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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. Full description
€ 350
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Post-incunable edition of the travels of "the Dutch Sir John Mandeville"
visiting Egypt and the lands of Prester John

HESE (HESSE), Johannes Witte de. Itinerarius Joannis de Hese presbyteri a Hierusalem describens dispotiones terra[rum] insular[um] montiu[m] et aquar[um]. Ac etiam queda[m] mirabilia et p[er]icula per diversas p[ar]tes mu[n]di continge[n]tia lucidissime enarrans.
(Colophon: Deventer, Jacobus de Breda, 1504). Small 4to (20.5 x 14.5 cm). Rubricated throughout with the blank spaces for initials left open. Including the last blank leaf. Modern calf in period style. Full description
€ 45,000
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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. Full description
€ 1,250
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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. Full description
€ 7,500
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Imaginary Dutch travels in Australia, with illustrated frontispiece and 16 plates

VAIRASSE D'ALAIS, Denis. Historie der Sevarambes, volkeren die een gedeelte van het darde vast-land bewoonen, gemeenlyk Zuid-land genaamd, ...
Amsterdam, Willem de Coup, Willem Lamsvelt, Philip Verbeek, and Joannes Lamsvelt, 1701. Small 4to (20 x 16 cm). With engraved frontispiece drawn and engraved by Joannes Lamsvelt and 16 plates engraved for this edition, at least mostly by Lamsvelt, after those of the first Dutch edition. Recased in contemporary(?) vellum, new endpapers. Full description
€ 8,250
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Imaginary Dutch travels in Australia

[VAIRASSE D'ALAIS, Denis]. Histoire des Sevarambes, peuples qui habitent une partie du troisiéme continent, communément appellé la Terre Australe.
Amsterdam, Etienne Roger, 1702. 2 volumes bound as 1. 12mo. With engraved frontispiece (repeated in volume 2) and 2 title-pages printed in red and black. Contemporary mottled, tanned sheepskin; rebacked, with the original backstrip laid down, with a new red title-label. Full description
€ 3,500
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Very rare Utopian satirical periodical that brought the author five years in prison

[WIBMER, Jean Baptiste Didier]. Utopiaansch weekblad nos. 3-9 & 11-13.
Amsterdam, A. Vink, [1820-1821]. 10 (of 14) parts, lacking parts 1, 2, 10 & 14, supplied in photocopy. 8vo. With a woodcut illustration as headpiece on the opening page of 9 of the 10 parts. Later green cloth.
With: (2) [WIBMER, Jean-Baptiste Didier]. Utopiaansche courant no. 6
Amsterdam, H. Moolenijzer, "Dageraad, den 44 Stoeborn A[nn]o. 5569" [= 1819]. Folio broadsheet (44 x 26.5 cm). With a woodcut illustration as headpiece. Folded and unbound. Full description
€ 1,500
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