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Two masterpieces of Dutch hydraulic engineering

BARNARD, John Gross. Report on the North Sea Canal of Holland; and on the improvement of navigation from Rotterdam to the sea; to the chief of engineers, United States army. (Professional papers of the corps of engineers, U.S. army. No. 22).
Washington D.C., U.S. Government Printing Office, 1872. 4to. With 12 plates numbered as 11 (all but 1 folding and 1 printed in red and black). Further with a half title, title-page, preface, and list of plates. Contemporary brown half morocco, reddish-brown cloth sides gold-blocked with the title and the coat of arms of the United States Army Corps of Engineers. 77, [3 blank] pp. Full description
€ 875
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Well-illustrated historical and regional study of Dutch gardens

BIENFAIT, Anna G. Oude Hollandsche tuinen... Met medewerking van Marg. Kossmann en een voorwoord van Prof.dr. J.Q. van Regteren Altena.
The Hague, M. Nijhoff, 1943. Text (8vo) and atlas (obling folio) volume. With the title-pages printed in green and black, 3 plates and 4 illustrations in text; atlas with 317 plates showing 372 illustrations. Original publisher's decorated green cloth. XII, 301, [1]; XV, [1] pp. Full description
€ 375
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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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The most influential river map of its time

[MAP - NETHERLANDS - MAAS]. CRUQUIUS, Nicolaas. De rivier de Merwede, ...
Including: No. 3. Caarte ofte afteckening van de rivier de Merwede ...
[The Hague, National Printing Office, 1730]. An engraved map of the river Merwede, the main map (53.5 x 124.5) on two sheets at a scale of 1:10,000, together with a separate engraved overview map (22 x 63 cm) with diagrams showing river depth and dike profiles, and tidal and seasonal changes in the water level. Framed (64.5 x 134 & 64.5 x 74 cm). Full description
€ 6,500
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Very rare description of the author’s own botanical garden in Amsterdam

CUNO, Johann Christian, David Sigmund BÜTTNER and Friedrich WAGNER (transl.) Ode über seinen Garten: Nachmahls Besser. Amsterdam, Jacob Cornelis Schoots van Cappelle, 1750. 8vo. With a folding engraved allegorical title-plate, an engraved printers device on the title-page, an elaborate engraved coat-of-arms on the dedication page and 11 engraved plates (1 folding). Further numerous woodcut allegorical capitals. Contemporary calf. [34], 260 pp. Full description
€ 2,500
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Illustrated account of the levee failure and flood of 1809

[EWIJK, Hendrik]. Geschiedkundig verslag der dijkbreuken en overstroomingen, langs de rivieren in het Koningrijk Holland. Voorgevallen in louwmaand MDCCCIX. ... Eerste -[tweede] deel.
Amsterdam, Johannes Allart and Jacobus Ruys, 1809. With 16 (of 17) folding engraved plates and maps (2 hand-coloured), a very large folding engraved map at the end (ca. 55 x 92 cm), 6 folding letterpress tables, and several letterpress tables in text.
With: (2) [EWIJK, Hendrik]. Platen en kaarten behorende tot het geschiedkundig verslag der dijkbreuken en overstroomingen, in louwmaand MDCCCIX.Amsterdam, Johnnes Allart and Jocabus Ruys, [1809]. With 6 engraved maps (duplicating 6 in text volumes) and 7 engraved plates (duplicating 3 in text volumes). 2 text volumes (8vo) and 1 plates volume (folio). Contemporary half calf, gold-tooled spine. Full description
€ 2,750
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Frisian flora and plants of northwestern Europe: a detailed description

GABBEMA, Simon Abbes. Friesche lust-gaarde ofte Boom-heester-bloem- en kruyd-waarande, bestaande uyt der gewassen beschrijvinge, die in Hoog- en Neder-duyds-land en de aangrenzende land-schappen bekent zijn.
Leeuwarden, Hendrik Rintjes, 1686 (second title-page after preliminaries: 1687). 4to. With an engraved allegorical frontispiece, ascribed to Jan Luyken. Contemporary vellum, sprinkled edges, new endpapers. [1], [1 blank], [44], 660, [60] pp. Full description
€ 3,750
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Rare science manual from Venlo

GEUNS, Petrus. Memoire sur les aimans. Ou description succinte de tout ce qui est necessaire pour la construction de toute sorte d'aiman imaginable; le changement de pôles suivant l'axe ou suivant les cotés de la pierre d'aiman. La construction & trempe des aiguilles de boussole. Une mémoire sur l'engrenage pour les horloger & autre artisans. Et pour les amateurs de l'histoire naturelle deux méthodes pour fermer les bocaux contre evaporation de l'esprit de vin.
Venlo, au dépens de l'Auteur, 1768. 8vo. With a folding engraved table and 5 folding engraved plates with technical illustrations and figures. Contemporary calf. XXIV, 143, [7] pp. Full description
€ 1,250
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12 original photographs of the Leiden Hortus Botanicus in the 1860s

GOEDELJEE, Jan. [Title on front cover:] Photographische gezichten in s Rijks Akademietuin te Leiden. 1866.
Leiden, 1866. Oblong folio. 12 original photographic albumen prints (ca. 19.5 x 25 cm) with rounded corners, mounted on paperboard leaves (30.5 x 37 cm), with tissue guard leaves. Contemporary blind-tooled green cloth with title in gold on the front board, silk endpapers. [12] ll. Full description
€ 4,250
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18th-century manuscript map of part of the Lek River

[MAP - NETHERLANDS - MANUSCRIPT]. HATTUM, Dirk van. Kaarte en aftekening van het rivier vak beneeden het Tienhovense Veer met de aanleggende krib, en rijswerken.
[Netherlands], August 1792. Manuscript map in pen, ink and colour washes on paper (52.5 x 73.5 cm), with a compass rose (north below right), the names of the regions, and a scale (ca. 1:2000) below left. Full description
€ 1,950
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