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Dutch voyage through the Pacific looking for commercial opportunities, with 19 plates (7 coloured)

BOELEN, Jacobus. Reize naar de oost- en westkust van Zuid-Amerika, en, van daar, naar de Sandwichs- en Philippijnsche eilanden, China enz. gedaan, in de jaren 1826, 1827, 1828 en 1829. Met het koopvaardijschip Wilhelmina en Maria.Amsterdam, Ten Brink & De Vries, 1835-1836. 3 volumes. 8vo. With a different view on each of the 3 engraved title-pages, by Dirk Sluyter, 5 folding lithographed maps by Daniel Veelwaard (1 hand coloured in outline), 8 lithographed views (3 folding) by Desgerrois & Co., and 6 hand-coloured engraved plates by Dirk Sluyter, mostly of costumes. Modern black half sheepskin. Full description
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Far surpassing all earlier lapidaries and the basis for all that followed

BOODT, Anselm Boetius de. Gemmarum et lapidum historia, qua non solum ortus, natura, vis & precium, sed etiam modus quo ex iis, olea, salia tincturae, essentiae, arcana & magisteria arte chymica confici possint, ostenditur.Hanau, Claude de Marne and heirs of Johann Aubry (printed by the heirs of Andreas Wechel), 1609. 4to. With Wechel's elaborate woodcut device on the title-page and the otherwise blank final page, 34 woodcut illustrations in the text (some with multiple figures), and 2 folding letterpress hierarchical tables. Contemporary sheepskin parchment. Full description
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“The first serious flora of Austria-Hungary and the only one with illustrations for nearly 200 years”, from the library of Cardinal Richelieu

CLUSIUS, Carolus (Charles de l'ECLUSE).

Rariorum aliquot stirpium, per Pannoniam, Austriam & vicinas quasdam provincias observatarum historia, quatuor libris expressa.Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1583. With 356 woodcuts plates of plants, a woodcut printer's vignette on title-page of the first work and a larger printer's device on the title-page of the second work. With: (2) CLUSIUS, Carolus. Stirpium nomenclator Pannonicus. Antwerp, Christoffel Plantin, 1584. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Slightly later calf with gold tooled coat of arms of Cardinal Armand Jean du Plessis, Duke of Richelieu on spine and boards.

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28 ancient Coptic textile artefacts: remnants of daily life from a lost world

[COPTIC TEXTILES]. [Collection of 28 examples of Coptic textiles].[Egypt, ca. 300-ca. 650 AD]. 28 examples of Coptic textiles (16 x 6 cm to 36 x 60 cm), mostly linen (many of the colour tapestries incorporating woollen yarn), some with abstract and some with pictorial decoration, some in two colours (usually dark brown and ecru - the unbleached and uncoloured linen) and some in polychrome. All are woven, some including tapestry and perhaps also felted elements. Most items are sealed in clear plastic and some mounted on plain cloth, each in a passe-partout, in 2 clam-shell boxes. Full description
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28 famous acrostic poems of devotion to the cross,forming images of crosses, angels, Christ, animals and geometric forms

HRABANUS (RABANUS) MAURUS (edited by Jakob WIMPHELING).

De laudibus sanctae crucis opus. erudicione veru prosaquae mirificum.(Colophon: Pforzheim, Thomas Anshelm, March 1503). Folio (31 x 22 cm). Printed throughout in red and black, with large woodcuts of the author presenting his book to the Pope and receiving the Pope's blessing, a full-page woodcut acrostic poem forming a portrait of Louis the Pious (778-840) and 29 acrostic illustrations (that for the preface unnumbered and those for the 28 poems numbered I-XXVIII), each with a matrix of mostly 36 x 36 or 37 x 37 letters (printed from roman type in red and black) with rules (also sometimes printed in red) or overprinted woodcuts forming crosses, larger letters, angels, animals, etc., enclosing some of the typographic letters. Late 19th-century sheepskin parchment, made from an 18th-century(?) document in English.

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Rare 1534 edition of a classic on palm-reading & physiognomy, with the woodcuts of the first edition

INDAGINE VON HAGEN (ROSENBACH), Johannes.

Chiromantia1 Physiognomia, ex aspectu membrorum hominis.2 Periaxiomata, de faciebus signorum.3 Canones astrologici, de judiciis aegritudinum.4 Astrologia naturalis.5 Complexionum noticia, juxta dominium planetarium.(Colophon: Strasbourg, Johann Schott, 1534). Folio (31 x 21.5 cm). With a large woodcut portrait of the author on the title-page, the author's full-page woodcut coat-of-arms on the recto of the otherwise blank last leaf, about 93 woodblock illustrations (including 3 hand blocks and a few square astrological diagram blocks used repeatedly with varying content). 20th-century half maroon goatskin morocco.

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Letters about Saint Jerome, by the first printer in Blaubeuren (near Ulm) ca. 1475/77

JEROME (HIERONYMUS), Saint (subject).

Epistola Beati Euseby ad Damasium Portunensem Episcopum & ad Theodomum senatorem Romanum de morte gloriosi Hieronimi doctoris eximy.[d7:] Epistola Beati Augustini Episcopi ad Cirillum venerabilem Archiepiscopium Hierosolimitanum de vita obitu & miraculis Beatissimi Hieronimi prespiteri & doctoris eximy.[e5:] Epistola Cirilli Archiepiscopi ad Beatimi Augustinum Episcopium de miraculis gloriosi Hieronimi necnon & de morte Beati Euseby discipuli Sancti Hieronimi.[Blaubeuren, Conrad Mancz, ca. 1475/77]. Small folio (27.5 x 20 cm). Set in what is sometimes called a gotico-antiqua type (119 mm/20 lines, with 31 lines per page), in this case mixing some roman influences into what is largely a rotunda gothic type. With about 150 "Lombardic" initials in red ink: 2 4-line, 4 3-line, about 140 2-line (1 with pen-work decorations in brown ink) and 4 1-line, in spaces left for that purpose and capitals rubricated throughout.Modern parchment.

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Rare first Dutch edition of the famous Lewis and Clarke expedition

LEWIS, Meriwether, William CLARKE and Nicolaas Godfried van KAMPEN (translator). Reize naar de bronnen van den Missouri, en door het vaste land van America naar de Zuidzee. Gedaan op last van de regering der Vereenigde Staten van America, in de jaren 1804, 1805 en 1806.Dordrecht, A. Blussé and son, 1816-1818. 3 volumes. 8vo. With a large folding engraved map of the Missouri River (34.5 x 71 cm) by Cornelis van Baarsel and son, after the map in the first British edition. Modern half calf. Full description
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