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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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A demonstration of Dutch water management skills

CONRAD, Frederik Willem, Arie Jansz. BLANKEN and Simon KROS. Rapport wegens het onderzoek omtrent eene uitwatering te Catwyk aan Zee, gedaan in 1802. Op last van dykrichter en hoogheemraaden van Rhynland.
Haarlem, François Bohn, 1803[-1804]. Folio. With 2 folding engraved maps, 15 folding engraved plates and 1 engraved plate, all except one signed by Daniel Veelwaard. Later green half cloth [1], [1 blank], 49, [1 blank], 27, [1] pp. Full description
€ 650
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First catalogue of what became the city and university botanical garden in Ghent

COURET-VILLENEUVE, Louis-Pierre. Hortus Gandavensis Centrali Academiae annexus, juxta Linnaei methodum dispositus; ... = [on the facing page:] Description de toutes les plantes qui se cultivent dans le jardin botanique de l'École Centrale du département de l'escaut, a Gand, ...
Including [COURET-VILLENEUVE, Louis-Pierre]. Liste des plantes levées dans le jardin, sur les couches et dans les serres, pendant l'impression de cet ouvrage. (Du 1.er Germinal an X au 1.er Prairial an XI.) Supplément.
Paris, Nicolas-Pierre, François-Laurent-Xavier & Louis-Charles Levrault, an X [= 1802, recté 1803]. 12mo. With an additional title-page on A1, with the same wording as the French title above, but with imprint: Ghent, A.B. Stéven, an X [= 1802], and a 2-page list of the author's publications between the half-title and title-pages. Contemporary half tanned sheepskin, gold-tooled spine. [29], [3 blank], 176, [7], [1 blank] pp. Full description
€ 1,000
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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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