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First book devoted to stage design and technique

SABBATTINI, Nicola. Pratica di fabricar scene, e machine ne'teatri.
Pesaro, Flaminio Concordia, 1637. 4to. With the woodcut coat of arms of the dedicatee Cardinal Grimaldi on the title-page and 49 woodcut diagrams and illustrations of decors and stage settings in the text, many illustrating the use of perspective to give an illusion of three dimensions and some showing mechanical systems, such as screens raised and lowered with pulleys. Decorated paper wrappers (ca. 1700?). [4], 89, [2] pp. Full description
€ 35,000
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One of the most important and rarest Dutch songbooks, with early poems by Hooft and Vondel

[SONGBOOK - DUTCH]. Den nieuwen verbeterden lust-hof, gheplant vol uytgelesene, eerlijcke, amoreuse ende vrolijcke ghesanghen, als mey, bruylofts, tafel, ende nieu jaers liedekens, met noch verscheyden tsamen-spreeckinghen tusschen vryer en vryster...
Including: [VLACQ, Michiel]. Bruylofts bancket. Verciert met veerthien liedekens, dienende tot vermakelijckheyt ende stichtinghe, so wel in bruyloften als in andere eerlijcke vergaderinghen van oude ofte jonghe lieden...
Amsterdam, Dirck Pietersz Pers, [ca. 1610]. 2 parts in 1 volume. Oblong 8vo. Each title-page with the same large engraving of a company making music after David Vinckboons. Later vellum, manuscript title on spine. [8], 96; 24 pp. Full description
€ 15,000
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Fine coloured stipple engraving by one of the masters of Dutch flower painting

SPAENDONCK, Gerard van. Jacinthe double. Hyacinthus orientalis L. from: [Fleurs Dessinées d'Après Nature,... Recueil utile aux amateurs, aux jeunes artistes, aux élèves des écoles centrales et aux dessinateurs des manufactures].
[Paris, 1799-1801]. Folio. Stipple engraved plate, printed in colour à la poupée and finished by hand, of a Common Hyacinth, Garden Hyacinth or Dutch Hyacinth with at the left a blue hyacinth without leaves, right a lilac hyacinth with leaves. Signed 'P.F. Le Grand sculp.' Framed. Full description
€ 2,750
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Important treaty between France and the Dutch Republic on free trade and tariffs

[TREATY - FRANCE & THE DUTCH REPUBLIC]. Traité de commerce, navigation & marine, fait, conclu & arrêté a Versailles le 21 Decembre de lan 1739, entre sa Majesté Tres-Chretienne, & les Seigneurs Etats Generaux des Provinces Unies du Pais-Bas.
The Hague, Jacobus Scheltus, 1740 4to. With the woodcut printer's device of Scheltus and a woodcut initial. 19th-century brown wrappers. 43 pp. Full description
€ 750
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Rare Hebrew, Samaritan and Syriac alphabets printed and published by the Propaganda Fide

[PROPAGANDA FIDE - ALPHABETA]. [Alphabets of non-Latin scripts, including Hebrew, Samaritan and Syriac].
Rome, Propaganda Fide, [ca. 1700/60?]. Oblong 8vo (11 x 17 cm). A complete set of 12 leaves published without a title-page, printed on rectos only, each page with a frame of double rules and an additional single rule (built up from short rules) delineating a panel at the head that contains the title of the leaf, 10 of the 12 beginning "Alfabeto ..." and showing woodcut (3) or typographic (7) alphabets, the latter showing Hebrew (meruba & rabbinical), Samaritan (majuscule) and Syriac (estrangela & serto) types. The other 2 leaves show a woodcut illustration of an inscription in stone and an interpretation of it (including a smaller woodcut). Contemporary vellum, with the spine at the head of the leaves. [12] ll. Full description
€ 7,500
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The official regulations of the Dutch India Company

[VOC]. Artyckel-brief van de Geoctroyeerde Nederlandtsche Oost-Indische Compagnie, by de Hoogh-Mogende Heeren Staten Generael der Vereenighde Nederlanden, den derden September 1672. gearresteert.
The Hague, Jacobus Scheltus, 1676. Small folio. With the printers device of Scheltus on the title-page and 3 engraved historiated initials. Contemporary limp vellum. 48 pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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Decree signed by Dutch Stadholder and future English King William III

[MANUSCRIPT]. WILLIAM III, Prince of Orange. [Decree granting a salary to Johan Theodor, Baron of Friesheim, as chief bailiff and state prosecutor in 's-Hertogenbosch].
The Hague, 2 April 1681. Folio (31.5 x 20.5 cm). Written in brown ink on paper, with the armorial seal of William of Orange stamped on a decorative paper cut-out over red wax. [1], [3 blank] pp. Full description
€ 5,000
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