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12 views of the gardens at Beloeil
"the principal example in Belgium of the classical French style"

VASSE, Jacques-Abraham-Antoine. Souvenir de Beloeil, dédié à son Altesse Sérénissime la Princesse de Ligne, née Princesse Lubomirska.
Brussels, Deltombe, 1853. Oblong 1mo (34 x 50.5 cm). With 12 double-tinted lithographed plates (each ca. 24 x 32 cm), by Van der Heecht, Gerlier and Gratry after drawings by Antoine Vasse (11) and Van der Heecht (1) and printed by J. Lots. Contemporary brown half sheepskin. Full description
€ 3,000
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One of the earliest works on California

VÉNEGAS, Miguél and Andrés Marcos BURRIEL. Histoire naturelle et civile de la Californie, contenant une description exacte de ce pays, de son sol, de ses montagnes, lacs, rivières & mers, de ses animaux, végétaux, minéraux, & de sa fameuse pêcherie des perles; les moeurs de ses habitans, leur religion, leur gouvernement, & leur façon de vivre avant leur conversion au Christianisme; un detail des différens voyages, & tentatives qu'on a faites pour s'y établir, & reconnoître son Golfe & la côte de la Mer du Sud.
Paris, Durand, 1767. 3 volumes. 8vo. With a folding engraved map of California. Contemporary mottled calf, richly gold-tooled spines, gold-tooled binding edges. Full description
€ 1,400
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The cephalopods of the Mediterranean, with 45 lithographed plates on heavy coated paper

VÉRANY, Jean Baptiste. Mollusques Méditeranéens première partie. Céphalopodes de la Méditerranée.
Genoa, imprimerie des Sourds-Muets, [1847]-1851. Large 4to (35.5 x 27.5 cm). With 45 (numbered as 41) lithographed plates (44 chromolithographed), by Armanino after Verany. Unbound, uncut and deckles intact, with separate uncut original tinted lithographed wrappers. In modern cloth box. Full description
€ 7,500
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Beautiful watercolour drawing of a passion flower

VINNE, Jan Jansz. van der. [Passiflora caerula or blue passion flower].
[Lekzigt, near Dordrecht?, ca. 1780?]. Folio. (43 x 27.5 cm). Watercolour drawing on laid paper, signed on the back by the artist, "J. van der Vinne Jzn.". Attached by the top corners to a (19th-century?) wove millboard mount kept in a modern passe-partout. Full description
€ 16,500
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Album with 47 drawings, partly by progressive thinker Paul Voituron (1824-1891)

VOITURON, Paul, and others. Album with 47 charming drawings in several media by Paul Voituron (1824-1891) of Ghent and his sisters(?) and friends in France, Switzerland, Holland and Flanders.
Various places, [1831-]1842-1844. Oblong (12.5×24 cm). With 47 drawings including the full-length colour portrait of what may be the gentleman-artist Paul Voituron, 8 coloured drawings (including 6 of flowers), 11 black and white drawings, 21 drawings with sepia (and in one case also red) washes, and 6 drawings with black and white washes, some highlighted with white chalk. Contemporary green half cloth, gilt edges. Full description
€ 2,500
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245 stunning plates with citrus fruits, views & garden plans

VOLKAMER (VOLCKAMER), Johann Christoph. Nürnbergische Hesperides, oder Gründliche Beschreibung der Edlen Citronat- Citronen- und Pomeranzen-Früchte, .../ Continuation der Nürnbergischen Hesperidum, ...
Nuremberg, Frankfurt, Leipzig, the author, son and heirs of J.A. Endters, 1708-1714. 8 parts plus 6 appendices in 2 volumes. Folio. With 6 engraved allegorical frontispieces with garden scenes, 4 engraved part-titles, and 235 other engraved plates by the finest German artists and engravers (8 double-page & 13 larger folding). Contemporary richly blind-tooled pigskin over wooden boards. Full description
€ 60,000
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