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ABEL-RÉMUSAT, JEAN PIERRE.
[Autograph letter, signed, revealing his work for deaf mutes to a critic].[Paris], 20th June 1825[?]. 1 leaf (20 x 12.6 cm). In French.
, . . For the author: NBG XLI, cols. 968-975. Autograph letter by the French sinologist and physician Jean Pierre Abel-Rémusat (1788-1832), member of Conseil de Perfectionnement des Sourds et Muets ("Counsel for the Development of the deaf mutes") since 1824. In the letter Abel-Rémusat humbly reveals his work to a critic "Monsieur le Duc": ''J'ai peur qu'il ne vous en paraisse peu digne. Si vous daignez y jeter les yeux, vous saisirez aisément quelques uns de ces traits d'analogie qui m'ont fait trouver tant d'intérêt dans la développement de l'esprit des sourds-muets.''With biographical notes in manuscript in red ink at top of leaf. Right edge of leaf cut short, slightly affecting text. In very fine condition.
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ABREU, SEBASTIAO D'.
Vida, e virtudes do Admiravel Padre Joam Cardim da Companhia de Jesu Portuguez natural de Vianna de Alentejo. Évora, University Press, 1659. 4to. With engraved frontispiece portrait of the Jesuit João Cardim. Contemporary goatskin parchment.
, . . De Backer & Sommervogel I, col. 26; cf. Howgego, to 1800, C39; Lach & Van Kley, p. 348, 378. First edition of a biography of the Portuguese Jesuit João Cardim, written by Sebastien d'Abreu (1594-1674), also paying attention to his two uncles who were missionaries in the Far East and Brazil. His uncle Antonio Francesco Cardim (1596-1659), travelled for a few years as a missionary in China, Japan and other areas in the Far East. He was the Jesuit superior in Macau when the shogun of Japan forbade all voyages from Macau to Japan. "Cardim ... sent to Lisbon a report that was printed in 1643 of the execution at Nagasaki in 1640 of four Portuguese emissaries sent to Japan from Macau.Translations of this account quickly appeared in French, Italian and Dutch... In 1645 he published at Rome his Relatione of Japan in which he also deals at length with the missions in Macao, Tongking, Cochin-China, Hainan, Cambodia, and Siam, placed within the Jesuit Province of Japan where he had worked from 1623-1638" (Lach & Van Kley). The other uncle, Fernão Cardim (d. 1625), was an influential Jesuit in Brazil, one of the first who went to the mission posts there. He became director of a college in Rio de Janeiro and was made "provincial" of the local area.Lacking final endpaper and the bookblock partly detached from the binding. Some of the red paint from the sprinkled edges is found in the margins of the title-page and the engraved portrait and a few leaves are slightly browned. Otherwise still in very good condition.
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Book number: 15467
€  11000.00 [Appr.: US$ 11885.53 | £UK 9530.25 | JP¥ 1323276]
Keywords: *RELIGION & DEVOTION, *AFRICA, *AMERICAS, South America, East & Southern Africa, Brazil, Jesuits, North America, *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, *ASIA

 
ACUÑA, CRISTÓBAL DIATRISTÁN DE.
Relation de la Riviere des Amazones traduite par feu Mr de Gomberville de l'Académie Françoise. Avec un dissertation sur la riviere des Amazones pour servir de preface.Paris, Claude Barbin, 1682. 4 parts in 2 volumes. 12mo. With a folding engraved map of the Amazon River. Contemporary calf, gold-tooled spine.
, . . Alden & Landis 682/2; Borba de Moraes, p. 12; Palau 2484; Sabin 151. First edition in French of a travel account of the expedition by Pedro Texeira (d. 1641) and Cristóbal Diatristán de Acuña (1597 - ca. 1676), exploring the Amazon River from Quito to the east. They were the first Europeans to penetrate Indian land as deep as they did. Originally published in Spanish in 1641.This French edition is the most complete edition to be found, with the Journal du voyage qu'ont fait les Peres Jean Grillet & François Bechamel de la Compagnie de Jesus, dans la Goyane, l'an 1674, following the fourth part and including the very rare map of the Amazon River, drawn by Sanson d'Abbeville. Borba de Moraes thought the map could only be found in the simultaneous issue with the publisher's address of the widow of Louis Billane.With some water stains. Good copy of a travel account of the exploration of the Amazon River.
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Book number: 14868
€  14500.00 [Appr.: US$ 15667.29 | £UK 12562.5 | JP¥ 1744318]
Keywords: South America, Charts & Maps, Brazil, *CARTOGRAPHY, GEOGRAPHY & TOPOGRAPHY, *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, Voyages & Travel, *AMERICAS

 
[ADAMS, ROBERT (= BENJAMIN ROSE)].
Jongste en echte berigten betrekkelijk Tombuctoo en eenige andere nog onbezochte deelen der binnenlanden van Afrika.Amsterdam, J.C. Sepp en Zoon, 1818. 8vo. With a folding engraved map (30.5 x 37.5 cm) of North Africa with the routes of Mugo Park and Robert Adams highlighted in colour. Contemporary boards.
, . . Howgego, 1800-1850, R24; NCC (4 copies); Saalmink, p. 31. First Dutch edition of Adam's The narrative of Robert Adams,... (1816). Robert Adams, an American sailor whose real name was Benjamin Rose, sailed in the Charles on a trading voyage along the west coast of Africa. Somewhere near Cape Blanc the ship struck ground, and after the crew had struggled ashore they were immediately taken prisoner by some 30 Moors. The prisoners were taken into the interior of Mauritania, and after the party had reached a hilly village, they were assaulted by a company of black Africans. Both the Moors and the captives were imprisoned and subsequently taken to the King in Timbuktu, where they arrived in February 1811. Adams describes Timbuktu and its inhabitants at length. Timbuktu wasn't the thriving metropolis it was made out to be, but a small city with no walls, and houses made of clay and grass.Spine slightly damaged. In very good condition, untrimmed leaving all deckles intact.
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Book number: F26DTFDPVTEN
€  1500.00 [Appr.: US$ 1620.75 | £UK 1299.75 | JP¥ 180447]
Keywords: *AFRICA, Slavery, Mutiny, Piracy & Shipwrecks, Central & West Africa, Voyages & Travel, *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, *HISTORY, *MIDDLE EAST & ISLAMIC WORLD

 
[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.
, . . STCN (2 copies); Typ. Batava 6733 (3 copies). A proclamation by the Dutch States General banning the export of goods that might be used for military purposes or shipbuilding from the Dutch Republic to regions under control of the King of Spain or his allies, specifically mentioning saltpeter, gunpowder, ammunition, fuses, muskets, halberds, copper, cables, rope, masts of 16 palms (about 49 cm) or thicker, five different sorts of grain, etc. The text is signed at the end by the clerk of the States General, Cornelis van Aerssen. Although the revolt of the Low Countries against Habsburg Spain had begun already in 1568 and the former Habsburg provinces united under the Union of Utrecht in 1579, it was not until 1589 that the States General took on the role of a formal governing body independent of any monarch.In very good condition and wholly untrimmed. An early proclamation of the States General banning the export of military goods to the Spanish enemy.
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AESOP.
Fabellae Graece et Latine, cum aliis opusculis, quorum index proxima refertur pagella. Venice, (colophon: Giovanni Farri and brothers), 1542. Small 8vo (16 x 11 cm). With 1 woodcut decorated initial but further with spaces left for manuscript Greek and Latin initials (with printed guide letters). Contemporary limp sheepskin parchment, with fragments of a vellum manuscript used to reinforce the spine.
, . . EDIT 16, CNCE 364; STC Italian, p. 8; USTC 807871. Venice school edition of Aesop's fables with parallel text in Greek and Latin. The book is neatly printed and the clear Greek type has relatively few ligatures. Besides the life of Aesop and Aesop's fables, the book contains several collections of fables and single fables by other authors (pp. 232-364): [Ignatius von Nicaea], Gabriae Graeci fabellae (often added to the Aesop canon); Aphthonius, Excercitamentis de fabula; Philostratus, De fabula; pseudo Homer, Batrachomyomachia (the battle of frogs and mice, a parody of Homer's Iliad); Musaeus, De Ero & Leandro (Hero and Leander; Agapetus, De officio regis; Hippocrates, Ius iurandum (the Hippocratic oath!), and [Theodorus Prodromus], Galeomnomachia (the battle between the cats and the mice), the last two in Greek only. The book ends with a 4-page index and the colophon.With a few contemporary manuscript notes in brown ink. With some marginal worm holes, mostly in the gutter of quires r and s, and some mostly marginal water stains, more serious in quire c, and a dark stain in the upper outside corner of 2 leaves, not approaching the text, otherwise in good condition. The binding is wrinkled, with a 1½ x 2 cm gap in the backstrip, some small tears and the 2 pair of ties lost. A nice early student edition of Aesop with very extensive additions.
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Book number: 736
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AESOP AND [HENRI-FRANÇOIS D'AGUESSEAU].
Les fables d'Esope, gravées par Sadeler, avec un discours préliminaire, & les sens moraux en distiques. Edition toute différente de la premiere.Paris, Claude-Charles Thiboust, 1743. 4to (25.5 x 20.5 cm). With a frontispiece and 139 half-page fable illustrations in the text (9 x 11 cm), all etched and engraved by Aegidius Sadeler. Contemporary mottled sheepskin, gold-tooled spine.
, . . Hodnett, Marcus Gheeraerts, pp. 38-41; Hollstein XXI, p. 80; Smith, Het schouwtoneel der dieren, pp. 39-41. The third French Aesop adaptation to use the 140 plates originally etched by Aegidius or Gilles Sadeler (ca. 1568/70-1629) for his Theatrum morum (Prague, 1608), here reordered and with a new prose text, probably written by Henri-François d'Aguesseau (1668-1751), Chancellor of France three times between 1717 and 1750. The etching for fable 117 shows an American buffalo (bizon), the earliest image that really looks like the animal familiar to us today. "These added designs by Sadeler are highlights in the history of book illustration" (Hodnett, p. 39).With a 20th-century bookplate and ink stamps. The copper plate for fable 90 had lost much of its detail and some others show slight degradation, but in general they remained in good condition and are also well printed. The corner of 1 leaf has been torn off, and there is an occasional small marginal tear or faint stain, but the book remains in good condition and has large margins. The binding is chipped and cracked at top of the spine and shows a few smaller defects, but is also in good condition. A late showing of 140 of the best illustrations in the Aesop tradition, etched and engraved in 1608.
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Book number: 19742
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ALBERTUS MAGNUS (PSEUDO).
Liber secretorum ... De virtutibus herbarum: & animalium quorundam. Eiusdemq[ue] liber De mirabilibus mundi: & etiam de quibusdam effectibus causatis a quibusdam animalibus &c.(Colophon: Venice, Johan Baptist Sessa, 12 February 1502). Small 4to (21 x 15.5 cm). With a large woodcut portrait of the author at his desk. Gold-tooled maroon morocco (ca. 1870/90?) for James Carnegie, 9th Earl of Southesk (1827-1905), gilt edges.
, . . Earl of Southesk sale, Sotheby, 18 October 1954, 255 (this copy); EDIT16 CNCE 29555 (2 copies); Honeyman 51 (this copy); KVK & WorldCat (5 copies). Rare early edition (one of perhaps four or five early editions with the main text set in a roman type) of two works written ca. 1300 by an unidentified follower of Albertus Magnus concerning the extraordinary properties (magical, astrological, medicinal, etc.) of 16 plants, 45 minerals or gems and 18 animals (including many birds), and concerning the "wonders of the world". The first includes means to become invisible, feel no pain, arouse love, interpret dreams and make prophesies. The second includes mental manipulation of matter, cures for diseases, magic made with fire or light, means of breaking charms, and seeing the future in dreams. The woodcut is remarkable for its depiction of both numerous books with bosses, clasps, etc., and numerous accoutrements, such as a wedge-shaped book stand, a copy stand in the form of a four-sided pyramid on a pedestal, pens, ink wells and penknives. Senna used it again in 1504 on the title-page of John Pecham's Perspectiva communis. Though this edition, like many others, attributes the works to Albertus Magnus (ca. 1194?-1280) on the title-page and at the end of the texts, the attribution is believed to be spurious. An attribution to his follower Henry of Saxony (d. ca. 1378) has also been challenged.With a faded inscription in red ink below the colophon, in a 16th-century italic hand. With the engraved armorial bookplate of James, Earl of Southesk, on the front pastedown. With a short worm trail at the head of the last 2 leaves, and a small marginal chip (repaired) and tear, neither approaching the text, but otherwise in very good condition. The binding shows some small minor blemishes and its spine is slightly faded, but it is otherwise fine. A rare early edition of a popular book of botanical, mineral and zoological wonders.
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ALBUMASAR (ABU MA'SHAR AL-BALKHI JA'FAR IBN MUHAMMAD).
Introductorium in astronomiam Albumasaris abalachi octo continens libros partiales. (Colophon: Venice, Giacomo Penzio for Melchiorre Sessa, 5 September 1506). 4to (21×15 cm). With woodcut illustration on title-page, Sessa's woodcut crowned cat and mouse device below colophon, 8 woodcut planet and 12 woodcut zodiac figures in the text (plus 21 repeats), a woodcut astrological diagram, another diagram made of rules and letterpress text), numerous woodcut decorated initials (3 series). Set in 3 sizes of rotunda gothic type, that of the main text with planet symbols. Mid-19th-century sheepskin, gold-tooled spine.
, . . Adams A567; Cat. de la Bibl. de . N. Yemeniz, Paris, 1867, lot 969 (this copy); Isaac 12913; Gaselee, Early printed books in Corpus Christi Cambridge, 166; Edit 16, CNCE 822. An early and attractive edition of a key astrological work. Of all the Arabic writers on astrology, the most imposing is Ja'far ibn Muhammad Abû Ma'shar al-Balkhî (ca. 787-886), known in the West as Albumasar. The present 12th-century Latin translation by John of Seville of his "al-Madkhal al-kabir ilá 'ilm ahkam al-nujum" (Great introduction to the science of astrology) was first published at Augsburg in 1489. Small early ink stamp on title-page, early manuscript index at end, written on endleaves from the first binding; some early marginalia and underlinings in two different early hands. From the library of Nicolas Yemeniz (1783-1871), with pencilled lot number 969, and with the large armorial bookplate of William Stirling-Maxwell (1818-1878). Binding slightly dirty, occasional insignificant mark internally; overall a very good copy.
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Keywords: Early Printing 15th & 16th Century, Alchemy, Astrology & Occult, *BOOK HISTORY & PRINTING, *SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, Astronomy & Cosmography

 
ALCOCK, SIR RUTHERFORD.
The capital of the tycoon: a narrative of a three years' residence in Japan. London, Longman, Green, Longman, Roberts, & Green (colophons: printed by Spottiswoode & Co.), 1863 [reissued with publisher's advertisements dated April 1875]. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 2 chromolithographed frontispieces, 2 folding engraved maps (partly coloured), 14 tinted, double-tinted and chromolithographed plates (at least one highlighted with silver colour) drawn mostly by Charles Wirgman (1832-1891) and lithographed by Hanhart, 2 black & white wood-engraved plates (engraved by Pearson) and numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text (some signed by Pearson). Original publisher's gold- and blind-blocked green cloth.
, . . Cordier, Japonica 556; Wenckstern I, 43. First edition of a famous work on Japan by Sir Rutherford Alcock (1809-1897), the first British consul in Japan extensively illustrated with numerous chromolithographs and wood engravings. Alcock describes Nagasaki, Yokohama, a trip to Hokkaido and Japanese foreign relations, including differences between the U.S. Consul and the European Consuls. Alcock made many journeys during his stay in Japan, and records the manners and customs of the Japanese. The appendix contains notes on the agriculture, trees and flora by Mr. Veitch. A "classic work" on Japan. Tipped in is a 1-page autograph letter, signed, from the author, dated 1 July 1878. With an occasional very minor stain, hinges reinforced, otherwise in very good condition and wholly untrimmed.
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Book number: 66PFFBR5F56X
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Keywords: Japan & Far East, *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, *ASIA, Voyages & Travel

 
ALCOCK, SIR RUTHERFORD.
The capital of the tycoon: a narrative of a three years' residence in Japan.London, Longman, Roberts, & Green (colophons: printed by Spottiswoode & Co.), 1863. 2 volumes. 8vo. With 2 chromolithographed frontispieces, 2 folding engraved maps (partly coloured), 14 tinted, double-tinted and chromolithographed plates, 2 black & white wood-engraved plates and numerous wood-engraved illustrations in text. Contemporary calf prize binding, richly gold-tooled spines, with the coat-of-arms of the Royal Naval School on the front boards.
, . . Cordier, Japonica, col. 556; Wenckstern I, 43. First edition of a famous work on Japan by Sir Rutherford Alcock (1809-1897), the first British consul in Japan, extensively illustrated with numerous chromolithographs and wood engravings. Alcock describes Nagasaki, Yokohama, a trip to Hokkaido and Japanese foreign relations, including differences between the U.S. Consul and the European Consuls. Alcock made many journeys during his stay in Japan, recording the manners and customs of the Japanese. Appendix E contains notes on agriculture, trees and flora by Mr. Veitch. A "classic work" on Japan.With lithographed prize certificate on paste-down. Map of Japan foxed and some spots in the margins of the plates, endpapers slightly browned, otherwise a very good copy. Binding very good as well, with only a few minor scratches.
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Book number: H7EGGFAPXFMD
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Keywords: Japan & Far East, *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, Anthropology & Ethnography, Voyages & Travel, *ASIA

 
ALDAY Y ASPEE (AZPEE), MANUEL DE.
Synodo Diocesana, ... Lima, Oficina de la Calle de la Encarnacion, 1764. With the half-title and title-page printed in red and black, the latter in a red and black ornamented border built up from cast fleurons, each page with the text, running heads and shoulder notes in frames of thick-thin rules, a woodcut headpiece and woodcut decorated initial. With: (2) CARRASCO Y SAAVEDRA, Bernardo. Synodo diocesana, con la carta pastoral convocatoria para ella: y otra, en orden a la paga de los diezmos.Lima, Imprenta Real, 1764. With the title-page printed in red, green and black in a border of fleurons and other typographical elements also printed in red, green and black. With each page in a frame of rules and fleurons, woodcut tailpieces and decorated initials, numerous headpieces and other decorations built up from cast fleurons. 2 works in 1 volume. Folio. Contemporary overlapping limp sheepskin parchment.
, . . Leclerq 1946; Medina 1210; Palau 325995-325996; Sabin 11036 (2nd work only). Two beautiful colonial imprints from Lima, Peru, bound together in one volume, containing interesting accounts of two synods held in Santiago, the capital of Chile, in 1688 and 1763. The Synod of 1688 was organized by the Bishop of Santiago, Don Bernardo Carrasco y Saavedra, and that of 1763 by Bishop Dr Don Manuel de Alday y Aspee. The description of the Synod of 1688 was first printed in Lima in 1690. That of 1763 is printed here for the first time and the two works were apparently designed for publication together, though they name different printing offices (they are often found bound together).The accounts give detailed information on both ecclesiastical matters and daily life in colonial Chile, including the text of the constitution outlining the rules of the Catholic Church. The accounts also describe a variety of cultural events such as dances, bullfights and games.With a manuscript note by the notary Nicolas Herrera on the first half-title. With the first leaf of the first work nearly detached from the book block and attached to the pastedown, but otherwise in very good condition, with only some marginal water stains on the first few leaves and four leaves somewhat browned. The parchment cover appears to have been taken from an older book. The parchment is wrinkled and shows various holes and folds from its use for the older binding. Accounts of synods, containing information on the church and daily life in colonial Chile in the 17th and 18th century.
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Book number: 77JBDTSG7PUR
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ALEXANDER, JAMES EDWARD.
An expedition of discovery into the interior of Africa, through the hitherto undescribed countries of the great Namaquas, Boschmans, and Hill Damaras.London, Henry Colburn (on back of title-page: printed by William Wilcockson), 1838. 2 volumes. Large 12mo (20 x 12.5 cm). With a lithographed folding map illustrating Alexander's route through South Africa in red, 7 etched plates by William Heath depicting African landscapes, villages, animals and people, and 7 wood-engraved illustrations in text. Richly gold-tooled green morocco (ca. 1890), with gold-tooled illustrations of African animals in 5 of the 6 spine compartments.
, . . Gay 3126; Howgego, 1800-1850, A4; Mendelssohn I, p. 20; South African Bibliography I, p. 49. First edition of an account of an expedition into Namaqualand and Damaraland, in present-day Namibia, undertaken by Sir James Edward Alexander (1803-1885) on behalf of the Royal Geographical Society. He was "the first European to travel overland from Cape Town to Walvisbay. En route he discovered deposits of copper, and in 1836 at Alexander Bay (named after him, at the mouth of the Orange River), discovered diamonds. He covered nearly 6500 kilometres without losing a man, brought back many specimens of birds and plants, and produced a good map of the region" (Howgego). Besides various anecdotes, the work discusses the indigenous population and its natural history. The African interior remained little known and Alexander's account must have fascinated the public in his day, forty years before Henry Morton Stanley made a media sensation with his Through the dark continent.Added is an appendix on natural history, including descriptions of birds, botanical specimens, minerals and more, followed by extensive notes on the social conditions of the Namaquas, Boschmans and Damaras, the Colony of the Cape of Good Hope, the Boer Trekkers in Natal and the Zulus, and some notes on whaling.With the plates browned, with minor offsetting on the facing pages, and a small tear in the folding map, but otherwise in very good condition. The spines are faded to brown but otherwise also very good.
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Book number: 23553
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Keywords: Zoology, Voyages & Travel, Mineralogy & Gems, Geology & Mining, East & Southern Africa, Botany, Birds / Ornithology, Anthropology & Ethnography, *NATURAL HISTORY, *SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, *AFRICA

 
[ALEXANDRE, NOEL].
Lettera di un dottore dell'ordine di S. Domenico, sopra le cerimonie della China.Cologne [=Amsterdam?], heirs of Cornelis van Egmond, 1700. 8vo. Contemporary sheepskin parchment.
, . . KVK & WorldCat (1 copy); Michel, Repertoire des Ouvrages Imprimés en Langue Italienne au XVIIe siècle I, p. 87; not in BCNI; BMC STC Italian; Cordier, Sinica; cf. Löwendahl 238; Lach & Van Kley, Asia in the Making of Europe III, p. 386. Only edition of a surprisingly rare Italian translation of Noel Alexandre's lettre d'un docteur de l'orde de S. Dominique sur les céremonies de la Chine published in the same year also by Van Egmond at Cologne, a name and address common in false imprints by Dutch publishers between 1666 and 1769. In this anonymously issued series of seven letters, the French Dominican Alexandre responds to the Jesuits who were permitting converts to continue practicing the Confucian rites and who falsely claimed the Dominicans were also permitting this. First ten leaves with minor dampstains. Very good copy.
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Book number: E1CDBIY3Z0MC
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Keywords: Catholicism, China, *ASIA, Jesuits, *RELIGION & DEVOTION

 
ALLARD, ABRAHAM.
Scheepvaart in het Y, voor Amsterdam.Amsterdam, Abraham Allard, [ca. 1720/29]. Large engraving (image size: 49.5 x 58 cm) printed on 1 sheet, with the arms of Amsterdam at the head, below the title in a banderole with the publisher's information on the left, surrounded by 9 putti on and around clouds. In passepartout and framed (77 x 84 cm).
, . . Koeman, AA 9, v.17 no. 13; not in De Groot & Vorstman. Engaging engraving of ships in the IJ (waterway) before Amsterdam, showing two galleons and two smaller ships in the foreground and Amsterdam with its harbour in the background. Amsterdam is depicted from 's Lands Zeemagazijn - then the arsenal of the Admiralty of Amsterdam and now the Dutch Maritime Museum - on the left and the Oosterkerk ("east church") on the right. The two galleons in the foreground could be either merchant or war vessels: since merchant ships also had to be well armed the two were sometimes used interchangeably. The two shown are three-masted with about 32 and about 18 cannons.The print was also issued in 1729 in Van der Aa's extraordinary La galerie agréable du monde, the most extensive map- and print-book ever published.With an old vertical fold just visible in the centre of the print, a horizontal fold hardly visible, minor wear where they cross and some minor ink smudges from the printing in the corners of the margins. Still a very good copy.
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Book number: I31CFMCW5KUT
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Keywords: Amsterdam, Netherlands, Prints & Print Series, Ships & Shipbuilding, *MARITIME HISTORY, *LOW COUNTRIES, *ART & ARCHITECTURE

 
ALLIONI, CARLO.
Rariorum pedemontii stirpium. Specimen primum.Turin, Zappata and Avondus, 1755. 4to. With 12 engraved folding plates. Contemporary green painted vellum.
, . . BMC NH, p. 31; Nissen, BBI 19. Rare work by the author of the Flora Pedemontana. The Specimen primum is all that appeared. Allioni (1728-1804), physician and professor of botany at the University of Turin, is known for his study of the flora in the Piedmont region in northern Italy. This is his first publication on the subject. The attractive plates were drawn by Francisco Peyroleri and engraved by Pietro Peyroleri. Good copy with attractive plates.
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Book number: C2AFCVG22R5V
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ALMEIDA MARTINS COSTA, DOMINGOS DE.
Do diagnostico das diversas formas clinicas do mal de Bright - These de concurso ...Rio de Janeiro, Typographia Academica, 1879. 8vo. With 2 woodcut illustrations (a cross-section of a kidney and a representation of the urinary tract) and a full-page letterpress table of medical data. 20th-century marbled boards.
, . . REBUIN (1 copy); WorldCat (without any location); no further copies in KVK; not in Biblioteca Nacional do Brasil; Porbase. An extremely rare thesis on nephritis (Bright's disease), an inflamation of the kidneys, from the Imperial Academy of Medicine in Rio de Janeiro, printed and published by the Academy's press. It opens with a 20-page introduction, followed by case reports of several forms of nephritis. Domingos de Almeida Martins Costa (Maranhão 1851 - Petrópolis 1891) was a Brazilian physician who contributed greatly to Brazilian cardiology. The back of the half-title lists 8 of his publications, all published in Rio de Janeiro in the years 1874 to 1678. WorldCat lists the present edition, but without giving any location. The only other copy we have located is at the Complutense University in Madrid.With minor foxing and browning, but still in good condition. A very rare medical thesis printed and published in Rio de Janeiro.
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Book number: G17DAT07KV2H
€  875.00 [Appr.: US$ 945.44 | £UK 758.25 | JP¥ 105261]
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ALTHUYSEN, JAN.
Langaene oer dy fortziesing fin zyn trogloftigste haegheyt Willem Karel Hendrik Friso, prins fin Oranjen in Nassau, etc. etc. etc. Toa Staedhadder oer alle san Forienigde Prowintjes; Yn 't Friesch byrymme.Harlingen, Folkert van der Plaats, 1747. 4to. With woodcut vignette on title-page, woodcut head- and endpiece. Contemporary marbled paper over boards.
, . . NNBW II, cols. 20-1; STCN (3 copies). Very rare original edition of the poem written in the Frisian language in 44 six-line stanzas (aabccb), on the occasion of the election of the Stadholder of Friesland, Drente and Groningen, Willem Karel Hendrik Friso, Prince of Orange and Nasau (1711-1751) as Stadholder William IV of the Seven United Provinces (practically the present Netherlands) in 1747, making an end to the 'Tweede stadhouderloze tijdperk' (Second period without a Stadholder: 1702-1747). The poem is written by Jan Althuysen (1715-1763), the most important author/poet writing in the Frisian language after Gysbert Japiks, in fact the only important Frisian poet of the 18th century.This poem therefore is also very important for the history of the Frisian language and literature.Lower margin cut short: year on title and quire-signatures/catchwords trimmed. Good copy with a bookplate of the Macclesfield collection (Cat. Nr. 4).
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€  1850.00 [Appr.: US$ 1998.93 | £UK 1603 | JP¥ 222551]
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ANDRADA, FRANCISCO D'.
Cronica do muyto alto e muito poderoso Rey destes Reynos de Portugal dom João o III. deste nome. Dirigida ha C. R. M. del Rey dom Felipe o III. deste nome nosso senhor.Lisbon, Jorge Rodriguez for the author, sold by Francesco Lopez, 1613. 4 parts in 1 volume. Folio. With a central crowned coat of arms of Portugal on the title-page, title and coat of arms set in ornamental border, woodcut initials. Contemporary blind-tooled vellum.
, . . Bosch 52; Huth Library 177; Maggs, Bibl. Brasiliensis 104; Rodrigues 171. First edition of this principal history of the reign of João III of Portugal (1502-1557), ruler of Portugal from 1521 until his death. His reign was marked by the introduction and establishment of the inquisition in Portugal from 1536 onwards. During his rule, Portuguese possessions were extended in Asia and in the New World through the Portuguese colonization of Brazil. ''Francisco de Andrada (ca. 1540-1614) was a Commander of the Order of Christ, a member of the State Council, Chief Keeper of the Archives and Chief Chronicler of the Kingdom. He was the son of Fernâo Alvares d'Andrada, Treasurer to King Joâo III'' (Maggs).With the bookplate (in gold) of the Huth Library on inside of front cover, embossed stamp of Antonio de Almeide Correa on the title-page. Very good copy of an important work on the discoveries and conquests of the Portuguese.
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Book number: 22921
€  29500.00 [Appr.: US$ 31874.84 | £UK 25558.25 | JP¥ 3548785]
Keywords: Southeast Asia, Japan & Far East, Law & Politics, South America, *EUROPE, *HISTORY, *LAW, PHILOSOPHY & POLITICS, *MARITIME HISTORY, China, *ECONOMY, TRADE & NUMISMATICS, *ASIA, Economic History & Trade, Brazil, Voyages & Travel, India & Ceylon, Spain & P

 
ANDREAE, JOHANN GERHARD R.
Briefe aus der Schweiz nach Hannover geschreiben, in dem Jare 1763. Zweiter Abdruk.Zurich & Winterthur, Johann Casper Fussli Sohn, 1776. 4to. With engraved map of Switzerland on the title-page, 10 engravings in the text, and 18 engraved plates (including 3 folding). Contemporary mottled calf, gold-tooled spine.
, . . ADB I, p. 447; Barth 17539; Lonchamp 118; Wäber 37. Richly illustrated work on the geology and natural history of Switzerland by Johann Gerhard Reinard Andreae (1724-1793), a German pharmacist and chemist, resulting from his scientific journey to the Alps in 1763. The letters he sent to his friends during this period were first published in 1764 and 1765 in the Hannover Magazin and in 1776 as this beautiful new corrected, enlarged and first illustrated edition of his correspondence appeared, including many notes by Jakob Samuel Wyttenbachs and 15 excursions by Swiss scholars. Added are over 90 engravings from various sources, collected by Alb. Müller, who acquired the book in 1819, by different artists such as Georg Chr. Kilian. Also added is a copy in manuscript of a letter in French by Prof. d'Annone to Prof. Bernoullé in Berlin, dated 1776, containing an addition to page 31. Some browning. Good copy.
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Book number: 21899
€  12500.00 [Appr.: US$ 13506.29 | £UK 10829.75 | JP¥ 1503722]
Keywords: Voyages & Travel, *NATURAL HISTORY, *SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, Autographs & Letters, Botany, Charts & Maps, City Plans, Topography & Views, Fossils / Palaeontology, Zoology, *EUROPE, *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, Geology & Mining, Switzerland, *AUTOGRAPHS, DOCUMENT

 
ANDROUET DU CERCEAU, JACQUES.
Leçons de perspective positive. Paris, Mamert Patisson, 1576. Folio. With illustrations on perspective on 60 full-page etched plates, one for each lesson, most showing perspective architectural drawings, numerous decorative woodcut headpieces, initials and a tailpiece. Recased in its original contemporary limp sheepskin parchment.
, . . BAL 95; Berlin Kat. 4699; Fowler 26; Vagnetti EIIb29. First edition of a beautifully illustrated manual on perspective for use of painters, sculptors and architects by Jacques Androuet Du Cerveau (ca. 1520-1584), one of the most fertile architects of the second half of the 16th century. He started the Pont-Neuf at Paris by order of Henri III, but the civil war prevented its completion. By order of Henri IV he worked at the gallery of the Louvre, but being a Protestant, Androuet had to flee Paris. The present work teaches the art of perspective in 60 lessons, offering gradually increasingly difficult problems as aids to the artist in constructing perspective views. The lessons are clearly illustrated with one plate for each lesson. The plates have great charm, thanks to both the arrangement of the illustrations and by the clear and strong designs. Most were etched by Androuet du Cerceau himself, and show perspective views and projections first of geometric figures and solids, then of increasingly elaborate buildings, architectural details and landscapes.With small tears repaired in three plates, only 1 affecting the pictorial image, and a small rust hole in another, but still in good condition. Kept in half morocco velvet-lined box. Recased, with the parchment somewhat stained.
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Book number: 22332
€  10000.00 [Appr.: US$ 10805.03 | £UK 8664 | JP¥ 1202978]
Keywords: Optics & Perspective, Early Printing 15th & 16th Century, Castles, Gardens & Mansions, Architecture, *BOOK HISTORY & PRINTING, *SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, *ART & ARCHITECTURE

 
[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.
, . . Knuttel 7213, 7246, 7197 & 7262; Tiele 4048, 4069, 4032 & 4082; STCN (6, 12, 1 & 5 copies). Collection of four pamphlets on the First Anglo-Dutch War, the first of the four wars between England and the Dutch Republic, caused by disputes over trade and fought entirely at sea between 1652 and 1654.The first pamphlet starts as a conversation discussing the unfortunate skirmish between the Dutch Admiral Maarten Tromp and the English Admiral Robert Blake and the upcoming war with England. The well-informed merchant brings up the seven articles the English proposed to regulate the trade and also the 36 articles the States-General offered as a counter proposal.The second pamphlet is the first edition of a follow-up to the previous conversation with the same three men. They talk about the courage of Admiral Tromp and the reluctance of the English to meet him head on. The conversation ends when they hear the devastating news about the storm that broke up Tromp's fleet and resulted in the loss of eleven of his ships (4 August 1652). The third item is the only edition of a letter from Admiral Tromp to the States General about his recent victory against the English fleet led by Admiral Blake on 10 December 1652, known as the Battle of Dungeness.The fourth is a pamphlet about the early naval heroism of the Dutch ca. 1440, intended as an example of naval courage to inspire those fighting in the First Anglo-Dutch War.All in good condition, with water stains on several pages of the first pamphlet and the foot margin of the third damaged by water.
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APIANUS, PETRUS.
Folium populi.(Colophon:) Ingolstadt, [Petrus Apianus], 22 October 1533. Folio (30 x 20.5 cm). With the text in Latin and German, title-page in red and black with a large woodcut by Hans Brosamer; a nearly full-page woodcut of the coat of arms of the dedicatee, J.G. of Loubenberg; a large woodcut diagram printed twice (in the Latin and in the German text); and 7 decorative initial letters. Without the folding plate included in a very small number of copies. Modern boards with the original fly-leaves preserved.
, . . Adams A-1289; DSB I, pp. 178-179; Van Ortroy, Apian 106; Zinner, Astron. Instrumente, pp. 233-234; cf. WorldCat (microfilm only). First edition, in Latin and German, of Apianus's description of his newly invented sundial in the form of a poplar leaf. This instrument can be used to tell the hours of the day, the times of sunrise and sunset, and the so-called "Jewish" hours dividing the time between sunrise and sunset into 12 parts. The stunning woodcuts were executed by Hans Brosamer (ca. 1500-1554), with his monogram on the title woodcut next to the image of a woodblock cutter's knife. The title in the present copy is in an uncorrected state, with "RFCENS" and "RFDACTUM" for "RECENS" and "REDACTUM."Apianus (1495-1552), cartographer and professor of mathematics at the University of Ingolstadt, was a pioneer in the design of astronomical and geographical instruments. He set up a printing office in his own home in order to oversee his scientific publications. With wormholes slightly affecting the text and illustrations, but otherwise a very good copy and with generous margins. Lacking the final blank leaf, but with a contemporary fly-leaf at the front and another at the back. A pioneering horological work, beautifully illustrated.
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Book number: S2576
€  2250.00 [Appr.: US$ 2431.13 | £UK 1949.5 | JP¥ 270670]
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APIANUS, PETRUS AND BARTHOLOMEUS AMANTIUS.
Inscriptiones sacrosanctae vetustatis non illae quidem Romanae, sed totius fere orbis . . .Ingolstadt, Petrus Apianus, 1534. Folio (31×22 cm). Title-page with a large woodcut (15×16 cm) by H. Brosamer after Albrecht Dürer, Apianus's woodcut device above the colophon, woodcut coat of arms of Raimund Fugger (who helped finance the publication), and numerous woodcut illustrations by Brosamer, M. Ostendorfer, G.A. Benewitz and others, most showing sculptural elements from tombs, most pages in woodcut borders, usually assembled from 4 blocks each. 19th-century red half calf, gold- and blind-tooled spine.
, . . Adams A-1291; USTC 666636; VD 16, A 3086. First edition of the first work on classical inscriptions printed in Germany and the first printed world corpus of classical inscriptions. It includes inscriptions on tombs and other stones, but also on ceramics and other objects. The large woodcut on the title-page shows the "allegory of eloquence" after a drawing in Albrecht Dürer's ca. 1514 Ambraser Kunstbuch: Hermes with a woman, a soldier, a scholar and a cleric tethered to his tongue from their ears. This allusion to the power of words must have been chosen as especially suited to a book of inscriptions. The book was printed at the private printing office of the great astronomer and geographer Petrus Apianus, at the expense of Raimund Fugger. The latter also provided from his collections the material for the larger part of the illustrations. The inscriptions, some taken from works by Peutinger, Pirckheimer, Choler, Giocondo and others, are arranged geographically. The book includes some obviously fictitious items lifted from the Hypnerotomachia Polifili (Venice 1499) and from Ciriaco d'Ancona. It must have been an extremely expensive production, and the famous banking family Fugger may have been better equipped to finance it than many royal families.Library stamp and early owner's name on title-page. In very good condition, with only an occasional minor smudge or small stain and with generous margins. Inside front hinge cracked, spine faded, corners and spine chafed. A "monumental" milestone in the study of classical Roman inscriptions, preserving important records of many inscriptions now lost.
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[AQUINAS, THOMAS].
Tchao sin hio yao.[China, early 20th century]. 7 (of 30) volumes. 8vo. Traditional Chinese binding with new wrappers, title label with Chinese characters and titles in contemporary manuscript on front wrappers, preserved in a modern blue cloth slipcase with ivory clasps.
, . . De Backer & Sommervogel II, col. 364 (under Buglio); Cordier, L'imprimerie Sino-Européenne en Chine, cols. 52-53 (idem). Early 20th-century Chinese translation of Thomas Aquinas's most famous work, the Summa theologiae. The Chinese translation of the Index was completed, but the translation of the Summa theologiae was, just like the original work, never finished. The first Chinese edition was published in Beijing in 1654-1678. The work was intended as a theological manual for beginners and summarizes the reasonings for almost all points of Christian theology. The topics follow a cycle: the existence of God, God's creation, Man, Man's purpose, Christ, the Sacraments, and back to God. It is famous for its five arguments for the existence of God, the quinquae viae. Throughout his work, Aquinas cites Augustine, Aristotle, and other Christian, Jewish and even Islamic and ancient pagan scholars.Some water stains and restorations. Good set.
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Book number: 988FAJYG75L3
€  5000.00 [Appr.: US$ 5402.52 | £UK 4332 | JP¥ 601489]
Keywords: Jesuits, China, *RELIGION & DEVOTION, *ASIA

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