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The ancient world in 345 plates

[BARDON, Michel Francois Dandré]. Gewoonten der aloude volken; behelzende de godsdienstige, burgelyke en krygsgebruiken der Grieken, Romeinen, Israëliten en Hebreeuwen, Egyptenaaren, Persiaanen, Scythiërs, Amazonen, Parthiërs, Daciërs, Sarmatiërs, en andere zo oostersche als westersche volken.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart and Willem Holtrop, 1786. 4 volumes bound as 2. Large 4to (31 x 25 cm). With 345 engraved plates by the famous engraver Charles Nicolas Cochin le Jeune after Bardon. Contemporary half calf. Full description
€ 3,950
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From the library of Eugène Paillet, one of the great French bibliophiles of the 19th century

CATULLUS, TIBULLUS & PROPERTIUS. Catullus, Tibullus et Propertius, pristino nitori restituti, & ad optima exemplaria emendati, cum fragmentis C. Gallo inscriptis.
Paris, J. Barbou, 1754. 3 parts. 12mo. Each part with its own title-page and engraved frontispiece. 19th-century brown morocco, double fillets in gold on the board edges, richly gold-tooled turn-ins, gilt edges. Full description
€ 500
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Rare Latin treatise on the Greek Bacchanals

HERRENSCHMID, Jacob. Peripatheticus orgiorum ethnico-pontificius. Justè castigatus, justius profligatus, justissimè condemnatus. Hoc est, brevis dissertatiuncula De Bachanaliorum nomine, origine, progressu, placentis, larvis, excusationibus, exemplis, poenis, ludis, choreis, symposiis, ludibriis, &c.
Nuremberg, Simon Halbmayer, [1626]. 12mo.19th-century red half morocco, marbled paper sides. Full description
€ 550
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First complete Iliad in Dutch, with 25 engraved plates

HOMER. De Iliaden …, of beschrijving van d'oorlog tusschen de Grieken en Trojanen, om de schaking en wechvoering van Helena. Nieuwelijks door J.H. Glazemaker vertaalt.
Amsterdam, Jan Rieuwertsz. and widow Nicolaas Fransz., 1654-1658. 2 volumes bound as 1. 12mo. With engraved frontispiece with portrait of Homer and 24 engraved plates. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,750
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The first Roman geography of the world, including the Arabian peninsula and the Gulf
in the rare 1502 edition of its first accurate printed text

MELA, Pomponius.

De situ orbis Hermolai Barbari fideliter emendatus.
[Venice], (colophon: printed by Albertino da Vercelli, 14 May 1502). Small 4to (20.5 x 15.5 cm). With 38 lines to a page and 19 3- to 9-line spaces with printed guide letters left for manuscript initials (not filled in), though also with 1 printed 3-line roman capital. Set in a Venetian-style roman type (83 mm/20 lines) with the title in capitals of a larger (108 mm) size. Gold-tooled red half sheepskin (ca. 1820?).

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€ 6,500
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Rare Dutch Ovid, with 179 charming woodcuts

OVIDIUS NASO, Publius (OVID). Den metamorphosis ofte herscheppinghe … In onse Nederduytsche tale overgeset ende met figuren verciert elck tot sijnder historien dienende. Seer nut voor alle schilders, beeltsnijders, goutsmeden, ende liefhebbers der historien.
Rotterdam, Pieter van Waesberge, [1635]. 8vo. With engraved title-page, a full-page woodcut depicting the Creation in 6 small scenes, and 178 nearly half-page woodcuts in text after Virgil Solis. Contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 1,250
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The shells of Madeira, with 2 plates

PAIVA, Antonio, Barone de Castello de. Monographia molluscorum terrestrium fluvialium, lacustrium Insularum Maderensium.
Olispone, typis Academicic, 1868. 4to. With 2 hand-coloured lithographed plates. Modern black half goatskin, author's name and title in gold on spine, preserving the original printed front wrapper. Full description
€ 750
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1484 edition of a great Roman satirist, with the extensive commentaries by Bartolomeo Fonzio

PERSIUS FLACCUS. Satirarum opus [= Satyrae/Saturae].
(Colophon: Venice, Dionysius de Bertochus & Pelegrinus de Paschalibus Bononienses, 10 September 1484). Small folio (29.5 x 21 cm). With the verse text surrounded on three sides by Fonzio's prose commentary, Bertochus and Pelegrinus's woodcut device next to the colophon on the last printed page, with spaces left for manuscript initials without guide letters (not filled in). Set in 2 sizes of Venetian-style roman type (110 and 83 mm/20 lines) with an occasional Greek letter. 19th-century(?) sheepskin parchment. Full description
€ 14,500
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Rare French manual for beginning and advanced gardeners, with 22 plates

POINSOT, Pierre Georges. L'Ami des jardiniers, ou méthode sure et facile, pour apprendre à cultiver, avec le plus grand succès, tout ce qui concerne les jardins fruitiers, potagers; les parcs et les jardins anglais; les parterres, orangeries et serres-chaudes, ...
Paris, Debray; Geneva, Manget, 1803. 2 volumes. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece and 21 engraved plates (2 folding). Contemporary tree sheepskin, richly gold-tooled spines. Full description
€ 2,250
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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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Early German Linnaeana

SCHAEFFER, Jacob Christian. Isagoge in botanicam expeditiorem iconibus aeri incisis et pictis illustrata.
Regensburg, F. Zunkel, 1759. 8vo. With engraved illustration on title-page and 4 hand-coloured engraved plates. Modern red/brown cloth. Full description
€ 1,250
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