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Letters from Hormuz Island, the East Indies and Japan

[BERSE, Gaspar, Francis XAVIER et al.]. Epistolae Indicae et Iapanicae de multarum gentium ad Christi fidem, per Societatem Iesu conversione. Item de Tartarorum potentia, moribus, & totius penè Asiae religione. Tertia editio cum indice castigatior & auctior.
Including: Epistolae Iapanicae, de multorum in variis insulis gentilium ad Christi sidem conversione.
Leuven, Rutger Velpius, 1570. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Each part with woodcut publisher's device on last blank. Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment. [24], 361[=316], [20]; 401[=399], [25] pp. Full description
€ 19,500
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Beautifully decorated and heightened with gold 15th-century Dutch manuscript book of hours
from the collection of Viscount Charles van Aefferden

[BOOK OF HOURS - DUTCH]. [15th-century manuscript book of hours, written in Middle Dutch]. [Incipit 1r:] Here du saltste op doen mine lippen en[de] mijn mo[n]t sal voert-kundige[n] dijn lof.
[Southern Netherlands, 15th century]. Small 4to (binding 15.5 x 12 cm; leaves ca. 14.5 x 11.5 cm). Manuscript in Middle-Dutch, written in one column (18 or 19 lines to a page) in a very neat gothic textura script, by one or maybe two hands. The vellum leaves are (lightly) ruled in red ink, the main body of the text is written in black ink. Leaf 1r shows a large 9-line painted initial (blue and white on a golden field) and elaborate green vines and blue, gold, and pink leaves in the margins, all tekst on 1r is written within a blue and gold frame. With 37 3- or 4-line painted initials (gold on a blue or pink field) with the same green, blue, gold, and pink vine-and-leaves decorations in the left margins of the leaves and 7 3-, 4-, or 5-line penwork initials (green, blue, and red) with simple red and green penwork decorations in the left margin of the leaves. Further with numerous 1- and 2-line red and blue initials throughout and occasional 6-line red or blue initials in the left margin of the leaves. 17th- or 18th-century gold- and blind-tooled half mottled calf and sprinkled paper sides, red sprinkled edges. [189] ll. Full description
€ 18,000
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Eight year old King Sebastião's speech for the Council of Trent

[DOM SEBASTIÃO, King of Portugal and Giovanni STROZZI (attributed)]. Oratio habita serenissimi Portugaliae Algarbiorumque Regis Sebastiani Nomine, in Concilio Tridentino. Die IX. februarij. M.D.LXII. Unva cum responsione Sanctae Synodi.
Ripae [= Riva del Garda], Italy, Pietro Antonio Alciatis, 1562. 4to (18.2 x 13.4 cm). With the woodcut coat-of-arms of the Medici popes and a woodcut head-piece on the title-page, 2 large woodcut decorated initials in the text, a woodcut head-piece at the start of the text and two ornaments at the start and end of the text. Mid 19th-century marbled paper wrappers. [1], [1 blank], [6] pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Original drawing relating to an important work on Brazilian plants

[DRAWING - RIO DE JANEIRO]. [MARY, Benjamin (attributed)]. [Ink drawing of Guanabara Bay].
[Rio de Janeiro?, 1837?].
With: (2) [LEBSCHÉE, Carl August (attributed)]. [Drawing of Guanabara Bay].
[Germany?, 1837?].
Ad 1: 19 x 32 cm. Passe-partout: 36,5 x 47 cm. Sepia ink on paper. Ad 2: 24,5 x 34 cm. Passe-partout: 37 x 44 cm. Sepia ink on paper, with blue and sepia ink washes. Full description
€ 6,500
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Sumptuous coloured lithographs of Mayan antiquities bound for Czar Alexander II

DUPAIX, Guillermo, Alexandre LENOIR, David Bailie WARDEN, et al. Antiquités Mexicaines. Relation des trois expéditions du Capitaine Dupaix, ordonnées en 1805, 1806, et 1807, pour la recherche des antiquités du pays, notamment celles de Mitla et de Palenque.
Paris, Jules Didot l'ainé, 1834. 3 parts in 2 volumes. Large folio (55.5 x 36 cm). With lithographed frontispiece and 161 (numbered as 166) lithographed plates (1 double-page and 160 full-page), nearly half beautifully hand-coloured and most of the rest tinted or double-tinted. Lacking (as usual) the map mentioned on the title-page. Gold-tooled red morocco (1855?), with the arms of Czar Alexander II of Russia on the boards. [4], XIV, [1], [1 blank], 20, 56, 40, 88, [4]; 82, 224, [4]; [10] pp. Full description
€ 98,500
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First Amsterdam edition of an "invaluable" (Masson) work on 17th-century Italian gardens

FERRARI, Giovanni Battista and Bernhard ROTTENDORFF (editor). Flora, seu de florum cultura lib. IV.
Amsterdam, Joannes Janssonius, 1646. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece with an engraved portrait of the author on its verso and 45 full-page engraved plates, including 31 botanical illustrations, 8 plans for gardens, and 6 allegorical illustrations. Further with an ornamental woodcut vignette on the title-page and woodcut decorated initials. Contemporary overlapping vellum, manuscript title on the spine, remnants of ties [48], 522, [12] pp. Full description
€ 6,500
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Second improved and enlarged edition of an encyclopedic manual on horticulture

KNOOP, Johann Hermann. Beknopte huishoudelyke hovenier. Inhoudende eene verhandeling en meernamige lijsten van alle soorten van ooft-vrugten. Insgelyks van alle boom- en heesteragtige plantagie-gewassen. Gelyk ook van alle keuken-gewassen, veld-vrugten, verfstof-gewassen en anderen.
Amsterdam, Martinus de Bruyn, [1760-1762]. 3 volumes. 8vo. With a small woodcut vignette on the title-pages, woodcut decorated initials, woodcut tailpieces. Modern quarter paper. X, 294; [8], 415, [1 blank]; [8], 362, [42] pp. Full description
€ 6,950
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Beautiful examples of 18th-century penmanship by 2 Dutch brothers

[MANUSCRIPT - CALLIGRAPHY]. WALBEEK, Willem and Frans WALBEEK. [Three calligraphic prize books by Willem and Frans Walbeek].
Warmond (near Leiden), the Netherlands, 1752-1756.
(1) WALBEEK, Willem. Prijs boek. Inhoudende verscheyde geschriften.
Warmond, 1752.
(2) WALBEEK, Willem. Prijs-boek. Inhoudende eenige schriften.
Warmond, 1753.
(3) WALBEEK, Frans. Prijs boek.
Warmond, 1756.
Three oblong albums (ca. 35 x 44 cm). With the same hand drawn illustration of 2 putti holding a laurel wreath on the title-pages of ads 2 and 3, and an ink drawing of a compass (drawing instrument, or other measuring instrument) as part of a calligraphic exercise also in ads 2 and 3. Contemporary marbled paper wrappers. [12]; [1 blank], [13]; [10] ll. Full description
€ 3,500
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The Ottoman Turkish calendar of histories: a rare, 18th-century manuscript of one of Katip Çelebi's most important works

[MANUSCRIPT - TURKISH]. ÇELEBI, Katip. Taqwim al-Tawarikh.
[Turkey, early 18th century]. 8vo. Ottoman Turkish manuscript written in red and black ink, in a small and neat nastaliq hand within a gilt frame (ca. 27 lines to the page). With a hand-drawn gilt floral headpiece at the start of the work. Contemporary(?) Ottoman gold-tooled brown goatskin, with an oval medallion (şemse) within a decorative frame (zencirek) on both boards, a gold-tooled front flap. [89], [2 blank] ll. Full description
€ 15,000
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Important work on geometry and military fortifications,
copy from the collection of Ludwig Rudolph, Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg

MAROLOIS, Samuel. Geometrie, contenant la theorie, et practicque dicelle necessaire a la fortification.
The Hague and Arnhem, Henricus Hondius and Jan Janz., 1616. Oblong 1mo (ca. 30 x 39 cm). With an engraved title-page and 47 numbered full-page engraved plates, with a few decorated initials and ornamental head-pieces, and with geometric formulas in the text. Late 17th- or early 18th-century(?) gold-tooled vellum, remnants of closing ties, gilt edges. [1], [1 blank], [92] pp. and 47 engraved plates. Full description
€ 9,500
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