAIRESSE, Gerard de, and Nicolaas VISSCHER II]. Appendix. Diversae de signationes, Lairessaea quidem manu inventae et pictae, at aliorum sculptorum manibus artificiosissime aeri incisae et sumptibus Nicolai Visscher editae.
[Amsterdam], [Nicolaas Visscher II], [ca. 1690?]. 1mo (52 x 39 cm). With a double-page engraved title-page, an engraved title-page of the appendix and more than 100 engraved illustrations on 56 large double leaves, including 31 double-page engravings. 18th-century half gold-tooled, sprinkled calf, decorated paper over boards, with a gold-tooled red morocco title-label on the spine. [50]; [8] double ll. Full description
€ 27,500
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First edition of Peter Lauremberg’s influential treatise on horticulture with copperplates from Merian’s workshop

LAUREMBERG, Peter. Petri Laurembergii Rostochiensis, Apparatus plantarius primus. Tributus in duos libros. I. De plantis bulbosis. II. De plantis tuberosis. Quibus exhibentur praeter nomenclaturas, Multiplices earum differentiae & species. Adiunctae sunt plantarum quarundam novarum novae ichnographiae, & descriptiones
Frankfurt am Main, Matthaeus Merian, [1632]. 2 works bound in one volume. 4to. Illustrated title pages (18,0 x 13,5 cm), headpieces, initials, 63 copperplate illustrations, endpieces.
With: (2): LAUREMBERG, Peter. Petri Laurembergii Rostochiensis, Horticultura libris II. comprehensa; huic nostro coelo & solo accommodata regulis, observationibus, experimentis, & figuris novis instructa: In qua quicquid ad hortum proficue colendum, et eleganter instruendum facit, explicatur (Frankfurt am Main, Matthaeus Merian, [1631]).
Vellum with a manuscript title on the spine. 168, [44]; 196 pp. Full description
€ 6,500
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First edition of a play recounting the discovery of Brazil by the Portuguese

MIMOSO, João Sardina. Relacion de la real tragicomedia ...
Lisbon, Jorge Rodriguez, 1620. 4to. With the elaborate woodcut coat-of-arms of the dedicatee, the Duke of Braganza, on the title-page, and the woodcut coat of arms of Portugal and/or King Philip II of Portugal at the head of his dedication on leaf [6]r, all text is set within a double fillet frame, and with woodcut decorated initials. Contemporary parchment binding with manuscript title on spine. [10], 163, [1] ll. Full description
€ 9,500
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Very rare and charming set of 6 stories in 6 little booklets (ca. 1828/38),
each with a hand-coloured print with a door that opens and a further hidden image

[MINIATURE PRINT BOOKS WITH HIDDEN IMAGES]. Les portes fermées ou Les doubles surprises.
Ghent or Brussels?, ca. 1828/38. 6 volumes in the publisher's slip-case. Small 24mo? (8 x 6 x 0.7 cm; leaf size 7.5 x 5.5 cm). Six little booklets, each with a blue wove paper wrapper (4 pages) containing the title above a rosette and the text of a very short story with a drop-title and a swelled rule at the head of p. 2, a typographic ornament or ornaments serving as a tail-piece on p. 4 and a pair of typographic ornaments flanking the page numbers 3 and 4, each volume with a different loosely inserted hand-coloured "transformation" print on white wove paper with a scene featuring a large central door that opens as a flap to show a further scene that includes a blank space, which reveals a hidden figure when held up to the light, transforming the scene.
(1) Les fleurs.
(2) La française.
(3) Le portrait.
(4) Le temple de Diane.
(5) La tentation.
(6) Méphistophélès.
They are stored in the publishers slip-case, covered with pink paper, with an engraving on green paper pasted to the front, bearing the general title of the series with flourishes, in a decorated border. 4; 4; 4; 4; 4; 4 pp. plus the 6 prints and slipcase. Full description
€ 4,000
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Beautiful, entirely engraved, calligraphic prayerbook

MOREAU, Pierre. Les Sainctes prieres de l'ame Chrestienne Escrites & gravées apres le naturel de la plume.
Paris, I. Henault, 1656. Small 8vo. With fine engraved calligraphic title within architectural borders, engraved dedication to the Queen of France, 31 mostly full-page illustrations, some repeated, representing Christ on the cross, Mary with child, the Seven Deadly Sins, etc., and 179 engraved pages with calligraphed prayers within richly decorated borders with flowers, fruits, animals, insects, etc. Contemporary sharkskin, spine ribbed, with silver clasps including monogram. 212 pp. Full description
€ 4,250
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Children’s book with wonderful hand-coloured moveable dolls

[MOVABLE DOLLS, Subject] De weldadige Louize of het meisje in zesderlei gedaanten. Een onderhoudend geschenk voor meisjes. Met zeven gekleurde beweegbare plaatjes.
Amsterdam, Gebroeders van Arum, [1828]. 12mo. One paper doll printed on cardstock plate with slits above left shoulder and below feet, into which tabs on six outfits printed on cardstock plates can be placed. Paper doll and outfits are hand-coloured. Rear paste-down functions as an envelope. Contemporary boards, upper board is printed with title and a decorative border. In custom box. 62 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Rare collection of seven morality plays

[DUTCH MORALITY PLAYS - REDERIJKERS]. Zeven spelen, van die wercken der bermherticheyd. In rym ghemaeckt en nu tot Aemstelredam opentlyck ghespeelt, Anno 1591
Amsterdam, H. J. Muller, 1591. 8vo. Woodcut title vignette and 6 woodcut illustrations at the beginning of the plays, Contemporary vellum with manuscript title on spine. [302] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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