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Rare 1610 Liège edition of one most successful phrasebooks of all time.

BERLAIMONT, Noël de Colloquia et dictionariolum septem linguarum, Belgicae, Anglicae, Tevtonicae, Latinae, Italicae, Hispanicae, Gallicae. ... Colloques ou dialogues, avec un dictionaire en sept language, Flamen, Anglois, Allemat, Latin, Italien, Espaignol & Francois, ... Colloquien of t samensprekingen, met eenen vocabulaer in seven spraken, Neerduytsch, Engelsen, Hoochduytsch, Latijn, Italiens, Spaens, ende Fransois, van nieu verbetert ende vermeerdert van vier colloquien, seer nut ende profitelik tot der coopmanschap, reyse, ende anderen handelinghen.
Liège, Henricus Hovius, 1610. Oblong 16mo in 8s (9 x 12 cm). Contemporary sheepskin parchment. [400] pp. Full description
€ 2,950
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Extremely rare Secunderabad-Hyderabad printing of British government papers regarding the forced cession of Berar Province to the British by the Nizam of Hyderabad

[HYDERABAD PRINTING - BRITISH GOVERNMENT PAPERS regarding Nizam's territory]. Nizam's territory. Return to an order of the honourable the house of commons, dated 6th April 1854; for, copy of all papers relative to territory ceded by His Highness the Nizam, in liquidation of debts alleged to have been due by His Highness to the British Government.
Secunderabad [near Hyderabad], R. Hudson, Columbian Press, 1854. 33 x ca. 22 cm. Contemporary half calf and orange and blue marbled paper over paper-boards, with gold-tooled double fillets on the spine and red sprinkled edges. IV, 162 pp. Full description
€ 4,500
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Picturesque view of houses and fishing boats on the river Lek, showing Vianen on the opposite bank

[BURG, Dirk van der (formerly attributed to Nicolaas WICART)]. [View of Vianen across the river Lek with fishermen and their boats and houses in the foreground].
[North bank of the Lek River, near Vianen], [Ca. 1760/70]. Oblong Elephant 4to or possibly cut down oblong whole sheet (1mo) (19.5 x 31 cm). Original watercolour view on laid paper, looking southwest across the river, with Vianen in the background on the opposite bank, and a tree, houses, 11 people (mostly fishermen) and 3 fishing boats in the foreground. Mounted with 2 paper hinges on green laid paper in a passe partout (35 x 50 cm). Full description
€ 4,500
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Entirely engraved introduction to geography by the famous French cartographer De Fer, beautifully illustrated with six hand coloured maps

FER, Nicolas de. Introduction a la geographie avec une description historique sur touttes[!] les parties de la terre. Seconde edition. Augmentée des longitudes et latitudes des principales villes, suivant les dernieres observations.
Paris, chez l'auteur, [1716-]1717. ca. 19 x 12.5 cm. Completely engraved work, with two hand coloured title-pages, 5 hand coloured folding maps and one folding illustration showing three globes. With detailed head- and tailpieces and decorated initials throughout. Reddish-brown painted calf with a gold-tooled quadruple fillet frame and small gold-tooled ornamental corner pieces on both boards, sewn on 5 supports, with 5 (false) raised bands on the modern gold-tooled spine with the original gold-tooled red morocco title label in the second compartment, marbled edges and a blue/green ribbon marker. (Re-)bound by Luigi Defilippi in Turin. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 197, [9] pp. Full description
€ 1,950
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Very scarce work on conchology, with 33 expertly hand coloured engraved plates

GEVE, Nicolaus Georg (illustrator) and Johann Dominik SCHULTZE. Belustigung im Reiche der Natur.
Hamburg, Gebrüdern Herold, 1790. Large 4to. With a hand coloured allegorical frontispiece engraved by Aug[ustin] Zenger and 33 hand coloured copper engraved plates, signed by Geve ("C.G. Geve Pinxit") showing more than 400 colourful mollusc shells and other sea shells. Contemporary gold-tooled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges, red edges and floral decorated endpapers. VI, 121, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 15,000
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Extremely rare 1801 edition of the atlas volume to Guthrie’s Geographical, Historical, and Commercial Grammar

GUTHRIE, William. An atlas to Guthrie's geographical grammar.
London, Engraved for g. and J. Robinson and J. Mawman, printed by S. Hamilton, 1801. 8vo, 1 sphere, 27 folding or double-page engraved maps hand-coloured in outline.
Later half gold-tooled marbled calf and marbled paper sides, with the title in gold on a red/burgundy spine label. [114] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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First edition of Van der Heyden's exquisitely illustrated work on firefighting

HEYDEN, Jan van der (and Jan van der HEYDEN de Jonge). Beschryving der niewlijks uitgevonden en geoctrojeerde slang-brand-spuiten, en haare wijze van brand-blussen, tegenwoordig binnen Amsterdam in gebruik zijnde. ...
Amsterdam, Jan Rieuwertsz., 1690. Three parts in one volume. Folio. With an engraved vignette ("Omnibus") on the title page, 21 engraved plates (12 full page, 8 folding and 1 double page). Two additional plates were added at the end of the work to the original 19 engraved plates. With woodcut decorated initials. Contemporary elaborately gold-tooled mottled calf (detailed diamond-shaped floral centrepiece in a floral inner frame with triple acorn cornerpieces in an ornamental outer frame) and gold-tooled spine with a red morocco title label and gold-tooled board edges. Possibly bound in Leiden by the so-called Elzevier Bindery. [1], [1 blank], [6], 50 pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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Beautifully illustrated and hand coloured first edition of the natural history of Barbados,
from the library of Árpád Plesch

HUGHES, Griffith. The natural history of Barbados.
London, printed for the author, 1750. Royal 4to in 2s. With a large folding, hand coloured map of the island of Barbados and with 30 hand coloured, numbered engraved plates. The plates were engraved by Austen, G. Bickham and Mynde after the designs of G. Bickham and G. D. Ehret. The map and all engraved plates also show the coats of arms of the dedicatees of each individual illustration. With a small vignette on the title page, 5 large headpieces showing a prospect of Bridgetown in Barbados (including 3 hand coloured), numerous other engraved floral and ornamental head- and tailpieces, and ornate decorated initials (at least 4 series) throughout. Contemporary sprinkled calf with a gold-tooled double fillet frame on both boards and an elaborately gold-tooled spine with a gold-tooled red morocco title label, gold-tooled board edges, red edges. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], [12], VII, [1], "314" [= 318], [7], [1 blank], [11], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 32,500
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Captivating account of the life in the Carribean of one of the most influential Dutch naval writers
of the late eighteenth century

JONG, Cornelis de. Reize naar de Caribische Eilanden, in de jaren 1780 en 1781; door Cornelius de Jong, toen ter tijd als luitenant dienende, aan boord van s'Lands schip van oorlog Mars onder bevel van den schout bij nacht Willem Krul
Haarlem, François Bohn, 1807. 8vo. Two engravings, one portrait of Willem Krul (14 x 8.7 cm), the other engraving depicting Dutch and English battleships (14,5 x 18,5 cm) by Gerrit Groenewegen. Contemporary pasteboard binding. X, 326 pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Very rare first and only Dutch edition of Kotzebue's account of his first major expedition in search of a north western passage

KOTZEBUE, Otto von and Pieter Gerardus Witsen Geysbeek (translator). Ontdekkingsreis in de Zuid-zee en naar de Bering-straat in de jaren 1815, 1816, 1817 en 1818, onder het bevel van Otto von Kotzebue, luitenant der Russisch-keizerlijke marine.
Amsterdam, Johannes van der Hey, 1822. 3 volumes. 8vo. Vol. 1 with an engraved title-page showing a view of the Kotzebue-sound engraved by D. Veelwaard after L. Choris, a hand coloured engraved plate and an engraved folding map; vol. 2 with an engraved title-page showing a view of the Airick island by Veelwaard after Choris, 3 hand coloured engraved portraits, 2 engraved folding plates and 4 engraved folding maps, including one large map showing the route of the entire voyage; vol. 3 with an engraved title-page showing a hand coloured "Vanessa Tammeamea" butterfly by Veelwaard after Eschbach, an engraved folding map signed by C. v. Baarsel and son and an engraved folding plate showing skulls. Half brown calf and brown decorated paper sides, with gold- and blind tooled spines VIII, 428, [2 blank], [1], [1 blank]; IV, 413, [1 blank], [1], [1 blank]; VIII, 492, [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,950
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17th-century illustrated German manuscript containing the statutes of the German Teutonic Order as approved by the Grand Master

[MANUSCRIPT - GERMAN & LATIN - HERALDRY - LITURGY]. MAYER, Lieven. (Drop-title on f. 5r:) Der hochen Deutschen Ritterordens Buech ...
[Germany], [17th century, at least after 1606 and likely before 1618]. 4to. Manuscript in German and Latin on paper, written in a 17th-century hand. With 3 heraldic crosses showing the coats of arms of the Teutonic Order (a black cross) and 4 drawings showing costumes of several members of the order, all executed in watercolour with some highlights in eggwhite. 20th-century calf, blind-ruled double fillet frame on the boards, blind-ruled spine lettered in green. [5], 129 ll. Full description
€ 8,500
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Navigating the Brazilian coast, from Rio de Janeiro to the Rio de la Plata and returning northward

[MANUSCRIPT - NAVIGATION - BRAZIL]. [Note sur la navigation de Rio Janeiro à la Rivière de la Plata].
[Shortly after 1821?]. Folio (ca. 29 x 18.5 cm). French text written in a neat, legible 19th-century cursive hand in brown ink. Folded, with a pin holding the leaves together in the gutter. The manuscript is loosely inserted between white stiff paper leaves. [3], [1 blank] ll. Full description
€ 2,750
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First edition of one of the earliest grammars featuring a Romantisation of Chinese characters

MARSHMAN, Joshua. Elements of Chinese grammar, with a preliminary dissertation on the characters, and the colloquial medium of the Chinese, and an appendix containing the Ta-Hyoh of Confucius with a translation.
Serampore, printed at the mission press, 1814. Large 4to. With one woodcut illustration of a suanpan (abacus of Chinese origin) on p. 318. Text is set in roman type (Latin alphabet) and Chinese characters and occasionally in Bengali characters. Contemporary half red calf and black cloth sides with the title in gold on the spine. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], XVI, VII, [1 blank], 2, 566, 56 pp. Full description
€ 5,500
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Beautifully illustrated guide to astronomy, geography and the use of globes

MOXON, Joseph. A tutor to astronomy and geography. Or an easie and speedy way to know the use of both the globes, caelestial and terrestrial.
London, printed by S. Roycroft, for Joseph Moxon, 1686. 4to. With an engraved portrait of the author as a frontispiece, one full page engraving of Atlas carrying the world on his shoulders and 40 engraved or woodcut globes, scientific instruments, mathematical figures, tables, astronomical figures and other illustrations in the text. With a woodcut decorated initial on A3r. Contemporary blind-tooled calf, [1 blank], [1 = frontispiece], [1], [1 blank], [4], 271, [9] pp. Full description
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Remarkable, richly illustrated and highlighted in gold French manuscript containing "holy odes" or poems about the life of Jesus Christ

[MANUSCRIPT - FRENCH]. MOYSSON, P[ierre]. Odes sainctes traitant despuis la nativité de n[ost]re sauv[eur] Iesus Christ fins à son Asse[n]tion.
[France; probably in Tournon-sur-Rhône or Valence], 1613. 12mo (ca. 11 x 7 cm). French manuscript, written in a red double fillet frame in a neat cursive hand in dark brown/black and red ink on vellum. With an open-work title page with the title in gold in the centre of the leaf and 28 detailed copper engravings on paper (ca. 7 x 5.5 cm) mounted on the vellum leaves throughout the work showing the life of Christ, all illustrations are beautifully hand coloured and highlighted in gold and captioned in brown or red ink. With intricate manuscript decorated initials in dark brown/black, red or blue ink, some also highlighted in gold and numerous delicate manuscript tailpieces in brown ink. Early 18th-century dark green morocco, elaborately gold-tooled on both boards, spine, board edges and turn-ins, sewn on 5 supports with 5 raised bands creating 6 compartments with the title in gold in the second compartment. With gilt edges, blue silk covered endpapers and a green and a reddish-brown silk ribbon marker [1], [1 blank], XII, 188, [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 35,000
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Rare Dutch postincunable on the value of learning and wisdom

MURMELLIUS, Joannus. Joannis Murmelii de discipulorum officiis q[uo]d Enchiridion scholasticon inscribitur. Ep[istol]a seu volumen divi Hieronymi ad Nepotianum de clericorum officiis cu[m] Murmellii commentariis. Hermanni Buschii carmen saphicu[m] in urbem Ruremundensem. Joa[n]nis Murmellii ode saphica de duplici voluptate
Zwolle, Pieter van Os, ca. 1505. 4to. Woodcut title page illustration of Saint Jerome, woodcut collophone illustration. Contemporary vellum binding. [52] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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A scarce, incredibly important work on Hindu astronomy in both Tamil and English

ULLAMUDEIAN (translator), Visvanatha SASTRIYAR (compiler) and Henry Richard HOISINGTON (editor and translator). [Sothi Sastra]. The Oriental astronomer: being a complete system of Hindu astronomy, accompanied with a translation and numerous explanatory notes. With an appendix.
Jaffna, Ceylon [= now Sri Lanka], American Mission Press, 1848. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Printed in both Tamil and English, with numerous scientific, astronomical tables in the text. Including: [IDEM]. A complete system of Hindu astronomy, being a translation of the foregoing work.
Jaffna, American Mission Press, 1848.
Contemporary half red morocco and marbled paper sides, with a gold-lettered black morocco title label on the spine and blue sprinkled edges. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], 177, [3 blank]; [1], [1 blank], 145, [1 blank], [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 5,000
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Whittock's richly illustrated companion instructional works on the art of drawing and colouring from nature in one volume

WHITTOCK, Nathaniel. The art of drawing and colouring from nature, flowers, fruit, and shells. To which is added, correct directions for preparing the most brilliant colours for painting on velvet, with the mode of using them. Also, the new method of oriental tinting.
London, Isaac Taylor Hinton, 1829.
With: (2) WHITTOCK, Nathaniel. The art of drawing and colouring, from nature, birds, beasts, fishes, and insects.
London, Isaac Taylor Hinton, 1830. 2 works in 1 volume. Large 4to (ca. 26 x 20.5 cm). Ad 1: with 48 lithographed plates, half of which are hand coloured: each subject is illustrated by a plain and a coloured plate. The plates are not signed or captioned. Ad 2: with 48 lithographed plates, half of which hand coloured: each subject is illustrated by a plain and a coloured plate. 22 of 24 [=44 of 48] plates are captioned and 3 plates are signed. All plates in ad 1 and 2 are interleaved with tissue paper. Contemporary gold- and blind-tooled purple morocco with a red morocco title-label on the spine and with gold-tooled board edges and turn-ins, gilt edges, marbled endpapers and a green silk ribbon marker. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank] 96; [3], [1 blank], 100 pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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