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‘Hair piec...
[German craftsman]
‘Hair piece’ [a commemorative ‘weeping willow’ made of human hair].
Southern Germany, ca. 1894. Original hand-crafted. In square (29.0 x 27.2 cm) glass-covered wooden frame.
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A moving mourning memento
[Mission s...
Guillemin-Tarayre, E.
[Mission scientifique au Mexique et dans l'Amérique Centrale.] Description des anciennes possessions mexicaines du Nord.
[Paris, Ministre de l'Instruction Publique (Imprimerie Nationale)], 1871. Large 4to (36.6 x 27.7 cm). 216 pp., 29 text engravings, one coloured engraved map "Carte de la Haute Californie et de la Nevada" (not numbered) one lithographed plate of Indians ("p. 15"), 18 lithographed plates and maps, all but two double-sized or larger [numbered I-XVII, one not numbered]. Not bound. Preserved in later half cloth portfolio with marbled boards and gilt title on the spine.
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Rare detailed maps and observations of California and Nevada
Histoire n...
Gumilla, J.
Histoire naturelle, civile et géographique de l'Orenoque et des principales rivières qui s'y jettent. Dans laquelle on traite du gouvernement, des usages et des coutûmes des Indiens qui l'habitent, des animaux, des arbres...
Avignon, Marseille, Desaint et Saillant, 1758. In three volumes. 12mo (16.5 x 9.5 cm). One large folded engraved map of the area of the Venezuelan river Orinoco and two folded engraved plates. Contemporary uniform mottled calf with gilt vignette on front board of the first volume. Spines with gilt floral pattern and red and green morocco labels with gilt titles. Marbled flyleaves. Edges dyed red.
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"One of the most curious and interesting hitherto published upon the country of the Orinoco" (Sabin)
Java. Toon...
Hardouin, E. and W. L. Ritter
Java. Tooneelen uit het leven karakterschetsen en kleederdragten van Java's bewoners in afbeeldingen naar de natuur geteekend door E. Hardouin met tekst van W. L. Ritter en een voorwoord van H. M. Lange, gepensionneerd Luitenant Kolonel van het O. I. leger. Benevens eene kaart van Java naar de nieuwste bronnen bewerkt.
Leiden, A. W. Sythoff, 1855. Large 4to (28.7 x 20.7 cm). Title page with finely engraved vignette; xv, 242 pp.; hand-coloured lithographed frontispiece and 25 other hand-coloured lithographed and tissue-guarded plates; large, triple-folded coloured double map of Java, Madoera and Bawean. Original green embossed cloth. Spine and front board rich gilt with floral patterns and ethnographical vignettes. Yellow endpapers. All edges gilt.
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The rare first - hand-coloured- edition
[Burma - M...
Hla, M. T.
[Burma - Myanmar] A collection of sixteen late nineteenth to early twentieth century Burmese costume studies.
Burma [Myanmar], ca. 1920. 16 watercolours. 8vo-sized (images ca. 21.0 x 15.7 cm). Heightened with white bodycolour; each signed "M. T. Hla" in lower right corner, uniformly mounted. Mounts 40.5 x 27.9 cm.
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From the first Nurmuse artist working in a realistic style
Jomard, E. F.
Description de l'Egypte. Livre XXVII, volume I. Planches. Antiquités. [Atlas].
Paris, C. L. F. Panckoucke, 1820. [Double] elephant folio (ca. 71 x 53 cm). Title page, one unnumbered chart (legend) and 37 engraved plates, numbered 1, 50-83, 96-97, of which plates 1, 51-52, 54, 57-58, 61, 79 double-sized, folded, and plate 68 even somewhat larger - double folded.
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In the footsteps of Napoleon: Magnificent views of Egypt
De beschry...
Kaempfer, E.
De beschryving van Japan, behelsende een verhaal van den ouden en tegenwoordigen staat en regeering van dat Ryk.
The Hague, P. Gosse and J. Neaulme; Amsterdam, Balthasar Lakeman, 1729. Folio (37.5 x 25.0 cm). 500 pp. Half-title, title page explanation, frontispiece (engraved title) by I. C. Philips, letterpress title in red and black; 48 double-sized maps and plates (I-XVII, XXX-XLV, XXIV*, A-BXXVIII, A-BXXIX). Contemporary full mottled calf; spine with six raised bands; compartments rich gilt with fine, elaborate floral ornaments, and red morocco label with gilt title; boards with double gilt roll stamped border, gilt floral corner pieces and central vignettes. Mottled edges.
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A very good, large paper copy in an exceptional contemporary Dutch binding
Geologie d...
Karrer, F.
Geologie der Kaiser Franz Josefs Hochquellen-Wasserleitung. Eine Studie in den Tertiär-Bildungen am Westrande des alpinen Theiles der Niederung von Wien.
Wien, Hölder, 1877. Large 4to (33.5 x 25.5 cm). xiii, 420 pp. 96 text engravings, 20 folded profiles, maps and lithographed plates, mostly coloured and several very large (size up to 32 x 100 cm), seven folded charts and tables. Later half cloth with paper label on the spine.
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A masterpiece
Journal of...
Leichhardt, C.
Journal of an overland Expedition in Australia, from Moreton Bay to Port Essington, a distance of upwards of 3000 miles during the years 1844-1845.
London, T & W. Boone, 1847. Large 8vo (22.2 x 14.2 cm). xx, 544 pp., 16 pp. of advertisements of T. & W. Boone publications (including 8 pp. Australiana), seven aquatinted engraved plates including the frontispiece and several fine woodcuts in the text. Original blind stamped cloth. Gilt title on the spine. Yellow endpapers.
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Only copy for sale outside Australia
Japan. Voo...
Meijlan, G. F.
Japan. Voorgesteld in schetsen over de zeden en gebruiken van dat rijk bijzonder over de Ingezetenen der stad Nagasaky.
Amsterdam, J. H. Tobiäs & M. Westerman & Zoon, 1830. 8vo (20.5 x 11.9 cm). Half-title, title page with hand-coloured engraving, [10], 190 pp., two large folding plates. Later contemporary style half calf with marbled boards. Spine with four raised bands with gilt decorations and letterings.
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Only two auction records in the last 30 years
Panofka, T.
Recherches sur les véritables noms des vases grecs et sur leurs différens usages, d'après les auteurs et les monumens anciens.
Paris, Rey et Gravier, 1829. Folio (54.2 x 35.0 cm). 64 pp., nine engraved plates. Original printed boards.
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Greek vases: an early systematical explanation
4 Monate K...
[Pfanner, P.]
4 Monate Krieg [Four Months War] Shanghai 1937 [Original photos]
Shanghai, unpublished, 1937. Oblong folio (18.1 x 26.5 cm). 44 pp., each with one to four original photos, for a total of 102 photos (ca 9 x 6 cm), mounted and tissue-guarded. In Chinese embroided cloth binding with Chinese characters.
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Unique photographic eyewitness account of the Chino-Japanese War in Shanghai