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First Dutch editions of 8 accounts of the Middle & Far East, from Marco Polo’s voyages to the capture of Formosa by the pirate Zheng Chenggong

POLO, Marco. Reisen, en beschryving der Oostersche lantschappen; ...
-HETOUM of Corycus. Historie der Oostersche lantschappen; ...
-[BRACCIOLINI, Poggio, and Girolamo di SANTO STEFANO]. Reysen naar Indien, en d'oostersche landen; gedaan by Nicolaus Venetus, en Jeronymus van St. Steven.
-[Anonymous VOC officer in Formosa]. Verhaal van de verövering van 't eylant Formosa door de Sinesen.
Amsterdam, Abraham Wolfgang, 1664. With 4 engraved plates.
(2) BOURGES, Jacques de. Naaukeurig verhaal van de reis des Bisschops van Beryte uit Frankryk te lant en ter zee naar China.
Amsterdam, Abraham Wolfgang, 1669. With 8 half-page engraved illustrations in text.
(3) Verhaal van drie voorname reizen naar Oostindien, te weten van Johan Jacobsz Saar, Volkert Evertsz, en Albrecht Herport.
-SAAR, Johann Jacob. De reisbeschryving ... naar Oostindien, sedert ... 1644. tot ... 1659. ...
-OLEARIUS, Adam. De beschryving der reizen van Volkert Evertsz. [= Volquard Iversen] naar Oostindien. ... uitgevaren in ... 1655. en in ... 1668 ... gekeert.
-HERPORT, Albrecht. De beschryving der Oostindische reizen ... sedert ... 1659. tot ... 1668. ...
Amsterdam, Jan Rieuwertsz & Pieter Arentsz, 1671 (works 2 and 3 dated 1670 on their title-pages). With 8 engraved plates, the last 4 sometimes attributed to Romeyn de Hooghe or his school.
3 editions (the 1st containing 4 works and the 3rd containing 3 works) in 1 volume. 4to.Contemporary vellum. [12], 99, [8], [1 blank], 70, [2], 25, [1 blank], 12; [2], 126; [6], 198 pp. Full description
€ 28,000
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One of the few known copies of one of the most remarkable ichthyological works ever, containing 100 extraordinary and brightly hand-coloured plates of tropical and fantastic fishes in the Indo-Pacific

RENARD, Louis. Poissons ecrevisses et crabes, de diverses couleurs et figures extraordinaires, que l'on trouve autour des Isles Moluques et sur les côtes des Terres Australes.
Amsterdam, Reinier & Josua Ottens, 1754. 2 volumes bound as 1. Folio. Title-page in red and black, a divisional-title for each volume and 100 engraved plates, vividly hand-coloured as published, showing 460 fishes and other marine animals. Contemporary calf, richly-gold tooled spine and bords, green morocco spine label with title in gold, decorated edges, marbled endpapers. Preserved in a professionally made black cloth box. [7] ll., 43 plates; [1] leaf, LVII plates, [4] ll. Full description
€ 125,000
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Of the utmost importance for leprosy in the Dutch East Indies, by the first Deshima doctor
to describe the medicine and culture of Japan to the West

RHYNE, Willem ten. Verhandelinge van de Asiatise melaatsheid, na een naaukeuriger ondersoek ten dienste van het gemeen.
Amsterdam, Abraham van Someren, 1687. With an ornament on the title-page.
With: (2) BEINTEMA VAN PEIMA, Joannes Ignatius Worp. Tabacologia, ofte korte verhandelenge over de tabak, desselvs deugd, gebruyk, ende kennisse: waar door aangeweesen wordt een wegh om lang, vroolijk, ende gesond te leeven.
The Hague, Levijn van Dijck, 1690. Lacking frontispiece. 2 works in 1 volume. 8vo. Contemporary vellum. [18], 181, [1 blank]; [12 (of 16)], 175, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 15,000
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First and only edition of the first English grammar of the Sindhi language rendered in 5 different scripts (3 lithographically)

[WATHEN, William Henry]. Grammar of the Sindhí language.
[Bombay/Mumbai], Government Gazette Press, F.D. Ramos printer, 1836. Small folio. With 9 lithographic pages showing alphabets in Multani, Khudabadi (with additional sample texts) and Devanagari scripts. The letterpress text is set in roman and italic types, with Sindhi words also transcribed in a nastaliq Arabic type. This copy has an (extra-added?) large folding lithographic map (34 x 43 cm; outer border 31.5 x 38 cm) covering most of what is now Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Turkmenistan and parts of Azerbaijan, India and other surrounding regions. Contemporary black half sheepskin. [6], “70” [= 74 including or 64 excluding the lithographic leaves], [32] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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Beautiful copy of this important treatise on entomology

WILKES, Benjamin. One hundred and twenty copper-plates of English moths and butterflies, representing their changes into the caterpillar, chrysalis, and fly-states, and the plants, flowers, and fruits, whereon they feed. Coloured with great exactness from the subjects themselves. With a natural history of the moths and butterflies, describing the method of managing, preserving, and feeding them.
London, printed for R. N. Rose by G. Verrall, Worthing, 1824. 4to. 120 hand-coloured plates, mainly 27,5 x 22,5 cm.
Half green (gold-tooled) morocco, marbled paper sides. VIII, [22], 63, [5] pp. Full description
€ 12,500
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