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A classic work on Japan, with numerous illustrations

ALCOCK, Sir Rutherford.

The capital of the tycoon: a narrative of a three years' residence in Japan.
London, Longman, Roberts, & Green (colophons: printed by Spottiswoode & Co.), 1863. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 2 chromolithographed frontispieces, 2 folding engraved maps (partly coloured), 14 tinted, double-tinted and chromolithographed plates, 2 black & white wood-engraved plates and numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary calf prize binding, richly gold-tooled spines, with the coat-of-arms of the Royal Naval School on the front boards.

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Dutch translation of the account of Captain Cook's third and last voyage

COOK, James and James KING.

Reis naar den Stillen Oceaan, ... tot het doen van ontdekkingen in het noorder halfrond, ter uitvoering gebragt onder 't bestuur van de bevelhebbers Cook, Clerke en Gore in de jaaren 1776, 1777, 1779 en 1780. Met de schepen de Resolution en Discovery, ...
Rotterdam, Abraham Bothall and Dirk Vis II, 1788. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece. Contemporary half tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine.

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Much acclaimed work on the Indonesian Archipelago

CRAWFURD, John.

De Indische Archipel, in het bijzonder het eiland Java.
Haarlem, widow A. Loosjes (colophon: Amsterdam, printed by H. Bakels), 1823-1825. 3 volumes. 8vo. With 3 line-etched frontispieces, 3 full-page plates (2 line-etched, 1 hand-coloured aquatint with line etching), and a folding map (44 x 55.5 cm), hand-coloured in outline. Contemporary mottled half calf, gold-tooled spine.

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€ 2,500
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10 splendid and nostalgic views of Batavia

DEELEMAN, Charles Theodore.

Bataviaasch album. Verzameling van een tiental gezigten van de hoofdstad van Nederlandsch Indië. Opgedragen aan Zijne Exellentie den Minister van Staat J.J. Rochussen.
Batavia, G. Kolff & Co., [1859-1860]. Large oblong folio (33.5 x 44 cm). With 10 beautiful tinted lithographs (ca. 18.5 x 26 cm). Modern half calf, with original blue printed paper wrappers bound in.

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Eyewitness account: Dutch sieges of Portuguese fort São Sebastião (in Mozambique) 1607-1608

DURÁN (DURÃO), António.

Cercos de Mocambique, defendidos por Don Estevan de Atayde, capitan general, y governador de aquella plaça.
Madrid, widow of Alonso Martin [= Francisca de Medina], 1633. Small narrow 4to (19.5 x 13.5 cm). With the large woodcut crowned coat of arms of the dedicatee Gaspar de Guzmán y Pimentel on the title-page. Richly gold-tooled 19th-century parchment.

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€ 17,500
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Empirical support for Copernicus’s theories only 2 years after "De Revolutionibus",
plus the first illustration of a camera obscura

FRISIUS, Gemma. De radio astronomico & geometrico liber. ...
Antwerp, Gregorius de Bonte; Louvain, Petrus Phalesius (colophon: 1545). 4to. With a large armorial woodcut on the title-page, De Bonte's large woodcut publisher's device on the last page and 21 woodcut illustrations, instruments and diagrams in the text, 8 pages of letterpress tables (plus more in the text), about 20 woodcut decorated initials (about 5 series) plus repeats. Recased in 17th-century(?) limp sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 12,500
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Rare Dutch  translation of the “Artzneybuch”

GABELKOVER (GAEBELKHOUWER; GAEBELCHOVER), Oswald. Medecijn-boeck. Daer inne, wt bevel des doorluchtighen hooch-gheborenen vorsten, ende heeren, heeren Lodewijck, hertoghe tot Wirtenberghe ... Meest voor alle lijfgebreken, ende cranckheyden wt gelesene en[de] beproefde medicijnen, die wt vele hooge ende nederstandes persoonen gheschrevene medicijnboecken, te samen, ende by een gebracht zijn. … Wt Hoogduytsche sprake getrouwelick overgeset.
Dordrecht, Abraham Canin, 1598. 4 parts in 1 volume. Small 4to (19.5 x 14 cm). With Canin's woodcut device on the title-page. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 5,950
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Very rare early and excellent source for a Formosan language,
42 years before Psalmanazar’s hoax

[GRAVIUS, Daniel (ed.)].

Patar ki tna-?msing-an ki Christang, ka tauki-papatar-en-ato tmæu?ug tou Sou ka Makka Si-deia. | Ofte, 't formulier des Christendoms, met de verklaringen van dien, inde Sideis-Formosaansche tale.
Amsterdam, Michiel Hartogh, 1662. 4to (20.5 x 16 cm). With integral, engraved frontispiece. Early 18th-century vellum.

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1612 introduction to Kabbala, in Hebrew

HOROWITZ, Shabbethai Sheftel.

Sefer Shefa' tal.
Hanau, Hans Jakob Henne (Henah), [5]372 [= 1611/12]. Folio (31 x 20 cm). With about 15 woodcut illustrations in the text. Set in meruba Hebrew types with extensive passages in semi-cursive rabbinical. Later 17th-century blind-tooled vellum, modern endpapers.

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Letters from the Jesuit mission in Japan and the East Indies

[JAPAN & EAST INDIES - JESUITS]. 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.
Leuven, Rutger Velpius, 1570. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. Each part with woodcut publisher's device on last blank and numerous decorated woodcut initials. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 19,500
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