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Unrecorded edition with rules and regulations for the Naples royal fleet and its maintenance

[ACTON, Sir John Francis Edward & Antonius Count of THURN and Valsassina]. Istruzione per il servizio de bastimenti della Real Marina di guerra.
Naples, 1800. 8vo. Engraved coat-of arms (King Ferdinand IV of Naples) on title-page. Contemporary gold-tooled "marbled" calf with tan and blue spots on a chemically darkened background. 86 pp. Full description
€ 1,800
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Practical illustrated description of microscopes and their use for studying insects, tissues, microbes etc.

ADAMS, George (Frederick KANMACHER, ed.). Essays on the microscope; containing a practical description of the most improved microscopes; a general history of insects, their transformations, peculiar habits and oeconomy: an account of the various species, and singular properties, ...The second edition, with considerable additions and improvements, ...
London, Dillon and Keating for W. and S. Jones, 1798. 1 text volume and 1 plates volume. Large 4to. With an allegorical mezzotint frontispiece in sepia in the text volume and 32 numbered double-page plates (numbered I-XXXII) mounted on guards, printed from 36 copper plates (plates 2, 7, 23 and 24 each from 2 copper plates distinguished as A and B) with hundreds of figures showing microscopes, associated equipment and microscopic views of insects, microbes, shells and tissue samples. Uniform 20th-century dark blue morocco. XVII, [7], 724, 14, 2 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Dutch tourist journal of a bourgeois woman's visit to Paris

ALBERDINGK THIJM, Catharina & Josephus Albertus ALBERDINGK THIJM. Notice de mes souvenirs d'un voyage à Paris, écrite pour mes chers enfans.Amsterdam, 1838. Small 8vo. Manuscript in French, written in ink in a regular and readable hand on 7 quires of writing-paper, some with a slight green cast.
With: ALBERDINGK THIJM, Josephus Albertus. Decemberliedtjen op tantes feest, in 1878. Manuscript poem, signed J.A.Th. 4to. Folded.Loose quires in a contemporary red morocco portfolio with gold-tooled title and ornamental frames on covers, richly gold-tooled turn-ins and silk paste-downs. With 3 pairs of green silk ties. 135, [4 blank]; 4 pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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The founding acts of Montevideo

ANGELIS, Pedro de; Francisco Bruno de ZAVALA. Fundacion de la Ciudad de Montevideo, por el Teniente General Bruno Mauricio Zavala, con otros documentos relativos al estado oriental.
Buenos Aires, Imprenta del Estado, 1836. Small folio (29 x 20 cm). Slightly later half cloth, decorated endpapers. [2], V, [3 blank], 19, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 300
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An important surveying voyage to the Pacific

BELCHER, Edward. Narrative of a voyage round the world, performed in Her Majesty's ship Sulphur, during the years 1836-1842, including details of the naval operations in China, from Dec. 1840 to Nov. 1841.
London, Henry Colburn, 1843. 2 volumes. 8vo. With a folding map of the Canton river, folding map with the routes of the H.M.S. Sulphur, large world chart also showing the route of the Sulphur, 19 steel-engraved views and several illustrations in text. Gold-tooled blue sheepskin, shell-marbled sides. Rebacked. In modern slipcase. XXII, 387; VI, 474 pp. Full description
€ 2,950
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First edition of a practical code for the Bengal police

[BENGAL POLICE CODE]. [HENRY, Edward Richard]. The Bengal police code, containing the forms referred to in the rules and regulations of the Bengal police, L.P. [= Lower Provinces].
Calcutta, The Bengal Secretariat Press, 1894. 2 volumes. 4to. Contemporary green half cloth with original publisher's paper sides. [1], [1 blank], [1] , [1 blank], XLV, [1 blank], 566, XXX; [1], [2 blank], [1], XI, [1 blank], 328 pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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Lieutenant Colonel Rudolph Bentincks army journals in the Netherlands, the Mediterranean and Portugal:
inspecting fortifications, mines, troops and young ladies

[BENTINCK, Volkier Rudolph]. [Wrapper-title:] Journael zedert 1771.
[Maastricht, Bois-le-Duc, Bergen op Zoom, Namur, etc., 7 July - 3 September 1771 & The Mediterranean and Portugal, 23 May - 18 August 1774]. 2 matching journals. Folio (32.5 x 20.5 cm). Two manuscript journals in French by a Dutch army Lieutenant Colonel in Dutch and British service, written in brown ink on laid paper, in a Latin hand. Each leaf was creased vertically to divide the pages into two columns, with the main text in the right column and some additions, notes and headings in the left column. Contemporary coarse brown paper wrappers, with the 1771 journal in loose bifolia (never sewn) inserted before the 1774 journal, which is sewn into the wrappers through three holes. [2], [2 blank], [11], [1 blank]; 18, [6 blank] pp. Full description
€ 5,950
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Bodel Nijenhuis, the well-known publisher, helping a forester with his book on the history of hunting rights

BODEL NIJENHUIS, Johannes Tiberius. [Autograph letter to Abraham Hendrik Verster van Wulverhorst].
Leiden, [17] August 1839. Autograph letter, signed. 4to (23,5 x 19,5 cm) with and 8vo leaf inserted (21 x 13 cm). Letter with the address and two red postal ink stamps dated Leiden, 17 and 18 August [1839]. With a loosely inserted leaf dated from Leiden, 21 August 1839, also from Bodel Nijenhuis. 1 leaf (23.5 x 39 cm), folded as a letter, with additional leaf (20.8 x 13 cm). Full description
€ 800
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Rare atlas and description of the Dutch colonies by the future Governor-General of the Dutch East Indies,
who introduced the notorious "cultuurstelsel" (system of mandated cultivation)

BOSCH, Johannes van den. Nederlandsche bezittingen in Azia Amerika en Afrika. In derzelver toestand en aangelegenheid voor dit rijk, wijsgerig, staatshuishoudkundig en geographis beschouwd, met bijvoeging der noodige tabellen, en eenen atlas.
The Hague and Amsterdam, Gebroeders Van Cleef, (September) 1818. 2 text volumes + 1 atlas volume. 8vo (text) & folio (atlas).vol. 1 with 10 and vol. 2 with 3 folding tables. The atlas volume with a double-page engraved title-page and 12 double-page engraved and etched maps (ca. 37 x 52.5 cm), including 4 with beautiful views, the maps by C. van Baarsel & zoon and the views by A.L. Zeelander, after examples in Valentyns famous 18th-century description of the East Indies.11 of the 12 maps colored in outline by a contemporary hand. Half mottled contemporary calf, paste paper sides; half calf, gold-tooled spine, sprinkled paper sides (atlas volume). [30], 338, [2]; [10], 309, [2] pp. Full description
€ 6,500
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First modern treatise on oceanography, and a challenge to Machiavelli: rulers must be moral

BOTERO, Giovanni. Aggiunte fatte ... alla sua ragion di stato ove si tratta dell... con una relatione del mare.
2 [part 1]) Delleccellenze de gli antichi capitani libri due. ...
3 [part 4]) Dellagilita della forze del prencipe libri due. ...
4 [part 3]) Della riputatione del prencipe libri due. ...
5 [part 2]) Discorso della neutralita [del prencipe] ...
6 [part 5]) Discroso[!] intorno alla fortificatione ...
7 [part 6]) Relationi del mare ...
Rome, Giorgio Ferrari, 1598. A preliminary part and 6 text parts in one volume. 4to. With a general title-page and 6 part-titles. Set in an italic type (cut by Robert Granjon) with incidental roman. Sheepskin parchment (ca. 1700?). [22], [2 blank]; 72; 46, [2 blank]; 31, [1 blank]; 15, [1 blank]; 14, [2 blank]; 31, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 8,250
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Rare early (5th?) edition of a popular work on angling, printed by Baskerville’s unofficial successor

BOWLKER, Charles. The art of angling; or, compleat fly-fisher. Describing the different kinds of fish, their haunts, places of feeding, and retirement; with an account of the generation of fishes, and observations on the breeding of carp. Together with directions how to regulate pools or ponds. Also the various kinds of baits, and the great diversity of flies that nature produces. To which are added, directions for making artificial flies.
Birmingham, Miles Swinney, 1788. 12mo. XI, 218, [2] pp. Full description
€ 450
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Humility or hypocrisy, a donkey or a horse, Christ and the pope: a rare popular Dutch calvinist pamphlet

[DUTCH CALVINIST CARICATURE]. [Hieronymus SWEERTS]. De vergelykinge Christi met de Roomsche Paus, by forme van een stichtelyke, en leerzame samenspraak, voor de liefhebbers der waarheid.
Amsterdam, Jan van der Heyden, 1753. 1mo (full sheet) broadside (48,5 x 29 cm). Letterpress satirical broadside, with an anonymous, hand-coloured engraving, the title and imprint in red, 2 woodcut decorated initials, and a band of typographic ornaments separating the two columns of text. Full description
€ 850
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Very rare hand-coloured large-paper copy of an important 18th century Don Quixote edition with 31 large illustration plates, in a spectacular Van Damme binding

CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de (Jacob Campo WEYERMAN translator; Antoine COYPEL illustrator). De voornaamste gevallen van den wonderlyken Don Quichot, door den beroemden Picart den Romein ... in XXXI kunstplaaten, na de uitmuntende schilderyen van Coypel in't koper gebragt ...
The Hague, Pieter de Hondt, 1746. Grand folio (42 x 27 cm). With a title vignette, title in red and black and 31 plates. Also with large woodcut initials and tailpieces. Text in ornamental woodcut frame on each page. In very firm Van Damme bindery dark red morocco with exceptional gold-tooled decorations and gilt edges. With a gold-tooled and black painted emblem on both covers depicting a vase under a starry sky. With protective tissue guards covering the plates. [2], XXVI, 420 pp. Full description
€ 48,500
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18th-century Dutch general encyclopedia of horticulture and agriculture, animal breeding
and the secrets of living to a great age

CHOMEL, Noël. Huishoudkundig handboek voor den stedeling en landman; of Chomel, huishoudelijk woordenboek verkort. In vier deelen.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1800-1803. 4 volumes. Large 8vo. With 24 hand-coloured engraved plates of different plants, herbs, mushrooms, flowers, trees and animals. All volumes bound in contemporary half goatskin with marbled sides, gold-tooled spine with an orange and blue morocco label. XII, 560; [4], 584; [4], 568; [4], 598 pp. Full description
€ 1,000
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Presentation copy of the rare first edition of the English translation of the reports of the first democracy in Latin America, in 1823

[COLOMBIA]. State of Colombia, or reports of the secretaries of state of the Republic of Colombia, presented to the first constitutional congress in the year 1823, the thirteenth of the republic. Translated from the official documents.
London, Treuttel and Würtz, Treuttel jun. and Richter (back of the title-page: printed by G. Schulze), June 1824. 4to. With the original presentation letter to Baron Hendrik Fagel pasted on the first flyleaf (dated 15 July 1824). Contemporary or near contemporary red straight-grained, gold-tooled morocco. IV, 200 pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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Scarce Dutch translation of a pamphlet on the mangel beet, with a hand-coloured folding plate

COMMERELL, Abbé de, John Coakley LETTSOM (transl.) and Jan Christiaan SEPP (transl.) Bericht wegens de aankweeking en het gebruik van den schaarsheid- of mangel-wortel.
Amsterdam, C.N. Guerin, 1789. 8vo. With 1 folding hand-coloured plate and a woodcut tailpiece of a fruit basket. 19th-century half cloth, Stormont marbled sides. [4], XII, 80 pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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Large paper copy of a collection of travelogues on Russia, Poland, Scandinavia and the British Isles

COXE, William (Paul Henri MALLET, transl.), Thomas PENNANT, Joseph BANKS, and others.

Nouveau recueil de voyages au nord de l'Europe et de l'Asie, contenant les extraits des relations de voyages les plus estimées, et qui n'ont jamais été publiées en français.Including: William COXE (Paul Henri MALLET, transl.). Voyage en Pologne, Russie, Suède, Dannemarc, &c.
Paris, Paul Barde, Moutard, Mérigot (vol. 1), Barde, Manget & Buisson (vol. 2 & 3), 1785-1786. 3 volumes. 4to. Vol. 1 with 1 hand-coloured folding map of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, 1 folding engraved plate and 8 full-page engravings mainly of buildings. Vol. 2 with 2 hand-coloured folding maps of Russia and Poland by Thomas Kitchin, 2 folding city plans of Moscow and St Petersburg, 3 full-page engraved portraits of King Stanislas Auguste of Poland, Empress Catherine II ("the Great") of Russia and the leader of the 1773/74 Cossack insurrection Yemelyan Ivanovich Pugachev, pretender to the Russian crown, all engraved by Töppfer. Extra added: a loosely inserted engraved portrait of Empress Catherine by Augustin de Saint-Aubin (1736-1807), and 2 further engravings. Vol. 3 with 2 hand-coloured folding maps of Sweden and Denmark by Thomas Kitchin, 1 hand-coloured full-page engraved map of the Casparian Sea, 3 engraved folding plans of the Vyshny Volochyok Waterway and the Ladoga Canal, the Swedish Trollhätte Canal and the Kiel Canal, 2 folding city plans of Stockholm and Copenhagen, 1 full-page engraved portrait of Gustave III (king of Sweden) and 1 full-page engraving. Contemporary half red morocco, red decorated paper sides, gold-tooled spine with title and volume number in gold. [6]; 355, [4], [1 blank]; [2], VI, [2], 422, [6]; [4], 382 pp.

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Very rare description of the author’s own botanical garden in Amsterdam

CUNO, Johann Christian, David Sigmund BÜTTNER and Friedrich WAGNER (transl.) Ode über seinen Garten: Nachmahls Besser. Amsterdam, Jacob Cornelis Schoots van Cappelle, 1750. 8vo. With a folding engraved allegorical title-plate, an engraved printers device on the title-page, an elaborate engraved coat-of-arms on the dedication page and 11 engraved plates (1 folding). Further numerous woodcut allegorical capitals. Contemporary calf. [34], 260 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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The languages of Oceania

CUST, Robert Needham. Les races et les langues de l'Océanie ... traduit de l'anglais par A.L. Pinart.
Paris, Ernest Leroux (back of half-title: Le Puy, printing office of Marchessou fils), 1888. 12mo (17 x 11.5 cm). With a folding chromolithographed language map of Oceania, 1 headpiece in 17th-century style. Original publisher's printed paper wrappers. [4], 71, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 500
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One of the rarest works on Argentina

DENIS, Ferdinand. Buenos Ayrès et le Paraguay; ou histoire, moeurs, usages et costumes des habitans de cette partie de l'Amérique.
Paris, Nepveu, 1823. 2 volumes. 12mo. With 9 engraved plates, 2 double page in the first volume, and 9 engraved plates, 4 double-page in the second volume, all plates finely coloured by hand. Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. 199, [1]; 211, [1] pp. Full description
€ 9,500
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Important compilation of works on Dutch maritime law, the Laws of Wisbuy, and average, including collections of ordonnances. proclamations, decrees etc.

[DUTCH MARITIME HISTORY]. Boek der zee-rechten.Amsterdam, Gerrit van Goedesbergh, 1665. With the index of the 1663 edition.
With: (2) Extract uyt het register van de willekeuren der stadt Amsterdamme ....Amsterdam, Gerrit van Goedesberg, 1662.With: (3) Quintyn WEYTSEN. Een tractaet van Avarien ... The Hague, Jasper Doll, 1651 (colophon: Leyden, Philips de Croy, 1651).With: (4) Taco van GLINS. Aenmerckingen ende bedenckingen over de Zee-rechten, uyt het Placcaet van Koninck Philips uytgegeven den letsten Octobris 1563 ...
Amsterdam, Joost Pluymer, 1665.4to. All titles with woodcut title-vignettes and some with woodcut head- and tailpieces or woodcut initials. All titles are interleaved. Contemporary vellum over boards. [8]; 144; [8]; 23; [12], 139 pp. with some blank leaves between the different ordinances. Full description
€ 1,250
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"The prime source of information for pirate activities"


Histoire des avanturiers qui se sont signalez dans les Indes, contenant ce qu'ils ont fait de plus remarquable depuis vingt anneés.
Paris, Jacques le Febvre, 1688. 4 parts in 2 volumes, bound as 1. 12mo. With an engraved title-page in vol. 1, 3 engraved folding maps of the Carribean (depicting Honduras, Cuba, Florida and Jamaica), of the Bay of Maracay in Venezuala and of the Isthmus of Panama and also with 4 engravings (3 full-page) and woodcut head- and tailpieces and initials. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine. [22], "448" [= 248], [16]; [6], 285, [17] pp.

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Geognostic treatise on the geology and mineralogy of Breisgau,
the area around Freiburg and the Black Forest

FROMHERZ, Karl. Die Jura-Formationen des Breisgaues geognostisch beschrieben.
Karlsruhe, Christian Theodor Groos, 1838. 4to. With 2 hand-coloured lithographed geognostic maps by B. Herder, one of the Schönberg near Freiburg and one of the whole area of Breisgrau with both maps showing the different earth layers and their materials by using different colours. Contemporary marbled boards, red morocco spine label. IV, 51, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 950
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One of the Venice editions of a very popular pharmacopoeia with three additional pharmaceutical texts

FULLER, Thomas Pharmacopoeia extemporanea sive praescriptorum chilias ... Cum viribus operandi ratione, dosibus, et indicibus annexis. Editio nova caeteris emendatior, cui adduntur tabula smaragdina Philippi Fraudorffer, thesaurus Ludovicianus, ac Enchiridion medicum practicum Josephi Jacksonii.
Including: (2) FRAUNDORFFER, Philippus. Tabula Smaragdina Medico-Pharmaceutica; in qua sexcentorum, contra omnis generis morbos ... medicamentorum ...
Including: (3) CHRISTIANUS, Wolfgang. Thesaurus Ludovicianus, sive compendium materiae med. ...Including: (4) JACKSON, Josephus. Enchiridion medicum practicum, sive tractatus de morborum praxis, cui subnectitur appendix de lue venera ...Venice, Franciscum and Nicolao Pezzana, 1776. 8vo. With a general title-page and 3 part-titles, each with the same woodcut vignette. Vellum over thin boards, manuscript title on spine. XXXII, 302, [2 blank]; 184; 79, [1 blank]; 112 pp. Full description
€ 650
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Manuscript herbal of Savoy(?), with 445 leaves of meticulous watercolour botanical drawings

[HERBAL - MANUSCRIPT]. [CHATELAIN, Jean-Baptiste Charles Maurice?]. [Flore de Faverges et de quelques localités Voisines?].
[Faverges (Haute-Savoie)?], [ca. 1900]. Folio (31.5 x 20 cm). A manuscript herbal with 445 leaves (more than 550 pages) of meticulous black ink and watercolour botanical drawings, occasionally with additions or highlights in opaque gouaches, each leaf generally with a large drawing of the species, its Latin and French names, and usually further descriptive text and detail drawings of its flowers, leaves, seeds, roots, etc., around the main drawing and/or on the back of the leaf, the drawings of each numbered botanical family loose in plain-paper wrappers giving the family name and number, as well as general information, on the front wrapper, usually with a small ink and watercolour drawing at the head representing the family, and sometimes with a list of family subdivisions on the recto. An additional wrapper appears to be intended as an illustrated title-page for drawings of aquatic plants, the recto of the front wrapper with the title "Plantes aqualiques" (altered in pen to "aquatiques"?) with a spider and its web spanning the large space between the two words and the whole framed by an ink and watercolour drawing of a wide variety of flowering plants growing around and arching over a pond. The whole is divided into groups of families, all but one group (and the illustrated wrapper for Plantes aqualiques) in mostly matching contemporary folders made of coarse grey-brown paper. Full description
€ 19,500
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Exotic and other plants in the Leiden botanical garden, with 106 full-page engravings

HERMANN, Paul. Horti Academici Lugduno-Batavi catalogus exhibens plantarum omnium nomina, quibus ab anno MDCLXXXI ad annum MDCLXXXVI hortus fuit instructus ut & plurimarum in eodem cultarum & à nemine hucusque editarum descriptiones & icones ...
Leyden, Cornelius Boutesteyn, 1687. 8vo. Engraved integral frontispiece by Abraham de Blois after Willem van Mieris (Athena enthroned in the Leiden botanical garden, with figures representing the four continents offering her plants), Boutesteyns woodcut house-on-a-rock device on title-page, and 106 full-page engravings on integral leaves (at least 1 by Jacob Harrewijn) depicting plants, with letterpress headings giving the Latin names. Contemporary vellum, manuscript title and old library label on spine, red sprinkled edges. [20], 699, [1] pp. Full description
€ 2,250
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Shipwrecked in the Davis Strait

HOEKSTRA, Klaas. Dagverhaal van het verongelukken van het galjootschip Harlingen, in Straat-Davids.
Harlingen, M. van der Plaats, 1828. 8vo. With a large (54 x 38 cm) folding lithographed chart. Contemporary half calf, marbled boards. [2], VI, 114, [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,950
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Massive navigational directory, with sections on the Arabian Sea, the Red Sea and the Gulf

HORSBURGH, James, Gerrit KUIJPER and D. BOES LUTJENS. Zeemans-gids, naar, in en uit Oost-Indiën, China, Japan, Australiën, de Kaap de Goede Hoop, Braziliën en tusschenliggende havens, volgens de vierde Engelsche uitgave van James Horsburgh, ...
Amsterdam, C.F. Stemler, (back of half-title: printed in Haarlem by H. Bakels), 1841. 4to. Contemporary half calf, spine lettered in gold, marbled sides. I-XII, [2], XIII-XXIV, XXVIII, 1376 pp. Full description
€ 3,750
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Well-illustrated gaming handbook from 1694: world board games from antiquity to modern times

HYDE, Thomas. De ludis Orientalibus libri duo, ... [volume 1, part 1 title:] Shahiludium traditum in tribus scriptis Hebraicis, ... [volume 1, part 2 title:] Mandragorias, seu historia Shahiludii, ... [volume 2 title:] Historia Nerdiludii, hos est dicere trunculorum; ...
Oxford, Sheldonian Theatre [= University Press], 1694. 2 volumes (vol. 1 in 2 parts), bound as 1. 8vo in 4s. With 3 title-pages, 3 folding engraved plates (one 36 x 27 cm), 15 engravings on integral leaves and 16 woodcut figures in the text. With extensive texts in Greek, Hebrew and Arabic and an occasional word in Syriac type, woodcut Armenian, Georgian and Coptic, and engraved Devenagari and Chinese. Contemporary or near contemporary vellum, blue edges. [72], 184, [4], 71, [1 blank]; [16], 278, [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 6,500
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Rare flower art book which describes some exotics for the first and only time

L'HÉRITIER DE BRUTELLE, Charles-Louis. Sertum Anglicum, seu plantae rariores quae in hortis juxta Londinum, imprimis in horto regio Kewensi excoluntur, ab anno 1786 ad annum 1787 observatae.
Paris, Pierre-François Didot, 1788 [= after 1800]. 1mo (full-sheet leaves, ca. 34 x 53,5 cm). With 35 engraved botanical plates (8 folding), including 20 drawn by Pierre-Joseph Redouté and 10 by James Sowerby. Contemporary half red roan (sheepskin). Preserved in a professionaly handmade box, made for this book. [4], 20 pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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The history of the Great Northern War

LIMIERS, Henry Philippe de. Histoire de Suede sous le regne de Charles XII. Où l'on voit aussi les révolutions arrivées en differens tems dans ce Royaume. Toute la Guerre du Nord.
Amsterdam, Janssonius van Waesberge, 1721. 6 volumes. 12mo. With an engraved frontispiece in vol. I, letterpress title-page in red and black in each vol., in total 2 folding engraved maps (Scandinavia, Denmark and Sweden including the Baltic states, Poland and part of Russia; and Charles's campaigns from 1700 to 1718) and 58 engraved plates (21 folding, mainly views and battle scenes; and 37 full-page, mainly portraits). Contemporary, uniform mottled calf, gold-tooled spine, marbled endpapers, red edges. [4], XLVI, [38], 414, [2]; [18]-414; [18], 422; [16], 416; [20], 483 (= 491), [1 blank]; [18], 463, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Highly interesting collection of letters by top German diplomats on the events
leading to the Dutch Republics "rampjaar" (disastrous year) 1672

[LISOLA, François Paul de; Daniel Johannes CAMPRICHT]. Le denovement des intrigues du temps par la response au livret intitué, Lettres et autres pieces curieuses sur les affaires du temps. Fait par le S.I.P.P.B.
Brussels, 1673.
With: (2) [WICQUREFORT, Abraham de (attributed to)]. Remarques sur le discours du commandeur de Gremonville, fait au Conseil dEstat de sa Maiesté Imperiale.
The Hague, Arnout Leers, 1673.
With: (3) [AUBUSSON de la FEUILLADE, Georges]. Harrange en forme de panegyrique presentée au Roy par Mr. lArchevesque dAmbrun Evesque de Metz, en son passage à Metz, le 30, Juillet 1673.
Metz, Jean Antoine, 1673.
With: (4) [CHARLES II, King of England]. Declaration du Roy dAngleterre sur la mediation offerte par Mr. LElecteur de Mayencé, faite à Whitehal. Le 15. Feuvrier. Anno 1673.
4 works in 1 volume. 4to. Mottled calf, gold-tooled spine. [1], 1-15, 17-222, [2]; 47, [1 blank]; [8]; [4] pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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Enlightened reflections on mining

LUCHET, Jean Pierre Louis de (= Marquis de LA ROCHE DU MAINE). Essais sur la minéralogie et la métallurgie.
Maestricht, J.E. Dufour & P. Roux, 1779. 3 parts in 1 volume. 8vo (22.5 x 13.5 cm). Contemporary decorated paper wrappers. [4], XXVII, [1], 232 pp. Full description
€ 2,250
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19th-century geological reference book
from the bibliographical library of the book collector William P. Wreden

MARGERIE, Emmanuel de. Catalogue des bibliographies géologiques. Rédigé, avec le concours des membres de la commission bibliographique du congrès.
Paris, Gauthier-Villars et fils, 1896. 4to. Later cloth over wooden boards, gilt-lettered title on spine, with the original grey publisher's wrappers bound at the end of the book. XX, 733, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 350
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Very rare French translation of Pallas' second expedition to South Russia, the Black Sea and the Crimea in 1793 and 1794

PALLAS, Peter Simon. Observations faites dans un voyage entrepris dans les gouvernements méridionaux de l'Empire de Russie dans les années 1793 et 1794 [title of vol. 2: Nouveau voyage dans les gouvernemens méridionaux de l'Empire de Russie dans les années 1793 et 1794].
Paris, Strasbourg, Amand Koening; Leipzig, Godefroi Martini, 1799-1802. 2 text volumes and 1 atlas volume. 4to (text) and oblong folio (atlas: 24 x 40 cm). With 28 engravings in the text and 1 woodcut in each text volumes (23 hand-coloured), and 55 engraved plates and maps (43 hand-coloured) in the atlas volume. Text volumes in contemporary and uniform gold-tooled mottled calf with a frame on each board, gold-tooled spine with red morocco label with title in gold and green morocco label with volume number in gold, marbled endpapers. Atlas in matching contemporary mottled half calf, marbled sides, further like the text volumes but with "Atlas" instead of a volume number. XXXII, 438; XVI, 452 pp. ; 55 ll. Full description
€ 8,500
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A crucial moment in the history of the Russian expansion in Central Asia

[PEROVSKY, Vasily Aleksyeevic]. A narrative of the Russian military expedition to Khiva, under General Perofski in 1839.
Calcutta, Office of superintendent government printing, 1867. 8°. With 1 folding plate (plan of the camp, with the positions of the troops) and 1 folding map of the region Orenburg, Kazachstan. Original publishers green cloth; re-backed with original backstrip laid down. [2], ii, 182 pp. Full description
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First edition of the pharmacopoeia for the Kingdom of Bohemia, together with the official pricelist of 1737

[PRAGUE - PHARMACOPOEIA]. Dispensatorium medico-pharmaceuticum Pragense, juxta quod per totum regnum bohemiae praepranda et dispensanda venint. Authoritate et mandato ...
Prague (Staré Mìsto: the old city centre), [Joannes Julius Gerzabek], 1739. With an allegorical frontispiece.
With: (2) Taxa seu valor omnium medicamentorum, tam simplicum, quam compositorum, chymicorum, atque galenicorum in Officinis Pragensibus prostantium ... Der Werth oder Preiss aller Artzneyen, so wohl einfachen als zusammen gesetzten ...
Prague (Staré Mìsto: the old city centre), [Joannes Julius Gerzabek], 1737.
2 complementary publications in 1 volume. Folio. Contemporary overlapping vellum. [24], 394, [2]; [8], 74 pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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Polyps, with 3 coloured plates

RAPP, Wilhelm Ludwig. Ueber die Polypen im Allgemeinen und die Actinien insbesondere. Naturhistorischer Versuch.
Weimar, Verlag der Grossherzorgl. Sachs, privileg. Landes-Industrie-Comptoirs, 1829. 4to. With 3 beautifully coloured engraved plates of Actiniae (Actinia) by Charles Node-Véran, dated Sète, 1826. Half green sheepskin, marbled paper sides, manuscript title on spine. IV, 62 pp. Full description
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Rare complete landscape gardening journal with coloured plates

ROHLAND, Gustav Adolph. Album für Gärtner und Gartenfreunde. Ein praktischer Führer zur Anlegung und Pflege von Nutz-, Zier- und Lustgärten. Erster[-Zweiter] Jahrgang.
Leipzig, Arnoldische Buchhandlung, 1856-1858. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 24 + 20 hand-coloured wood engraved plates (4 double-page) and one wood engraving in the text.Vol. 1 in contemporary half calf, vol. 2 in contemporary cloth. IV, 124; VI, 122 (lacking pp. 1-2) pp. Full description
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32 chromolithographed plates of horses

RUEFF, Gottlob Adolf von. Race, Haar und Gang des Pferdes. Eine hippologische Monographie.
Ravensburg, Eugen Ulmer, 1874. Oblong 8vo (17 x 25.5 cm). With 32 chromolithographed plates (in black with 3 or 4 colour tints) with showing horses in full profile, drawn and lithographed by C.H. Votteler and printed by J.C. Henzler (Stuttgart). Original publisher's gold- and blind-blocked maroon cloth. VII, [1], 68, [2] pp. Full description
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One of the most popular Dutch accounts of a journey to the East Indies

SCHOUTEN, Wouter. Oost-Indische voyagie; vervattende veel voorname voorvallen en ongemeene vreemde geschiedenissen, bloedige zee- en landt-gevechten tegen de Portugeesen en Makassaren; belegering, bestorming, en verovering van veel voorname steden en kasteelen. Mitsgaders een curieuse beschrijving der voornaemste landen, eylanden, koninckrijcken en steden in Oost-Indien; haer wetten, zeden, godtsdiensten, costuymen, drachten, dieren, vruchten en planten: als oock sijn seer gevaerlijcke wederom-reyse naar 't vaderlandt, daer in een bysondere harde ontmoetinge met d'Engelsche oorloghs-vloot, soo in Bergen-Noorwegen, als in de Noord-Zee.
Amsterdam, Jacob Meurs & Johannes van Someren, 1676. 2 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With an engraved frontispiece, full-page engraved portrait of the author, 22 full-page engraved plates, 19 double-page engraved views. Some of the plates are by C. Decker and Johannes Kip, all after the original drawings by Schouten, made on the spot. Contemporary sprinkled calf. [14], 328, 253, [23] pp. Full description
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Unique first edition (1823) of a technical handbook for gold- and silversmiths and jewellers

SCHUL[T]ZE, Heinrich. Der Gold- & Silberarbeiter und Juwelier nach allen seinen praktischen Verrichtungen. Ein vollständiges Handbuch dieses Gewerbes...
Ilmenau, B.F Voigt, 1823. 8vo. With 8 tables on separate leaves (6 on 3 folding plates bound at the end of the book), 109 tables in the text and 4 lithographed folding illustration plates signed by Uckermann. Contemporary marbled paper over boards, gold-tooled spine with light brown label. XII, 340, [4] pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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Shah Jahan, Begum of Bhopal, becomes the second female member of the Order of the Star of India

[SHAH JAHAN, Begum of BHOPAL], Thomas George BARING and others. [Official documents related to the investiture of Sultan Shah Jahan, the Begum of Bhopal, in the Order of the Star of India].
[Fort William (Kolkata) and other places, ca. 1873]. Folio (ca. 32.5 x 21 cm). Finely written letter in English signed "Northbrook" and addressed to Shah Jahan; about 11 official manuscripts in Urdu (7 verified as "true copy" or "true translation", some on folding leaves); and 3 folding manuscript pages giving the contents of the folder. Many of the documents include manuscript annotations in Urdu in the margin and two documents contain large stamps (text in Urdu). Loose in a contemporary government folder with a paper label and a manuscript title in Urdu on the front. Full description
€ 7,500
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Growing insects: important treatise on the gradual growth of insects' limbs and on metamorphosis

SWAMMERDAM, Jan. Histoire generale des insectes. Ou l'on expose clairement la manière lente & presqu' insensible de l'accroissement de leurs membres, & ou l'on decouvre evidemment l'erreur ou l'on tombe d'ordinaire au sujet de leur prétendué transformation.
Utrecht, Guillaume de Walcheren, 1682. Small-4to. With a woodcut title-vignette, 1 folded table and 13 engraved plates (10 folding) with meticulous illustrations of insects metamorphoses and the gradual growth of their limbs. 18th-century marbled boards, manuscript spine label. [8], 215, [1 blank] pp. Full description
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Rare early Paris edition of an influential humanistic educational treatise by a great neo-Latin poet

VEGIO, Maffeo. De liberorum educatione aurei libri sex noviter recogniti Francisci Philelphi. poete. Oratoris. philosophique prestantissimi. Succincto cum iudice [recté indice]: et brevibus marginariis annotationibus obscurarum sensa dictionum aperientibus. Nicolai Bonespei trecensis campani cura superadditis.
(Colophon: Paris, "apud Gourmontios" [= the brothers Robert, Gilles and Jean de Gourmont], 1508). Small 4to (19 x 13 cm). With numerous printed so-called Lombardic initials, but also with 2 spaces (with guide letters) left for manuscript initials (not filled in). Set in a roman type with the beginning of the title and one heading in a large rotunda gothic type with decorated capitals. Blind-tooled calf (19th century? in a "Medieval" style). CXXVIII, [6] ll. Full description
€ 9,500
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Extremely rare manual for sailing to the Dutch East Indies

[VOC - SAILOR'S MANUAL]. Korte onderwysinge in de mond examen, zijnde al het geene een stuurman nodig is te weten van het loopen der stroomen, banken, ... als mede goede ankergronden, de winden uit Texel na de Indien: het verleggen der compassen ... in korte vragen en antwoorden.
Amsterdam, widow of Gerard Hulst van Keulen, 1806. 8vo. With a contemporary letterpress advertisement mounted on the inside of front board: "By den Mathematischen Instrumentmaker A. van Santen ... te Rotterdam, word het navolgende gemaakt, verkogt, gerepareerd, hersteld en schoongemaakt, als: compassen, sextanten, octanten, zeemeters of patentloggen .... Verkoopt verder alle soorten van zeeboeken, zeekaarten van alle zeeen ...". Decorated stiff paper wrappers. 100 pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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The best of the pamphlets defending the trade in tulip bulbs during the tulip mania in 1637

WOUDE, Cornelis van der. Tooneel van flora. Vertonende: grondelijcke redens-ondersoekinge, vanden handel der floristen. Ghespeeld, op de spreucke van Anthinius de Guevara: een voorsichtich eerlijck man; sal altijt meer ghedulden, dan straffen. Tsamen gesteld; mits, datter dagelijx: uyt haat: spruyt smaad. Noch is hier by-gevoegt de lijste van eenige tulpen vercocht aen de meestbiedende tot Alcmaer op den 15 Februarii 1637. Item t lof-dicht van Calliope, over de goddinne Flora, &c.
Amsterdam, Joost Broersz, 1637. With 1 large engraving (8 x 12 cm) by P.v.B. (dated 1631) on the title-page, depicting Flora sitting in a formal garden with tulips in both hands and in her hair. Blue wrappers. 28 pp. Full description
€ 4,250
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