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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
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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
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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

[EGYPT - ANCIENT].

[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
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Very rare ground-breaking Dutch algebra textbook,
including the first Dutch translation of Diophantus

HUIPS, Frans van der.

Algebra; ofte een noodige, korte en klare onder-wyzinge inde beginzelen en gronden vande stel-konst: doorgaans verçiert met verscheiden nieuwe regelen.
Heusden, for the author and sold by Hendrick Troyen [printed in Dordrecht by Jacob Braat], 1654.
Including: DIOPHANTUS of Alexandria. De stel-konstige boecken ... Nu eerst in onze Neêr-duitze taal, vertaalt; konstigh verklaart ende ontbonden op verscheiden manieren: door stel-konstige getallen, ende nieuw door vertoogen in tel-konstige getallen.
Dordrecht, Jacob Braat, 1654 (colophon: 1653). 2 works published as 1. Small 8vo (15 x 10 cm). Contemporary vellum.

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Beautiful engraved views of Heemstede castle and gardens

MOUCHERON, Isaac de. Plusieurs belles, et plaisante veües et la cour de Heemstede, dans la Province d'Utrecht. | Verscheyde schoone en vermaakelyke gezigten van Heemstede, gelegen in de Provintie van Utrecht.
[Amsterdam], Hendrik de Leth, [ca. 1731/40]. Oblong 4to. With 26 numbered engraved plates, including the title-page. Slightly later half cloth. Full description
€ 2,750
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The best description and history of The Hague

RIEMER, Jacob de. Beschryving van 'sGraven-hage, behelzende deszelfs oorsprong, benaming, gelegentheid, uitbreidingen, onheilen en luister, mitsgaders stigtinge van het hof, der kerken, kloosters, kapellen, godshuizen, en andere voornaame gebouwen...
Delft, Reinier Boitet (part 1); The Hague, Johannes de Cros (part 2), 1730-1739. 2 parts in 3 volumes. Folio. With engraved frontispiece, engraved dedication in volume 1 and 3, and a total of 57 engraved plates, mostly folding. Contemporary red half sheepskin. Full description
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Woodcut copybook by Augsburg writing master and woodblock cutter

ROGEL, Hans the elder. Capital und Versal Buech, allerhanndt grosser und kleiner Alphabeth, zue den Hauptschrifften und Büechern, dessgleichen in Canntzleyen unnd gemein, zuegebrauchen ganntz zierlich geordiniert.
Augsburg, Johann Jacob Schönig, [1680/94, printed from the woodblocks of 1568]. Oblong folio (21 x 34 cm). With a richly calligraphic woodcut title-page (18 x 28 cm), with text in white fraktur lettering on black, with a white panel at the foot with the letterpress imprint in a fraktur type; and 9 (of 10) full-page woodcuts (about 17 x 25.5 cm) showing alphabets in white on black, one dated 1568: 8 with decorated gothic capitals (versals: 22-150 mm) and 1 with textura capitals, textura lowercase and roman capitals, all versos blank. With a small and perhaps fragmentary manuscript on parchment (2 ll., 11.5 x 13.5 cm, written on both sides): a Protestant copybook written (soon?) after 1557, probably in Basle or vicinity, with 7 writing samples, including alphabets of capitals and minuscules, the first two pages in fraktur gothic styles, and the last two in humanistic styles. Vellum (ca. 1985?), in a cloth slipcase. Full description
€ 4,750
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Miniature book celebrating the ca. 520 Codex Argenteus,
boxed in a tiny facsimile of its silver binding

UGGLA, Arvid Hj. Codex Argenteus Bibliothecae R. Univ. Upsaliensis.
[Uppsala, Uppsala University Library, 1960] (colophon: Uppsala, printed by Almqvist & Wiksells, 1959). With the title in Latin and the text in Swedish, English, French and German. The book (3.4 x 2.9 x 0.7 cm) is kept, as published, in a silver box in the shape of a book, made by the goldsmiths K.G. Markströms Guldsmeds AB in Uppsala, jewellers to the Swedish court. It is a facsimile of the chased silver binding made in Stockholm in 1669 for the Codex Argenteus. Full description
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Skilful engraving of the execution of the conspirators
in the failed attempt to assassinate the Dutch Stadholder Maurits of Nassau, Prince of Orange

VISSCHER, Claes Jansz. Justitie over enige Arminiaensche verraders, geschiet in s'Gravenhaech.
[Amsterdam, Claes Jansz. Visscher, 1623]. Engraved print (26.5 x 32 cm) mounted on a large sheet of 18th-century(?) laid paper (50.5 x 33 cm), with manuscript text in three columns with the title: Cort verhaal ende waerachtige afbeeldinge der justitie geschiet in s'Gravenhage, over seeker, conspirateurs, diens conspiratie deur Gods voorsienigheid ontdekt is den 6e. February 1623. Full description
€ 1,500
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The sculptures of the "Museum Wildeanum" in 60 engraved plates,
with an attractive double-page view of the library during a visit of Peter the Great

WILDE, Jacob and Maria de.

Signa antiqua e museo Jacobi de Wilde. Veterum poeatrum carminibus illustrata et per Mariam filiam aeri inscripta.
Amsterdam, Maria de Wilde, 1700. 4to. With engraved title-page, engraved author's portrait, 1 engraved folding plate and 60 engraved plates. Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine.

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