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The Dutch Republic bans the export of military goods to territories under Spanish control

[AERSSEN, Cornelis van]. Placcaet vande Staten Generael der Vereenichde Nederlanden, inhoudende scherp verbodt van opte steden, havenen, ... onder t'gebiedt vanden Coninck van Spaingien, ... geen toevoer uyte Vereenichde Nederlanden te doen van salpeter, buspoeder, ...
The Hague, Aelbrecht Hendricksz., "1591" [=1591/94?]. Disbound. Full description
€ 650
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Three letters written in 1539 on the Ottoman threat in the Mediterranean

ALVAREZ DE TOLEDO, Pedro and Maria OSORIO Y PIMENTEL. [Three letters to Ferrante Gonzaga, Viceroy of Sicily, two from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo and one from his wife Maria Osorio y Pimentel].
Andria (in the Kingdom of Naples), 13 August to 10 September 1539. Folio (21.5 x 30 cm).
(1) Letter in Italian, signed, from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo in Andria to Ferrante Gonzaga, 13 August 1539, with a 23 mm seal bearing Alvarez de Toledo's coat of arms (with a chain of flags) stamped on a slip of paper attached with red wax.
(2) Letter in Spanish, signed, from Pedro Alvarez de Toledo in Andria to Ferrante Gonzaga, 3 September 1539, with the 45 mm imperial armorial seal stamped on a slip of paper attached with red wax.
(3) Letter in Italian, signed, from Maria Osorio y Pimentel [in Andria] to Ferrante Gonzaga, 10 September 1539, with the remains of what appears to be her husband's 23 mm red wax seal.
Each letter, in brown ink, occupies one page, with the last page containing the address and the sender's seal. The two inside pages of the second and third letter are blank. Each formerly folded for posting, so that the address would have appeared on one side and the seal on the other. Full description
€ 15,000
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Four pamphlets on the first Anglo-Dutch war and Admiral Tromp's role

[ANGLO-DUTCH WAR]. Engelschen alarm: of oorlogs-teyken.
Amsterdam, Hendrik van der Stegen, 1652.
With:
(2) Engelschen oorlog, . . .
Rotterdam, Jan van Dalen, 1652.
(3) TROMP, Maarten. Copie vande brief vanden manhaftigen Admirael Tromp aende . . . Staten Generael . . .
[Amsterdam?], 1652.
(4) Notabel proef-stuck, van de oude manhaftigheyt der Hollanders en Bataviers op zee, . . .
Haarlem, Dominicus Jansz. de Gaver, 1652. 4 works in 4 volumes. 4to. Ad 4 in later brown paper wrappers, the others disbound. Full description
€ 1,250
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Extremely rare account of the Battle of the Sound

[BALTIC SEA]. Confrontation oder Gegenhaltung dess Schwedischen von Hölsingör vom 8 Nov. St. N. datirten, zu Elbing aber gedruckten Schreibens, und dann der gründlichen Relation Einiger Holländischen Schipper welche den 27 Novemb. allhier in Dantzig auffgekommen und an Eydes statt den ganzten Verlauff der neulichen See-Schlacht zwischen Holländischen und Schwedischen Schiffs-Flotten im Sunde, auszgesaget haben.
[Danzig], 1758. 4to. Early 20th-century cloth-backed boards. Full description
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How to win a war with arithmetic

[BUSSCHE, Alexandre van den]. L'arithmetique militaire ... departie en deux livres. ... A la fin du second livre se trouveront plusieurs advertissemens, conseils, & sentences militaires des antiques, & modernes.
Paris, Gilles Gourbin, [1571/72]. 4to. With Gourbin's woodcut device on title-page, woodcut diagrams in the text. French maroon morocco (ca. 1900), gold-tooled spine title, gold fillets on board edges and turn-ins, signed "MISSOL". Full description
€ 4,500
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Contemporary accounts of two power struggles, in Italy and in the Low Countries

CAPELLA, Galeazzo Flavio. De rebus nuper in Italia gestis [in the running heads: "De bello Mediolanensi"] libro octo ...
(Colophon: Antwerp, Maarten de Keyser), 1533.
With: (2) SERVILIUS, Johannes (Jan KNAAP). Geldrogallica conjuratio in totius Belgicae clarissimam civitatem Antverpiam, duce Martino Rosheymio, ...
Augsburg, Heinrich Steiner, 1544. 2 works in 1 volume. Small 8vo (15 x 10 cm). Contemporary vellum wrappers, with 2 fragments of the March and April calendar leaf (in red and black) of a manuscript Missale romanum (ca. 1475/1500?) used as end leaves. Full description
€ 4,500
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A landmark in the history of fortification, with 17 large fortification plans and related figures

COEHOORN, Menno van. Nieuwe vestingbouw, op een natte of lage horisont; welke op driederleye manieren getoont wordt in 't fortificeren der binnengroote van de Fransche royale ses-hoek, waar in de sterkte der hedendaagsche drooge- aan de natte-grachten gevonden wordt: als mede hoe men tegenwoordig langs een zee of rivier fortificeert, en op wat manier men daar behoorde te bouwen. ...
Leeuwarden, Hendrik Rintjes, 1685. Folio (32.5 x 20 cm). With 17 engraved figures (mostly fortification plans) labelled A-R on plates of various sizes, mostly double-page or folding. Contemporary or near contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 9,500
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The greatest and best-illustrated work on fortification of its time,
with hundreds of plates and 7 beautifully decorated title-pages, rarely found complete

DILICH, Wilhelm. Peribologia oder Bericht ... von Vestungs Gebewen, vieler Örter vermehrett wie auch mit gebürenden Gründt und Auffrissen versehen ...
Frankfurt am Main, Johann Wilhelm Dilich (colophon: printed by Anton Humm), 1640. 2 parts plus plates in 1 volume. Folio. With an engraved general title-page and 2 engraved part-titles, each part with 2 additional engraved divisional titles dividing it into two "books", 234 unnumbered engraved plates by the author's son, Johann Wilhelm Dilich (1 large folding, plate size 46.5 x 60.5 cm; and as bound in the present copy 198 double-page and 35 single-page). Vellum (ca. 1695/1700?). Full description
€ 8,500
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Francis Drake’s failed attempt to depose the King of Spain and Portugal

DRAKE, Francis (subject). Brevis & fida narratio, et continuatio rerum omnium a Drako et Norreysio (post ex Occidentalibus Insulis, reditum) in sua expeditione Portugallensi singulis diebus gestarum.
Frankfurt am Main, Paul Brachfeldt, 1590. 4to. With the woodcut arms on the title-page, the upper related to that of Queen Elizabeth of England and the lower that of King Philip I of Portugal (Philip II of Spain), each supported by putti, a full-page woodcut standing soldier with sword and spear, perhaps intended as Francis Drake. Gold-tooled green morocco (2nd half of 19th century). Full description
€ 18,000
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First and only Netherlands edition of the first great French fortification manual,
with a false Paris imprint

ERRARD, Jean. La fortification demonstree et reduicte en art ... reveue corrige et augmentee par A. Errard ...
[Amsterdam (“livres” 2 & 4: “Paris” = Amsterdam), Johannes Jansonnius?], “1619” [= 1622?]-1622. 1 volume in 4 “livres”. Folio (33 x 21 cm). With an engraved title-page, 38 engraved plates, 9 engraved and numerous woodcut illustrations in the text. Recased in contemporary vellum. Full description
€ 4,000
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