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Images of the world in first edition, from the library of Joseph Fesh (1763-1839)

COLLEGIUM SOCIETATIS JESU. Typus mundi in quo eius calamitates et pericula nec non divini, humanique amoris antipathia. Emblematice propuntur a RR.C.S.I.A.
Antwerp, Jan Cnobbaert, 1627. 12mo. With an engraved title-page and 33 full-page engraved emblems on integral leaves. 18th-century (?) calf, gold-tooled spine. 240 [= 140], [3], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 2,750
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Dutch artists and art collectors united against the rebellious Belgians

[BELGIAN REVOLUTION; ART EXHIBITION]. Lyst van kunstwerken, door beoefenaars en verzamelaars bijeengebragt, om verloot te worden te behoeve van het Vaderland; tentoongesteld te Amsterdam, in het Nationale Geregtshof.
Amsterdam, Christiaan Andersen Spin, 1831. 8vo. With a lithographed frontispiece. Slightly later neoclassical gold- and richly blind-tooled long-grained red morocco, gilt edges. [2], 76, 8 pp. Full description
€ 1,950
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Large paper copy of the first Dutch edition of Blaeu's great atlas of cities and towns of the Dutch Republic,
with 320 mostly double-page maps, plans and views

BLAEU, Joan. [Toonneel der steden van de Vereenighde Nederlanden, met hare beschrijvingen, ...].
With: [Toonneel der steden van s Konings Nederlanden, met hare beschrijvingen, ...].
[Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1652]. 2 volumes. Atlas folio (57 × 37 cm). With two engraved architectural title-pages, each with a blank central panel where a letterpress slip with the title and the publishers name would have been pasted; 181 (Dutch Republic) & 139 (Spanish Netherlands) maps, plans and views plus 2 smaller engravings in text; 20 woodcut illustration figures in the text. Uniform, early 18th-century(?) half red sheepskin. Full description
€ 68,500
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Monumental 12-volume flora, with 721 coloured plates

BONNIER, Gaston. Flore complète, illustrée en couleurs, de France, Suisse et Belgique (comprenant la plupart des plantes d'Europe).
Paris, Librairie Générale de l'Enseignement; Neuchatel, Delachaux & Niestlé; Brussels, Lebègue, [1912-1935]. 120 instalments plus index (forming 12 volumes). 4to. With 721 coloured plates. All instalments in their original wrappers and stored in three modern grey cloth clamshell boxes. Full description
€ 675
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Chimney tax in Brabant, to fund the war against France

[BRABANT - TAXES]. Instructie gemaect byden Staeten van Brabant, achtervolgende der welcker men tellen sal allen de heerden van allen schouwen, ovens, asten, fournaisen, met den ploegen binnen den voirs. lande van Brabant bevonden, ende innen ende collecteren de imposicie vanden selven schouwen, ovens, asten, furnaysen ende ploegen, achtervolgende den consente by den Staeten van den voirs. lande van Brabant gedaen, blijckende byder acten daer af zijnde.
Antwerp, Jan Mollijns, [1553]. Small 4to (18.5 x 13.5 cm). With the woodcut arms of the Emperor Charles V on title-page. Disbound. [12] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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Two copies of the statutes of the medical college of Brussels, bound with a dissertation containing chemical experiments and a lecture read by the praeses and author's brother

[BRUSSELS]. Collegie der medecyne, op-ghericht door den magistraet der stadt Brussel
Brussels, Antoine Claudinot, 1721.
With:
(2) [BRUSSELS]. [Collegie der medecyne, op-ghericht door den magistraet der stadt Brussel].
Brussels, Antoine Claudinot, 1721.
(3) WEIGEL, Christian Ehrenfried. Programma quo Christ. Ehrenfr. Weigel... fratris dilectissimi Caroli Henrici Bernhardi Weigel... dissertationem inauguralem... publice defendam indicit praemittens historiae baryllorium rudimenta.
Greifswald, Anton Ferdinand Röse, 1785. With a folding letterpress dedication page..
(4) WEIGEL, Christian Ehrenfried and Karl Heinrich Bernhard WEIGEL. Dissertatio inauguralis sistens experimenta chemica et instrumenta chirurgica emendata.
Greifswald, Anton Ferdinand Röse, 1785. With a folding engraved plate showing surgical instruments. 4 works in 1 volume. Small 4to (19.5 x 15 cm). 19th century boards. [1], [1 blank], [6], 76, [4]; 76, [4]; 28; [1], [1 blank], [4], 50 pp. Full description
€ 1,850
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Second edition of the Brussels pharmacopoeia, this copy a gift from the apothecary of King Philip V of Spain

[BRUSSELS - PHARMACOPOEIA]. [JOCQUET, Joannes, and others]. Pharmacopoea auctior, et correctior, jussu nobilissimi, amplissimique senatus Bruxellensis edita ...
Including: Taxa, seu pretium medicamentorum in hac pharmacopoea contentorum.
Brussels, Pierre Hacquebaud, 1671. Folio. Contemporary calf; rebacked with part of the original gold-tooled backstrip laid down. [1], [1 blank], [8], 237, [15] pp. Full description
€ 395
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Rare second edition in Dutch of the Brussels pharmacopoeia

[BRUSSELS - PHARMACOPOEIA]. [JOCQUET, Joannes, and others]. Brusselsche apotheek, door het gezag van de magistraat bevestigd, en naar de tweede Latynsche druk in het Nederduitsch vertaalt.
Amsterdam, Johannes van Seggeren, 1775. 8vo. With an engraved title-page showing an apothecary shop, the preparation of medicines and a botanical garden, and 2 folding engravings identifying alchemical symbols and measurements. Contemporary wrappers, rebacked. [1], [1 blank], [1], [1 blank], [16], 277, [15] pp. Full description
€ 750
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Ordinances for the Low Countries, issued by Charles V, 4 October 1540, with more in manuscript, issued by Mary of Hungary, governor of the Low Countries, 14 February 1549

[CHARLES V, Emperor]. Les ordonnances[,] statutes, & edictz, que lEmpereur Charles cinquies. de ce nom, tousjours auguste, a faict publier en la ville de Bruxelles, en la presence de sa tres haulte Majeste, & de la tres excellente Royne, Gouvernante & Regente du Pays Bas, & en la presence des Seigneurs de lOrdre & du Toyson dOr, avec le Chancelier, Presidentz, & Gouverneurs du Conseil de sa M. & les Seigneurs des finances, & aussy generalement les Estatz de tous ses Pays Bas. Le .iiii. jour dOctobre. l[']an .M.D.&.xl.
Brussels, Marck Martens; Antwerp, "en l[]escu dArtoys, sur le Pont de Chambre" [= the printing office of Jacob van Liesvelt], [privilege dated from Brussels, 7 October 1540]. 4° (20.5 × 15 cm). Title-page with an elaborate large woodcut showing the Imperial coat-of-arms. 20th-century half sheepskin parchment, boards covered with 2 leaves from Froben & Petris 2° Latin Bible, Basel, 1498, red edges. [20] pp. Full description
€ 9,500
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