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Interesting early work on Latin abbreviations: an early 'Capelli'

NICOLAI, Johannes. Tractatus de siglis veterum omnibus elegantioris literaturae amatoribus utilissimus, in quo continentur, quae ad interpretationem numismatum, inscriptionum, juris et fere omnium artium requiruntur, cujus subsidio facile literae explicari possunt.
Leiden, Abraham de Swart, 1703. 4to. With title-page printed in red and black with engraved vignette, 8 engravings in text (1 full-page). Contemporary vellum. [22], 314 pp. Full description
€ 400
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Rare first edition of a beautifully illustrated description of India in 12 letters from Leopold von Orlich to the leading German geographers Alexander von Humboldt and Carl Ritter

ORLICH, Leopold von. Reise in Ostindien in Briefen an Alexander von Humboldt und Carl Ritter.
Leipzig, Mayer & Wigand, 1845. Large 4to. With 21 (of 22 plates), including 9 chromolithographs, 5 lithographs and 7 engravings; and 40 woodcut illustrations in the text. Publisher's green cloth, with blind tooling on boards and spine, gold blocked image of a building on the front board, title in gold on spine. The work is stored in a blue modern cloth chitsu (Japanese style folding case) with 2 bone fastenings and a white paper label, attached to the front of the case with clear tape. XVI, 298 pp. Full description
€ 750
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Illustrated Spanish book on the Sybils, prophesying the coming of Christ

PORRENO, Balthasar. Oraculos de las doce Sibilas. profetisas. de Christo nostro Señor entre los gentiles...
Cuenca, Domingo de la Iglesia, 1621. 4to. With an engraved title-page, 12 full-page woodcuts (on integral leaves), each text page in a frame of thin rules, the text opens with a woodcut decorated initial. Contemporary limp vellum, remnants of ties. Engraved title-page plus [6], 72 ll. Full description
€ 5,000
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How to use the foil in fencing

RODRIGUES DE CARVALHO, Theotonio. Tratado completo do jogo de florete, em o qual se estabelecem os principios certos dos exercicios offensivos, e defensivos desta arte; obra necessaria a's pessoas, que se destinão a's armas, e util a'quellas, que se querem aperfeiçoar.
Lisbon, Na impressão Regia, 1804. 4to. 8 folding engraved plates with 17 numbered figures. Later (ca. 1875/95?) gold-tooled green morocco,. 105, [1 blank], [1], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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The Imperial Guard of Napoleon

SAINT-HILAIRE, Emil Marco de. Geschichte der Kaiser-Garde.
Leipzig, J.J. Weber, 1848. 4to. With 43 full-page plates (of which 39 hand-coloured, mostly woodengraved, after H. Bellangé, E. Lami, Ch. Vernier), many smaller woodengravings in text. Contemporary blue morocco, title lettered in gold on spine, covers gold-tooled, marbled endpapers, gilt edges. XII, 536 pp. Full description
€ 750
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“The Versailles of the Achterhoek”

SCHENK, Pieter. Delineatio domus recreatricis adjacentiumq[ue] prospectuum amoenissimorum extra urbem Zutphaniensem, auspicys & jussu ... Arnoldi Justi ...
Amsterdam, Pieter Schenk, [1702 or ca. 1720]. Oblong 4to (21 x 27 cm). With an engraved title-page and 16 numbered engraved views (ca. 15 x 19 cm), each with a caption in Dutch and Latin below the border, mostly in two lines. 19th-century grey-brown paste-paper with a wave pattern over boards. [1], 16, [1 blank] engraved ll. Full description
€ 2,750
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Rarest issue of Cambridge Universitys 1665 Greek and Latin edition of Sophocless seven tragedies,
published by the Officina Hackiana in Leiden

SOPHOCLES. Tragoediae VII. Una cum omnibus graecis scholiis ad calcem adnexis. Editio postrema.
Cambridge, John Field (a false imprint); Leiden, [Pieter, Cornelis and Jacob] Hackius, 1672.
With: (2) SOPHOCLES. [In Greek:] Scholia palaia tôn panu dokimôn, meta kai tres tôu trikliniôu eis Sophokleoûs hepta tragedias.
Cambridge, John Field, 1668 [reissued Leiden, Pieter, Cornelis and Jacob Hackius, 1672]. Set entirely in Greek, in 2 columns. 2 works in 1 volume. Small 8vo. Contemporary vellum [8], “545” [= 547], [5 blank]; [2], 236, [2 blank] pp. Full description
€ 500
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Print series with beautiful views of one of the most prestigeous country houses and gardens of the Dutch Republic

STOOPENDAAL, Daniel and Laurens SCHERM. Verscheyde schoone en vermaakelyke gezigten, in de Hofstede van Clingendaal gelegen by 's Gravenhage.
[Amsterdam], Nicolaas Visscher, [ca. 1697/1701]. Small oblong folio (18 x 24 cm). With 32 numbered engraved prints (13 x 16.5 cm), including the title-page, captioned in Dutch, with views of the country house and gardens of Clingendaal near The Hague, designed and etched and engraved by Daniel Stoopendaal, Laurens Scherm and Leon Schenk. Blind- or black-tooled half calf (ca. 1900), marbled paper sides and endpapers. [32] engraved ll. Full description
€ 2,950
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Beautifully executed manuscript proving the noble descent of Johann Baptist von Streng (born in 1764) from Charlemagne (747-814) through the ages

[MANUSCRIPT - HERALDRY - JOHANN BAPTIST VON STRENG]. Extrait abregé des preûves de noblesse de Jean-Baptiste François-Sales de Streng d'Arenenberg. Chevalier du Saint Empire Romain & des extractions maternelles, soit du côte du pere que de la mere. ...
[Salenstein and vicinity? (Canton Thurgau, Switzerland)], 1779. 4to. Manuscript in French written on paper in a neat 18th-century cursive hand. With a folding genealogical tree showing the noble descent of Johann Baptist von Streng from Charlemagne, and a folding pedigree chart of Johann Baptist von Streng with 17 coats of arms, both drawn in pen and ink and coloured by a contemporary hand. The table of genealogical texts ("La table généalogique", pp. 26-35) also has a decorative banner in green and gold, running from the head to the foot of each page between the paragraphs of text. Sewn, but never bound, the quires pasted together by a strip of paper. 37, [1 blank] pp. plus 2 folding genealogical trees numbered p. 39 and p. 40. Full description
€ 2,750
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Dialogue between an engineer and a young man on military architecture

STURM, Leonhard Christoph. Architectura militaris hypothetico-eclectica, oder gründliche Anleitung zu der Kriegs-Baukunst...
Nuremberg, Peter Conrad Monath, 1719. 4to. With an engraved device on title-page, an engraved headpiece on the first page of the dedication, engraved author's portrait, 42 engraved plates with 79 illustrations, 23 letterpress tables and with woodcut head- and tailpieces. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine, lovely gold-brocade endpapers. [16], 144, 23, [1] Full description
€ 1,200
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