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Two unique chapbooks printed in York and Newcastle (by fierce rivals!), with woodcut illustrations

[KING ARTHUR]. S., J. Great Britain's glory: being the history of King Arthur; with the adventures of the knights of the round table.Newcastle upon Tyne, John White [junior], [ca.1711/20?]. With a woodcut illustration (7.5 x 8 cm) on the title-page. With: (2) [GREENE, Robert (adaptation)]. The history of Dorastus and Fawnia, setting forth their loves, misfortunes, and happy enjoyment of each other at last.York, Thomas Gent, [ca. 1731/1741?]. With a woodcut illustration (7 x 8 cm) on title-page, a full-page illustration on the last page made from two woodcuts (a king on his throne next to an armillary sphere on a pedestal) and 10 woodcuts in the text (various sizes). Each work set in roman and italic types with incidental textura gothic. 2 works in 1 volume. Small 4to (20 x 15.5 cm). Side stitched. Kept in a recent blue clam-shell box. Full description
€ 7,500
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With 122 original pen and ink drawings by Arthur Layard for his 1895 Mandeville

MANDEVILLE, John (edited and illustrated by Arthur LAYARD). The marvellous adventures of Sir John Maundevile Kt. Being his voyage and travel which treateth of the way to Jerusalem and of the marvels of Ind with other islands and countries ...Westminster, Archibald Constable & Co., 1895. With title-page in red and black, 26 full-page line illustrations (including the frontispiece; image size mostly about 15.5 x 9 cm) plus 102 smaller line illustrations (including tailpieces, small portraits, vignettes and initial letters (all the initials and tailpieces include pictorial decoration, so that they also serve as illustrations).With: LAYARD, Arthur. [121 (of 128) original pen and black ink drawings to illustrate the 1895 Mandeville plus the drawing for the spine of the binding].[London, 1894-1895]. Original pen drawings in black ink on fine wove paper, mostly twice the size of the illustrations as printed: 22 (image size about 31 x 18 cm) for the full-page illustrations and 99 smaller, plus the drawing for the gold-blocked spine of the publisher's binding. 8vo leaves (printed book) & various sizes (drawings) in a 1mo album (54 x 43.5 cm) in 2 volumes. Uniform half green goatskin morocco album (ca. 1913), signed with a stamp on the free end leaf ("Bound by Riviere & son"), gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 22,500
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Beautifully decorated official letter from the last semi-independent ruler of Sumenep in Java

NOTOKUSUMO II, Panembahan of Sumenep. [Letter, signed, referring to Nicolaas Anne Theodoor Arriëns, VOC resident at Djokjokarta].Sumenep, Maduro Island, East Java, 1 January 1864. Large folio (45 x 28 cm). Letter in Malay (rendered with the Latin alphabet) written in brown ink on wove paper, the letter itself written in a window bordered with a frame of gold rules, richly decorated with flowers and foliage in brown and green ink highlighted with gold: a cartouche above, containing a grey inscription in Arabic script, topped and flanked with floral decorations that continue down the side margins, and further decorations in the same style in the foot margin, the whole surrounded by a frame of double gold rules, with a red wax armorial seal in the right margin. Full description
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Rare description of Russia just after the Turkish war, with a revised version of the first map of the entire Russian Empire

REITZ, Johann Frederik, and others. Oude en nieuwe staat van't Russische of Moskovische Keizerryk, behelzende eene uitvoerige historie van Rusland en deszelfs groot-vorsten; benevens de beschryvinge van dat uitgestrekte ryk, de zeden en godsdienst der inwoneren: zyne opkomst en voortgang in koophandel, kunsten, land- en zeemacht, oproeren, oorlogen en verdere wisselvalligheden, tot dezen tegenwoordigen tydt toe.Utrecht, Johannes Broedelet, 1744. 4 volumes. 4to. With 4 folding maps, 3 folding plates and a folding letterpress table. Early 19th-century half red sheepskin. Full description
€ 4,250
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Rare complete copy of one of the finest works on quadrupedswith 127 large plates, beautifully coloured and in fine condition

RIDINGER, Johann Elias.

[Drop titles volume 1:] Das in seiner großen Mannigfaltigkeit und in seinen schönen Farben nach Original-Zeichnungen geschilderte Thier-Reich. …| Representations des animaux selon leur grande varieté et leurs belles couleurs suivant des desseins originels … [engraved frontispiece, volume 2:] Das nach original Zeichnungen geschilderte Thier-Reich. | Les animaux representes suivant des desseins originels.[Augsburg, Martin Elias Ridinger & Johann Jacob Ridinger, 1768]. 2 volumes bound as 1. Large folio (43 x 28 cm). Each volume with an engraved frontispiece printed in red and 63 and 64 engraved illustration plates (plate size 31.5 x 21.5 cm). With the 127 plates coloured by an early hand. Gold-tooled half calf (ca. 1810?).

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€ 75,000
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Original logs and journals of South American voyages of British naval ships 1857-1860,with 8 sea charts (with routes) and about 23 views (many in colour)

SNEYD-KYNNERSLEY, Thomas Alfred. Log of H.M.S. Cumberland [commanded by] Captain J.B. Dickson bearing the flag of Rear Admiral Provo W.P. Wallis, … commencing 5th April 1857, ending 30th April 1858.With:(2) SNEYD-KYNNERSLEY, Thomas Alfred. Log of H.M.S. Siren . 16 guns, commanded from May 1st to May 8th 1858 by Captain J.H. Selwyn, from May 9th 1858 to [27th July 1858] by Com[ande]r G.M. Balfour.(3) SNEYD-KYNNERSLEY, Thomas Alfred. Journal of T.A. Sneyd Kynnersley acting mate H.M.S. Siren, 16 [guns], commencing July 28 1858, ending [11 April 1860].[In the Atlantic, along the European, African and especially the South American coasts, 1857-1860]. Small folio (32 x 20.5 cm). Three English manuscript ships' logs written in a single album in black ink on laid paper with a blue cast, with 3 hand-lettered title-pages, 2 sea charts showing the routes and 8 colour views (in watercolour, coloured pencil and sepia and black ink, mostly ships on the South American coast, but also camps) are drawn on 9 separate leaves, and 6 sea charts showing the routes and about 15 views drawn directly on the album leaves, mostly in black ink, but including a colour plan of one of the ships. Contemporary black half sheepskin. Full description
€ 22,000
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