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Les observ...
Belon, P.
Les observations de plusieurs singularitez et choses memorables, trouvees en Grece, Asie, Iudée, Egypte, Arabie, & autres pays estranges, redigées en trois liures. Reueuz de nouveau & augmentez de figures. Le catalogue contenant le plus notables choses, est en la page fuyuante.
Anvers [Antwerpen, Antwerp], Christofle Plantin, 1555. Small, thick 8vo (14.3 x 9.4 x 4.5 cm). [lxxvi], 375 numbered leaves [= 749 pp.], one printed leaf with the privilege, one larger, folded map/view. Later vellum. Spine with black printed title.
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€6,500.00
The most influential work on the history, geography and natural history of the Near and Middle East
Die Preuss...
Berg, A.
Die Preussische Expedition nach Ost-Asien. Ansichten aus Japan, China und Siam. Heft 1.
Berlin, R. von Decker, 1864. Elephant folio (65.4 x 53.4 cm). Title page with coat of arms of the Prussian King, followed by 6 plates, each with a page of explanatory text in German, English and French. Two of the plates are fine, delicate chromolithographs. Contemporary printed paper boards with title and coat of arms, cloth spine and corners.
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€2,200.00
A very rare series of much larger, elephant folio size views
Over eenig...
Bleeker, P.
Over eenige nieuwe soorten van Notopterus van den Indischen Archipel.
Halle, Nova Acta, "1852" [1854]. 4to (30.6 x 24.0 cm). Title page and 12 text pages [numbered (51)-62]; five chromolithographed plates (one much larger, folded) [numbered 6-10]. Contemporary blind blue wrappers.
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€150.00
A seldom-seen ichthyological publication - worth seeing
Flora Java...
Blume, C.
Flora Javae nec non insularum adjacentium, adjutore J. B. Fischer... cum tabulis lapide aeraque incisis, pars I: Rhizanteae.
Bruxelles, J. Frank, 1828. Folio (43.2 x 27.5 cm). Half title, title, [ii], x, 24 pp. with six double-paged lithographed plates including the magnificent Rafflesia patma, which is beautifully hand-coloured. Contemporary marbled boards. Spine with green morocco label with gilt lines and short title.
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€600.00
The rare first issue, with fine, very large plates
En Chine [...
Bonnard, A. [J. D.]
En Chine [Manuscript].
Original manuscript, 1920-[1921]. Handwritten on 516 large (31.0 x 21.0 cm), numbered leaves. Preserved in a modern cloth-covered clamshell box (35.5 x 27.0 x 8.5 cm).
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€4,200.00
Unique Chinese travel manuscript by the controversial French poet, writer, and politician Abel Jean Désiré Bonnard
On Cyrtand...
Brown, R.
On Cyrtandreae. From Horsfield's "Plantae Javanicae rariores".
London, R. and J. Taylor, 1839. Folio (38.0 x 27.6 cm). Title page, 22 pp. (numbered 1-3, [4 blank) 105-122] with two fine, tissue-guarded engraved plates. Contemporary quarter cloth over blind boards.
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€150.00
The rare and unusual preprint
Reizen ove...
Bruin, C., De [De Bruyn or Bruijn]
Reizen over Moskovie, door Persie en Indie: verrykt met driehondert kunstplaten, vertoonende de beroemste lantschappen en steden, ook de byzondere dragten, beesten, gewassen en planten, die door gevonden worden: voor al derzelver oudheden, en wel voornamentlyk heel uitvoerig, die van het heerlijke en van oudts de geheele werrelt door befaemde hof van Persepolis, by den Persianen Tchilminar genaemt. Alles door den Autheur zelf met groote naeukeurigheit na 't leven afgetekent, en nooit voor dezen in 't ligt gebragt.
Amsterdam, R. and G. Wetstein, J. Oosterwyk and H. van de Gaete, 1714. Folio (33.3 x 21.1 cm). Allegorical frontispiece (by Picart, dated 1711), title page (in red and black), engraved portrait of de Bruyn (by G. Kneller), [vi], 472, [xii] pp., and 260 numbered engraved plates (many double, folded), two large maps, and 34 large text engravings, not numbered, including portraits, views, etc. Contemporary blind ruled and embossed vellum. Spine with six raised bands, title written in ink, in a neat contemporary hand.
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€8,000.00
One of the most richly illustrated voyages through Russia
Thesaurus...
Burmannus, J. [J. Burman; Burmann]
Thesaurus Zeylanicus, exhibens plantas in insula Zeylana nascentes, inter quas plurimae novae species et genera inveniuntur. Omnia iconibus illustrata, ac descripta. [Including] Catalogus plantarum Africanarum, quas Paulus Hermannus botanices professor, ad Caput Bonae Spei olim observavit. [AND] Catalogus plantarum Africanarum, quas Henricus Bernardus Oldenlandus , & Joannes Hartog , botanici egregii, in Capite Bonae Spei quondam invenerunt, ac denominaverunt.
Amstelaedam, Jansson-Waesberg & Salomon Schouten, 1737. 4to (25.8 x 21.5 cm). Engraved frontispiece (portrait of Burmann). Title in red and black with finely engraved title vignette; [xvi], 235, [xv], 33 [Catalogi plantarum Africanarum], [i] pp.; 111 fine engraved plates [numbered 1-110; 18*, and one without number, not counted] of Ceylonese or Sri Lankan plants. Contemporary cat's paw calf. Spine with four raised, gilt-ornamented bands; compartments rich gilt with floral vignettes and a red morocco label with gilt title. Red edges.
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€3,200.00
Only edition of the first illustrated flora of Ceylon (now Sri-Lanka), with many fine plates
Account of...
Camper, P.
Account of the organs of speech of the orang outang. [Philosophical Transactions, 1779 Part I].
London, The Royal Society, 1779. 4to (25.5 x 19.7 cm). 21 pp., one large, double-folded engraved plate. Contemporary half calf over marbled boards. Spine with five gilt-bordered raised bands. Black morocco label with gilt title. All edges speckled red.
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€450.00
Talking orangs...
Révolution...
Chenier, L. de
Révolutions de l'Empire Ottoman, et observations sur ses progrès, sur ses revers, & sur l'état présent de cet Empire,
Paris, l'auteur [AND] Bailly, 1789. 8vo (21.2 x 14.0 cm). xl, 388 pp. Original blind wrappers. Hand written paper label on the spine.
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€975.00
A very rare work on the rise and - temporary - fall of the Ottoman Empire
Iconograph...
Chevey, P.
Iconographie ichtyologique de l'Indochine: Poissons des campagnes du "de Lanessan" (1925-1929). 1re partie.
Saigon, Institut Océanographique de l'Indochine, 1932. 4to (31.5 x 25.2 cm). 155 pp., 50 brightly coloured plates, some augmented with silver. Original printed wrappers.
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€650.00
A rare and unusually finely illustrated monograph on the fishes of Vietnam
Group of p...
[Chinese Painting]
Group of people in landscape including children and domestic animals.
China, ca. 1880. Large painting on glass (85.0 x 54.0 cm) in contemporary Chinese wooden frame (91.7 x 60.7 cm).
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€2,400.00
A very decorative and amuzing reverse painting from the Qing dynasty