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Rare first edition of the leading Dutch translation of the Ship of fools

BRANT, Sebastiaen. Navis stultorum: oft, Der sotten schip.
Antwerp, Jan II van Ghelen, 1584. Small 4to. With a woodcut of the Ship of Fools on the title-page, woodcut Dutch title-panel, Van Ghelen's large woodcut greyhounds and goat device on the last page, 118 full-page and 2 smaller woodcut illustrations in text, each page (after the title and its verso) in a border built up from arabesque cast fleurons. 18th-century sprinkled calf, gold-tooled spine and board edges, mottled edges. [2], "234" [= 236], [10] pp. Full description
€ 18,000
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Spanish translation of Campe's Robinson der Jüngere

CAMPE, Joachim Heinrich. El nuevo Robinson. Historia moral reducida a dialogos para instruccion y entretenimiento de ninos y jovenes de ambos sexos. Traducaida al Castellano con varias correcciones por D. Tomas de Iriarte.
Paris, Garnier Hermanos, 1858. 8vo. With wood-engraved frontispiece, 13 full-page wood-engraved plates. Original richly blind-stamped and coloured cloth, gilt edges. XI, [1 blank], 374 pp. Full description
€ 350
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Niels Klim's subterranean journey, one of the major utopian novels

[HOLBERG, Ludvig von]. Nicolai Klimii iter subterraneum novam telluris theoriam ac historiam quintae monarchiae adhuc nobis incognitae, exhibens e bibliotheca B. Abelini.
Copenhagen and Leipzig, Friedrich Christian Pelt, 1754. 8vo. With engraved frontispiece, engraved title-page, folding map and 6 full-page plates, engraved by Brühl. 19th-century boards, covered with marbled paper. [12], 366 pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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A French Robinsonade in German

[MALLÈS DE BEAULIEU, Jeanne-Sophie]. Begebenheiten eines französischen Schiffsjungen auf einer unbewohntern Insel, oder der zwölfjährige Robinson.
Zürich & Leipzig, Trachslerschen Buch- u. Kunsthandlung, [1824]. Small 8vo. With an illustrated engraved title-page, engraved frontispiece and 4 engraved plates, all aquatints which are richly and beautifully coloured by hand. Contemporary green cloth, gold-tooled spine. 324 pp. Full description
€ 2,000
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Second French edition of one of the most famous fictitious travel books ever published

PSALMANAZAR, George. Description de l'isle Formosa en Asie. Du gouvernement, des loix, des moeurs & de la religion des habitans: dresseé sur les mémoires du sieur George Psalmanaazaar, natif de cette isle. Avec une ample & exacte relation de ses voiages dans plusieurs endroits de l'Europe, de la persécution qu'il y a soufferte de la part des Jesuites d'Avignon, & des raisons qui l'ont porté à abjurer le paganisme, & à embrasser la religion Chrétienne reformée.
Amsterdam, Pierre Mortier, 1708. 12mo. With a large folding engraved map of Japan and Fermosa, and 17 engraved plates (2 folding) with illustrations of Formosan altars, costumes, architecture, ships, a palanquin carried by two elephants, a funeral procession also including elephants, and the Formosan alphabet etc. Contemporary vellum. XLIV, 406, (6) pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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First and only Dutch translation of the infamous fictitious description of Formosa

PSALMANAZAR, George (pseud.). Beschryvinge van het eyland Formosa in Asia, en der regering, wetten, zeden, en godsdienst der inwoonders uit de gedenkschriften van den Hr. Georgius Psalmanaazaar aldaar geboortig, t'zamengestelt. Mitsgaders een breet, en net verhaal zijner reizen door verscheidene landen van Europa, en van de vervolging, welke hij door toedoen der Jesuiten van Avignon, geleden heeft, benevens de redenen, die hem tot het afzweren van het heidendom, en het aannemen der hervormde christelyke godsdienst gebragt hebben.
Rotterdam, Pieter vander Veer, 1705. 12mo. With a large folding engraved map of Japan and Formosa, a large folding engraved table containing the supposed Formosan alphabet, and 15 engraved plates with illustrations of Formosan altars, costumes, architecture, people, ships, a palanquin carried by two elephants, etc. Further with a woodcut headpiece, tailpiece and 2 decorated initials. Including: [PUBLISHER'S 24-PAGE CATALOGUE]. Catalogus van allerley musijk, met hare pryse, 't welk te Rotterdam by Pieter van der Veer boekverkooper te bekomen is.
Contemporary vellum. [1], [1 blank], [58], [2 blank], 494, [30] pp. Full description
€ 3,500
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Stranded on an imaginary island, before Defoe's Robinson

[SMEEKS, Hendrik]. Beschreibung des mächtigen Königreichs Krinke Kesmes, welches eine grosse Insul, nebst vielen dazugehörigen kleinen Eylanden, in sich fasset, und zusammen ein Theil des unbekannten Südlandes, so unter dem Tropico Capricorni gelegen ist, ..., wegen der ungemeinen Curiosität ins Teutsche übersetzet.
Leipzig, Georg Christoph Wintzer, 1721. 2 parts in 1 volume. 8vo. With 2 titles printed in red and black, 1 engraved frontispiece (lacks 1 frontispiece), 6 full-page engraved plates. Contemporary calf. [10], 110, [2], 111-255, [16] pp. Full description
€ 1,500
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“First” edition of Gulliver's travels

[SWIFT, Jonathan]. Travels into several remote nations of the world. In four parts. By Lemuel Gulliver.
London, Benjamin Motte, 1726. 4 parts in 2 volumes. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece portrait of Gulliver, 5 engraved maps and one engraved plate. 19th-century gold-tooled calf, richly gold-tooled spines, gilt edges. VIII, [4], 148, [6], [149]-310; [6], 54, [8], [155]-353, [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 7,500
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