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Den striit ende dat leven vanden vromen campioenen (naervolghers vanden alder vroomste[n] capiteyn onsen Heere Jesus Christus gebenedijt) der glorieuser mannen die twaelf apostelen. Antwerp, Hendrik Wouters (colophon: printed by Matthias van Roye for Hendrik Wouters, 5 March 1574). 8vo. With the title in a border built up from arabesque typographic ornaments and woodcut publisher's device on the otherwise blank final leaf. Set in textura gothic type, with incidental roman and extensive italic. With the bifolium K4.5 replaced by a very precise near contemporary (ca. 1600?) manuscript copy. Contemporary limp vellum with a wrap-around flap on the back cover.
, . . KVK & Worldcat (1 copy, lacking 4 ll.); cf. Belg. Typogr. 5, 6, 7740; Machiels 5-8;USTC 407639, 409815, 409817. Most complete copy known (the only other lacking 4 leaves) of the last edition of the very rare Dutch translation by Jan vanden Bosch, alias Berckelaer, of lives of the twelve Apostles, supposedly written in Hebrew in the first century AD by Abdias, the first bishop of Babylon and an associate of the Apostles Simon and Jude. Pope Paul IV declared it apocryphal in the 1550s, and modern scholars support this, suggesting that the work was compiled from various sources (some now surviving and some not) in the late sixth century. The text is now important both for preserving information from some early sources that have not survived and for its influence on later Christians. It is also important as an extremely rare edition by the Antwerp printer Matthias van Roye and publisher Hendrik Wouters. The fact that Jan vanden Bosch translated the Latin into Dutch and published it about ten years after the Pope declared the text apocryphal shows that its popularity and influence could not easily be countered. Peeter van Keerberghen first printed and published the Dutch translation at Antwerp in 1567. We have located only 8 copies counting all editions together, including the incomplete ones. The present Dutch translation first appeared at the height of the religious turmoil that was sweeping through the Low Countries, culminating in the iconoclasm of the years 1566-1568. Lacking one bifolium, but it must have been lost soon after the book was published, for it was replaced at an early date by a manuscript copy, also on an octavo bifolium. Though these two leaves show no watermark, the handwriting appears to date from ca. 1600. The title-page is somewhat worn, with tattered edges (reinforced at one spot with a piece of tape) but not affecting the type, and the manuscript bifolium has come loose and is somewhat tattered at the edges. The book is otherwise in good condition, most leaves very good, and only slightly trimmed. The sewing supports have broken where they were laced through the vellum cover, so that the cover has come loose from the bookblock, the front endleaf is torn and chipped, and the vellum cover is somewhat wrinkled and dirty. The most complete of the only two copies known of the last (1574) edition of the only Dutch translation of a 6th-century collection of biographies of the twelve Apostles.
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Book number: 17000
€  3850.00 [Appr.: US$ 4779.47 | £UK 3407.75 | JP„ 509110]
Keywords: *RELIGION & DEVOTION, Catholicism, *BOOK HISTORY & PRINTING, Early Printing 15th & 16th Century

[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'intérźt 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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Book number: E3TGF1CKXWEH
€  750.00 [Appr.: US$ 931.07 | £UK 664 | JP„ 99177]
Keywords: Medicine, Autographs & Letters, *MEDICINE & PHARMACY, *AUTOGRAPHS, DOCUMENTS & MANUSCRIPTS

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 Joćo 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, Fernćo 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$ 13655.62 | £UK 9735.75 | JP„ 1454601]
Keywords: *RELIGION & DEVOTION, *AFRICA, *AMERICAS, South America, East & Southern Africa, Brazil, Jesuits, North America, *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, *ASIA

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 Diatristįn de Acuńa (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 & Franēois 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$ 18000.59 | £UK 12833.5 | JP„ 1917429]
Keywords: South America, Charts & Maps, Brazil, *CARTOGRAPHY, GEOGRAPHY & TOPOGRAPHY, *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, Voyages & Travel, *AMERICAS

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, possibly with the intention of selling the crew as slaves. 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, who stayed as a guest of the king, 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. However, after a time Adams was sold as a slave to a group of tobacco sellers. Over the next three years, Adams would change hands four more times before eventually being ransomed by the British consul.Spine slightly damaged. In very good condition, untrimmed leaving all deckles intact.
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Book number: F26DTFDPVTEN
€  1500.00 [Appr.: US$ 1862.13 | £UK 1327.75 | JP„ 198355]
Keywords: Mutiny, Piracy & Shipwrecks, Slavery, *AFRICA, *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, Central & West Africa, *MIDDLE EAST & ISLAMIC WORLD, *HISTORY, Voyages & Travel

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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Book number: 6CGBM1R6RRRO
€  650.00 [Appr.: US$ 806.92 | £UK 575.5 | JP„ 85954]
Keywords: Ships & Shipbuilding, Economic History & Trade, Early Printing 15th & 16th Century, Arms & Armour, *MILITARY HISTORY, *MARITIME HISTORY, *ECONOMY, TRADE & NUMISMATICS, *BOOK HISTORY & PRINTING

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
€  2500.00 [Appr.: US$ 3103.55 | £UK 2212.75 | JP„ 330591]
Keywords: Early Printing 15th & 16th Century, Classical Antiquity, *LITERATURE & LINGUISTICS, *BOOK HISTORY & PRINTING

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-Franēois 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
€  6500.00 [Appr.: US$ 8069.23 | £UK 5753 | JP„ 859537]
Keywords: Greek & Roman Classics, Emblem, Fable & Songbooks, *LITERATURE & LINGUISTICS

Fabulae ... Graecè & Latinè, nunc denuo selectae: eae item quas Avienus carmine expressit. Accedit Ranarum & murium pugna, Homero olim asscripta. Cum elegantissimis in utroque libello figuris, & utriusque interpretatione plurimis in locis emendata.Leiden, Joannes Maire, 1632. 8vo. With 47 woodcut illustrations (5 x 6.5 cm) by Christoffel van Sichem II in the text. Contemporary vellum, each board with a panel stamp (59 x 50 mm) of the Amersfoort coat of arms. Most endpapers later.
, . . Landwehr, Emblem & fable books F025 (2 copies); Hollstein XXVII, Van Sichem II, 31; for the panel-stamp: Spoelder, Prijsboeken, Amersfoort 1. Rare second(?) edition (one of three dated "1632") of a popular Greek and Latin school book, edited by the famous Dutch neo-Latin poet, humanist and Leiden Professor of Greek, Daniel Heinsius (1580-1655), with 47 beautiful woodcut illustrations by Christoffel van Sichem II. Aesop's fables were prescribed by the States of Holland in the Hollandsche schoolordre of 1625 as one of the books to be read in the 3rd class. Christoffel van Sichem II (ca. 1577-1658), the second of several woodcut artists in that family, studied with Jacques de Gheyn and was one of the leading Dutch book illustrators in the first half of the 17th century. Although the book has no prize certificate or inscription and no owner's name, the coat-of-arms of the city of Amersfoort on the binding of a school book strongly suggests a prize binding for a student at the Amersfoort Latin school. With an occasional contemporary manuscript note in Greek and Latin. With a small dark stain in the lower inside corner of the foot margin of many leaves, not approaching the text, and with very slight browning throughout, but still in good condition. The vellum of the binding is dirty and slightly rubbed but also good.
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Book number: F6HD0MAV59JY
€  3500.00 [Appr.: US$ 4344.97 | £UK 3097.75 | JP„ 462828]
Keywords: Bindings, Emblem, Fable & Songbooks, *BOOK HISTORY & PRINTING, *EDUCATION & LEARNING, Netherlands, School & Textbooks, Greek & Non-Western Types, Greek & Roman Classics, *LITERATURE & LINGUISTICS, *LOW COUNTRIES, Literature & Linguistics

The oriental fabulist or polyglot translations of Esop's and other ancient fables from the English language into Hindoostanee, Persian, Arabic, Brij Bhakha, Bongla and Sunkrit in the Roman character, ... for the use of the college of Fort William.Calcutta, printed at the Hurkaru office, 1803. 8vo. Later black half sheepskin, gold-tooled spine with the star and crescent symbol at the head.
, . . B.S. Kesavan, History of printing and publishing in India, p. 148; K. Smith Durlow, Early Indian imprints, p. 96. First edition of Indian, Arabic and Persian translations of ancient fables, most of them ascribed to Aesop. The work contains a total of 54 fables, each first given in English, followed by a translation (rendered in the Latin script) into Urdu, Braj Bhasha (a western Hindustani language), Bengali, Sanskrit, Persian and Arabic. The fables were translated from the English "by various hands" (title-page), but were supervised by the well-known Scottish surgeon and linguist John Borthwick Gilchrist (1759-1841). For many of the fables it was the first translation into an Indian language. As stated on the title-page, the book was published for use at the Fort William College at Calcutta, established in 1800 as an learning centre for oriental studies.Title-page restored in the gutter, and a piece of the foot margin cut out and restored, probably removing an owner's inscription. Some foxing and marginal water stains, mostly on the first and last few pages. Binding with a small wormhole, otherwise in good condition.
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Book number: J7O952WQVNCL
€  4750.00 [Appr.: US$ 5896.75 | £UK 4204.25 | JP„ 628123]
Keywords: Literature & Linguistics, Islamic Art & Culture, India & Ceylon, Emblem, Fable & Songbooks, *MIDDLE EAST & ISLAMIC WORLD, *LITERATURE & LINGUISTICS, *ASIA

Stirpium in Guinea medicinalium species novae.Uppsala, Zeipel and Palmblad, 1818. 4to. Disbound.
, . . Krok, Afzelius 12b. Dissertation on plants collected by Afzelius during his stay in Guinea and Sierra Leone as botanist for the Sierra Leone Company, including new species. Edges frayed, otherwise a good copy.
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Book number: J9CEUERRMU2X
€  150.00 [Appr.: US$ 186.21 | £UK 133 | JP„ 19835]

De vegetabilibus Svecanis observationes et experimenta.Uppsala, Johan Edman, 1785. 4to. Disbound.
, . . BMC NH 14; Krok, Afzelius 2. Thesis containing 27 observations of various kinds of phanerogams, cryptograms, lichens etc., with Afzelius as praeses. With a water stain on the first few pages, some dog-eared leaves.
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Book number: J9CE5BPFH7C3
€  275.00 [Appr.: US$ 341.39 | £UK 243.5 | JP„ 36365]
Keywords: Botany, *NATURAL HISTORY, Mushrooms / Mycology / Fungi

Stirpes agri Rotnoviensis.Lund, Berling, 1826-1829. 5 parts. 8vo. Disbound.
, . . Krok, Agardh 72; Stafleu & Cowan 4613. Taxonomic work on the plants from Ronneby Municipality un Blekinge County, in the south of Sweden. Part one is the thesis of Alexis Eduard Lindblom (1807-1853), the respondents of the following parts are August Kjellman, Carl Johan Tigerström, Joab Pettersson and Johan Palaemon Brock, though the text was written by Lindblom and Agardh. A few tiny stains and some dog-eared leaves, otherwise in very good condition.
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Book number: J9CF29IT237Q
€  350.00 [Appr.: US$ 434.5 | £UK 310 | JP„ 46283]
Keywords: Botany, *NATURAL HISTORY, *EUROPE, Scandinavia & Arctic

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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Book number: I1DJAB0ATH49
€  12500.00 [Appr.: US$ 15517.75 | £UK 11063.5 | JP„ 1652956]
Keywords: Mineralogy & Gems, Bindings, Alchemy, Astrology & Occult, *BOOK HISTORY & PRINTING, *NATURAL HISTORY, *SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY, Botany, Early Printing 15th & 16th Century, Zoology

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
€  1250.00 [Appr.: US$ 1551.78 | £UK 1106.5 | JP„ 165296]
Keywords: *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, Japan & Far East, Voyages & Travel, *ASIA

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
€  1250.00 [Appr.: US$ 1551.78 | £UK 1106.5 | JP„ 165296]
Keywords: Japan & Far East, *EXPLORATION & TRAVEL, Anthropology & Ethnography, Voyages & Travel, *ASIA

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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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

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 sičcle I, p. 87; 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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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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Eeuwigduurende almanach 1815[-1823].[The Netherlands, 1814?]. Oblong 4to (19 x 24 cm). Engraved perpetual almanac (engraved image 17.8 x 22.0 cm) with three engraved roundel scenes with windows cut out of them to view engraved dials mounted behind them that can be set to show the year (ranging from 1815 to 1823), the month (also the zodiac sign, the hour of sunrise and sunset, and the length of the day and night) and the days of the week (showing 7 days of the month simultaneously, each with the day of the week and one of the five planets or the sun or moon). The main engraving and the three dials mounted on millboard, each dial turning on a brass pin secured in a small iron plate, and the main engraving partly coloured in red, blue, green and black. In a contemporary wooden frame (21 x 26 cm), with 3 holes cut in the backing board for setting the dials.
, . . Nothing similar found in Grand-Carteret; Köhring; KVK & WorldCat; NCC; Vandenhole, Inventaris van almanakken en kalenders (1979). A unique engraved perpetual "almanac" (we would now call it a wall calendar) with three dials, the year dial for use in the years 1815 to 1823, so probably published around October or November 1814 for use in the new year. We have found no record of this or any similar calendar. The three dials are mounted behind roundel scenes with windows cut out of them to reveal the date and other information set using the dials. Those for the year and the days of the week have one window each to show one year and 7 days of the week, so that the calendar would normally be set only once a week. In a month with less than 31 days, the dial for the days of the week would require an extra adjustment during the last week to skip the extraneous day or days. The month dial has 6 windows: if one sets it to the month it also shows the number of days in the month (in the same window as the month itself), the zodiac sign for that month, the hour of sunrise and sunset and the number of hours in the day and night. The scenes in the roundels are traditional Dutch views whose general style dates back to the 17th century, but we have not identified specific models. The large (10.5 cm diameter) roundel for the month on the right shows a three-masted ship in full sail with 6 cannons visible on the port side, flying the Dutch flag, and several ships in the background. These are all scenes of production, trade and commerce, suggesting it might have been intended for a merchant's office, but it might also have hung on the wall or a door in a private home. With a few small abrasions in the sky of the ship scene and minor stains and dirt, mostly in the open areas at the head, but still in good condition. With one corner of the frame chipped and some gaps in the gilding. A unique engraved, illustrated perpetual wall calendar, with three dials.
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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 (Maranhćo 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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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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Offentliche Bekentnis der reinen Lehre des Evangelii, und Confutatio der itzigen Schwermer. ... Item ein Register Illyrici, etlicher bittern unwarheiten Menii und anderer.Jena, Thomas Rewart, 1558. Small 4to (18.5 x 14.5 cm). With two woodcut initials. Modern half cloth.
, . . Kolb, Lutheran ecclesiastical culture: 1550-1675, pp. 47-48; VD16, A2381 (A2382, the second issue). First issue of the first and only edition of a pamphlet on the "true Evangelical doctrine", by the German Lutheran theologian and reformer Nicolaus von Amsdorf (1483-1565). The pamphlet was published after Johann Pfeffinger held two disputations on the nature of free will. This pamphlet "... reproduced Pfeffinger's teaching in distorted form, maintaining that Pfeffinger and his colleagues had taught that human beings can prepare themselves for grace by their own free will and situate themselves so that God can give them grace..." (Kolb). The text is followed by a section against the "bitter falsehoods" as believed by Justus Menius (1499-1558) and others. Included at the end is a brief and sharp reply by Pfeffinger.A few marginal water stains, otherwise in very good condition.
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Book number: 17002
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Pharmacopoea Amstelredamensis, senatus auctoritate munita & recognita. Editio quinta.Amsterdam, Joan Blaeu, 1650. With a woodcut coat of arms of the city of Amsterdam on title-page.With: (2) [LONDON - PHARMACOPOEIA]. [ROYAL COLLEGE OF PHYSICIANS]. Pharmacopoeia Londinensis collegarum. London, [s.n.], 1662. 2 works in 1 volume. 16mo. Contemporary vellum, new endpapers.
, . . Ad1: STCN ( 1 copy); WorldCat (4 other copies); cf. Daems & Vanderwiele, pp.47-48; ad 2: ESTC (9 copies); Krivatsky 8929. Ad 1: Rare fifth edition of the first official pharmacopoeia of Amsterdam, first published in 1636, and compiled anonymously by Nicolaes Tulp (1593-1674). It was initiated by the city of Amsterdam, to serve as an official legal standard for the correct preparation of numerous medicines. The book contains recipes for nearly 200 medicines. Several cities in the southern Low Countries and Germany, and even London, had produced pharmacopoeias before any Dutch city and Tulp based his on those published in Augsburg, Cologne and London, primarily on the 1622 edition of the Pharmacopoea Augustana (providing about 85% of the content).Ad 2: Eighth(?) edition of the official pharmacopoeia of London, first published in 1618 and compiled by the College of Physicians of London. It contains over a 1000 medicines, including syrups, waters, pills, powders, etc. The London pharmacopoeias used many Greek and Arabic names for their medicines and ingredients, which were mostly dropped in the edition of 1677. Many editions appeared upto the 18th century. With a small owner's inscription on title-page of the first work. Slightly browned with some occasional small spots, leaf I1 of ad 1 torn, affecting part of the text. Bindings stained and bookblock detached from binding at front hinge. Overall a fair copy.
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