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First modern treatise on oceanography, and a challenge to Machiavelli: rulers must be moral

BOTERO, Giovanni. Aggiunte fatte ... alla sua ragion di stato ove si tratta dell... con una relatione del mare.
Including:
2 [part 1]) Delleccellenze de gli antichi capitani libri due. ...
3 [part 4]) Dellagilita della forze del prencipe libri due. ...
4 [part 3]) Della riputatione del prencipe libri due. ...
5 [part 2]) Discorso della neutralita [del prencipe] ...
6 [part 5]) Discroso[!] intorno alla fortificatione ...
7 [part 6]) Relationi del mare ...
Rome, Giorgio Ferrari, 1598. A preliminary part and 6 text parts in one volume. 4to. With a general title-page and 6 part-titles. Set in an italic type (cut by Robert Granjon) with incidental roman. Sheepskin parchment (ca. 1700?). [22], [2 blank]; 72; 46, [2 blank]; 31, [1 blank]; 15, [1 blank]; 14, [2 blank]; 31, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 8,250
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Rare early (5th?) edition of a popular work on angling, printed by Baskerville’s unofficial successor

BOWLKER, Charles. The art of angling; or, compleat fly-fisher. Describing the different kinds of fish, their haunts, places of feeding, and retirement; with an account of the generation of fishes, and observations on the breeding of carp. Together with directions how to regulate pools or ponds. Also the various kinds of baits, and the great diversity of flies that nature produces. To which are added, directions for making artificial flies.
Birmingham, Miles Swinney, 1788. 12mo. XI, 218, [2] pp. Full description
€ 450
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Humility or hypocrisy, a donkey or a horse, Christ and the pope: a rare popular Dutch calvinist pamphlet

[DUTCH CALVINIST CARICATURE]. [Hieronymus SWEERTS]. De vergelykinge Christi met de Roomsche Paus, by forme van een stichtelyke, en leerzame samenspraak, voor de liefhebbers der waarheid.
Amsterdam, Jan van der Heyden, 1753. 1mo (full sheet) broadside (48,5 x 29 cm). Letterpress satirical broadside, with an anonymous, hand-coloured engraving, the title and imprint in red, 2 woodcut decorated initials, and a band of typographic ornaments separating the two columns of text. Full description
€ 850
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Very rare hand-coloured large-paper copy of an important 18th century Don Quixote edition with 31 large illustration plates, in a spectacular Van Damme binding

CERVANTES SAAVEDRA, Miguel de (Jacob Campo WEYERMAN translator; Antoine COYPEL illustrator). De voornaamste gevallen van den wonderlyken Don Quichot, door den beroemden Picart den Romein ... in XXXI kunstplaaten, na de uitmuntende schilderyen van Coypel in't koper gebragt ...
The Hague, Pieter de Hondt, 1746. Grand folio (42 x 27 cm). With a title vignette, title in red and black and 31 plates. Also with large woodcut initials and tailpieces. Text in ornamental woodcut frame on each page. In very firm Van Damme bindery dark red morocco with exceptional gold-tooled decorations and gilt edges. With a gold-tooled and black painted emblem on both covers depicting a vase under a starry sky. With protective tissue guards covering the plates. [2], XXVI, 420 pp. Full description
€ 48,500
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18th-century Dutch general encyclopedia of horticulture and agriculture, animal breeding
and the secrets of living to a great age

CHOMEL, Noël. Huishoudkundig handboek voor den stedeling en landman; of Chomel, huishoudelijk woordenboek verkort. In vier deelen.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart, 1800-1803. 4 volumes. Large 8vo. With 24 hand-coloured engraved plates of different plants, herbs, mushrooms, flowers, trees and animals. All volumes bound in contemporary half goatskin with marbled sides, gold-tooled spine with an orange and blue morocco label. XII, 560; [4], 584; [4], 568; [4], 598 pp. Full description
€ 1,000
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Presentation copy of the rare first edition of the English translation of the reports of the first democracy in Latin America, in 1823

[COLOMBIA]. State of Colombia, or reports of the secretaries of state of the Republic of Colombia, presented to the first constitutional congress in the year 1823, the thirteenth of the republic. Translated from the official documents.
London, Treuttel and Würtz, Treuttel jun. and Richter (back of the title-page: printed by G. Schulze), June 1824. 4to. With the original presentation letter to Baron Hendrik Fagel pasted on the first flyleaf (dated 15 July 1824). Contemporary or near contemporary red straight-grained, gold-tooled morocco. IV, 200 pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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Scarce Dutch translation of a pamphlet on the mangel beet, with a hand-coloured folding plate

COMMERELL, Abbé de, John Coakley LETTSOM (transl.) and Jan Christiaan SEPP (transl.) Bericht wegens de aankweeking en het gebruik van den schaarsheid- of mangel-wortel.
Amsterdam, C.N. Guerin, 1789. 8vo. With 1 folding hand-coloured plate and a woodcut tailpiece of a fruit basket. 19th-century half cloth, Stormont marbled sides. [4], XII, 80 pp. Full description
€ 1,750
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Large paper copy of a collection of travelogues on Russia, Poland, Scandinavia and the British Isles

COXE, William (Paul Henri MALLET, transl.), Thomas PENNANT, Joseph BANKS, and others.

Nouveau recueil de voyages au nord de l'Europe et de l'Asie, contenant les extraits des relations de voyages les plus estimées, et qui n'ont jamais été publiées en français.Including: William COXE (Paul Henri MALLET, transl.). Voyage en Pologne, Russie, Suède, Dannemarc, &c.
Paris, Paul Barde, Moutard, Mérigot (vol. 1), Barde, Manget & Buisson (vol. 2 & 3), 1785-1786. 3 volumes. 4to. Vol. 1 with 1 hand-coloured folding map of Scotland and the Outer Hebrides, 1 folding engraved plate and 8 full-page engravings mainly of buildings. Vol. 2 with 2 hand-coloured folding maps of Russia and Poland by Thomas Kitchin, 2 folding city plans of Moscow and St Petersburg, 3 full-page engraved portraits of King Stanislas Auguste of Poland, Empress Catherine II ("the Great") of Russia and the leader of the 1773/74 Cossack insurrection Yemelyan Ivanovich Pugachev, pretender to the Russian crown, all engraved by Töppfer. Extra added: a loosely inserted engraved portrait of Empress Catherine by Augustin de Saint-Aubin (1736-1807), and 2 further engravings. Vol. 3 with 2 hand-coloured folding maps of Sweden and Denmark by Thomas Kitchin, 1 hand-coloured full-page engraved map of the Casparian Sea, 3 engraved folding plans of the Vyshny Volochyok Waterway and the Ladoga Canal, the Swedish Trollhätte Canal and the Kiel Canal, 2 folding city plans of Stockholm and Copenhagen, 1 full-page engraved portrait of Gustave III (king of Sweden) and 1 full-page engraving. Contemporary half red morocco, red decorated paper sides, gold-tooled spine with title and volume number in gold. [6]; 355, [4], [1 blank]; [2], VI, [2], 422, [6]; [4], 382 pp.

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Very rare description of the author’s own botanical garden in Amsterdam

CUNO, Johann Christian, David Sigmund BÜTTNER and Friedrich WAGNER (transl.) Ode über seinen Garten: Nachmahls Besser. Amsterdam, Jacob Cornelis Schoots van Cappelle, 1750. 8vo. With a folding engraved allegorical title-plate, an engraved printers device on the title-page, an elaborate engraved coat-of-arms on the dedication page and 11 engraved plates (1 folding). Further numerous woodcut allegorical capitals. Contemporary calf. [34], 260 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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