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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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Rare pamphlet on the capitulation of Bonn

[BONN]. Kurtze Relation, was massen die Meuterey unnd unerhörte Verrhäterey, schändtlich Ubergebung der Statt Bon[n] und lieferung des Herren Obersten, Herrn Carlen des heyligen römischen Reichs Erbtruckses, ... auch andern Befelchshabern, sich zugetragen.
“Edenberg” [= Basel?], 1584. Small 4to (18.5 x 14.5 cm). With an arabesque decoration on title-page (plus 1 repeat as a tailpiece) and a woodcut gothic decorated initial. Sewn. Full description
€ 1,250
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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 critical account of Formosa and its loss by the VOC in 1662

[COYETT, Frederic]. 't Verwaerloosde Formosa, of waerachtig verhael, hoedanigh door verwaerloosinge der Nederlanders in Oost-Indien, het eylant Formosa, van den Chinesen mandorijn, ende zeerover Coxinja, overrompelt, vermeestert, ende ontweldight is geworden.
Amsterdam, Jan Claesz. ten Hoorn, Michiel Pieters, 1675. 3 parts in 1 volume. 4to. With an etched frontispiece including a map of Formosa and view of the Dutch fortress there, and 8 etched views on 7 plates. Modern vellum. Full description
€ 22,500
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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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"One of the most important eye-witness accounts of the battle"

DRINKWATER BETHUNE, John. A narrative of the Battle of St. Vincent; with anecdotes of Nelson, before and after that battle.
London, Saunders & Otley (back of title-page: printed by William Wilcockson), 1840. 8vo. With an engraved frontispiece with a portrait of Horatio Nelson, 3 wood-engraved vignettes and 8 lithographed full-page sea-battle plans. Publisher's original blind-blocked cloth, with title in gold on spine and front board, gilt edges. Full description
€ 850
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First Latin edition of Dürer on fortification, with 21 (mostly large folding) illustrations

DÜRER, Albrecht. De urbibus, arcibus, castellísque condendis, ac muniendis rationes aliquot, praesenti bellorum necessitati accommodatissimae: nunc recens è lingua Germanica in Latinam traductae.
Paris, Chrétien Wechel, 1535. Folio (32.5 x 22.5 cm). With Wechel's woodcut device on the title-page and on the verso of the otherwise blank final leaf, 13 large woodcut diagrams and other illustrations on the 10 folding leaves and 8 more on the leaves of the integral bifolia. Mid or late 19th-century brown sheepskin. Full description
€ 3,950
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